Project Specialist

Job description

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

TRiO Student Services

Project Specialist

Position #00741826 - Requisition 12578

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

TRiO Student Services has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Project Specialist position.

The University of Colorado Denver is a public research university serving more than 14,000 students. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 100 highly rated degree programs through eight schools and colleges. In the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers-CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Located in the heart of downtown, CU Denver provides a vibrant, urban research university experience, with academic programs ranging from the liberal arts and sciences to global energy management, music industry studies and criminal justice among eight schools and colleges. The classroom extends into the city as students study, network and build careers in the surrounding business district. CU Denver unites quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, civic consciousness and driven students-all in the lively setting of downtown Denver. Read CU Denver Quick Facts here.

Jobs in this career family support students' emotional and physical well-being and intellectual, cultural and social development outside the context of the formal instruction program or traditional academic unit. Functions include student counseling, career guidance, residence life, multicultural affairs, support of student activities and organizations, recreation services and intramural athletics administration.

Professionals at the entry level are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability and responsibility in a wide range of areas including academic, administrative, managerial and student services functions. Work involves creating, integrating, applying and sharing knowledge directly related to a professional field.

At the entry level, duties are limited in scope and are performed with guidance and direction from other professionals and are performed in a training and Development capacity.

Position Emphasis:

The TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Program and the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Programs at the University of Colorado Denver are grant funded programs under the federal TRIO grants. SSS is designed to assist first-generation, low-income and/or students with disabilities in their transition to and retention at the University. McNair is designed to assist first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented undergraduate students prepare for entry into PhD programs in all fields, but with a special emphasis on STEM areas. The TRiO Programs Project Specialist, under the supervision of the Director of TRiO SSS/McNair, is responsible for administrative support to include assisting the director in the preparation of official documents based on federal, state and institutional guidelines as well as to compile, review and submit data summaries to the director when requested.

The Project Specialist is required to maintain and monitor the updating of student information on the SSS and McNair database systems and make sure student information is entered correctly; procure, maintain and inventory office supplies and equipment, maintain and update office budgets and personnel records, schedule facilities and coordinate logistical support for SSS and McNair events and activities, process and maintain records on cultural events and activities as well as assist with the development and maintenance of the SSS and McNair webpage. Additionally, the Project Specialist will process and maintain personnel documents, including bi-weekly payroll for student staff, supervise and train student staff hired to assist with office coverage and data entry, make travel arrangements for student and staff travel and prepare travel authorization forms. The Project Specialist is expected to provide courteous, prompt and friendly assistance to all office visitors, maintain proficient knowledge of SSS and McNair program information to effectively respond to inquiries regarding available program services, assist with the compilation and distribution of the monthly SSS and McNair newsletters and create and maintain a system to monitor McNair alumni.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring range for this position has been established at $33,150 to $35,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is eligible for overtime compensation

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in education, communication, social science, business, public administration, business administration, higher education, counseling, liberal arts, human services, student affairs, or a directly related field from an accredited institution.
    • Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Clerical/Office Administration Experience
  • Experience with a federal TRiO grant program, particularly in student support services or similar work experience or come from a similar background to the students being served.
  • Experience in higher education working with students.


  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to acquire knowledge of higher education policies, particularly as they pertain to the retention and graduation of college students.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by 2/21/18. Those who do not apply by 2/21/18 may or may not be considered.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications, 2. A current CV/resume, 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references). Questions should be directed to: [Lindsie Haggerty, [email protected]].

Job Category: Student Services

Primary Location: Denver

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30207 - AVCASA-SS Trio

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Feb 7, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Lindsie Haggerty

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00741936





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 3/15/2018
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