Director of Pre-College Programs

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Director of Pre-College Programs


Pella, Iowa

Central College seeks a dynamic, motivated individual to further develop a highly successful program for underserved populations and serve as the next director of Central’s pre-college programs.  First begun in 1966, Central’s Upward Bound (UB) Program is the longest continuously funded UB program in Iowa and the second longest in the US.  In addition to UB, the pre-college programs also include Educational Talent Search (ETS) which has been funded at Central since 1980. These programs collectively serve over 1000 area middle and high school students in the Pella, Des Moines, and surrounding areas. The pre-college program director is responsible for overall program management and expenditures, made possible with funds awarded to Central College by the U.S. Department of Education.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: This is a 12-month, full-time administrative appointment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  The successful applicant will have an earned doctorate in education or a related field with 7 years of related professional experience with increasing levels of responsibility; or a master’s degree in education or a related field with 10 years of related professional experience, 3 or more of which must be in a leadership role with a TRIO pre-college or GEAR UP program. Work experience should include project/school administration, curriculum development or student advising, budgeting, staff supervision, and work with disadvantaged students.  The successful applicant must also maintain a valid driver’s license and passport and be able to travel by air or car.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Primary responsibilities of the pre-college program director includes oversight of

all functions of UB I, UB II and ETS, including academic and co-curricular programs and meeting regularly with the UB associate director and ETS assistant director as well as providing support for staff at key project activities.  The successful director will also:

  • Establish and follow appropriate policies, consistent with federal regulations and institutional policy, for project staff and participants.
  • Serve as budget officer, prepare budgets, plan expenditures, and maintain accurate fiscal records.
  • Monitor progress toward project objectives, and file federal and institutional reports in an accurate, timely manner.
  • Maintain current knowledge of regulations governing UB and ETS, ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Develop relationships and maintain open communications between the U.S. Department of Education, Central College, and target schools. 
  • Oversee hiring, selection, supervision, and evaluation of a staff of 13 engaging individuals; and provide for the professional development of project staff.
  • Facilitate collaboration between pre-college programs and other programs serving disadvantaged youth in the target area.
  • Support the writing of future funding proposals for UB I, UB II, and ETS as related to the work of the department as requested by the college. 
  • Facilitate collaboration between pre-college programs and other campus committees and departments regarding disadvantaged students aspiring to complete postsecondary education, as well as regarding related learning, service, and practicum opportunities for enrolled Central College students.
  • Serve on task forces and committees as assigned.
  • Consistently demonstrate a positive attitude and be open and adaptable to change.
  • Work cooperatively and respectfully with others.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Central’s Upward Bound program recently celebrated its 50th birthday in 2016 as the oldest UB program in Iowa, and in August 2017 received its 10th consecutive 5-year grant funding cycle.  As a testament to the success of the pre-college programs, Central’s program received a second grant in August to expand the program to additional schools.   The program develops student participants, through partnerships with the schools it serves and the College community, to empower them to recognize their potential, maximize their opportunities, and utilize their acquired skills for the purpose of attaining a post-secondary degree. 

Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake.


To apply for this position visit Review of applications will begin on 9 March 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates recommended for employment are subject to a background check.  Please submit the following materials online:

  1. a letter of interest, relating your qualifications for the position;
  2. an updated resume;
  3. names and contact information of three references; and
  4. a completed College employment application form.

Central College is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating a diverse community. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Central College is a drug/tobacco free workplace. Academic positions at Central College use E-verify.





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Posted: 3/5/2018
Application Due: 5/23/2018
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