Director, McNair Scholars Program 498049

Jun 08, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director, McNair Scholars Program 498049

Position Type: Staff

Position Number: 498049

Department: McNair Scholars Program

Job Summary/Basic Function:
Background Information:
Lamar University is seeking a very experienced, student success-centered, creative, talented, energetic, and very hard working professional to provide strong leadership to its dynamic McNair Scholars Program. The successful candidate must be very knowledge about the TRIO Programs—especially the McNair Program, be passionate about promoting academic and research excellence among students and be very committed to collaboration and team-work in a fast-paced working environment. The Director of the McNair Scholars Program at Lamar University reports directly to the Vice President for Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Intercultural Affairs (VP-GLODIIA) and will perform his or her assigned duties independently, effectively, efficiently, and successfully, with minimal supervision. In collaboration with the Vice President, the primary responsibility of the director is to provide high level and high quality leadership and direction for Lamar University's McNair Scholars Program and to help lead the Program to the next level of excellence.

General Position Description and Essential Job Responsibilities:
The primary purpose of this position is to provide enriching experiences that prepare undergraduates who are either low-income, first-generations students or those from groups underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral study. At its core, the position centers around developing and implementing research curriculum; facilitating grant renewal efforts; traveling to and participating in conferences, workshops and/or seminars related to professional organizations; networking within and outside of the University; coordinating activities with other programs serving underrepresented and disadvantaged students; participating in university-wide committees; and supervising faculty mentor/scholar research and scholarly activities. Other duties include managing overall program design, budget, activities, and services, as well as supervising office staff.

Essential Job Functions:
Program Implementation, which is accomplished by 1) Identification, recruitment, placement, and retention of students; 2) Data collection in accordance with federal grant objectives; 3) Program publications; 4) Correspondence; 5) Develops and maintains academic student profiles, including assessments, academic progress reports, enhancement activities, research progress reports, and graduate school applications.
Program evaluation and reporting in a timely manner, which is accomplished by 1) Completing the U.S. Department of Education's Annual Performance Report (APR) in accordance with TRIO regulations 2) Completing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Institutional Effectiveness Plans and Reports annually, and 3) Completing Lamar University's Annual Report
Providing Academic Support, which is accomplished by 1) Mentoring, 2) Advising, 3) Tutoring, 4) Counseling, 5) Research Seminars, 6) Graduate School Visits, 7) Research symposiums and conferences, 8) Reviews of academic progress, 9) Financial aid application assistance, 10) Cultural enrichment activities, 11) Graduate School application assistance, and 12) GRE Training
Monitoring budget, which is accomplished by 1) Management of program funds expenditures, 2) Budget revisions, and 3) Inventory.
Staff Management and Supervision, which is accomplished by 1) Staff meetings, 2) Hiring, 3) Training. 4) Approving time sheets, 5) Discipline Actions, and 6) Performance Evaluations.
Performs other duties as may be assigned by the vice president for the overall good of the Program, division, and the University.

Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree

Two years’ experience in post-secondary education
Supervisory experience
Budgeting preparation and monitoring experience
Program assessment and evaluation experience

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications:
Degree in a STEM field
Doctoral degree

Familiarity with TRIO programs
Grant writing experience

Security Sensitive Statement:
This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Salary: Commensurate with Overal Qualifications, Experience, Knowledge & Skills for the position

Work Hours: 40hrs per week; occasional weekends and evenings

Posting Date: 06/07/2018

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:
Application Review date: Position is open until filled. However, review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

Required Documents:
(1) Letter of Interest/Cover Letter
(2) Resume/CV
(3) Unofficial Transcripts
(4) A brief personal statement on “The importance of Diversity in American Higher Education” (Listed as “Statement of Administrative Style”, under “Required” documents.).

NOTE: Please attach all required documents to the application BEFORE you apply.

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Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.


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