Program Director, Upward Bound

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About Mills College:
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:

The Mills College Upward Bound Program (MCUB) is a federally funded college preparatory program that offers assistance to low-income and first-generation college-bound students. MCUB is dedicated to helping participating students in the Oakland Unified and West Contra Costa Unified School Districts graduate from high school with a solid foundation necessary for entering college (i.e. completion of required coursework and possession of a strong GPA ) as well as supporting the college application process. MCUB supports participants during their college years to ensure persistence and, ultimately, graduation. The Mills College Upward Bound Program is one of the oldest and largest in the country and is central to the Colleges commitments to educational equity, and gender and racial justice.

The Project Director has overall responsibility for MCUB, including recruitment and selection of students; hiring and evaluating staff; managing the budget; overseeing the curriculum and workshops; evaluating diagnostic tests; coordinating the project evaluation; and preparing proposals and reports.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serve as a liaison to the target schools, community agencies, and general public. Articulate the mission and vision of UB with the students and parents of partner schools in order to build the program and recruit students. Inspire the next generation of students to come and participate in Upward Bound.
  • Recruit, train, supervise and develop advisors and residential staff associated with the program. Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate counseling and office staff. Confer regularly with staff to plan and coordinate activities, assign and review work, assist with difficult or unusual tasks, resolve problems as needed.
  • Plan, implement, administer, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the various specific activities, functions and services of the Upward Bound Program, including operating policies and procedures. Coordinate the development and modification of program goals, objectives, services, activities, and policies, in accordance with student needs, institutional objectives and resources, and funding agency requirements.
  • Conduct and document the student recruitment process, career & academic counseling services, caseload contact and evaluation reports
  • Serve as liaison to admissions, financial aid, housing and recreational departments on campus as necessary to support the UB mission.
  • Manage the UB budget in accordance with all grant requirements and the requirements of Mills College
  • In collaboration with the Associate Director, plan and implement the summer residential program, including evaluating appropriate academic class levels for students, scheduling the academic program, hiring summer staff, developing job sites, planning group excursions and projects, making all necessary arrangements for use of residence halls, dining halls and other campus facilities, preparing a handbook on the summer program, and communicating with parents. Reside in the residence hall and supervise residential and academic activities during the summer program.
  • Identify and secure classrooms, tutorial facilities, textbooks, and other classroom needs as needed for the summer program.
  • Play a key role in a variety of key research and planning tasks associated with the program, typically involving developing program goals and specific plans for implementing goals.
  • In partnership with the Dean and Grants Manager, prepare and submit the federal Upward Bound grant.
  • Manage a variety of on-going administrative tasks associated with the program, such as designing and maintaining appropriate records systems, preparing reports on program activities and status for funding agency, designing and implementing appropriate program and staff evaluation processes to ensure compliance with Department of Education requirements.
  • Supervise the carrying out of postsecondary placement of students and provide assistance to students and families throughout the college application and financial aid application process.
  • Supervise the planning of college visits for seniors, and provide transportation if needed. Serve as a general education and behavioral consultant for staff, parents and school personnel.
  • Attend relevant local, regional and national professional meetings.

Education and Experience:
  • Masters degree in education or related field
  • 5 years equivalent work experience for a UB/TRIO/Educational Equity Program of similar size and scope that includes a summer residential program.
  • Counseling and supervisory experience.
  • Residential experience.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Excellent verbal, written & computing skills.
  • Strong leadership skills and a deep understanding of personnel training and development.
  • Proven history of successful grant writing and development, and expertise in budget management.
  • Ability to work with college and community constituents.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with low income first generation (LIFG) students.
  • Ability to understand the needs of families from diverse, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Familiarity with target areas of Oakland and West Contra Costa and community resources.
  • Experience with database operations and in filing Federal reports such as APR.
  • Knowledge of: Blumen Database and other office database such as FileMaker, Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of TRIO Programs, Federal Regulations, US Dept of Education policies and procedures.
  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Must have a valid California drivers license and safe driving record.
Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands:
  • Work primarily involves sitting for long hours and long hours on the computer, which requires attention to detail and high levels of accuracy.
  • Long hours during overnight travel and on call chaperoning during trips.
  • There are a number of deadlines associated with this position, which may cause some stress.
  • Some light lifting and driving are required.
Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt position with an FTE of 1.0. The salary range is $90,000 - $100,000.00 and includes a benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college-matching after 6 month qualifying period, 22 days of vacation per year, 12 sick days and 10 paid holidays annually. Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance, legal-assistance insurance, cellular provider discounts and computer hardware discounts.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills non-discrimination policy, please go to

Please note that all positions may be subject to a background check.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit the following to
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • Three reference letters
  • Salary requirements
  • Writing samples
Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Posted: 10/1/2018
Application Due: 11/28/2018
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