Director of GEAR UP Wyoming

Job description

External posting, open to any qualified candidate

Date:                           December 4, 2018

Title:                            Director of GEAR UP Wyoming

Position Number:       935

Hours:                         40 hours per week/52 weeks per year (Grant funded position through 9/30/19)

Hiring Salary:              $50,000 - Meet and Confer employee group


Reports to:                  Dean of Academic Outreach 


Close Date:                  December 18, 2018




The Director of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Wyoming will provide direction in early college awareness, improving academic performance in math and writing, increasing high school graduation rates, and advancing the transition of all students from middle school to high school and from high school to college, particularly at-risk, low-income, and first generation students.  The role includes grant management, supervision and collaboration with internal and external staff, data collection, fiscal responsibility, and coordination of daily activities with and at the four Wyoming School district middle schools and high schools. 


  • Direct the development, planning, and coordination of all GEAR UP Wyoming activities.
  • Provide leadership planning, coordination and assignment of tasks, supervision, and support for GEAR UP Wyoming staff. 
  • Lead and coordinate all aspects of after school programming and Summer Learning Activities (SLA’s).
  • Develop pre-college experiences and opportunities for participants that increase students’ chances of post-secondary success.
  • Track and monitor 7th grade GEAR UP Wyoming cohort academic successes from middle school to high school and high school to college and/or career training.
  • Responsible for budgeting and manage project funds to accomplish program objectives.
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate program files and student records as related to program objectives.
  • Prepare annual performances report (APR) for the United States Department of Education (USDE) and GRCC which detail programs effectiveness and outcomes to gain year two – year six funding.
  • Identify, recruit, select and orient new participants for the program.
  • Participate in the recruitment, hiring, and evaluation of all program staff.
  • Direct & lead monthly liaison meetings with middle school and high school staff.
  • Direct and lead bi-monthly GEAR UP Wyoming Planning Team meetings.
  • Serve as liaison and program representative within the City of Wyoming target schools, the community, and within Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).
  • Develop and maintain collaborations with various college departments and community partners.
  • Responsible for GEAR UP Wyoming budget monitoring working in coordination with GRCC’s Financial Services Department. 
  • Implement and enforce academic goals and disciplinary procedures related to the policies of the City of Wyoming schools and Grand Rapids Community College.
  • Serve on college committees and work teams to advance the success of the program.
  • Provide monthly and annual college report(s) and program updates to Dean of Academic Outreach.
  • Membership in the national, regional, and any state GEAR UP and attend conferences related to the program.
  • Complete all program and college administrative duties as required or directed.
  • Persons in this role are identified as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSA's will be trained and responsible for reporting Clery Reportable Crimes to Campus Police as required by the Clery Act.
  • Plan and implement monthly academic, enrichment activities career seminars.
  • Track GEAR UP Wyoming program graduates in post-secondary institutions.
  • Develop programming and services to meet the needs of program participants in order to retain them through high school graduation.
  • Be a liaison to Grand Rapids Community College faculty.
  • Management and follow-up of former students’ data and documentation.
  • Plan, direct and implement all grant activities.
  • Ensure that the program meets all grant obligations in a timely manner.
  • Serve on college committees, as necessary.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Dean of Academic Outreach.
  • Regular attendance during normal scheduled hours is required. Being present is essential for serving customers and performing the essential functions of this position.


  • Ability to coordinate all logistical aspects of the project, including liaising with district staff.
  • Assist in the tracking of student participation data.
  • Communicate with district partners.
  • Schedule regular site visits at selected schools.
  • Support after school programming.
  • Strong capacity for decision making on the administration of the project in consultation with the Dean of Academic Outreach.
  • Assign and track action items to GEAR UP Wyoming staff.
  • Exercise significant independent judgment.
  • Maintain positive and constructive relations with stakeholders.



  • Master’s degree in education, administration, or equivalent in a related area required.
  • National Career Readiness Certificate preferred, but not required.

Work Experience

  • Prior experience in working with diverse low-income and/or first-generation students required.
  • Prior experience as K-12 teacher of mathematics or science required.
  • Bilingual Spanish-English required.
  • Two years administrative experience preferred.
  • Prior GEAR UP or similar grant management experience preferred.
  • An individual who has succeeded in overcoming the disadvantage circumstances of the target area population preferred.

Mental Demands:

  • Ability to accept responsibility and supervise others.
  • Knowledge in fiscal development and budget monitoring.
  • Knowledge of college admissions process, academic program selection, and financial aid procedure.
  • Ability to develop, implement, evaluate, document and report program initiatives and data.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform work responsibilities in a professional manner.
  • Knowledge of secondary school climate and curriculum for high school students.
  • Excellent written communication and interpersonal skills and team orientation
  • Ability to influence and build rapport with students, school district staff, administration, and community.
  • Adept in public relations and customer service skills.
  • Possesses initiative, curiosity, problem-solving capacity and planning skills.
  • Orientation to changing technology
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines with attention to detail and follow-through.

Physical Demands

  • The position requires long periods of sitting, standing, reading and writing, listening and speaking.
  • This position requires travel in the West Michigan region.
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds.

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work flexible hours (i.e. evenings and night) including occasional weekends.
  • Must be able to commute between campus locations and travel locally.
  • Must have reliable transportation.


Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at  submit a cover letter and resume in one document.  The opportunity to apply for this position will close on December 18, 2018 at 11:59 PM.  Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics.  The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.




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Job No: 935
Posted: 12/5/2018
Application Due: 12/18/2018
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