Director, McNair Scholars Program

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DePaul University

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.


Job Title Director, McNair Scholars Program
Job ID 3948
Location Lincoln Park Campus
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular

Multicultural Statement

At DePaul University, we are looking for candidates who want to join us in our mission to provide access to education for all. Successful candidates welcome ideas and perspectives from colleagues and students representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, religious beliefs, and experiences. We seek collaborative, open-minded and hard working professionals to work in a real world urban learning environment. Are you exceptional, yet modest and open to challenges? We seek achievers and leaders that want to bring their passion and skills to our well-respected community of approachable colleagues. Build your career with us.

General Summary

Reporting to the Director for TRiO Programs and Access Research, this position is responsible for the overall organization and implementation of the administrative, academic and budgetary functions of the McNair Scholars program which is a grant-funded project housed within the Center for Access and Attainment pathways to graduate school programing designed to assist low-income and first generation students in preparing for graduate school. The Director will create plans for the McNair program based on project/grant objectives, develop relationships and partnerships internally and externally to advance project objectives, and maintain records according to program evaluation and performance standards. This position will be responsible for collecting all relevant program information to collaborate with the Director for TRiO programs in completing all reports to be submitted to the Department of Education. In addition, the Director will work closely with the Mitchem Fellows, Student Support Services and CAA Lab staff members in coordinating program outreach, student selection and program delivery strategies, as well as be the liaison to other key university offices and external partners. Finally, the Director will assist the Director for TRiO Programs in building an active alumni network.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Oversees program implementation and delivery by staff members. Develop plan and supervise staff work for maintain records, track supplies, and manage use and technical support for office resources. Run weekly staff meetings, provide guidance and direction for the program's day-to-day activities and conduct annual employee performance appraisals. Ensure that programs mission and objectives are achieved via the delivery of services and captured by program evaluation metrics. Supervise and train staff. Recommend staff hiring decisions, subject to final approval by the Director for TRiO programs.
  • Determining participant eligibility, and monitoring for project compliance including program evaluation and budget expenditure management. Supervise the compilation of data, accuracy and timely delivery of program process and outcome evaluations tasks (data collection, APR roster maintenance), for quarterly and annual analysis and reporting. Evaluations include those for internal reporting purposes as well as those that fulfill complex federal government program requirements.
  • Collaborate with other TRiO programs, other non-federal programs housed at the Center for Access and Attainment and other units to improve and develop quality services for program participants. Provide regular announcements and presentations for internal university audiences about participants and program achievements. Responsibilities include ad hoc data-driven reporting for internal and external stakeholders ranging from university board of trustees, division of Enrollment Management (EM) leadership and others.
  • Manage budgets and collaborate with the Director for TRiO programs on budget planning. Manage Mobius transactions and move dollars among line items for allowable expenses. Manages ProCard transactions.
  • Oversee workshops, seminars and research training program for participating students. Provide informational support for participants regarding scholarships, internships, and graduate programs and support university activities concerning graduate school preparation. Mentor program students. Supervise staff providing student tutoring, advising and mentoring.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience

  • Master's degree.


Preferred Requirements

  • Progress toward doctorate, given that program is designed to prepare participants for graduate school.


Managerial Responsibilities

  • Responsible for all planning, operational and reporting decisions concerning McNair, including hiring and supervising staff, deciding on program design and delivery and developing systems to monitor program activity and performance.


Financial Responsibilities

  • Annual budget of $226,000 funded by the U.S. Department of Education with one full-time Research coordinator. Director is responsible for all financial decisions made with grant dollars though consulting regularly with the Director for TRiO Programs and Access Research and/or the Office of Research Services in cases involving interpretation of policy. Such questions may also be referred to the program officer at the Department of Education.


Other Skills & Abilities Reqd

  • Excellent communication, project management and organizational skills, familiarity with budgetary processes and intermediate database and word-processing skills in a Windows environment.
  • Strong understanding of higher education environment along with special knowledge of graduate education structures, practices and trends.
  • Understanding of curriculum, financial aid programs and external scholarship programs.
  • Ability to work collegially with administrators and faculty both in and beyond DePaul.
  • Familiarity with U.S. Department of Education regulations, performance criteria and reporting requirements.
  • Experience with program planning, project management and student advising in a university context.
  • Experience with developing and implementing academic assistance programs at the university level.
  • Experience working with first generation and low-income students and/or TRIO programs.
  • Member of a group historically underrepresented in higher education an asset.


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Additional Information

This position is funded by a grant or gift. If the grant/gift terminates for any reason, if grant/gift funding is lost or reduced for any reason, or if the budgetary needs for fulfilling the grant/gift requirements change, your employment with the university will be immediately discontinued.

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Posted: 9/23/2020
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