Director, Transformational Scholars Program

NC State University
Raleigh, NC
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Director, Transformational Scholars Program

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with education and experience

Work Schedule:

40 hours per week; as arranged by supervisor

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

College of Education

About the Department:

The NC State College of Education leads the way in North Carolina in preparing professionals, conducting research, and engaging communities to improve educational outcomes for all learners across the state and beyond. With two-thirds of its faculty grant active and over 120 funded research projects totaling over $90-plus million, the college ranks No. 1 in education research productivity in North Carolina and among the Top 5% of colleges of education in the nation. During the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the faculty had half of their proposals funded and brought in over $30 million in new funded research. They address society’s most pressing educational challenges and convert their research to action and innovative solutions that transform teaching and learning environments across the lifespan, with particular strengths in improving technology-enhanced learning and teaching in STEM education and literacy; anti-racism education, increasing diversity, equity and access in education; and innovating leadership development.

The entire college is engaged in a transformative process to become an anti-racist organization. It is composed of three academic departments: Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education; and Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, with approximately 130 faculty members and 90 support and professional staff. The college’s 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students study across 50-plus degree programs that deliver highly-engaged and personalized academic experiences that prepare them to lead in the field of education. The college is also home to the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and the proposed Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research.

The Student Success and Strategic Community Engagement Unit strives to successfully engage students in the academic and social life of the College and university community while maximizing the students’ potential to progress towards degree completion and develop necessary skills and competencies that will enable them to become productive, effective educators and professionals. The Transformational Scholars Program will prepare extraordinary teachers for Eastern North Carolina by providing 100 undergraduate students (20 awards per year) from North Carolina with need-based scholarships and additional support related to mentoring opportunities and programs in leadership development.

Essential Job Duties:

The Transformational Scholars Program Director is an energetic and innovative individual who will work in a highly collaborative environment. The Director is responsible for the overall planning, implementation, management and assessment of the Transformational Scholarships program and will help prepare extraordinary teachers for North Carolina by providing 100 undergraduate students from North Carolina with need-based scholarships and additional support related to mentoring opportunities and programs in leadership development. The Director is responsible for representing the University to the highest standards.

Program Coordination and Scholarship Administration:

  • Extensive student program development and implementation, leadership, outreach and travel coordination: This includes overseeing the planning of major annual events as well as weekly programs focused on professional development, service, cultural enrichment and community building for scholars spread across the scholarship program.
  • New scholar onboarding: This includes planning retreats and workshops for new first year scholars, coordinating new scholar communications, and recruiting and training student retreat leaders and peer mentors.
  • Student selection processes: This includes organizing and managing recruitment, application and interview processes for prospective applicants.
  • Educational Field Trips: This includes planning and implementing fall/spring break trips and domestic immersion experiences for current scholars.
  • Scholar co-advising: This includes advising, in conjunction with their academic advisors, current scholars regarding academic, personal and professional goals and opportunities.
  • Serve as key program liaison with College of Education faculty and NC career mentors.
Community Outreach and Relations Outreach:
  • Seek mutually beneficial partnerships and thought partners in NC.
  • Interface with the College Marketing and Communications Office to build internal and external awareness of program purpose, progress, and impact.
  • Work closely with the Development Office to identify and cultivate additional donors to sustain and extend the program.
  • Build and support a network of community stakeholders who support the program, with key attention paid to diverse groups of community leaders, parents and current educators.
Management and Budgeting:
  • Financial management: This includes managing the program budget and purchasing, including purchase cards, vouchers and interdepartmental transfers.
  • Grant and budget reporting and development.

We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas for this position.

Other Responsibilities:

Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in Education or related field. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to formulate and implement policies and procedures
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to serve a multicultural and diverse student population.
  • Capacity to foster strong university and public school relations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • An understanding of K-12 preparation.
  • Demonstrated commitment and success working with marginalized populations.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

A valid North Carolina driver’s license or appropriate transportation to ensure that you may perform all requirements of the position.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your application please submit a resume, cover letter, and the contact information for three (3) professional references.

Position Number:


Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):

1.00 FTE


12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

130101 - College Of Education


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


NC State: Think and Do

NC State was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today, we're a pre-eminent research enterprise with 12 colleges excelling in all major academic fields.

NC State studentsOur 34,000 high-performing students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service. That experiential education ensures that they leave here ready to lead the workforce. NC State's 13:1 student-faculty ratio is one of the reasons why we're the best college for your money in North Carolina (Money) and the No. 5 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report).

Overcoming Challenges, Improving Lives

NC State is one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers — one developing wearable, self-powered health monitors, and the other researching smart-grid technology. We’re also leading interdisciplinary efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector.

Our research doesn't just get published in a journal or sit on a shelf; it makes an impact. NC State is No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research, and we're No. 2 among universities without a medical school. Our Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. In addition, our industrial extension unit — Industry Expansion Solutions — has created an economic benefit for the state's manufacturers averaging $149 million per year since 2005.

Bright Minds Creating a Bold Future

NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

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It all happens in one of the best cities in America. A top spot for job-seekers and tech professionals, Raleigh is nationally recognized as a leading urban center:

NC State building oldWith Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The top companies in the region — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline — are among the country’s best employers. They also lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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