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Program Director - McNair Program

The University of North Georgia
UNG-Dahlonega, GA

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Job Title: Program Director - McNair Program
Location: UNG-Dahlonega, GA
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 229648
About Us

Located in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia is a multi-campus university with an enrollment of nearly 20,000 students, making it one of the largest institutions in the University System of Georgia. UNG is focused on a mission of educational excellence, leadership development and community engagement opportunities that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. Through a variety of educational pathways that provide access and range from certificates and associate degrees to a professional doctoral program, UNG is responsive to regional education and economic development needs. Federally designated as a senior military college, one of the university's signature leadership programs is its 800-member Corps of Cadets on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.

Job Summary

The University of North Georgia is currently accepting applications for a Program Director. The McNair Program Director will manage the day-to-day McNair operations (80%) and have administrative oversight over the McNair Scholars Program (20%) at the University of North Georgia. To be responsible for project budgeting, reporting, goal setting, assessment of most staff and program, staff development, participant selection and working with key stakeholders The Program Director will report to the Principal Investigator of these grants and will complete the tasks listed below. Multi-campus travel, some weekend and evening work

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  • Utilize guidelines established by the university, the state, and the federal government regarding regulations and requirements to collaboratively develop and provide support services tailored to specific needs of the program participants
  • Assist in overall implementation of programs and be a point of contact with the Department of Education, Federal TRIO Programs. Establish links with faculty, staff and administration to develop and enhance identification, recruitment, and retention of target population students.
  • Contribute to grant monitoring/compliance for McNair program. Complete annual federal report and provide overall budget support for the McNair program. Utilize the P-Card for purchases in compliance with the McNair grant following the guidelines set by the Department of Education
  • Develop and implement student recruitment and selection plans; verify participants¿ eligibility for the McNair program; oversee the development of these tasks for the McNair program. Evaluate and assess project's goals including leading data collection for the McNair program;
  • Provide daily staff supervision for the McNair program, McNair Academic Coordinator, and the McNair Program Assistant.
  • Hold regular meetings and office hours to interact productively with students and others.
  • Integrally participate in project educational activities and oversee operations for the McNair program.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledgeable about higher education processes and student development.
  • Knowledge of compliance with federal regulations and EDGAR to provide required documentation and accountability for services provided, allowable costs and objectives accomplished.
  • Knowledge of budget management to include authorizing expenditures of federal funds.
  • Knowledge and skills in practices supporting student recruitment and retention.
  • Strong interpersonal and organization skills, including patience, and diligence.
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy towards student populations.
  • Ability to manage data and assessment.

Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree required.
  • Five (5) years of experience working collaboratively with other national TRIO Programs is required; including three (3) years of experience working with diverse populations included 1st generation and low-income population is required and three (3) years of professional experience in a higher education environment is required.
  • Three (3) years of experience supervising, training, evaluating staff, and managing budgets is required.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience interacting with faculty, upper administration, and Department of Education Program Specialist is preferred;
  • Experience preferred in coordinating TRIO or equity programs.
  • Completion of SAEOPP Priority six (6), Priority four (4), and Priority three (3) training desired.
  • Experience working with traditional and non-traditional students is preferred.
  • Three (3) years' experience in tutoring, teaching, advising, or counseling in higher education is preferred.
Required Documents to Attach
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Unofficial Transcripts
Apply Before Date


Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of North Georgia, as determined by University of North Georgia in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of North Georgia, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex or national origin, age, disability, religion, genetics or veteran status. Georgia is an open records state. Also, UNG is a federal contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans.

Other Information
  • This is a supervisory position.
  • This position has financial responsibilities.
  • Yes, this position will be required to drive.
  • This role is considered a position of trust.
  • This position requires a purchasing card (P-Card).
  • This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time
Special Applicant Instructions
  • If you received any graduate degrees from an institution outside the United States, you must provide a foreign course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Find a full list of NACES members at
  • Please submit contact information for three professional references.


The University of North Georgia is a member of the University System of Georgia and holds designations as a state leadership institution and as The Military College of Georgia.  With more than 18,000 students, the University of North Georgia is one of the state’s largest public universities.  The regional, multi-campus university offers more than 100 programs of study ranging from certificate and associate’s degrees to professional doctoral programs.

The University of North Georgia's educational experience provides a solid foundation to help students become civic, professional and military leaders who serve communities locally and globally. UNG's student-focused environment includes quality education, service, inquiry, and creativity.  

UNG is one of only six senior military colleges in the United States and its residential Army ROTC program consistently ranks among the best in the country. UNG competes in NCAA Division II in baseball, softball, golf, basketball, soccer, mixed rifle, and women's cross country.

The University of North Georgia has seven academic colleges and institutes: the College of Arts and Letters, the Mike Cottrell College of Business, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Education, the College of Health Professions, University College, and the Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis.

At the undergraduate level, UNG offers the Associate of Arts (A.A.) and the  Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees and the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS); Bachelor of Arts (BA); Bachelor of Science (BS); Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA); Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA); and Bachelor of Science-Nursing (BSN).

Graduate degrees offered at UNG include: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT); Education Specialist in School Leadership (EDSSL); Master of Education (Med); Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT); Master of Arts in history (MA); Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA); Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling (MS); Master of Science in family nurse practitioner (MS); Master of Science in nursing education (MS); Master of Science in physical education (MS); Master of Science in criminal justice (MS); Master of Public Administration (MPA); Master of Business Administration (MBA); Master of Music (MM).

The University of North Georgia was formed through the consolidation of North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College, two of the top-performing schools in the University System of Georgia, in January 2013.  Positioned in the fastest-growing region of the state, UNG comprises five campuses and online opportunities united by a single mission focused on academic excellence and academic and co-curricular programs that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society.

UNG’s campuses are located across the northeast Georgia region in Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee County. With easy access to metro Atlanta and Georgia's mountain and piedmont areas, the region features vibrant cultural and recreational opportunities, including Lake Lanier and the the Appalachian Trail.

The University of North Georgia is part of the University System of Georgia Complete College Georgia (CCG) initiative to improve the retention, progression, and graduation of students. Grounded in the successes and strengths of the past and inspired by the potential of the new University of North Georgia, UNG's Complete College Georgia plan seeks to advance educational attainment in the northern part of the state, contributing to the region's workforce and economic prosperity.

To obtain application information for the University of North Georgia, call the Admissions Office at 706-864-1800, or for a closer look at the university, visit

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