Manager, Program #605037
The GEAR UP Schools Director (SD), a key position in the Arizona GEAR UP 2019-26 grant, is accountable for heading up partnerships with school districts, providing GEAR UP services to 4,000 students in three-to-five high schools. This position is responsible for leading annual work-plan development; overseeing the effectiveness of GEAR UP services offered to students and parents; overseeing school partners’ progress towards meeting project goals and objectives; and establishing, nurturing, and sustaining relationships, communication, and collaboration among GEAR UP high schools and grant-project partner organizations. The SD reports directly to the Associate Director, participates on the executive management team, and supervises the GEAR UP Schools Coordinator.
Like all positions in the State GEAR UP Office, the SD is an important member of a team of staff serving the grant under the leadership of the Executive Director, College of Education and NAU. The individual interacts regularly and diplomatically with a diverse group of internal and external constituents.
The ideal candidate is also deeply committed to expanding equity and access to postsecondary education among underrepresented populations, possesses deep knowledge about college-going processes, and understands the systemic barriers that students face while preparing for postsecondary education.
This is a service professional position and requires out-of-state travel to national conferences, two-to-three times annually, and occasional in-state travel to Flagstaff and rural communities in Arizona.
Duties and Responsibilities (in no specific order):
Manages all programmatic aspects required to implement the grant
project at selected GEAR UP high schools.
Supervises the GEAR UP Schools Coordinator; communicates job expectations and standards, clearly assigning responsibility for tasks and decisions. Provides specific performance feedback in a timely manner. Supports employee development efforts.
Oversees GEAR UP high school data monitoring, site visits, training of Coaches, and drafting of progress reports.
Develops strong collaborative relationships with GEAR UP partner district and school leaders, and grant-project service providers; establishes stakeholder confidence and trust.
Applies knowledge of K-12 and higher education programs and issues to work
Develops GEAR UP service-delivery standards informed by research-based best practices and input from practitioners such as high school educators, GEAR UP Coaches, and project partners. Ensures fidelity in delivery of services according to standards, through training guidelines and regular communications with Coaches and project partners.
Leads annual work plan and budget development aimed at meeting GEAR UP goals and objectives, by collaborating with high school leaders, GEAR UP Coaches, and project partners.
Establishes procedures for schools to plan and budget for services from AVID, i-Tutor, Texas Instruments, NCCEP and other AZ GEAR UP partners.
Regularly engages in trainings about equity in education and serving diverse populations, and following, promotes college readiness, access, and equity through planning and delivering professional development for GEAR UP Task Forces.
Analyzes service participation and academic data to gauge program effectiveness and impact at GEAR UP schools; uses data to evaluate different courses of action and their potential impact.
Communicates frequently with GEAR UP schools, consulting with school principals, counselors, teachers, and district leadership.
Directs and oversees planning and implementation of an annual residential summer program for high school students.
Prepares GEAR UP school progress reports and disseminates to stakeholders.
Applies federal grant expertise to lead, meet, and/or facilitate select grant requirements and structures
Participates in executive team meetings
Recognizes and exercises discretion in matters of a confidential nature
May be assigned other administrative projects and responsibilities
Master’s degree in education or related field required AND
6-10 years’ management experience in K-12 or related environments AND
Experience with training, supervising, report-writing, executing major projects successfully OR,
Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education
Experience with college-access programs, initiatives, services,
etc., that informs of commitment to expanding equity in education
and serving diverse student populations
Experience with federal grants
Experience working in public-sector
Experience creating and sustaining partnerships in educational settings
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.
If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
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