Director of Educational Talent Search (ETS)

Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado, United States
$57,500.00 - $60,000.00
May 21, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a federally funded TRIO program that assists middle and high school students from first-generation and low-income families in developing the motivation and skills necessary to complete secondary school, enter postsecondary education and be successful. ETS offers participants advising, academic support, classes, exposure to career and educational opportunities and college tours. The target area for the program includes three middle schools and three high schools within Pueblo County.


 Description of Job: The Director of Educational Talent Search establishes the overall vision and direction of the ETS program and is responsible for the administration of the grant.  Responsibilities include implementing the provisions of the ETS Grant, achievement of program objections, compliance with federal guidelines, fiscal management, staff selection and supervision and promoting the program on the campus and in the community. The Director is also responsible for maintaining a small caseload of students. The Director supervises two full-time professional staff, part-time staff, and student employees.  The Director of Educational Talent Search reports to the Executive Director of TRIO Programs.  This is a grant funded position and is contingent on funding and presence of a federal TRIO Talent Search grant.
Primary Duties
  • Provides leadership in developing and implementing all grant objectives/goals, academic/college access workshops and curriculum, student events and trips, and recruitment, to include direct oversite of program calendar and event planning and management and recruitment efforts. 
  •  Monitors grant activities to ensure compliance with federal and state program regulations and guidelines.
  • Serves as fiscal officer of grant, which includes approval authority for operational transactions, to include, but not limited to: p-card transactions, DV’s, requisitions, travel authorization and reimbursements.  
  • Develops the annual grant budget and completes monthly reconciliations and drawdown statements for the Office of Sponsored Programs.
  • Evaluates project performance through qualitative and quantitative measures.  
  • Prepares the annual performance report for the Department of Education.  
  • Provides regular updates on project performance to the Executive Director and other campus and community stakeholders.
  • Oversees the recruitment and selection of program participants
  • .Manages a small caseload of students: advising, assessment, information dissemination, workshops, and enrichment events for students.
  • Conducts outreach in the community and on campus.
  • Participates in professional organizations, campus committees (i.e.-ASPIRE, search and screen committees).



 Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights: Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree.
  • Valid and unrestricted driver’s license and the ability to travel to target schools and transport students in 15 passenger van.
  • Basic knowledge of conducting project evaluations using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • .Effective written, oral and intercultural communication skills.
  • Proficient in using MS Office software and social media.
  • Minimum of two years of experience designing or managing college access, transitional, and/or retention programs for disadvantaged youth in an educational setting.
  • Three years of experience managing a budget, office operations, program reporting and evaluation. 
  • Experience coordinating and planning educational programs and activities for youth or families.
  • Three years supervisory experience, including supervising of professional staff.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Graduate Degree in Education, Counseling, Student Services, Public Administration or related field; or a combination of a Master’s degree in another field with work experience with disadvantaged youth.
  • Experience as a Director of a TRIO program or similar federal program or demonstrated knowledge of the purposes and processes of Federal TRIO Programs, GEAR UP or other federal grant programs focused on educational opportunity.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish rapport and empathy with low-income and first-generation students and their parents.
  • Familiarity with CSU-Pueblo’s business processes and resource management software: Kuali, AIS.
  • Three years of experience working with low-income students in an educational environment.
  • Three years of professional experience related to college admissions, advising and financial aid.


 Supplemental Information: All interested candidates must apply through the on-line application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted.

Applicants must attach the following documents, in order to be considered for this position: 
  1. a letter of intent (cover letter);
  2. a current resume or CV;
  3. unofficial or official transcripts showing degree conferred; and
  4. three professional references with contact information to the on-line application.
Applications submitted without the required attachments above or an application not completed in its entirety will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, though all applications received by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Monday, June 21, 2021 will be given full consideration.

About Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado State University Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students.  CSU Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small student-to-faculty ratio for an ever-changing global economy.  Students can choose from 35 undergraduate programs with 81 fields of study in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; the Hasan School of Business; the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and the College of Health, Education, and Nursing; and 13 graduate programs.
 CSU Pueblo is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevates our people and our community, creates educational opportunities, fosters unique collaborations, and supports inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world. CSU Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution.  Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the University to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students.  
 Among its unique features, CSU Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of STEM houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report.  CSU Pueblo has an ever-changing campus landscape that features a newly renovated Library, a new general academic classroom building, and a newly renovated and expanded student center.
 At CSU Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience.  Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life.

Colorado State University Pueblo offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
  • Medical Insurance and Prescription Drugs 
  • Dental Insurance 
  • Vision Insurance 
  • Flexible Benefit Plan 
  • Basic Term Life Insurance 
  • Voluntary Term Life and AD&D Insurance 
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance 
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) 
  • Travel Accident Insurance 
  • Voluntary Critical Illness and Accident Insurance 
  • Wellness Incentive Program
  • Annual & Sick Leave 
  • Retirement Plans
  •  About Pueblo, Colorado 
     The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year-round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west.  The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries.
     CSU Pueblo is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and/or motor vehicle history. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check.
     The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate.
     Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.
     It is the policy of Colorado State University Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity at (719) 549-2441 or
     In compliance with the Clery Act of 1990, the University's annual security report is available at: 
     Colorado State University Pueblo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Additionally, the University complies with all other relevant, federal, state, and local laws regarding employment practices.

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