Program Director: Upward Bound Program

Washburn University
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 30, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Grants & Contracts, Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time

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Position Information

Position Title

Program Director: Upward Bound Program

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Position Summary

Washburn University’s Upward Bound Program is directly sponsored by the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Both the Upward Bound Project Director and the Dean of University Libraries and Center for Student Success and Retention regularly report to the Vice President of Academic Affairs on the Student Success agenda for Washburn University. The Upward Bound Program Director, under the direction of the Dean of University Libraries and the Center for Student Success and Retention, is responsible for developing and administering the Washburn University Upward Bound Program. This includes hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating project staff, fiscal management, project development and management, and liaising with the target area communities. The Upward Bound Director also provides direct services to Upward Bound participants. This is a grant-funded position, contingent upon continued grant funding.

Essential Job Functions of Position

• Coordinates all participant assessments to determine the extent of academic, personal, and career counseling needs
• Directs participant recruitment and selection of students; meets individually and in groups with participants regularly to provide information and assistance supporting successful school completion and post-secondary entry
• Assists participants with exploration, goal setting, planning, and follow-through; monitors participants’ progress
• Prepares Upward Bound promotional materials and press releases for area media
• Conducts Upward Bound informational presentations at participating schools and community agencies
• Develops and implements all services and activities to meet the Upward Bound objectives with project staff
• Directs a coordinated approach among processes to assess participants’ needs, delivers services, and monitors participants’ progress
• Collaborates with the program’s Internal Evaluation Team to review, monitor, and evaluate program effectiveness through objective and accurate data and information reports shared with the Internal Evaluation Team
• Administers the annual budget, work with Washburn finance and accounting staff to ensure that fiscal planning, budgeting, and financial reporting are managed in compliance with grant and University regulations, requirements, policies, and procedures, and prepares continuation budgets
• Hires, trains, supervises and evaluates Upward Bound staff
• Serves as a liaison to departments, target school administrators and community agencies
• Supervises the maintenance of accurate Upward Bound data to generate monthly/quarterly/annual reports and to evaluate the performance of participants and the attainment of project objectives
• Prepares and submits Annual Progress/Performance Reports utilizing college procedures
• Prepares formative and summative program evaluations
• Maintains confidentiality of information exposed to in the course of business regarding students, supervisors or other employees
• Contributes to a safe educational and working environment by participating in all drills and training and being prepared to act should a health or safety emergency occur
• Coordinates and leads project-related meetings
• Requires the kind of teamwork, supervision, and personal interaction, that cannot be had in a home office situation; therefore, regular and predictable on-site attendance is a job requirement
• Performs additional job-related duties as assigned or as appropriate

Non-Essential Job Functions of Position

Education and Experience

Required: A master’s degree in a relevant field (education, counseling, etc.)
Minimum three years experience in staff supervision, budget management, program development and evaluation, reporting, and compliance with federal regulations
Minimum three years of experience managing and implementing educational programs for at-risk students

Preferred: Ph.D. in educational leadership, liberal arts, social/behavioral sciences, administration, social work, counseling, or related field
Experience administering federal grants and federal budgets

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of youth from under-served communities
Proven ability to use discretion in dealing with student records and demonstrated knowledge of FERPA guidelines
Demonstrated knowledge of issues affecting the academic potential of low-income, at-risk, first-generation college-bound youth
Demonstratable effective written and interpersonal communication skills
Demonstratable ability to work independently and in teams

Bilingual (Spanish)
Personal or professional experience overcoming obstacles similar to those of Project participants.

Licenses, Certifications & Registrations

Additional Requirements (e.g. Physical Demands)

Required to travel between work locations

Campus Security Authority


Special Instructions to Applicant

7/19/22 Updated requirements, Bilingual (Spanish) is a preferred requirement.

Advertised Pay


Work Schedule

Regular Business Hours, Other - Some early mornings, evenings, and weekends are required.

  • After completing one year of service in a benefits-eligible position, the University will contribute an amount equal to 10% of base pay into an employee’s defined contribution plan with TIAA .
  • After one year of continuous employment, eligible employees may officially enroll in University courses for credit or audit without paying applicable tuition and fees. Law School Courses excluded.
  • For an overview of the excellent benefits package, Washburn provides employees visit Washburn benefits.

Full Time

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EEO Statement

Washburn is an EOE and is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teaching-focused academic and work environment. We seek candidates who are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a campus climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented and/or marginalized in higher education.

Washburn University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Master's Degree?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Currently completing
  2. * Do you have at least three years experience in staff supervision, budget management, program development and evaluation, reporting, and compliance with federal regulations?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have at least three years experience managing and implementing educational programs for at-risk students?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Are you bilingual? If so, indicate which language: (You can only mark one. If you are fluent in more than one language, indicate the language required or preferred for the position of which you are applying. You may reference the additional languages in your resume.)
    • No
    • Spanish
    • French
    • German
    • Russian
    • Japanese
    • Chinese/Mandarin
    • Portuguese
    • Arabic
    • Hindi
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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
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