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Upward Bound Program Director

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 1, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Curriculum & Instructional Development, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Grants & Contracts
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Full Time
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Job Description

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an independent, culturally diverse institution providing quality education and research in aviation, aerospace, engineering, and other related fields with residential campuses located in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona. The University's Worldwide campus provides educational opportunities online and at approximately 130 locations throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Central/South America.

As the largest and most comprehensive aviation and aerospace-focused university in the world, Embry-Riddle is a unique institution. Over the past 90 years, the University has evolved with industry to break new ground and produce top-level graduates who serve the ever-changing needs of aviation and aerospace, and other STEM-related disciplines. Embry-Riddle offers programs in seven primary fields of study including: Applied Science; Aviation; Business; Computers and Technology; Engineering; Safety, Security, and Intelligence; and Space.

For Academic Year 2020-21, there were over 10,700 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students that attended the University's residential campuses and approximately 32,700 students in total enrolled with the University around the world.

The Opportunity:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona campus is hiring an Upward Bound Program Director. Embry-Riddle's Prescott Campus is respected worldwide for cutting-edge instruction and training for tomorrow’s aviation, aerospace, security, and intelligence leaders. Prescott is a mile-high city and its climate reflects seasonable weather excellent for flying. Daytime averages are 80°F in the summer and 45°F in the winter. At 5,000 ft. above sea level, it boasts a mild climate, clean air, pristine wilderness areas, and nearby national forests. The university is a small, private, residential university in the mountains of Arizona with approximately 3,500 students. Staff/faculty/student interaction is highly valued and is a central theme of our campus. It is located 100 miles north of Phoenix and 120 miles south of the Grand Canyon.

Job Summary:

The fundamental purpose of the Upward Bound Program Director's role is to meet requirements outlined in the ERAU proposal as awarded by Department of Education. The Director’s obligation is to the students in the Upward Bound (UB) program, meeting specific objectives, during the academic months and summer program to include instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language. The Director is also responsible for meeting the DoE Competitive Preference Priority 2: as set by 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i). Students selected to participate in the UB program are committed to preparing for a postsecondary educational program. The UB program is designed to give students the tools, skills and knowledge to be successful at the university level. Beyond the student experience at ERAU, the director is responsible for tracking student progress and reporting to the Department of Education for a predetermined amount of time to follow program successes or portions that may need additional support for future UB students.

Strategic Planning and Program Reporting
  • Develop a planned timeline for accomplishing critical elements of the project to include curriculum, student services, activities.
  • All Upward Bound projects MUST provide instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language.
  • Develop essential relationships with Target Schools and families for recruitment of students to meet the program objectives.
  • Secure and maintain the full backing of the faculty, staff and administration of the ERAU.
  • Establish a comprehensive needs assessment system, based on criteria outlined by DoE in the TRIO program resources.
  • Responsible for the evaluation of progress made by program participants.
  • Prepare and submit annual DOE programmatic report on or before due date.
Staff Development and Supervision
  • Select applicants and evaluate for employing based upon those who have succeeded in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting the projects target population. Make necessary recommendations to HR in a timely manner to assure all applicants meet institutional requirements in time for planned program activities.
  • Develop and oversee schedule for summer program courses and activities.
  • Develop, implement, and/or supervise training for staff and faculty supporting TRIO programs.
  • Conduct meetings with the project staff to identify and implement procedures and policies for improving project services and activities during academic months and summer programs.
  • Responsible for completion of all staff training through ERAU Risk Management Office prior to working with minors on campus.
Grant Administration and Fiscal Management
  • Develop, implement, and manage a precise fiscal tracking system to be used at the Director level for expenditure tracking and support documentation by Director. Will reconcile through institutional financial system budget reports, to be used for the required DoE annual fiscal deliverable report.
  • Establish the rapport with staff members of the U. S. Department of Education that is necessary to maintain open lines of communication.
  • Manage all routine budgetary activities at the program level.
Program Management
  • Function as the program’s liaison with the University, community, federal and state agencies, and other TRIO programs.
  • Oversees and supervises the daily operations and coordination of Upward Bound program services.
  • Performs related duties as assigned by grant and university leadership.
  • Coordinate the writing, training and implementation of ERAU College Upward Bound policies and procedures. Assists with the development of departmental policies, procedures and manuals.
ERAU benefits include:
  • Retirement Plan - ERAU offers immediate vesting and provides a 6% gift and will match up to 4% of employee contributions

  • Two BCBS health plans – PPO and high deductible plan with a health savings account

  • Tuition waivers for employees, spouses, and dependent children

  • Use of various campus services: fitness center, library, mail room and enjoy observation flights

  • Master’s degree. Area of study: Educational Administration or related field.
  • Minimum one to three years of work-related experience.
  • Analytical skills with an in depth knowledge of information systems and technical expertise with Microsoft operating systems, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook/email, and Internet end-user applications.
  • Minimum two year’s experience working with low-income, first-generation or disadvantaged students. Experience and/or training in student assessment, career development, academic advisement and guidance, and educational planning and advisement.
  • Ability to work effectively with students, parents, community organizations, school personnel and members of the community.
  • Good written and oral communications skills with preference given to individuals who are fluent in languages other than English.
  • Experience in facilitating workshops for students, parents and community members.
  • Preference will be given to those candidates whose experience and/or background are similar to the target population.
Required skills, knowledge, abilities:
  • To develop program goals, objectives and methods of program evaluation.
  • To select, supervise and evaluate professional and instructional staff.
  • To develop and coordinate the orientation and training of professional and instructional staff.
  • To develop and implement a precise fiscal tracking system reconciled through University budget reports.
  • To function as the program’s liaison with the University, community, federal and state agencies, and other TRIO programs.
  • To oversee the evaluation of progress made by program participants.
  • To develop, prepare all programmatic reports, submit for review and final Institutional approval, and submit to DoE by required Due Dates.
  • To serve as budget manger approving all expenditures on account at departmental level.
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