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Director, TRIO McNair Program

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Overview of Director, TRIO McNair Program

The McNair Scholars Program is funded through a U.S. Department of Education TRIO Grant. The purpose of the program is to provide research experience, academic, career, and graduate school preparation and guidance to students who are low-income, first generation, or are underrepresented in doctoral programs. This a 12-month, full-time position. Continuation of the position is dependent on renewal of grant funds. The McNair Director reports to the Executive Director of Diversity, Inclusivity and Belonging, and will directly supervise the McNair Program Coordinator, the Administrative Assistant, and a Graduate Assistant. The Director will be responsible for recruiting students into the program, ensuring that the program meets enrollment and success metrics, and ensuring that the program supports students' success in pursuing graduate education. The Director must exhibit professionalism and collegiality in a team environment, and have the ability to create a welcoming, inclusive, accessible, and professional atmosphere. The Director must exhibit cultural competence, with the demonstrated ability and commitment to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Salary range: $60,000-$65,000

Duties and Responsibilities of Director, TRIO McNair Program
  • Provide leadership and vision to the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.
  • Interpret and apply all applicable campus, state, and federal regulations which impact the program fiscally and programmatically.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate all Program staff.
  • Compile data, write, and submit annual reports documenting program outcomes and accomplishments for U.S. Department of Education, include the Annual Performance Report, and Purdue University Northwest.
  • Create, manage, and oversee the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program budget, ensuring disbursements are within federal and university guidelines.
  • Serve as liaison with faculty and graduate programs to ensure their complete understanding of the purpose of the Program and to garner their support and cooperation.
  • Develop and coordinate the implementation of a recruitment plan for 41 participants annually and approve all Program participants.
  • Enhance the visibility of the McNair Program, showcase student research, and recognize the contributions of faculty mentors.
  • Establish and implement a strategy for administering the plan of operation of the McNair grant.
  • Take a lead role in developing services for McNair Scholars that assist in the development and maintenance of standards for staff performance and program expectations, including data collection and timelines; and identify professional development needs for staff.
  • Plan and participate in graduate program visitations and graduate school tours.
Benefits of Director, TRIO McNair Program
  • Full benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability, Retirement, Life Insurance and more
  • Accrue 15 days’ vacation your first year, then 22 days’ vacation your 2nd year plus rollover
  • University contribution of 10% to retirement (3 year waiting period)
  • University contributions to Health Savings Account –
    • Plus a chance to earn more through participating in University Wellness Initiatives
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Employee Wellness Programs
  • Paid Parental Leave after one year of service
  • Tuition remission for you, your spouse and dependent children at any Purdue campus
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Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. We offer two campuses serving approximately 8,800 undergraduate and graduate students. At PNW, we value academic excellence, support growth, and celebrate diversity.

PNW sits between Chicago’s skyscrapers and Lake Michigan’s sandy shores. You can have all the perks of a world-class city just a short drive away or enjoy the natural beauty of the Indiana Dunes National Park and Lake Michigan just 15 miles away.

Education of Director, TRIO McNair Program
  • Master’s degree required
  • Doctorate preferred
Experience of Director, TRIO McNair Program
  • Three years of professional experience managing diverse and complex programs, preferably in higher education.
  • Experience supervising professional staff.
  • Experience with assessment, design, and implementation of programmatic and organization-wide change efforts.
  • Experience managing budgets and providing fiscal oversight.
  • Preferred experience in the preparation and oversight of federally sponsored grants.
Core Competencies of Director, TRIO McNair Program
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Ability to analyze financial information to ensure operations are within budget (budget oversight and management)
  • Ability to implement student success best practices and/or retention initiatives in a university setting
  • Ability to understand administrative problems and solutions involved in operating retention and completion initiatives
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty
  • Excellent written, communication, and collaboration skills
  • Comfort using instructional technology
  • Demonstrated ability to foster an inclusive learning environment supportive of underrepresented, first-generation and low-income persons in the university and in their communities
  • Ability to interpret and implement federal grant regulations and standards, and their relationship to instructional programs and student success initiatives
  • Ability to develop varied study skills approaches and resources for undergraduate research, graduate school, and financial aid, assessment, and evaluation
  • Some overnight travel is required
Additional Information

Professional references will be verified prior to any offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon completion of successful background check along with a motor vehicle records check if applicable.

Purdue University Northwest is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university located in Northwest Indiana that is dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community.

PNW sits between Chicago’s skyscrapers and Lake Michigan’s sandy shores. Diverse, hardworking, and innovative, we’re where academic excellence meets real-world experience. At PNW, students from next door and students from halfway across the world come together to learn, grow, and connect.

At Purdue University Northwest, we go beyond the classroom, walking the extra mile with students to empower confidence and encourage real-world experiences. We push beyond the boundaries of innovation to drive engagement and make an impact in Northwest Indiana and the world at large.

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