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
Salary range: $60,000-$65,000
Duties and Responsibilities of Director, TRIO McNair Program
Benefits 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- University contributions to Health Savings Account –
- Plus a chance to earn more through participating in University
- 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
For more information on our excellent benefit package, please
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
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
Experience of Director, TRIO McNair Program
- Master’s degree required
- Doctorate preferred
Core Competencies 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
- Preferred experience in the preparation and oversight of
federally sponsored grants.
- 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
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
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.