The Student Opportunities and Achievement Resources (SOAR) Office
is a unit of the Office for Inclusion and Diversity, under the
Provost’s Office. It supports InclusiveVT, the institutional and
individual commitment to Ut Prosim (that I may serve) in the spirit
of community, diversity, and excellence.
The Program Manager is a new position that will report to the
Director of the Student Opportunities and Achievement Resources
(SOAR). The SOAR unit prides itself on delivering efficient,
effective solutions, specializing in cross-collaborations
throughout the Virginia Tech community. The key to our success is
largely dependent on the stellar ability of our program management.
The ideal candidate will have a sharp business mind and a proven
ability to strategize and implement high-level program initiatives.
Candidates will have a strong talent for project coordination and
delegation, motivated by the desire to optimize productivity and
nurture program success from inception to completion.
The Program Manager for SOAR will work with three main
responsibility areas: Programming, Communications, Scholarship
The Program Manager will assist in providing coordination and
support to a holistic approach to student success for marginalized
and underrepresented and underserved populations, through robust
partnerships with Enrollment Management, Financial Aid,
Undergraduate Academic Affairs, and Student Affairs.
The Program Manager will be responsible for supporting and
implementing programming and educational opportunities to enhance
student retention and sense of belonging in collaboration with SOAR
coaches. This position will design and provide resources that
enhance student academic, personal, and social identity development
with a comprehensive lens on historically marginalized
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following skillset:
• High-level management and leadership skills
• Ability to schedule and manage tasks effectively
• Conflict resolution and problem-solving skills
• Risk management
• Written and verbal communication skills
• Teamwork and motivational skills
• Organizational and multitasking skills
The program manager position is a 12-month AP faculty
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Manages and supports SOAR Program resources and offerings, focusing
on coordinating efforts across the Office for Inclusion and
Diversity, including the Community and Cultural Centers, and
university-level departments to promote student success, broadly
defined for underrepresented and underserved students.
Assesses effectiveness of programs, services, and student wholistic
progress and persistence and reports outcomes to university
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree with professional experience equivalent to a
Master's degree or Master's degree required.
Consistent experience working with underrepresented and underserved
students. Experience in community development and program
management with a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of
race/ethnicity/class, college access issues.
Demonstrated ability to plan and implement educational and
informational programs in a diverse cultural environment.
Strong interpersonal skills in order to communicate and collaborate
effectively with a broad range of constituencies including
students, staff, and faculty.
Advanced computer skills involving databases, spreadsheets, word
processing, web based interactive communications, social media
and/or other applications utilizing software applicable to
Understanding of complex organizational structures, including
student success. Experience in building professional
Prior experience working with financial aid, banner, and other
student progress monitoring software, including Navigate.
Working knowledge of student development theory, social justice
training and diversity education.
Familiarity with available campus and community resources and
capacity to help students navigate these resources.
September 10, 2021
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal
conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19
About Virginia Tech
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim
(That I May Serve),
Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a
hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be
leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution
that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the
world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community
to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more
than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000
undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight
, a school of
, a veterinary
college, Graduate School
, and Honors College
. The university
has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus
in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in
Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices
. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech
conducts more than $500 million in research annually.
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or
applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including
pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic
information, national origin, political affiliation, race,
religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise
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August 26, 2021