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Assistant Director, TRIO McNair Program

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Overview of Assistant Director

The Assistant Director is responsible for assisting with the management, administration, and implementation of the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program at Purdue University Northwest. The McNair Achievement program is a federally funded TRIO program, currently funded through September 30, 2027. Continued funding is contingent upon a competitive application process.

  • $45,000 - $48,000
Duties and Responsibilities of Assistant Director
  • Develop the curriculum and provide oversight of curriculum planning for both Academic Year and the Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP) which includes graduate school preparation seminars, research seminars, and GRE preparation workshops
  • Evaluates these components for efficiency and impact on student outcomes and grant objectives
  • Develop, plan, and coordinate McNair program activities
  • Assists the Director with identifying curriculum and program priorities which contribute to the program calendar
  • Work with the Director in formulating and implementing policies and procedures, decision making, collection and assessment of data, and record management
  • Assure effective systems with eligibility, and determines program and/or participant needs.
  • Assist with recruitment of program participants
  • Assist in the selection process of McNair scholars by making presentations at various PNW events, contact prospective scholars, interview applicants, and rank applicants.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and manage student workers including summer staff
Benefits of Assistant Director
  • 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 Assistant Director
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s preferred
Experience of Assistant Director
  • Three years of experience working or participating in an educational opportunity program or similar program
  • Experience with program planning, conducting and/or teaching research (methodologies, statistics, etc.), and graduate school advising is highly preferred
Core Competencies of Assistant Director
  • Demonstrated commitment to first-generation, low-income and/or individuals who have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate education
  • Ability to provide advising and support in graduate admissions, financial aid and literacy, and career exploration
  • Ability to plan and implement programs and activities related to post-baccalaureate achievement
  • Demonstrated skills in supervising or motivating students
  • Skilled in critical thinking and project management
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, Outlook, and video conferencing software
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective partnerships with various stakeholders
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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