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Program Director Migrant Grant (4307)

Position Summary

This position is focused on the delivery of the statewide migrant educational program for migratory farmworkers and their children across Illinois. There are six deliverables within the project:
  • identification and recruitment of eligible migratory farmworkers and their children,
  • delivering supplemental instruction to their K-12 enrollment,
  • collecting required federal and state data,
  • maintaining the curriculum in reading, math, English Language Learning,
  • coordinating a tri-annual needs assessment and federal service delivery plan along with an annual evaluation, and
  • supporting parent needs and engagement.
The director must be fully bilingual in Spanish (both oral and writing fluency) and have a masters degree in a related field. There are 6 full time and several part-time employees to supervise and evaluate.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Administration of NIU Illinois Migrant Education Services
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operation
  • Exercise direct authority for development and administration of programs including the 6 essential functions – statewide recruiting/eligibility, data collection/reporting, instruction/professional development, comprehensive needs assessment/annual evaluation, parent engagement and state/national coordination.
  • Responsible for implementing NIU and ISBE operational policies and procedures as needed.
  • Oversee the submission of required reports, data and other information as required by state and federal agencies.
Supervise Staff
  • Direct the staffing by overseeing recruitment, training, and management of work assigned to professional and support staff.
  • Create, interpret, develop and implement policies and procedures to staff; provide and assume full direction for the Illinois Migrant Education Program.
Coordination of Migrant Education Statewide and Nationally
  • Serve as primary liaison between statewide program directors and other external agencies to ensure compliance with university/agency, federal, state, and sponsor regulations governing grants and contracts.
  • Provide authoritative, detailed professional and technical knowledge in Migrant Education.
  • Direct the physical planning and logistics of the designated program including all required instructional programming and professional development.
  • Coordinate with all federal requirements including the Office of Migrant Education ( OME ) and related boards, workgroups and commissions.
Budget and Expenditures
  • Develop budgets and budget proposals.
  • Direct the finances of the Illinois Migrant Education program including financial aspects including negotiating and submitting budget documents.
  • Implement budget allocation and resources, facilities and travel requirements.
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)

Education and Experience Required
A. Minimum educational requirements:
  • Master’s degree required

B. Minimum experience requirements. Specify both type and length of experience required.
  • Five years’ experience in advocacy, advisory and program-development for undocumented, migrant, and/or Latinx students.
  • Two years’ experience in migratory farmworker services
  • Extensive professional presentations in advocacy and advisory for undocumented, migrant, and/or Latinx students.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising staff
  • Must be bilingual, Spanish
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)
  • Considerable knowledge of administrative/organization procedures and practices, education program design, and staff development
  • Proven ability to manage a $500,000 per year project, resulting in meeting multiple deliverables, coordinating various timelines and staying within budgets.
  • Ability to supervise professional and support staff including hiring and evaluation.
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of organizations, agencies and individuals building both internal and external relationships
  • Ability to travel in and out of state, including insured auto and valid drivers’ license
  • Demonstrated interest in and understanding of migrant education law, rules and policy
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing
  • Strong organizational and team skills, both as a leader and as a team member
  • Ability to work independently on assignments
  • Commitment to advancement of engagement in higher education
Specialty Factors (Civil Service)


Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)
  • Doctoral degree or enrollment in a doctoral program.
Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)


Additional Requirements (SPS)


Preferred Qualifications (SPS)


Physical demands/requirements

General office, travel

Appointment and Compensation Details

Appointment and Compensation Details

Anticipated Appointment Start Date


Anticipated Appointment End Date

Percent of Staff Year


Standard Hours Per Week


Working Hours

8 - 4:30; evenings and weekends as needed


$80,000 - $90,000

Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range

$3333 - $3750

Earn Type


Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedures:

  1. Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including employment dates and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position; however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience. Important: Please upload any unofficial transcript(s) and/or documentation that verifies any education, experience, and/or training you have received.
    • If eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points, DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable Discharge MUST be uploaded to this application to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination.
  2. After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the classification, including any specialty factors associated with this position. If you meet the minimum required qualifications for this position, you will receive a score based on your education and experience, and your name will be placed on the active employment register.
  3. Please monitor your e-mail for further information regarding your application. Emails will be generated from and . Please add these emails to your address book to ensure timely delivery of any future communication.
  4. Illinois residency required within 180 days of the hire date.

Credentials Assessment Examination:
  • The examination for this position is a Credentials Assessment and is based on your application materials as submitted for this posting. A Credential Assessment is a rating by the Human Resources Office of an applicant’s/employee’s education, experience, and special credentials/qualifications (licenses, etc.). Applicants are required to upload documentation to verify the minimum qualifications for this position has been met.
  • Required documentation noted in the posting, such as a driver’s license, licensures, or certifications MUST be uploaded with your application materials.
  • After assessment of all qualified applicants has been completed for this position, the names with the top three (3) scores will be referred to the hiring department for interview.
Additional Details:
  • Click on Program Director for more information including salary ranges, typical duties, minimum acceptable qualifications, and testing requirements.
    • Applicants who may assume they do not meet the exact minimum qualifications are still invited to apply. Within the application documents, applicants should be sure to explain how their credentials and related qualifications address the requested minimum requirements.
  • Please click on Human Resource Services – Benefits for detailed information about Northern Illinois University’s benefits package.
  • Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
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EEO Statement Summary

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230

Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity ( AAEO ) at .

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Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 815-753-9364 for a hard copy.
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References
  4. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
Optional Documents
  1. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Have you attached all transcripts to support the degrees you are submitting for consideration?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 1-3
    • 3-5
    • 5-7
    • 7+
  3. * Are you currently a citizen or resident of the State of Illinois?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * If applicable, have you attached a copy of your DD214, DD215, NGB22, or DD256 for consideration of Veterans Preference Points? The copy submitted should reflect the status of discharge in order to be considered.
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  5. * Are you bilingual (speaking, writing, reading, comprehending) in English and Spanish languages? Please describe your bilingual skill level below.

    (Open Ended Question)

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