Assistant Director for Higher Ed Partnerships
College Access Partnerships - 240105
Description of University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge
Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global
citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in
creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational
Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings
people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge,
to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and
embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the
University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about
20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more
than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
- Master's degree along with 5 years of experience in college
access and partnership development/implementation experience.
- Strong public relations skills, and outstanding organizational
- The ability to establish and maintain strong positive rapport
with a variety of partners.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Assistant Director for Higher Ed Partnerships
a liaison between Appalachian GEAR UP and 8 Institute of Higher
Education/College ( IHE ) partnerships with the aim of improving
outcomes identified and approved in the NC Appalachian GEAR UP
Partnership grants. This position requires a strong foundation in
and knowledge of college access and readiness best practices and
serves as an educator to other professionals responsible for
providing services to approximately 14,000 GEAR UP students. The
position requires an understanding of individual school district
and IHE needs and will work to actively seek new opportunities,
partnerships, and services that can help meet those needs.
Duties and responsibilities of the position include but are not
limited to the following:
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
- Work with higher education partners to strategically align GEAR
UP goals with institutional goals to develop mutually beneficial
- Work with higher education partners to develop services for
middle and high school students that meet GEAR UP goals and aim to
improve student preparation for and enrollment in postsecondary
- Collaborate with school district and higher ed partners to
assess community needs and identify higher education programs that
would prepare students to fill the community needs.
- Explore possibilities for expanding and enhancing dual
enrollment participation in high school.
- Collaborate with higher education partners to provide services
that ensure a greater percentage of students are college-ready
prior to high school graduation.
- Work with IHE and Local Education Agency/School District ( LEA
) partner teams to assess the strengths and needs of the college
access and success experience in their district; facilitate and
support a GU program design that addresses the identified
- Facilitate connections between district and higher education
stakeholders in order to strengthen relationships that effectively
serve students in reaching graduation and higher education
- Collaborate with higher education partners to ensure support
and retention of GEAR UP students.
- Serve as a consultant to 8 IHEs to support implementation of
GEAR UP at their institution and the GEAR UP school districts.
- Ensure districts have what they need to increase dual
- Build an engaging and collaborative network of higher ed
partners that support each other and work together to solve
systemic college access barriers.
- Collaborate with the GEAR UP assistant director team to ensure
synergy among each of the functional teams (district partnerships,
curriculum & instruction, finance & administration, and
DATA AND REPORTING
- Work with partners to develop work plans that outline yearly
plans for spending contracted awards and approve annual plans.
- Maintain compliance with all federal, state, institutional, and
programmatic policies including but not limited to FERPA, CFRs,
- Provide guidance and support to partners to ensure the
implementation of services is done in compliance with federal,
state, institutional, and programmatic policies.
- Ensure all higher education services are tracked in
- Develop and implement a plan for regular data reporting to
districts and IHEs that highlights how services-to-date advance the
articulated goals of their partnership with the LEAs, and serve as
a formative tool for future service implementation.
- Develop and implement a plan for the assessment of the IHE
partnerships to ensure continuous quality improvement.
- Facilitate and support a needs-based program design by working
with partners to assess needs and identify gaps.
- Support IHEs in the exploration and pursuit of mutually
beneficial research/evaluation projects.
- Assist as needed with the delivery of direct student services
such as summer camps, parent/student workshops, etc.
- Other duties as assigned.
The Division of Enrollment Management is committed to seeking and
sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse University community
that is inclusive of all individuals and groups. Successful
candidates will demonstrate leadership and innovation in advancing
diversity and dedication to recruiting and serving students with
diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, and other
distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive, and
Suggested Salary Range
$60,000 - $66,500
Physical Demands of Position
Typical physical demands of a professional position within a
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please attach required documents:
List a minimum of 3 references in the application or attach a List
of References with Contact Information.
This position is grant-funded through September 2027, with the
potential for extension.
Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in
access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect
to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and
expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status,
genetic information or sexual orientation.
Director of Human Resources/ EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
ADA /504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian
We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity,
equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.
We understand that the successful implementation of diversity,
equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the
entire university community, including alumni and official
university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an
influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning
opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work
collectively to achieve a just experience for all.
We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an
equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are
safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions,
and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity
opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness,
justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university