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Executive Director for Access & Postsecondary Success (University Staff Professional 3)

University of Connecticut
Connecticut, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Mar 30, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
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Employment Type
Full Time
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The University of Connecticut seeks an innovative leader to serve as the next Executive Director for Access & Postsecondary Success overseeing the Center for Academic Programs.

Reporting to the Associate Vice Provost for Student Success, the Executive Director for Access & Postsecondary Success will serve as a leading voice for advancing educational equity within the Institute for Student Success (ISS) and across the UConn five-campus system. The Executive Director provides leadership to guide the implementation of existing programs and services, as well as the development of new initiatives that enhance underrepresented student access, academic performance, persistence, and participation in life transformative experiences and high-impact practices. 

In addition to representing the Department and division on institutional and external committees, the Executive Director is responsible for the administrative and operational effectiveness of the Center for Academic Programs (CAP), having overall oversight of staffing, fiscal management, grant management, resource development, and coordination of related support. 

The Executive Director must be able to use recent educational research and institutional data to inform the implementation of current programs and the development of new initiatives to promote underrepresented student success across the University system. As a vital member of the UConn community, the Executive Director will initiate, develop, and sustain strong positive relations with UConn advisors, faculty, staff, administrators, cultural centers, and student organizations.

For over 50 years, CAP has served to advance postsecondary access, transition, engagement, retention, and graduation for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. As a national leader in first-generation and other underserved student support systems, CAP seeks to advance educational equity by connecting students to transformative experiences and holistic advising that promotes academic, career, and personal development. Located within the Institute for Student Success (ISS), CAP is home to pre-collegiate, transition, and undergraduate programs for first-generation and other underserved student populations, including the Connecticut College Access & Preparation Program (ConnCAP), College Advising Corps (CAC), Promoting Academically Successful Students (PASS), Promise Scholars, Student Support Services (SSS), and McNair Scholars Program. CAP operates programs across all five UConn campuses: Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, Storrs, and Waterbury. Learn more at


  • Manages the planning, development, evaluation, and administration of department programs and policies at the Storrs and regional campuses.
  • Selects, trains, supervises, and evaluates professional, classified, and student staff, either directly or through appropriate supervisors. Recommends staffing needs; determines work assignments and work schedules to most effectively meet program needs; resolves personnel problems and reviews personnel actions to ensure compliance with collective bargaining agreements and with University, state, and funding agency regulations.
  • Provides fiscal oversight of the Department. Assists with fundraising, grant, and supplemental resource development for the Department and Division.
  • Directs all fiscal and business operations of the Department including overseeing individual program budget plans. Develops budget requests. Allocates funds to departmental units for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in reaching department and division goals.
  • Serves as Principal Investigator/Co-PI for state, federal, and private grants. Ensures compliance with project goals and objectives as required by funding source; directs program research and information gathering and oversees the preparation of mandated reports. Engages funding sources to ensure efficient use and continuation of funding.
  • Manages foundation fund accounts. Researches and develops grant proposals to support department and division’s programs and goals. Manages departmental grant fiscal, reporting, and programmatic compliance, including directing resources and engaging with funding sources to ensure the efficient use and the continuation of funding.
  • Publicizes and communicates department and division student success efforts through internal, external, conference, and other publication efforts.
  • Prepares statistical analyses, evaluations, and reports of department processes, programs, and initiatives. Oversees the evaluation of department units and programs and makes recommendations to AVP and university committees for increasing student success and engagement outcomes.
  • Advises and assists the AVP on the full range of complex administrative and programmatic issues related to the Department.
  • Represents the Department and Division on University and external committees and task forces.
  • Responsible for short-term and ongoing special projects for the Division related to student success, which includes planning, coordination, supervision, and execution of project activities.
  • Develops and supports strategic initiatives and systems to position the Department for future stability and growth and to aid in the retention of underrepresented groups in higher education. Oversees a comprehensive portfolio of access, academic support, and enrichment programs to serve students from middle school to doctoral programs.
  • Collaborates with the University offices, including the Offices of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Services, to support traditionally underrepresented student access and success. Establishes plans to recruit underrepresented students; Advocates for current and prospective undergraduate students who demonstrate academic and/or financial need. Partners with Department Heads, Deans, and key units at the University to build systems and initiatives that support student academic development and engagement.


  • Master’s degree in higher education, counseling, or related field
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience working with students who are first-generation to college, from low-income backgrounds, and/or other populations traditionally underrepresented in higher education
  • Experience managing student records, interpreting data, and evaluating program effectiveness
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
  • Demonstrated experience with grant writing and management, including budget development and administration process
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic direction, administrative leadership, and operational management of a unit, including budget oversight and management, personnel management, workforce planning, and working with/motivating a diverse staff


  • Doctoral degree in higher education or related discipline
  • Experience developing successful federal and state grant proposals
  • Experience in fundraising


This is a full-time permanent position. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits including employee and dependent tuition reimbursement at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment.  For additional information regarding benefits visit:  For additional information about the University visit: The anticipated salary for this position will be approximately $120,000. 


Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved. 

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #496221 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Evaluation of applications will begin on April 18 and continue until the position is filled.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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