Ithaca College
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 16, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Other Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Counseling, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

Ithaca College invites applications for the Director of the Office of Access, Opportunity, and Achievement (OAOA). This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing, collaborative, student-focused team and to have an impact on the professional and scholarly achievement of the Ithaca College students empowered within this community.

Job Summar y:

The Director will be the primary administrator with responsibility for developing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating—in collaborative partnerships with others—the objectives of a range of state, federal, and institutionally-supported student success grants, including the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the NYS Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), the Foster Youth College Success Initiative (FYCSI), the NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP), and the Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (CSTEM).

The OAOA community of students, staff, and faculty/administrative partners welcome applications from individuals who are passionate about educational equity and who are eager to engage in collaborative leadership. We are particularly excited to welcome a new director who has significant experience working with higher education opportunity programs, working with a diverse student population in a counseling or advising role, engaging in state or federal grant reporting, preparing and managing budgets, and demonstrating a strong attention to detail. The director will collaborate extensively with the Provost’s Office, Student Affairs, and Enrollment Management, as well as with other academic partners across campus, in service of their students. Please see the full job application at .

Supervision: Reports to the Associate Provost, Academic Programs

Essential Duties:

  • Responsible for the administration and coordination of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Foster Youth College Success Initiative (FYCSI) ; develop program goals, ensure implementation of program objectives, and monitoring and evaluating program effectiveness in keeping with the CSTEP proposal approved by the State of New York and the eligibility requirements for participation in HEOP.

  • Responsible for the administration and coordination of the Central New York LSAMP Alliance (CNYLA). Direct communication within the PI/co-PI team, advisory board, and alliance-wide meetings. Work in collaboration with the external evaluator to develop and maintain records and reporting. Plan and execute the annual alliance-wide symposium, annual advisory board meeting, and assist with the planning and execution of the alliance governing board meetings. Work collaboratively with the co-PI team to conduct a mixed qualitative-quantitative study of CNYLA participants.

  • Prepare, complete, and submit New York State Education Department (NYSED) grant proposals and reports . Complete NSF grant proposals and reports; review reports submitted by alliance campus partners.

  • Work with the Sponsored Research team to identify and apply for state, federal, and private grants that increase opportunities for students underrepresented in higher education.

  • Prepare program budget s and monitor and reconcile expenditure of budgeted funds. Coordinate the dissemination of grant funds to qualified students; maintain student rosters, secure and organize documentation for reports to New York State and complete all related paperwork. Follow sound fiscal management practices for the distribution of grant funds and institutional funds. Use funds in accordance with New York State, federal, and Ithaca College policies.

  • Collaborate with the OAOA Assistant Director, Center for IDEAS, Career Services, and alumni for annual Intercultural Career Connections Panel and Networking event.

  • Work with the Office of Admission and Student Financial Services to identify, recruit, and admit potential HEOP program participants and ensure accepted students meet the academic and financial eligibility criteria. Review academic and financial records to ensure eligibility and compliance with student record requirements.

  • Collaborate with the Office of Admission to plan and facilitate strategy for marketing the HEOP program to various community agencies, public and private agencies, and higher education organizations within New York State. Evaluate the HEOP admission process and make recommendations in partnership with the Office of Admission and Student Financial Services.

  • Maintain student records in compliance with NYSED grant contracts. Prepare and execute NYSED site visits and file reviews.

  • Coordinate programs and activities for students in OAOA programs . Produce and disseminate literature promoting opportunities for OAOA participants; s upervise the OAOA professional staff and delegate program and activities to fulfill program objectives.

  • Provide one-on-one academic counseling to OAOA participants. Review participants' goals, academic progress and needs. Work with the Associate Deans and Office of Case Management to support OAOA scholars referred to the Academic Alert and iCare report systems and other relevant campus offices to devise intervention strategies; consult with faculty, counseling center staff, and other College staff and administrators regarding strategies for students facing academic, financial, and/or personal challenges .

  • Working with faculty and staff from relevant departments and campus offices, participate in developing and implementing appropriate interventions for OAOA participants such as academic workshops, personal and professional seminars, cultural events, faculty/professional mentoring interventions, community services activities, and occasional travel to conferences; collaborate with various offices within the Division of Academic Affairs such as the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Change, Tutoring and Academic Support Services, career services, and the various schools regarding effective delivery of student development interventions and programs. Make provisions for related student travel and accompany students as needed.

  • Work in collaboration with Institutional Research to execute a comprehensive assessment/evaluation plan for OAOA programs and activities. Lead an annual internal team assessment to inform yearly goals and measures and submit results in semester and annual reporting processes to the College and State.

  • Develop and demonstrate a multicultural awareness and contribute to cultivating an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and respectful College community. Demonstrate civil and inclusive behavior when interacting with staff, faculty, students, and visitors to the College. Promote a flexible, collaborative, and inclusive work environment and engage in educational opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Provide support to the Assistant Director to p lan and coordinate HEOP activities for the Summer Institute; collaborate with other offices in developing pre-first year programming.

  • Meet with Summer Institute faculty to clarify goals of the HEOP program and provide support for student concerns . Discuss student progress, schedule advising appointments and review academic progress.

  • Hiring, training, coaching, and providing consultation to a team of full-time staff and temporary summer faculty/staff.

  • Qualifications:

    Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years relevant academic and/or student services experience, including significant experience with higher education opportunity programs; knowledge and understanding of the mission, goals and objectives of higher education opportunity programs; considerable experience working with a diverse student population in a counseling or academic advising role; strong written and verbal communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills and the ability to represent the College to prospective students, families and public constituencies; attention to detail, and ability to work independently with minimal supervision; demonstrated ability to provide academic success services to students with a variety of academic and enrichment needs; experience working with state and/or federal grant reporting, preparing and managing budgets, and ability to follow program guidelines and meet strict deadlines; successful experience working in a college or university setting and flexibility to work occasional evenings and/or weekend hours are required. A master's degree and experience in areas related to those traditionally underrepresented in science, math, health or law-related fields is preferred. Salary range $65 - 70K

    Work Environment:

    Most of the work of the incumbent is carried out within a generally accessible, safe, indoor environment. The incumbent will be required to use a personal computer and associated equipment as well as other office equipment used in the day-to-day operations. The incumbent may need to deliver various materials on campus requiring the ability to walk or drive or make other travel arrangements.

    Application Instructions:

    Interested applicants should apply online at and attach a resume/CV and a list of three professional references. Please also provide a cover letter highlighting how you see this position aligning with your professional goals and experiences. Questions about the online application may be directed to the Office of Human Resources at .

    As an employee at Ithaca College, you’ll get much more than a competitive salary and the traditional advantages. We pride ourselves on providing our benefit-eligible employees with the most comprehensive benefits possible, including work/life balance, generous paid time off policies, career-enhancing trainings, employee and dependent tuition assistance, and opportunities to give back to the community. Beyond benefits, you’ll enjoy the kind of uniquely rewarding work environment that can only be found in a vibrant college community.

    I thaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.

    Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.

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