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Reporting to the associate vice president for engagement, the director is responsible for administration, implementation, and continuation of the U. S. Department of Education funded TRiO (e.g., Upward Bound and Talent Search) projects. These unique programs are dedicated to encouraging and preparing low-income and potential first-generation students to pursue a college education. Position Summary: Maintain the efficient and effective operations of the unit and facilities. Complete all departmental administrative requirements related to managing financial and human resources of the unit, including facilities and operations. Develop and oversee implementation of a marketing/communications plan for Upward Bound/Talent Search. Provide oversight and guidance for marketing strategies for unit programs. Collaborate with university and administrative units as well as with key stakeholders at participating school divisions. Secure new sources of internal and external funding. Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and university policies. Maintain an organizational structure and staffing to effectively and appropriately accomplish goals and objectives; oversee recruitment, training, supervision, professional development, and evaluation of assigned personnel. This position supervises assistant directors associated with TRiO programs as well as full- and part-time administrative support personnel.
Core Responsibilities: Ensure compliance with federal and university guidelines and regulations. Develop, write, submit, and implement proposals for grants' continuation. Identify additional external resources to support program goals and objectives. Develop and administer program budgets. Ensure compliance with federal, state, and university policies, processes, and standards. Oversee the successful delivery of activities associated with Upward Bound and Talent Search programs (e.g., educational, cultural, and social experiences). Recruit, select, train, and supervise program faculty and staff. Develop and/or arrange faculty/staff development opportunities. Manage the daily operations of the Upward Bound/Talent Search office. Facilitate communication plan and public relations activities. Insure that all identified services are provided to program participants. Complete year-end annual performance reports for the U. S. Department of Education and Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs, oversee program evaluation processes, and conduct impact assessments.
Master's degree in Education, Educational Administration, Counseling, Social work, or a related field. Significant experience which includes program administration and some combination of counseling, public relations, service delivery, or research with a demonstrated ability and success in developing and implementing college preparation programs. Demonstrated ability to write grants/proposals and evidence of successful funding. Strong management and organization skills combined with superior communication skills. Ability to interact effectively with university and middle/high school personnel as well as federal funding agency.
Previous experience with the U.S. Department of Education and federal TRIO programs.
Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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