Talent Search Project Director (2-Contract Positions)
Job Category: Student Services
Unit: Center for Educational Partnerships - Fresno, CA
Position Code: SCEP6965A
Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on 10/03/2016 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.
Salary: $55,000 - $60,000 Annually
Background check: Background check may be required
The University of California, Merced is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With approximately 7,300 students, UC Merced has planned for additional student growth until we reach an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. With undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs, plans for a future medical school program, partnerships and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Responsible for the design, planning, and implementation of a component of an academic preparation program. Establishes new organizational relationships with K-12 and higher education institutions. Assignments require advanced knowledge of highly complex or technical information. May have supervisory responsibility. Provides direct supervision typically to professional or skilled technical employees. Functions as advisor to unit and administration. Analyzes and resolves problems, interprets policies (i.e., fiscal management, HR, contracts and grants, resource management in defined areas) and demonstrates solid subject matter knowledge. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and policies to determine appropriate action. Supervises staff to assure accountability and stewardship of campus resources (operational, financial, and human) in compliance with departmental goals and objectives.
Under the general direction of the Assistant Director of Academic Preparation Programs and the Director of the Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP), the incumbent will be responsible for planning and coordinating K-14 academic preparation program services.
The incumbent will work closely with the CEP Assistant Director of Academic Preparation Programs and CEP Director in developing short-term and long-term strategic program plans. The incumbent will be depended on to assist in providing program leadership and using best judgments based on professional experience and educational expertise to assist full-time staff and implement and integrate services at partner schools.
Supervises K-14 Academic Preparation professionals and support staff (level 2 and 3). Independently oversees day-to-day operations and determines goals and performance expectations of subordinates. Designs, plans, and implements a major component of an academic preparation program. Provides expert recommendations and feedback to management on strategic and program planning.
- This position is Grant Funded.
- Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training required.
- Master's degree in education, counseling, psychology, social work, public administration, higher education administration or an appropriate field related to project objectives required.
- 7 year of related experience.
- Extensive experience advising and supporting educationally disadvantaged students regarding postsecondary opportunities and careers required.
- Extensive knowledge and experience working with educational equity programs serving a diverse student population.
- Demonstrated cultural competency with respect to race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status required.
- Advanced knowledge and understanding of K-14 education, policies, and educational equity issues required.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including presentation, communication, negotiation, leadership, problem-solving, and conflict resolution required.
- Extensive supervisory experience required.
- Advanced organizational and project management skills with ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks simultaneously required.
- Extensive knowledge of higher education institutions, admissions and financial aid requirements, and matriculation processes required.
- Knowledge of state and national education policies, current education theories, and successful educational equity programs
- Advanced knowledge of youth and adolescent development theory, including issues facing low-income, first generation and urban youth required.
- Maintains up-to-date information on K-12 and higher education policies and issues, assesses their impact on program strategies, disseminates information to school-site and district personnel required.
- Strong project management skills required.
- Ability to prioritize work assignments and manage multiple critical projects with deadlines required.
- Highly skilled in communicating clearly and effectively verbally and in writing required.
- Strong interpersonal skills, leadership and supervisory skills required.
- Ability to work under pressure in a variety of settings and to maintain a professional demeanor at all times required.
- Advanced writing skills with demonstrated experience producing complex reports required.
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with diverse individuals and institutions required.
- Demonstrated ability to interpret college admissions and financial aid policies and procedures to K-14 students, parents, and school representatives required.
To Apply: https://jobs.ucmerced.edu/n/staff/position.jsf?positionId=6965
If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.