Appalachian State University seeks a dynamic leader to serve as Executive Director for College Access Partnerships. The College Access Partnerships team supports NC Appalachian region students, teachers, and school districts in promoting awareness of, preparation for, and access to higher education. The department accomplishes this mission by supporting the work of teachers, counselors, and educators, along with providing direct services to students and parents. College Access Partnerships is made up of several large federal grants under GEAR UP and Upward Bound programs serving 13,000+ students in 12 school districts. The office is part of the Enrollment Management division of Appalachian State University and has a permanent staff of21 and approximately 60 seasonal and temporary staff.
Program Management/Administration: Develop and manage high-quality services to ensure that the target student population graduates from high school prepared to enter and graduate from college; Strengthen Appalachian State’s ability to respond to increasing demand from NC elementary and middle schools’ staff who request to visit the campus in a meaningful manner; Oversee all aspects of the programs in compliance with federal, state, University, and target school policies; Monitor thorough data collection, database management, record keeping and program evaluation practices that are timely, accurate, accountable, and fiscally responsible; Prepare performance reports, grant proposals, and required data for U.S. Department of Education and University, as well as any other necessary external organizations
Budget: Develop, negotiate, manage, and monitor multiple annual budgets in compliance with all applicable federal, state, university, and external funding rules and regulations
Supervision: Train and supervise the staff; Ensure that staff members have sufficient program knowledge to meet the program objectives for various grant-funded programs; Conduct thorough performance evaluations for each staff member
Internal/External Public Relations: Develop strong collaborative relationships with partner schools, regional school systems, community business leaders, university donors, and other community supporters; Maintain strong, positive relationships and communication with the U.S. Department of Education, University, target schools, communities, and other partner entities; Provide leadership in committee work at the University, in the community, in the target schools and/or with professional organizations regarding college access; Maintain relationships with students, parents, mentors, (college students and/or alumni), school personnel, community agencies, government personnel and the University community
Grant Writing and Program Design/Development: Engage in grant writing, outreach and fundraising efforts to underwrite programs (and serve as and/or select Principal Investigator for successful grants); Improve the capacity of College Access Partnerships to seek external funds for all college access programming for the entire region by allowing such programs to share physical, fiscal and human resources; Expand/coordinate Appalachian State’s support to internal efforts for outreach to K-12 initiatives; Design and develop program components, guide services and curriculum development and maintain progress towards successful completion of program objectives; Set policy, student performance and discipline guidelines
Evaluation/Strategic Planning/Assessment: Conduct formative evaluation and summative evaluation to guide program improvement; Analyze program effectiveness by routinely measuring and reporting on specific aspects and/or comprehensive goals via the required assessment tools; Continually explore opportunities to create bridges between the college access programs and the University strategic plan, particularly as these relate to the strategic recruitment of diverse students
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 understanding ways.
Master’s degree in Higher Education, Education Administration, Counseling, Student Services, or related field.
Experience in successful grant writing, grant evaluation, and/or grant-funded program development and administration
Working knowledge of program assessment, measurement, and evaluation methods
Earned doctorate in higher education or other related field from a regionally accredited institution
Experience in college access and college awareness programming
Demonstrated success in working with diverse students and/or a greater consciousness of diversity
Effective, empathetic, and engaging communicator
Demonstrated knowledge of financial accounting principles and sound financial management
Strong record of staff supervision
Ability to motivate others and a strong commitment to quality service
Familiarity with grants and grant management sites, such as grants.gov and AGrants
Strong computing skills and efficiency utilizing computing applications on various systems and programs (e.g., Microsoft Office suite, Banner, Google apps, spreadsheets, etc.)
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.
Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact Kelley Wolcott, University Program Specialist, email@example.com, 828-262-8016.
Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.
Appalachian State University, located in Boone, North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand 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 h...olistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low faculty-to-student ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. It is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system.