The full-time, Associate Director’s position reports to the Director, who reports to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students. Duties and responsibilities in this position are consistent with the mission, vision, and goals of Upward Bound (UB). The position requires a self-motivated individual proficient in management of staff, assessment, strategic planning and implementing student success initiatives designed to accomplish goals and objectives of UB programs. Requires excellent communication skills and ability supervise others, and work with diverse students, administrative staff, and faculty. Individuals applying should be persistent and committed to student programming. The ideal candidate will be creative, accountable, and able to provide leadership.
Primary responsibilities include management of the UB programs and services. The Associate Director will be expected to assist the Director in executing student success initiatives for UB programs. This includes overseeing the day-to-day coordination of academic support services, course instruction, academic tutoring and other activities related to improving the retention and graduation rates of program participants.
Responsibilities also extends to communicating with internal and external stakeholders to enhance awareness of programs and services, convey purpose, objectives and performance outcomes. The Associate Director will also coordinate other student services with high school counselors, Financial Aid Departments, Disability Services, New Student Programs, other high school personnel and community agencies. This position plays a central role in academic coaching, general advising, personal growth, leadership development, and training to high school students participating in the program. Willingness to work with students in various high schools, 26 Saturdays from September to May, and some evenings throughout the academic year.
70% Plan, coordinate, and supervise the day-to-day program activities/events both during the academic year and the summer academic program, including recruitment of students, Saturday academic classes, 6-week summer component, campus activities, field trips, tutoring, and career and college day programs. Coordinate Saturday academic program, class schedules, tutoring component and other program activities. Supervise, train, monitor and evaluate assigned staff. Training must include program goals and objectives, eligibility and application requirements (including disability documentation if required by program), participant academic monitoring (including high school graduation requirements), and Upward Bound regulations, policies, and procedures to ensure that all objectives of the program are met.
20% Administer and review pre/post standardized assessment scores and interprets results to identify academic and motivational strengths as well as deficiencies of participants. Handle student discipline and growth plans as necessary. Oversee the development of Individualized Education Action Plans (IEAP) by Academic Coordinator for 100% of assigned participants within 45 days of student’s acceptance that ensures appropriate and supportive services address identified participant needs. Monitor the collection of student records and data entry using the TRIO Blumen database system. Ensures that staff provides written documentation on all program services and activities by using approved contact logs. Develop and coordinate implementation of parent involvement initiatives for special TRIO programs. Conducts parent in-service to discuss program requirements and college preparatory information and work closely with UNO departments in preparation for summer program planning and scheduling.
5% Assist the Director in preparing internal and external reports including the Department of Education’s Annual Performance Report and grant continuation documents. Submit timely and accurately prepared reports, required by the Director, in order to monitor the progress toward achieving the goals and objectives of the program.
4% Abide by all policies, procedures, regulations, and laws set forth by the University, U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound, and Program Director. Employee will abide by dress code, attendance policies, and directives as deemed appropriate. Employee will establish and maintain positive interpersonal relations with program staff, other TRiO programs, UNO community, target school personnel and the public in general. Employee will actively support the program’s vision, mission, and goals and promote a supportive, positive work environment that is cohesive and effective. Employee will display professionalism and exercise prudent judgment with the use of equipment and resources.
Responsible for achieving goals specified in Annual Employee Contract.
1% Perform other job-related tasks as assigned.
Master's degree in Education, Counseling or related field with at least 3 years of teaching experience, should be familiar with innovative teaching techniques, academic motivation, disability accommodations, career awareness techniques, technology, and should be willing to work with individuals with a variety of capabilities and should have knowledge of assessments that diagnose participants' learning capabilities, strengths and weaknesses.
Experience with assessing academic programs, computer programs and student tracking systems.
Position will remain open until filled.