Thursday, October 1, 2015

FT Associate Director of College Access Programs (Evergreen College)

The Evergreen State College
Position Description

Date:                           September 2015 
Position:                      Associate Director of College Access Programs
Division:                     Student Affairs
Position #:                   1053
Reports to:                 Director of TRiO Student Success and College Access Programs

Special Note
This is a full-time, overtime-exempt grant position that is federally funded through May 31st, 2017.  This position is an “at-will” appointment, exempt from Washington State Civil Service rules and the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime requirements. 

Position Purpose
The Associate Director of College Access Programs is responsible for developing and implementing culturally responsive academic college readiness programming that is outcome-driven. In addition this leadership position will ensure a highly effective intrusive student advising model is delivered to potential first generation college students. This position manages the daily operations of two federally funded Upward Bound grants.  The Associate Director provides support and supervision to Upward Bound staffing in Olympia and in each target high school, maintains a data system that tracks the academic need assessment of students, monitors the development of individualized academic portfolios, provides direct service to students participating in the Upward Bound programs, and ensures that services provided to participants are aligned to the grant and adhere to federal regulations.  An important component of this position is the knowledge and use of resources available through the schools, the parents/families, grant management and community-based resources to serve the needs of low income and potential first generation college students.  The Associate Director of College Access Programs reports to the Director of TRiO Student Success and College Access Programs.

Upward Bound Programs Description
Upward Bound is a U.S. Department of Education funded program designed to prepare youth for postsecondary education.  The annual combined budget for these grant programs at The Evergreen State College is $696,000.  The programs are aimed at youth traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, including youth from low-income families, and potential first generation college students.  The programs provide academic and intrusive advising support to 165 youth in the Tacoma and Clover Park School Districts, the intended outcome of which is to assist them to enter postsecondary education. The programs include a six- week residential summer school and Bridge Program for college-bound students.  The programs’ services support the mission of the College to provide outreach and services to students, including academic advising and support services such as tutoring, mentoring, and study skills workshops. Particular emphasis is placed on career and college readiness. 

The Upward Bound program has been funded at the Evergreen State College since 1977. The current grant is in the second of a five year funding cycle. The program is contingent upon continued federal funding.

Minimum Qualifications
·         Master’s degree in Education, Social Services, Teaching, Educational Administration, Student Personnel Administration, or related area.
·         Two years of progressively responsible leadership supporting the success of underrepresented as a faculty or student affairs practitioner in the higher educational system.

Desired Qualifications
  • Grant management experience including areas such as successful grant writing, effective program development and evaluation, and budget management.
  • Experience teaching college success courses.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the backgrounds of the underrepresented populations served by the program.