This position is responsible for designing and administering all academic components of the Upward Bound program and assists with the management, administration and implementation of the Upward Bound program.
Recruit participants and deliver services to meet the project's participants' needs and provide direct support to the Director to assist with meeting all project objectives.
Staffing, financial management operations, development of curriculum, lectures, workshops, and other education materials specific to academic programs and academic advising
Coordinate, implement and monitor all required services, interventions and activities administered through the Upward Bound Project including tutorial services, testing prep, financial literacy and core curriculum, trauma informed care in education, student engagement, cross system collaboration, youth mental health first aid, etc.
Develops the academic curricular and ensures it aligns with educational standards for the academic year and six-week intensive summer component. They have the responsibility of analyzing and evaluating programming and using professional knowledge and experience to make changes to the curriculum to ensure effectiveness in meeting states objectives and learning outcomes.
Hire, trains, supervises, and manages Instructors/tutors/summer assistants. Assist with managing a part-time staff.
Coordinate senior component initiatives which include updates UB educational plans, advising high school seniors and families, and developing senior workshops to ensure high school graduation and successfully enter into post-secondary education.
Oversee the tutoring component. This includes hiring, training managing tutors, the development and implementation of successful tutoring strategies and ensuring effectiveness of the component.
Assist with the recruitment of program participants. This includes making presentations, application reviews, student and parent interviews, and final selections.
Assist with developing, planning and coordinating cultural and social enrichment activities.
Assist the director with the completion of the Department of Education Annual Performance Report. Monitor and refine program methods. Works with the director in the formulation and implementing policies and procedures, decision making, collection and assessment of data, and record management.
Develops and implements programs and initiatives geared at enhancing and reinforcing the academic engagement and experiential learning capacity of the student experience. Projects programming outcomes at the program, department/division, or campus level.
Interfaces directly with students, attend student programming events and gather satisfactory feedback from student participants to implement into future student programming initiatives and objectives.
Collaborates with staff in own department and other departments, as well as academic and campus leaders, on shared student programming goals, often coordinating funding to sponsor student programs.
Measures and evaluates the effectiveness of student programs against protected outcomes; regularly prepares reports on impact to students and budget and presents to stakeholders on effectiveness and to secure funding for initiatives moving forward.
Support the work of the Upward Bound Project by representing Director through taking and making phone calls, setting meetings, and off campus with school personnel, community partners and friends of the University.
Provide support in creating and/or editing correspondence, reports, presentations and promotional materials for the Upward Bound program as assigned by the Project Director.
Coordinating visits on and off campus with program participants.
Budget management including preparation, reconciliation, and processing of invoices for payment for the Upward Bound Project; Processes and submits monthly budget reports to Grants Accounting.
Track and manage travel expenditures for the Upward Bound Project.
Candidate has to be willing to work a flexible schedule, drive long distances (with and without participants) and chaperone mobile classroom trips)
Travel to represent programs at federal grantee meetings and attend conferences for professional development.
Run campus/local errands to support the work of the Upward Bound Project.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree required.
Minimum Experience and Skill Requirements:
Two years of position-related experience, preferable in an office setting.
Experience working with youth who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education and low income/first generation students.
Experience working with secondary students, parents, and high school personnel.
Knowledge of college admissions, academic requirements and financial aid process.
Excellent time management and oral/written communication skills.
Ability to efficiently work on multiple tasks and deadlines, exercise sound independent judgment, and strong commitment to developing collaborative relationships.
Ability to provide service and support to students from diverse backgrounds.
Ability to understand and interpret federal regulations
Experience in program administration and fiscal development including workshops, meetings; managing current expense budgets and supervising part-time staff.
Strongly skilled decision-maker; ability to identify problems and solutions.
Should be able to indicate professional and personal experience in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting the student population from which participants will be served.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, solutions-focused.
Demonstrated professional ability to succeed while managing multiple major projects
Knowledge of appropriate strategies to enhance student retention and completion for individuals who qualify for TRiO Upward Bound.
Formal training and/or work experience in fields related to: Academic performance; Secondary school retention and graduation; Postsecondary enrollment and Postsecondary completion for low-income and potential first-generation college students.
Ability to work well in a digital space – high comfortability with office and meeting technologies.
Keyboarding, filing, microcomputer, office procedures; bookkeeping may be required.
Working knowledge of different TRiO programs and programs regulations and requirements.
Demonstrated ability in planning, written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to manage complex tasks and work well with professionals from various related fields.
Must be proficient in MS Office Suite.
Must be able to travel to target schools
Must attend trainings and professional development.
For 100 years Murray State University has served students from the region, the nation and the world. Founded in 1922, the University has grown from an enrollment of 202 students to 9,500 today. Murray State blends educational opportunities found at research institutions with collaborative interactions among students, faculty and staff found at smaller universities. Students receive personalized attention from supportive faculty and staff as the University offers a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
Murray State University places our highest priority on student learning and excellent teaching, blending the range of educational opportunities often experienced at research institutions with the nurturing student-teacher interactions usually found at smaller universities. Murray State embraces diversity in the workplace and values attracting, developing and maintaining a diverse, high-quality faculty, staff, and student body. The University endeavors to create and promote a culturally diverse community to be accepting of and sensitive to diversity in its many varied forms. Murray State has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on C...olleges (SACSCOC) since 1928.
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Located in the west Kentucky region, Murray State is a public, comprehensive University with four colleges (business; science, engineering and technology; humanities and fine arts; education and human services)– and two schools (agriculture; nursing and health professions). The University's 236-acre main campus is located in Murray, Kentucky and offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, professional instruction, as well as continuing education programs. Faculty and staff of Murray State University have access to a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement, tuition waivers, paid holidays, vacation and sick time, as well as many other benefit offerings.
The city of Murray, located in Calloway County, offers a low cost of living, low property taxes, and a four-season climate. Murray has a friendly, small-town atmosphere with locally-owned specialty shops and restaurants, an acclaimed community theater, art guild and award-winning public schools. The area is home to Kentucky Lake and Land Between the Lakes, a 170,000-acre National Recreation Area, which offers a wide-range of activities and amenities for residents and visitors alike. Located in close proximity to major cities and nearby access to Interstate 24, Murray is just a few hours from Nashville, St. Louis, Louisville and Memphis.