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Director, Trio Upward Bound Math Science Program

Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP
Wichita, KS Full-time
Posted on June 29, 2018

The Director of the Trio UBMS Program is responsible for all operations of the Program which include but are not limited to: Leadership, Supervision and Training, Resource Oversight and Procurement, Communication and Marketing, Student Service Provision and Reporting and Evaluation.

Essential Functions And Basic Duties:

  • Leadership – Set vision and program mission, establish long and short term objectives, develop program calendars, determine service delivery, maintain active membership in professional associations and attend professional conferences
  • Resource Procurement and Oversight – Write U.S. Department of Ed Grant applications and seek other funding opportunities, recruit staff members and volunteers, build relationships with stakeholders. Authorize, monitor and audit program funding according to federal regulations, state and university policies.
  • Supervision and Training – Develop a hiring strategy for program operations, hire central and residential staff members, authorize hiring for instructional staff members, assess training needs and develop training that meets the needs of each staff, coordinate the evaluation process of all UBMS staff members.
  • Evaluation and Reporting – Orchestrate the production of the Annual Evaluation Report and U.S. Department of Education Annual Performance Report (APR). Develop and maintain formative and summative evaluation strategies that inform program staff and other entities of the progress the program is making in achieving its goals and objectives. Create opportunities for data-driven decision-making, provide oversight of the UBMS database and ensuring that student records are safeguarded according to FERPA.
  • Student Service – Determination of student service provision, assignment of tasks related to student services, provision of senior services and tracking of post-secondary matriculation, retention and graduation.
  • Communications and Marketing – Liaison between the Center and the University. Provide oversight for all program publications (brochures, recruitment materials, website, and other social media outlets). Coordinate the production of parent, student and stakeholder correspondence.
  • This position requires the ability to accompany students on long walking campus tours and field trips as well as the ability to sit for long periods at a time working on a computer. The director is also responsible for carrying equipment and materials for workshops and student activities.


  • Minimum: Master’s degree in administration, math, science, or engineering by hire date.
  • Preferred: Doctor of Philosophy in administration, math, science, or engineering by hire date.

Required Knowledge & Experience:

  • Three (3) – Five (5) years administrative experience in a higher education setting.
  • Three (3) or more years’ experience supervising professional staff.
  • Three (3) or more years’ experience working with/counseling high school students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a variety of professional staff from different backgrounds and diverse populations.
  • Strong computer literacy and knowledge of commonly used productivity software: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.
  • Working knowledge of Trio Programs or federally funded educational programs for low-income, first generation, and/or disadvantaged students.
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Successful grant writing skills.
  • University or college teaching experience preferred.
  • Experience working/directing a Trio, Gear Up or educational opportunity program preferred.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate with employees throughout the State of Kansas.
  • Sound reasoning, analysis and decision making skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to independently apply database concepts in support of management decisions.

Physical Activities And Requirements Of This Position:

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time. Able to view computer screen for lengths at a time. Must be able to speak and listen clearly. Fine visual acuity to read for accuracy.
  • Routine travel required.
  • Regular evenings and weekend work required.
  • Intense summer workload and time requirement.

Physical Strength:

  • Must be able to lift boxes of files and other documents.