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Associate Director, Upward Bound

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Associate Director, Upward Bound
Faculty Rank: Project Associate
Posting Number: SR0180033
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Position Summary:

Reporting directly to the TRIO Programs Director, the Associate Director is responsible for assisting with the administration, implementation and continuation of the three U.S. Department of Education funded Upward Bound projects. These three unique programs, Roanoke City, Salem, and Southwest VA are dedicated to encouraging and preparing income-eligible, potential first-generation college students, and/or students who are considered academically at-risk by federal definitions to pursue a post secondary education.

Position Summary:
•Provide managerial and programmatic oversight for the daily operations of the three Upward Bound programs.
•Responsible for ensuring the successful recruitment, retention and participation of program participants in the three UB programs for all target schools, and ensuring the programs meet the federally-required assurance that two-thirds of participants will be both income-eligible and first-generation college students.
•Responsible for ensuring services and student progress are adequately and clearly documented in accordance with federal regulations and office policy.
•Coordinates the organization and implementation of the Academic and Summer Components, including but not limited to hiring of residential staff and instructors, oversight of curriculum development, coordination of master calendar of activities and events, and implementation of federally-required services for program participants.
• Responsible for the training and direct supervision of the Upward Bound programs staff.
•Assist the TRIO Programs Director with the year-end annual performance reports for the U.S. Department of Education, and other reports as requested; responsible for tracking and documenting prior participants.
•In coordination with the Director, ensures that programmatic needs are met while adhering to budgetary limitations; assists with ensuring that detailed accounting records are created and maintained.
•Responsible for ensuring that cash handling for Upward Bound programs, when necessary, follows departmental, university, and state procedures.
•Acts as liaison with target school systems and other agencies to ensure programmatic continuity, and that necessary agreements are up-to-date, i.e… Memoranda of Understanding, transportation contracts, Duplication of Service agreements, etc.
•Other duties, as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

•Master’s degree in education, social work or related area
•Relevant professional experience working for a federal TRIO program and/or similar related program(s)/project(s) serving students from under-served or at-risk populations
•Experience providing services and programming on a group and individual basis designed to help students overcome social, cultural, and academic barriers to post-secondary education
•Demonstrated understanding of the college admissions and financial aid process
•Excellent communication skills
•Supervisory and performance management experience

Preferred Qualifications:

•Previous experience working with the U.S. Department of Education and federal TRIO Programs
•Experience working with students in the foster care system, and with students and families who are homeless, or at-risk of being homeless, according to the McKinney-Vento Act
•Previous experience working with an Upward Bound project
•Demonstrated progressively responsible experience
•Demonstrated ability to write and secure local, state and/or federal grants/proposals

Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Offer of employment may require prior approval from the granting agency
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Must pass a criminal background check and have an acceptable and safe driving record. Offer of employment is contingent on continuation of funding.

Must have a valid driver’s license.
This position will be required to transport students to certain program events. Hours of work will vary to meet grant needs with weekends and extended summer hours required.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

For a full description of the position and requirements, and to apply, go to, posting # SR0180033. Attach a resume, cover letter and a list of three professional references to the online application. Review of applications will begin March 21, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations should notify the search chair, Nancy Gruber at 540/231-5373 or

Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: August 2022
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience, up to a budget maximum of $60,000.
Department: TRiO
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 03/12/2018
Review Begin Date: 03/21/2018
Job Close Date(if applicable):
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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