Posted: January 18, 2014
Student Support Services/TRIO Director
Summary of Position: Responsible to provide leadership and administrative oversight for the Student Support Services (SSS) Program, a United States Department of Education Title IV grant-funded "TRIO" program designed to increase retention and graduation rates of low-income, first generation college students and students with disabilities through an array of retention-based services. The SSS grant is currently in year 4 of a 5-year grant.
Relationship: Supervised by the Director of the Student Success Center.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
* Demonstrate a willingness to support the Christian, Catholic and Benedictine mission of the University of Mary.
* Provide leadership for the SSS program to achieve goals and objectives established for the grant.
* Provide expert interpretation of federal regulations in establishment of compliant institutional and program processes.
* Comply with all federal laws and regulations that govern the SSS program.
* Assist the Business Office with compliance for all grant assurances regarding budgeting.
* Seek assistance and guidance from the assigned U.S. Department of Education Program Officer when necessary.
* Work cooperatively with other institutional programs in carrying out the goals and objectives of the SSS program.
* Work cooperatively with the administration in developing strategies and maintaining institutional commitment to enhance SSS program services.
* Work cooperatively with the institutionís Business Office to ensure that accurate financial records are maintained regarding the SSS program expenditures.
* Design and maintain a data base management system that is secure and accurately reflects student eligibility, academic performance and participation.
* Provide regular awareness to the institutional community about the objectives of the SSS program and the annual progress.
* Submit federal performance reports by required deadlines.
* Implement strategies that will provide for an efficient delivery system of required and permissible student services for program participants.
* Design and maintain a participation tracking system that will accurately document student participation in the SSS program.
* Monitor the performance levels in meeting the goals and objectives of the SSS program.
* Develop and implement internal and external program evaluation/assessment processes.
* Develop and implement academic strategies that will improve retention and graduation rates for SSS program participants.
* Design and maintain job qualifications and descriptions for program personnel.
* Provide human resource direction and management for program personnel.
* Attend state, regional and national conferences and training regarding SSS programs.
* Maintain a SSS program guide for program staff regarding the internal policies of the SSS program.
* Participate in institutional committees that are related to the goals and objectives of the SSS program and enhance academic retention opportunities for SSS student participants.
* Write and submit federal grant proposals.
Desired Minimum Qualifications: Education and Experience: Masterís degree in counseling, education, education psychology, higher education administration, or another field closely aligned with services and programs that are a part of the services provided by the SSS program.
Five years of experience providing support services such as advising, tutoring/study skills, career counseling, personal counseling/coaching/guidance, financial aid literacy, to students in a college/university setting.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience providing support services to student populations eligible to participate in the SSS program: low income households, first generation students, and students with disabilities.
Administrative experience: budgeting, monitoring expenditures, record keeping, preparing and submitting reports, managing TRIO programs or other similar grant funded programs.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: Knowledge of federal grant proposal writing process. Knowledge of federal performance reporting processes. Ability to understand and interpret federal regulations. Excellent communication skills. Ability to understand the needs of university students who are low income, first generation, and/or disabled and the ability to establish rapport and interact effectively with this population. Knowledge of appropriate college level strategies that will enhance retention among students who are eligible to participate in the SSS program. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications. Ability to supervise and direct program staff in the areas of student academic advising, freshman orientation, financial aid and/or other retention related services. Basic accounting practices used in budgeting and recording expenditures. Knowledge of basic human resource processes for developing job descriptions, interviewing and hiring.
Work Environment: The office is located in the Student Success Center. Full-time, 12-month, fully benefited position. Requires some travel. Work outside regular office hours on weekends and evenings is required.
This position description is a general description of the essential job functions. It is not intended to describe all duties someone in this position may perform. All employees of the University of Mary are expected to perform tasks as assigned by management, regardless of job title or routine job duties.
Candidates are requested to submit their application and resume to: Sheyna Stroh, Director of Human Resources, University of Mary, 7500 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504; 701-355-8377; firstname.lastname@example.org.