Director of McNair Program

Director of McNair Program


Job No:


Classification:Student Services Manager 1

Grade:Grade 79

Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time

Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage

School/Business unit:UAA Office of the Provost


Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Student Affairs/Services


Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) invites applications for the position of Director of the McNair Program. This is a full-time, federally funded grant position on the UAA campus. The McNair program serves historically underrepresented student populations in their transition from undergraduate through completion of graduate school. Students served by the McNair program include first-generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students experiencing a documented disability. The program serves 25 students annually and supports student success through tutoring and mentoring services, academic coaching, faculty mentoring, research activity, and programs designed to enhance students' confidence and competence for graduate education. The Director is the chief administrator for the McNair program. The Director has supervisory oversight of programming, budget, and reporting requirements to the U.S. Department of Education and UAA. The Director participates in the direct delivery of services to students while facilitating faculty and staff support of students. The Director is responsible for maintaining program alignment with the Plan of Operations to ensure the grant objectives are achieved annually.



10Budget Development/Fiscal Management: Develop annual budgets to be submitted to the U.S Department of Education. Authorize expenditures, generate, and manage reports, and oversee reconciliation processes. Adhere to federal compliance regulations and university policies. Coordinate the development of cost projections for program activities, monitor and approve all requests for purchase and travel.Essential 20Direct Student Service: Provide direct services to McNair participants through educational planning, advising, mentoring, assessment, referrals, and workshops/instruction. Oversee student participants and provide academic, financial, career, and personal coaching suitable to graduate-level education. Monitor academic progress and conduct contacts/appointments to facilitate the successful performance, retention, and graduation of participants. Maintain updated data for student files and databases using effective and efficient methods. Identify, organize, and/or implement appropriate cultural and academic enrichment opportunities for students.Essential 20Program Development/Planning: Develop, implement, and evaluate strategies and services to align with federal legislation and regulations regarding McNair program expectations. Guide recruitment, enrollment, and activity of participants in the McNair program. Review and monitor semester and annual McNair participant information. Develop, coordinate, advertise, and deliver workshops, seminars, social/cultural events, and the summer research programs to support students' academic success and confidence in graduate-level endeavors. Develop and oversee the faculty mentoring and tutoring components of the McNair program.Essential 45Administration/Leadership: Provide leadership and administrative oversight of the federally funded McNair program in compliance with the U.S Department of Education grant guidelines. Provide leadership that develops a sense of team among students and faculty with academic success as the mutual goal. Responsible for:

• Establishing and maintaining a vision for the McNair program spanning the student's academic journey through graduate school completion

• Developing, implementing, and evaluating programming in accordance with the Plan of Operation and annual performance objectives outlined in the McNair grant proposal

• Recruiting faculty to serve as mentors and research associates offering students advanced opportunities to engage in discipline-specific and interdisciplinary research endeavors

• Hiring, training, and supervising professional staff while providing opportunities for professional development and conducting annual performance evaluations

• Ensuring McNair maintains a high level of visibility on campus and developing beneficial relationships across the university and Anchorage community to foster partnerships and collaborations for student services and programming

• Serving as a liaison fostering awareness of the McNair program institutionally, regionally, and nationally; represent the McNair program as it addresses the needs and aspirations of underrepresented students

• Creating and implementing various marketing strategies to promote the McNair program and its services

• Developing and coordinating maintenance of the McNair program website and promotional materials

• Implementing and maintaining assessment plans to ensure continuous improvement, quality programming, and services aimed at students' academic successEssential 5Grant Continuation/Annual Reports: Implement and supervise maintenance of record keeping and statistical reporting which reflect the alignment with the Plan of Operation and completion of program objectives. Prepare and submit the Annual Performance Report to the U.S Department of Education. Research and provide guidance in the writing of the continuation and five-year grant proposals for the McNair competition. Analyze student data, current trends, and current program performance for assessment and grant writing purposes.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:


• Strong leadership and supervisory skills


• Knowledge of student development theory and challenges facing underrepresented students


• Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse populations and assisting underrepresented students in attaining graduate-level education


• Understanding of educational assessment, postsecondary transition programming, career development, research, faculty mentoring, metrics for graduate school success, and the college/graduate school admission process


• Knowledge of university academic programs in higher education


• Demonstrated skills and knowledge in program development, management, and event coordination


• Demonstrated skills in fiscal management, planning, and forecasting


• Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret student data for program enhancement


• Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills


• Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage complex projects


• Ability to effectively collaborate with faculty, staff, community members, and external constituencies


• Ability to make independent decisions and provide programmatic recommendations to university leadership


• Knowledge of the U.S Department of Education McNair regulations and legislation


• Advanced computer skills and ability to use various software applications


Typical Experience:

Required Experience:


• A minimum of three years of experience in student services and/or retention programs


• Substantive experience in project management and program design


• Experience in grant administration, data gathering, and analysis


• Experience supervising professional level staff


• Experience in budget management


• Extensive experience working with diverse populations, first-generation college students, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds


Preferred Experience:


• Ph.D. or demonstrated progress toward completion of a doctoral degree


• Experience with the McNair program at the local, regional, and national levels


• Demonstrated success and experience with grant writing


• Experience with computer software such as Banner, Student Access, Blumen, or EAB Student Success Collaborative


• Preference will be given to candidates with a background parallel to that of the target population


Required Education or Training:

A master's degree in education, social work, counseling, higher education administration, or other closely related discipline from a post-secondary institution whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.


Salary Information:


This is a full-time, 12-month, term-funded, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and New hires will be placed on the, Grade 79, based on education and experience.


Special Instructions to Applicants:


Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.


The review process for applications will be begin on October 31, 2022.


*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


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Anchorage, AK

17 day(s) ago

Closing Date 2022-12-22