Executive Director - Office of PreCollege Programs - Multicultural Affairs, Student Success - 13805

ATTENTION:

The Department of Student Diversity, Engagement and Success seeks an Executive Director of PreCollege Programs.

JOB DETAILS:

Administration, innovation, and growth of all aspects of the following: Upward Bound (UB) Program; Department of Public Instruction (DPI) funded summer residential academic camps, and other innovative programs, including the development of a new Warhawk Pre-College Scholars (WPSP) Program, This includes being responsible for: supervision, program development, training and evaluation of staff; fiscal management and development of program’s budget; maintenance of a longitudinal database of approximately 600 pre-college participants by cohort; maintenance of appropriate records of participants’ activities and eligibility; coordinating college transitional activities for prior pre-college participants; preparation and submittal of federal and state annual program reports and proposals for grants. This position requires extensive contact with school officials, the community, students, and parents during evenings as well as monthly Saturday programs. The position entails fostering and developing relationships with personnel across campus and in the community including: principals, counselors, teachers, and other appropriate school personnel in targeted schools; professional organizations, community-based groups, student groups, and agencies interested in promoting the concept of equal educational opportunity. This position reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Student Diversity, Engagement and Success (SDES) within Academic Affairs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree required.
  • Five years’ experience in TRIO or academic support programs in higher education, non-profit entity, or public education required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs required.
  • Proven experience in writing and/or securing federal, state, and/or private grants.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated success in leading programs serving visiting student populations (especially middle or high school) making the transition to a university classroom.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure federal, state and private grants and funding.
  • A strong track record of implementing new programs and new programmatic strategies, with robust outcomes (in quality, academic outcomes, growth, and revenue).
  • Demonstrated history in creating innovative programmatic strategies and successful implementation and collaborations.
  • Experience handling, prioritizing and executing multiple projects accurately and provide high-quality results while maintaining a high level of customer service, professionalism, and team morale in a fast-paced environment with rapidly changing priorities.
  • Familiarity with the following TRIO and other higher education programs a plus: Student Support Services, Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science, Summer and Pre-College programs, First Year and Transfer-Student programming, International Student Affairs and Study Abroad, Admissions and Financial Aid, and/or Access- and First-Generation Programming.
  • Experience in providing support for the administration and management of programs serving first generation, multicultural/economically disadvantaged (M/D) students desired.
  • Life experiences similar to students to be served, research skills, and understanding of university structure highly desirable.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team under tight timelines and changing priorities.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to perform non-routine work with changing priorities and collaborating parties.
  • Some weekend and evening work required.
  • Domestic travel required.
  • Excellent judgment and decisiveness, high integrity, enthusiasm, diplomacy, and tact.
  • A collaborative leader who engages and empowers an organized team of event planning and programming professionals, fostering a strong, cohesive team environment.
  • Competency in budget management.
RESPONSIBILITIES:

45% Pre-College Programs Oversight
  1. Provide oversight to the entire Pre-College Programs portfolio (e.g. UB, DPI, WPSP)
  2. Independently oversee the day-to-day management of the portfolio of programs
  3. Allocate staff and financial resources based on defined programmatic and growth trajectory
  4. Define programmatic goals and ensure their proper implementation, autonomously and in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders, within broadly defined strategic goals for the Office of Student Diversity, Engagement and Success and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  5. Manage stakeholder relationships internal and external to the University
  6. Oversee all program directors, coordinators, student employees, and curricula for the portfolio of pre-college programs
  7. Responsibly manage program funds, complete program evaluations and use evaluation data for program improvement.
  8. Program Design and Strategic Support (30%)
  9. Propose and design new programs that carry out the strategic aims of the University, and the strategic vision of SDES and the UWW, in collaboration with the other programs in SDES
  10. Provide extensive high-level support in program development and strategic decision-making to the AVC, SDES and UWW as needed across all non-curricular functions of the unit
  11. Research national and international trends, prepare executive summaries and policy/whitepapers as needed, make strategic recommendations for existing and new programs
  12. Research, write, and propose policy, protocols, and guidance for new and existing programs within the unit, both autonomously and in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders
  13. Serve as the primary advisor for new program growth within the unit
30% Program Design and Strategic Support
  1. Propose and design new programs that carry out the strategic aims of the University, and the strategic vision of SDES and the UWW, in collaboration with the other programs in SDES
  2. Provide extensive high-level support in program development and strategic decision-making to the AVC, SDES and UWW as needed across all non-curricular functions of the unit
  3. Research national and international trends, prepare executive summaries and policy/whitepapers as needed, make strategic recommendations for existing and new programs
  4. Research, write, and propose policy, protocols, and guidance for new and existing programs within the unit, both autonomously and in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders
  5. Serve as the primary advisor for new program growth within the unit
15% Grant Writing and Proposal Development
  1. Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundations, local, federal and/or corporate sources
  2. Perform prospect research on foundations and other funders to evaluate prospects for grants
  3. Work with financial specialists to gather information necessary to report to funders on current and prospective grant programs
  4. Comply with all grant reporting as required by funders
  5. Understand institutional history and programs
  6. Work with UW-W’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to identify funding prospects and prepare proposals to current and prospective funders
  7. Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting
  8. Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for stewardship
  9. Assist with other fundraising projects as requested
10% Additional Responsibilities as requested or assigned by the AVC

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION:

The Office of Student Diversity, Engagement and Success (SDES) supports the mission and core values of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW-W) by providing programs that enhance, engage, and support students for success in their academic programs and beyond. SDES programs encompass curricular and co-curricular experiences that champion student diversity, engagement, educational achievement and success.

Our mission is achieved by engaging in collaborative relationships with faculty and staff in academic departments, student affairs leaders, university leaders, student leaders, and student organizations. SDES programs aim to facilitate enhanced student access, retention, engagement, graduation, and success. SDES houses several High Impact Practices (HIPs), which complement other SDES initiatives and campus programs. SDES and UW-W collaborators, together, foster a campus community that is characterized by inclusive excellence and that promotes holistic educational experiences for all students at UW-W.

CAMPUS INFORMATION:

UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-W is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-W is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.

UW-W is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.

ORGANIZATION INFORMATION:

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-W Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

SPECIAL NOTES:

UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION:

Applications received by February 16, 2018 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1024 or hrstdnet@uww.edu.

For questions regarding this position please contact:

Whitney Supianoski
Director, McNair Scholars Program
262-472-2804
JohnsonWD28@uww.edu

TO APPLY:

Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of Interest addressing appropriate qualifications and job fit
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references
  • Writing Sample
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