Director of Upward Bound North

Deadline

Review of applications begins Tuesday, August 9, 2022 and continues until the position is filled.


Summary

Southern University at Shreveport, Louisiana (SUSLA) is accepting applications for the Director of Upward Bound Natchitoches. SUSLA is a comprehensive community college serving Shreveport, Bossier City, and surrounding areas in Northwest Louisiana.  It is one of five campuses constituting the Historically Black Southern University System. The University serves approximately 3,000 undergraduate students and offers 32 undergraduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of fields including Allied Health, Nursing, Aerospace Technology, Business Studies, Behavioral Science/Education and Science & Technology.

 

Position Summary

The Director of Upward Bound manages the daily operations of Southern University at Shreveport’s (SUSLA) TRIO Upward Bound Natchitoches Program. The Program Director leads the coordination and presentation of strengths-based programming for participants. The Director coordinates evaluation of the Upward Bound Program, monitors participant involvement in the program, documents all programmatic components, and tracks all budget expenditures in compliance with the Federal U.S. Department of Education. The Program Director ensures integration amongst SUSLA’s Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (SA&EM) and Upward Bound in pursuit of support services to encourage program participants to utilize campus resources and services to the fullest.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide overall leadership for the Upward Bound Natchitoches daily operations to ensure participants are engaged with provided services and that services offered are effective at meeting participant needs as well as achieving SUSLA’s SA&EM goals and outcomes for the division
  • Plan, coordinate and supervise project activities/events both during the academic year and during the summer academic program, including recruitment of students, Saturday academic classes, 6-week Summer Academic Institute, campus activities, field trips, tutoring, and career and college day programs.
  • Coordinate Saturday academic program, class schedules, tutoring component and other program activities.
  • Integrate strengths-based approach into all aspects of the Upward Bound Natchitoches program; identify and organize participation in cultural events and programs in Caddo and surrounding Parishes
  • Hire, in coordination with the building principal, all needed staff members, including, teachers, tutors and summer staff.
  • Evaluate all non-certified staff members. Plan and coordinate in-service training for advisor, tutors, teachers, student workers and other program staff.
  • Ensure that Educational Advisor (s) is well-trained in various pre-college topics in order to conduct effective grade-appropriate workshops related to PSAT/SAT/ACT/ test preparation, scholarship searches and applications, college admissions, financial aid technical assistance and other related topics.
  • Monitor individual academic and service plans in order to provide support services that address identified participant needs
  • Administer and review pre/post standardized assessment scores and interprets results to identify academic and motivational strengths as well as deficiencies of participants
  • Ensure that advising staff provides extensive assistance to assigned senior participants in order to gain admission to a post-secondary institution with sufficient financial aid packages and coordinate tracking of all program alum in order to determine college graduation rates.
  • Prepare internal and external reports including the Department of Education Annual Performance Report, grant continuation documents and other departmental reports.
  • Prepare timely monthly reports on all major areas of responsibility including academic progress of participants and academic advising activities and submit weekly activity plans to the building principal.
  • Interpret policies and procedures under Education General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for program and budget compliance
  • Oversee submission of required compliance reporting to the Department of Education APR and BLUMEN including student participation and budget expenditure, ensuring all reporting deadlines and requirements are met.
  • Collaborate with Academic Affairs on related projects and fully participates in the Upward Bound Program grant renewal
  • Develop relationships with other student support offices on campus to understand opportunities for partnerships and increased service to Upward Bound participants
  • Directly supervise staff members within the program, providing robust feedback, goal setting, and communication.
  • Fully understand and comply with all TRiO policies and regulations. Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws with an ability to manage business functions
  • Develops goals and objectives for program. Develop schedules, activities, services, and priorities for achieving goals of the Upward Bound Program
  • Communicate with University departments, personnel, and other agencies
  • Create and execute regular assessments of identified program components.
  • Create and implements plans to orient participants to program requirements
  • Other duties as assigned  

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree Required in counseling, education, student services or related field from an accredited institution of higher education

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum three years of professional experience in managing educational support programs, programs focused on postsecondary placement, or programs working with diverse populations, especially pre-college youth
  • Experience in grant writing and budget management
  • Background representative of population to be served (TRiO/low-income and/or first-generation college student) highly preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of project management for an outcomes-driven program, including program design, implementation, strategic planning, and evaluation
  • Significant awareness of cognitive and non-cognitive factors influencing student persistence
  • Sensitivity to diverse groups with respect to race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status
  • Knowledge and understanding of college admissions and financial aid processes
  • Excellent skills in communication, fiscal management, and student advocacy

 

Salary Range: 45,000-50,000                        (This is a full-time position

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties.

Criminal background check and reference verification is required.

 

Southern University at Shreveport, an institution within the Southern University and A & M System, seeks to provide quality education for its students, while being committed to the total community. This institution prepares students for careers in technical and occupational fields; awards certificates, diplomas and associate degrees; and offers courses and programs that are transferable to other colleges and universities. Dedicated to excellence in instruction and community service, this open enrollment institution promotes cultural diversity, provides developmental and continuing education, and seeks partnerships with business and industry.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

The application can be filled out online at the https://www.susla.edu/ApplicationforEmployment

Please attach cover letter, resume, transcript(s), and three references to application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Review of applications begins Tuesday, August 9, 2022 and continues until the position is filled.

Southern University at Shreveport does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. Title IX Coordinator: Dr. Johnetta Banks, Johnny L. Vance, Jr. Student Activity Center, Room 208, (318) 670-9201. Section 504 Coordinator: Dr. Anjelica Hart, NCR Building, Room 125, (318) 670-9367.


 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties.

Criminal background check and reference verification is required. 

Southern University at Shreveport, an institution within the Southern University and A & M System, seeks to provide quality education for its students, while being committed to the total community. This institution prepares students for careers in technical and occupational fields; awards certificates, diplomas and associate degrees; and offers courses and programs that are transferable to other colleges and universities. Dedicated to excellence in instruction and community service, this open enrollment institution promotes cultural diversity, provides developmental and continuing education, and seeks partnerships with business and industry.

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