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Upward Bound Project Director

Posted: 08/28/2022

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Job no: 500834
Department: Regl Dean's Office - Hamilton Campus
Location: Hamilton, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Other
Status: Full Time
Temporary: Yes


Job Title: Upward Bound Project Director

Job Summary:
Project Director for Upward Bound will implement the TRIO Upward Bound program following the proposed operating plan approved by the United States Department of Education. The Miami Upward Bound program is a partnership between Hamilton High School (Hamilton, OH) and Miami University Regionals, the regional system of Miami University, a highly-regarded public university with a national reputation. Working with and reporting to the Regional Director of Learning Assistance, this position will provide oversight and leadership for all aspects of this grant program funded to serve participants through 2027.

Duties/Physical Demands:

  • The Project Director will monitor all program budgets and follow the Department of Education regulations as well as execute all budget transfers, review all budget proposals, and maintain all expenditures within the allocated budget guidelines; identify, recruit, select, and maintain an enrollment of the specified number (60) of eligible students and then develop and implement strategies to track all participants who enroll in postsecondary education following high school graduation for up to six years; develop applications, brochures, and program forms relative to the outreach needs of the UB Program(s) and then maintain program records in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education Guidelines. Additionally, the Director will supervise the maintenance of accurate Upward Bound data to generate monthly/quarterly/annual reports and to evaluate the performance of participants and the attainment of project objectives and then prepare and submit Annual Progress/Performance Reports utilizing federal and college procedures; will initiate and lead the interviewing, hiring and evaluation process of all staff; develop a strong working network with staff, students, and parents of the high school participants; develop support systems and mechanisms to achieve program component goals, such as increasing student retention, and graduation rates as outlined in the program proposals. The Project Director with support from the PI, will develop, coordinate, and implement a summer program as described in grant proposal and coordinate student field trips, per the program proposal.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education, psychology, or a closely related field, with emphasis in high school education and three years’ experience working with students in need of academic support and potential first-generation, low-income students. Must have project management experience, including staff supervision, budget management, basic accounting practices used in budgeting and recording expenditures, and the ability to work a flexible schedule that might include days, nights, and the occasional weekend.
**Position not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Consideration may be given to candidates with knowledge of federal grant proposal writing and reporting process; ability to understand and interpret federal regulations; graduates of the UB program; knowledge of basic human resource processes for developing job descriptions, interviewing, and hiring; excellent communication skills; ability to understand the needs of high school students who are low income, first generation, and/or have academic need and the ability to establish rapport and interact effectively with these populations; knowledge of appropriate high-school level strategies to enhance retention among students who are eligible to participate in the UB project; proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google applications.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Submit a cover letter, resume, and a 1-page statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Inquiries may be directed to Bennyce Hamilton at 

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Date to Begin Screening Applicants:
Screening of applications will begin September 16, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Advertised: 30 Aug 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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