UALR Functional Title
Project Director - TRIO Delta Educational Opportunity Center 2 / P98421
The Project Director provides management of the TRIO Delta Educational Opportunity Center 2 (EOC) which is a grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist low income, potential first-generation adult college students with postsecondary access in twelve counties in east and southeast Arkansas. The Project Director leads a team that provides outreach, disseminates information, and provides postsecondary enrollment assistance to 1043 adult participants. The Project Director must design and implement a plan to reach all approved goals. The Director is responsible for daily operations and overall administration of the program. This position is governed by state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Responsible for the fiscal and reporting accountability including budget modifications and management;
- Ensure compliance with all federal guidelines and project regulations associated with the operation of a federally funded TRIO program;
- Maintain appropriate grant records;
- Monitor and verify objective attainment and responsible for the preparation and completion of the program’s Annual Performance Report (APR);
- Conduct program evaluation and provide direction to ensure the accomplishment of program goals and objectives and continued funding;
- Responsible for supervising and scheduling staff in the identification of eligible clients and the delivery of services;
- Develop and maintain strong partnerships with postsecondary educational institutions, secondary institutions, social service agencies, community agencies and businesses;
- Develop and implement a public relations campaign to inform the residents of the Delta Educational Opportunity Center services to include TV appearances, print interviews, radio interviews and the design of printed materials;
- Manage the database of client records and the administration of Accuplacer and Shmoop;
- Manage the CPP1, CPP2 and financial literacy components;
- Maintain a limited caseload to include identification and selection of participants, documenting secondary/postsecondary client needs and providing services;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of TRIO regulations, purposes and performance outcomes of TRIO or other educational equity programs;
- Knowledge of grant operations, grant writing, project implementation and management;
- Ability to interpret grant regulations and legislation;
- Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks and adhere to deadlines;
- Ability to use independent judgment and to work effectively with staff, students, parents, community partners, and school personnel of diverse background and varying educational levels;
- Knowledge, education, and/or experience with first-generation students through formal training, work experience, and personal life experiences;
- Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications, database operations, website and various online media programs;
- Exhibit strong writing skills, including ability to create written and marketing materials;
- Must be flexible in scheduling to meet community demands on nights and weekends, overnight travel and attending regional and national conferences;
- The successful candidate must have the ability to frequently travel in-state and work outside normal office hours, evenings and weekend;
- A valid driver’s license and a personal vehicle are required for travel;
- An official transcript is required at time of hire.
Required Education and/or Experience
A Master’s degree.
Preferred Education and/or Experience
A Master’s degree in adult education, education, higher education, non-profit management, student services, social services or related field; Three (3) or more years’ of progressive experience working with TRIO or similar populations; Budget management experience; Experience in the development of partnerships and public relations strategies; Experience in managing programs which assist disadvantaged individuals in the attainment of education and career goals; Experience in working in outreach/supportive services, delivering presentations, and areas related to the development of personal, academic and career success; Experience in overcoming barriers similar to target population; Is a representative of the population served (first generation college/low income).
Background Check Requirements
07 - All-Criminal/Financial/Sex/Drug
Essential Job Functions
Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds: Occasionally, Kneeling: Occasionally, Climbing (Stairs, Ladders, etc.): Occasionally, Lifting 10-25 lbs: Occasionally, Carrying 10-25 lbs: Occasionally, Pushing/pulling 10-25 lbs: Occasionally, Sitting for long periods of time: Daily, Speaking; Essential, Hearing: Essential, Vision: Ability to distinguish similar colors, depth perception, close vision: Essential, Walking - Short Distances: Daily, Walking - Moderate Distances; Occasionally
Spends approximately 75% or more time indoors
Posting Detail Information
Background Check Statement
This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal, sex-offender registry, financial history background check and drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
UALR EEO Statement
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.
Open Until Filled
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