University of Illinois at Chicago — Director – TRIO Programs

Director – TRIO Programs (Job ID #88446)

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is an acclaimed research university that supports and inspires students in an urban environment. As the largest institution of higher education in the Chicago area, with more than 25,000 students, UIC embodies a diverse campus with its strength derived from its devoted top-tier faculty and staff who share a commitment to the promise of public education, the advancement of knowledge in their scholarly fields, and the imperatives of social justice and civic engagement. The UIC campus is located just west of Chicago’s loop, integrated into historic residential neighborhoods and metropolitan environment.

UIC is conducting a national search for the position of Director for its TRIO Programs, two federally funded University programs that identify and support eligible current and prospective students in reaching their academic potential, while laying the groundwork for long-term professional and personal success.

This is a full-time, 12-month appointment reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) of Student Affairs with an anticipated start date of March 2018. This position is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating academic support initiatives for TRIO to meet the learning needs of all eligible TRIO students, while complying with the complex requirements established by the US Department of Education. This position will provide leadership in the areas of budgeting, services, programs, and activities to support student success. Additionally, the director will lead a professional team that is current and knowledgeable in the best and innovative practices in issues of access, learning, completion, and career outcomes.

The Director serves as a member of the AVC leadership team and a successful candidate will be an excellent collaborator and possess excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Strong planning, presentation, and organizational skills are necessary for the role. The ability to demonstrate an effective approach to taking large tasks and breaking them down to small and meaningful steps will be essential to be considered as a successful candidate.

Core Position Responsibilities

  • Establish and implement strategic plans for the management and operation of the TRIO program in alignment with Student Affairs and campus priorities.
  • Build collaborative relationships with internal and external constituents to address the academic needs of students.
  • Direct the daily operations, including financial management, human resources, information systems, and procurement.
  • Plan, assign and review work of all staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hire, train, develop and manage staff to ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives.
  • Oversee and monitor state budget allocation, expenditures, and ensure compliance with appropriate local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Participate in campus-wide conversations to develop common training and outcomes for overlapping programs and services.
  • Develop marketing strategies for the TRIO programs and services to expand engagement with students, staff, and faculty.
  • Assess programs and services offered by TRIO. Obtain and review statistics related to the targeted student population such as grade point average (GPA), retention and graduation rates for long term trends, and adjust programming and services accordingly.


  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in a major related to Student Development, Teaching/Education, Counseling or Social and Behavior Sciences is required.
  • Knowledge of federal regulations governing university education programs required.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience managing university education programs.
  • Knowledge of student development theory and demonstrated ability to apply it to a support program focused on the retention, graduation, and success of underrepresented students.
  • Experience with academic advising, programming, and assessment. Strong teaching and interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Demonstrated and effective planning, fiscal, and supervisory skills. Ability to interpret and measure results.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

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