The University of Illinois at Chicago — Assistant Director, TRIO-Upward Bound

The University of Illinois at Chicago seeks a dynamic student-oriented professional to serve as the Assistant Director in the TRIO/Upward Bound Program. This job is responsible for overseeing the UIC TRIO Upward Bound Program that provides classroom instruction and counseling to first generation and/or low-income high school students to facilitate meeting high school graduation requirements, and prepare for successful college admission. In addition, the position oversees teachers, curriculum development and counselors.

The Upward Bound Program and Student Assessment

  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for student assessment, including report cards, standardized tests, norm-reference tests and other methods.
  • Ensure compliance with national, state and city rules and regulations according to the U S Department of Education policies for TRIO Programs.
  • Plan, organize and direct the Upward Bound education program that instructs the targeted high school student population.
  • Oversee the recruitment and program admissions processes.
  • Assess student needs and develop annual school course calendar.
  • Monitor student objectives to assure learning standards. Create and communicate standards to all participants. Community and High School Outreach
  • Facilitate relationships with local programs, participant’s home schools, and community organizations to establish long term student recruiting, including working with teachers, parents, service organizations, principals and other relevant school personnel to ensure the success of the program’s objectives. Administration
  • Create systems for enrollment, including marketing and outreach to ensure enrollment is at capacity throughout the school year.
  • Administer operating budgets within grant guidelines.
  • Research, review, and provide updates to the Associate Director or Director regarding target school’s curriculum and instructional operations.
  • Manage complaint process and address teacher, parent and student concerns. Respond to inquiries and concerns. Interface, contact and conference with students and parents regarding student difficulties. Staff Management
  • Plan, assign and review work of 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.
  • Recognize outstanding teacher accomplishments. Create collegial relationships among the teaching staff, facilitating collaborative decision-making and methods to support diverse learners.
  • Oversee preparation of performance reports; supervise and evaluate teaching staff and student counselors. Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

A Master’s degree in education, counseling, social sciences or related field is required. Knowledge of curriculum development, assessment and federal regulations governing TRIO programs. Knowledge of theoretical educational principles and practices, applicable to first generation and/or low-income student population. A minimum of three to five years’ experience in education and program management; with experience teaching and/or advising students preferred. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite- Excel and Word; Database management skills preferred. Effective verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.

Submit a cover letter, resume and a list of three professional references to by March 27, 2019.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.