Assistant Director, McNair Program

Updated: 1 day ago
Location: Campus, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


The TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program is a federally-funded program designed to prepare talented students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds for doctoral study through involvement in research and scholarly activities. The purpose of the McNair Program is to assist in the academic and professional development of undergraduates whose goals are to teach and research at the college level. The Assistant Director will coordinate the recruitment, application and selection process of the McNair Scholars program which also includes identifying faculty mentors. This position is responsible for monitoring all activities and collaborative efforts in accordance with the established goals and objectives of the program.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate and implement student recruitment, application and selection process of student participants
  • Coordinate the recruitment of faculty to serve as research mentors for participation in program
  • Coordinate staff trainings on regulations, OMB Circulars, EDGAR, and University policies and procedures
  • Monitor student stipend budget
  • Monitor and maintain program records
  • Act as a liaison with other colleges and graduate program faculty
  • Chair the McNair Advisory Committee
  • Prepare all program reports as appropriate
  • Assist with the preparation of data, Annual Performance Reports, and summaries for the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
  • Attend professional meetings, conferences, workshops, and fulfill committee assignments as approved by the director
  • Assist with assessment TRIO Programs Assessment efforts for McNair Scholars 
  • Assist with retention and persistence efforts of McNair participants
  • Supervise part-time faculty research mentors (25), undergraduate tutors (4) and two graduate students, one Masters’ student (academic year only) and one doctoral graduate student (summer only)
  • Monitor activities and collaborative efforts in accordance with program goals and objectives
  • Develop, plan and conduct various workshops for research, graduate school etc. 
  • Assess and evaluate program
  • Coordinate academic year research activities 
  • Coordinate 8-week Summer Research Institute
  • Plan graduate college visits and research conference activities
Advising and Retention:
  • Advise and monitor the progress of McNair students
  • Assist with the development of student Individual Action Plans (IAP) for doctoral study
  • Assist with retention and persistence efforts of McNair participants
  • Assist scholars with graduate school application process 

Minimum Qualifications

The following Degree is required:

  • A Master's degree required. Degree must be conferred at the time of application.
The following Degree is preferred:
  • A Master's degree in education, higher education administration, counseling, or a related area, 
The following Experience is required: 
  • 1 year experience with TRIO Programs (i.e. Upward Bound, Talent Search, Ron E. McNair Foundation, Student Support Services, etc.) or other related programs
  • 2 years teaching or advising in higher education
  • 2 years supervisory experience

Additional Information

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of the graduate school admission and application process
  • Knowledge of research design, coordination, presentation, and publications
  • Demonstrated Ability to work from a place of cultural competence to support an inclusive environment
  • Knowledge of the policies, procedures, practices and activities of TRIO or similar programs
  • Demonstrated working knowledge in servicing and supporting students with low-income, first-generation and students from underrepresented populations in graduate education
  • Knowledge of program design, delivery, assessment and evaluation
  • Knowledge of university student information systems such as CSS or similar databases
  • Knowledge of principles and methods of organizational and personnel management
  • Ability to work with and supervise faculty mentors and staff
  • Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for students and assists in achieving the University's core values

Deadline to apply:  The search committee will review applications until the position is filled; however, for best consideration, applications should be provided by 'October 5, 2023’.  

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