Upward Bound/ConnCAP Program Director in Norwich - Avery Point Campus

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Avery Point Campus
Categories: Student Programs and Services


The University of Connecticut Institution for Student Success (ISS) seeks applications to serve as the Upward Bound/ConnCAP Program Director (Sr. Student Services Program Administrator) in Norwich - Avery Point Campus to promote college access and success. Under the supervision of the Director of College Access Programs, the Program Director will be responsible for the management and day-to-day administration of college preparation programming for first-generation and low-income middle and high school students.

The Program Director will hire, train, supervise and evaluate professional, instructional, and student staff; manage the approved budget for the program; prepare institutional, state, and federal reports; and evaluate program effectiveness. The Program Director will also serve as a resource to students, staff, parents, and other stakeholders on matters relating to college access, educational equity, student engagement, and postsecondary success.


  • Plans and administers day-to-day program operations and monitors compliance with departmental, institutional, state, and federal policies and procedures.
  • Leads in the development and implementation of college outreach and preparation programming to achieve goals aligned with increasing postsecondary enrollment and persistence for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, and supervises staff. Assigns staff tasks in accordance with program objectives and evaluates completion of assignments.
  • Monitors approved budgets; prepares budget reports and projections in collaboration with department fiscal staff.
  • Ensures compliance with University, state, federal, and foundation operational, fiscal, and grant requirements, and prepares necessary reports.
  • Engages, plans, and organizes engagement activities with school personnel, district leaders, and local/state education organizations for program promotion, student recruitment, and collaborations to enhance opportunities for high school students attending targeted high schools and meet program outcome metrics.
  • Provides support to parents/guardians to help them support students in navigating college and financial aid application processes and transitioning to college.
  • Establishes and maintains partnerships with University stakeholders, School and community members, and educational opportunity/TRIO organizations.
  • Completes annual program evaluation and formative assessments; collects data, analyzes outcomes, and identifies issues and/or opportunities affecting objectives. Makes recommendations for program improvement based on evaluation and assessment results.
  • Assists in grant and development initiatives, including fundraising and writing grant proposals to secure resources to support the delivery of services.
  • Must be able to travel to/from campus site, UConn campuses, target school, and community organizations
  • The position requires working flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and six to seven years of related experience (two years of experience must be serving as an advanced/senior team member or working as a project lead), OR Master’s degree in a related field and four years of related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working with students who are first-generation to college, from low-income backgrounds, and/or other populations underrepresented in higher education.
  • Knowledge of the challenges faced by students who attend under-resourced schools, and who are first-generation to college, from low-income backgrounds and/or populations underrepresented in higher education.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience working in college access programming and/or postsecondary preparation for K-12 students.
  • Demonstrated experience in budget and/or fiscal management.


  • Strong demonstrated administrative abilities in strategic planning, budgeting, resource management, and staff supervision.
  • Experience with organizational, institutional, state, and/or federal reporting.
  • Demonstrated experience with program evaluation and/or assessment.
  • Experience in coordinating professional development workshops and training.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills.
  • Ability to identify and solve problems independently.
  • Demonstrated strength in oral, written and verbal communication.
  • Grant writing and/or grant management experience.


The is a full-time (35 hour per week) union position, which is grant-funded. The grant is in year 1 of a 5-year grant cycle. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Due to grant funding limitations, the maximum target hiring salary is $70,000 per year.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #496654 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Evaluation of applications will begin on August 22, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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