Upward Bound Program Director (Senior Student Services Program Administrator) for Rockville High School - Storrs Campus

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


The University of Connecticut Institution for Student Success (ISS) seeks applications to serve as the Upward Bound Math and Science Program Director (Senior Student Services Program Administrator) for the Rockville High School program. Based out of the Storrs Campus and 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 high school students interested in STEM at Rockville High School.

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.


  • 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.


This is a full-time (35-hours 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 $70,375. Other rights, terms, and conditions of employment are contained in the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association (UCPEA).


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 #498051 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Evaluation of applications will begin on December 11, 2023, 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.

All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce.  The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner.  This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all.  We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.

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