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Director, TRiO McNair Scholars Program

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Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, Office of the Vice President and Provost

Position Title & Department:

 Director, TRiO McNair Scholars Program; Institute of College Initiatives
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Department Description:

The University of San Diego Institute of College Initiatives introduces local, national, and international communities — especially students and their families — to the university, and provides academic and support services to assist student achievement.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

Master mentor to McNair Scholars and their Faculty Mentors, the Director possesses the expertise, energy and compassion to put the USD McNair Scholars program into effective motion. He or she completes TRiO and other training in project management, regulatory/compliance issues, STEM strategies, graduate school admission and financial aid application procedures, financial literacy, mentoring, faculty liaison, and retention. The Director is committed to educating, retaining, and graduating McNair Scholars who will enter and succeed in graduate programs.

The Director is familiar with the academic framework of USD and has excellent contacts with faculty members internal and external to USD. The McNair Director oversees the administration and implementation of USD’s TRiO McNair Scholars grant. He or she creates and facilitates the day-to-day McNair activities and services, including writing small proposals for funding, and monitors the attainment of students and all grant objectives. Selects, trains, assigns, and supervises project staff. He or she also creates national, regional, community and USD liaisons relative to program services as needed. The Director will perform other duties as required or assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Implementation and Services Development 

  • Leads the planning and designing of USD McNair Scholars program curriculum.
  • Recruit and selects Project participants and faculty mentors, including  eligibility verification.
  • Leads the planning and implementation of the McNair Summer Research Program.
  • Provides advising, counseling and/or discipline to Project students as necessary.
  • Develops and facilitates services and donor relationships to meet participants’ needs.
  • Performs other administrative duties as required or assigned.

Program Administration 

  • Proposes, manages, and monitors budget.
  • Oversee the maintenance of accurate, audit-ready records (e.g., applications, service delivery, financial transactions, inventory, etc.).
  • Reports on program achievements, including APR.


  • Develops and maintains productive, collaborative relationships with campus stakeholders and community partners.
  • Recruits, selects, hires, trains, and supervises all Project staff.
  • Fosters a positive team dynamic among staff, McNair Scholars, and Faculty Mentors.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education, STEM, or related field.
  • 3+ years of supervised experience with student support programs and academic advising in higher education.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills including ability to work diplomatically and effectively with campus partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of academic needs of and interventions for low-income, first generation and under- represented undergraduate and graduate students.Expertise in and knowledge of graduate admissions and financial aid standards and procedures.
  • Ability to access, understand, and interpret data from multiple sources to facilitate participant success through proactive and innovative student services.
  • Committed to remaining current in graduate school entrance and success strategies for McNair- eligible students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will have personal experience overcoming the barriers to education faced by McNair participants and professional experience utilizing evidence-based practices to support students from populations historically excluded from higher education.
  • Doctoral degree.
  • 5+ years of supervised experience demonstrated successful experience as administrator of federal grant program, including fiscal, supervisory, and project planning and implementation responsibilities.
  • Possesses mentor qualities.
  • Experience with TRiO programs.
  • Possesses mentor qualities.
Posting Salary:

$5,373.33 - $7,761 per month; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The range provided in this job posting is the full range of the position grade and not necessarily reflective of actual compensation that may be offered or earned, nor a promise of any specific pay for any specific employee, which is always dependent on actual experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:

Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Review of applications will begin November 21, 2022.

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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