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Senior Director for Institute of College Initiatives

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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:

 Senior Director for Institute of College Initiatives; Provost
Posting #


Department Description:

The University of San Diego, with its college and six schools, distinctive academic centers and institutes, proximity to Asia and Latin America, and commitment to Catholic traditions, offers students a unique educational experience. A USD education is characterized by academic rigor in its undergraduate and graduate programs offering transformative opportunities through student/faculty research, global experiences, community service learning and internships that develops the knowledge, values and skills needed to serve the global, civic and faith communities.

USD faculty's research, scholarship and creative activity are complements to their teaching and are nurtured by a culture of intellectual inquiry. Faculty and students (undergraduate and graduate) often collaborate on research and other creative activity.

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:

Creates, collaborates, supervises, and implements Institute programs and services, including seeking opportunities and writing proposals for funding. Administers Institute budget and oversees the administration of TRiO program budgets. Selects, trains, assigns and supervises project staff. Serves as the national, regional, community and University liaison for Institute initiatives.   

Duties & Responsibilities:

Direct implementation of ICI mission, goals, and objectives:

  • Plans, secures and implements all ICI programs, including external activities in which ICI is part of a collaborative (e.g. SDUSD, TRiO Alliance Research Project, Global Leadership Connection).
  • Develops funding sources, programs, services and donor relationships to meet the needs of Institute target populations, programs and participants.
  • Oversees Administration of ICI programs: Upward Bound, McNair Scholars, Student Support Services, Bridge, and Summer Food Service Programs, during the Academic Year and Summer programs.
  • Ensures that ICI programs and staff meet all internal and external grant obligations in an
    accurate, professional and timely manner, including federal Annual Performance Reports and grant reports.
  • Proposes, projects, manages, and monitors budgets, including record‐keeping and audit compliance as necessary.

Recruit, select, train and supervise ICI staff:

  • Responsible for oversite of recruiting, selecting and training for the ICI positions.
  • Provide mentorship, professional development and performance assessment for ICI staff.

Liaison to national, regional, San Diego and University communities, federal, state and local government and community agencies:

  • Serves on University, community, regional and national committees.
  • Reports on Institute achievements. Represents and advocates for programs’ and students’
  • Collaborates on the development of new programs and services to meet participant needs.

Oversight of USD TRiO programs:

  • Oversees the planning, directing, and implementation of grant activities.
  • Proposes, manages, and monitors budget. Secures external funding to augment budget.
  • Ensures that project meets all grant obligations in a timely manner, including preparation of Annual Performance Report (APR).
  • Oversees the recruitment, selection, training and supervision of project staff.
  • Assists in oversight of program records: student eligibility assessment, selection, services, and post‐participation tracking.
  • Assist with planning, design and teaching of program services and curricula to meet participants’ needs. Co‐teach Senior Seminars in Summer and Academic Year.
  • Assist with planning and supervision of educational field trips.

Other administrative duties as required or assigned:

  • Facilitate staff and participant appeals and grievances.
  • Provides advising, counseling, and/or disciplinary action to program participants and their
    families as necessary.
  • Performs other administrative duties as required or assigned.


Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualification:

  • Master’s degree required, Doctoral degree preferred.
  • 5‐7 years relevant experience
  • Demonstrated successful experience as administrator of federal grant program(s), including development of funding proposals, implementation of funded proposals, and compliance with reporting requirements.
  • Supervised experience in collaboration with constituents internal and external to the University.
  • Supervised experience working with staff and students from low‐income, first generation, underrepresented, disability, disenfranchised and/or international backgrounds.
  • Considerable budgetary experience.
  • Knowledge of academic needs of, interventions for, and program evaluation for low‐income, first generation, underrepresented students.
  • Willingness to seek training to remain current on advocacy issues, program standards, best practices of service provision, and federal regulations for the administration of TRiO programs.
  • Experience in public speaking and public relations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of university operations, especially admissions, financial aid, advising, retention and employment standards, procedures, and processes preferred.
  • Experience with TRiO programs at the university level preferred.
  • Success in overcoming disadvantages or circumstances similar to those faced by the target population (eg, first generation, low‐income, underrepresented in higher education) preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • USD Motor Vehicle clearance to drive USD TRiO van and golf cart.
  • Appropriate character background and medical clearance (eg, TB test) to work in SDUSD high schools as necessary.

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. 


Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; 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

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

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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