Job Description: Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards
The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (NCA) at the University of Cincinnati serves a diverse population of high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni, from disciplines across the university. The Office assists these students in identifying and applying for prestigious awards, enabling students to excel in the next stages of their education and career.
NCA’s vision is to embolden students to see themselves as award winners. The mission is to support all students to aspire to and successfully compete for prestigious national and international fellowships and awards by:
Fostering students’ ability to identify, articulate, and advance their strengths, experiences and goals;
Cultivating a campus culture in which students are empowered and prepared to apply for external awards.
UC promotes pre-baccalaureate programs (such as Truman, Goldwater, Boren, and Udall) as well as post-baccalaureate programs (such as Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, and Schwarzman) and graduate fellowships (such as NSF-GRFP, Soros, and Ford).
The director is a full-time administrative professional staff position that reports directly to the Vice Provost for International Affairs, Dr. Raj Mehta. The director works in close partnership with the University Honors Program and both units are housed together. The director also works in close partnership with UC International to manage awards such as Fulbright, Boren, Gilman, and DAAD. NCA is a small unit consisting of a director and a graduate assistant.
Essential responsibilities include:
Advance the vision and mission of the office and develop and implement the strategic plan.
Supervise the graduate assistant, including recruiting, hiring, training, and performance management.
Manage the annual budget.
Create and maintain a database of prospective and current applicants.
Ensure effective and timely administration and tracking of all nominations and applications for nationally competitive fellowships, scholarships and awards.
Fellowship Advising and Programming Responsibilities
Mentor students one-on-one throughout the application and selection processes for nationally competitive awards.
Manage the Aspire Scholars Program, including facilitating student communication, event planning, and the faculty mentoring program.
Develop strong relationships with key units and faculty partners on campus, including the University Honors Program, to ensure robust identification of prospective applicants and support for NCA efforts. Develop a fellowship culture amongst UC faculty, staff and students.
Facilitate student information sessions and workshops on scholarship and fellowship opportunities (e.g., Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater).
Partner with UC International to manage awards such as Fulbright, Boren, and Gilman.
Reach out to key student organizations, staff, and faculty to identify outstanding students who may have both the leadership ability and intellectual foundation to compete for awards.
Expand awareness of fellowship opportunities to current and prospective students through online and social media, and other means.
Liaise with UC Graduate School to promote nationally competitive awards among graduate students.
Meet with prospective applicants to discuss their fit for different scholarship opportunities.
Provide detailed feedback on applicants’ personal statements and facilitate the submission of university-endorsed awards.
Coordinate faculty committees for interviews for selected awards, and provide appropriate feedback for applicants.
Other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in any discipline
Familiarity with national scholarships and fellowships
Undergraduate teaching or advising experience, or similar practical experience
Experience working with high-achieving students
Experience with budgetary planning and projections
Well-developed leadership and collaborative skills
Well-developed organizational and communication skills, ability to multi-task
Well-developed writing and editing skills (ideally across diverse fields) for variety of audiences
Experience with reflective writing and personal statements
Experience planning and executing small and large scale events
Internal Number: 31001
About University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience. UC is a public research university with an enrollment of more than 42,000 students.
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