Associate Director, Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Internal Number: 7698
Requisition Number: 22F500005
Rider University invites applications for an Associate Director of the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program. The Associate Director is responsible for all aspects of the daily operations of the Ronald E. McNair Program, to include the design and delivery of services that ensure student retention and support graduate school readiness and enrollment among first-generation, under-resourced and underrepresented college students. This comprehensive role will include project management and fiduciary oversight; staff supervision; summer program coordination and instructional design; student counseling and graduate school coaching; data collection and records management; cultivating a network of faculty mentors and graduate school representatives. The Associate Director will actively participate in the development of grant proposals (on a 5-year cycle) and in the preparation of annual performance reports for the U.S. Department of Education and Rider University.
Master's degree (or higher) in student or academic affairs, higher education administration, teaching, counseling/psychology, social work, or similar field
Minimum of five-years' experience in either higher education administration, teaching or an academic support capacity, to include budget management
Demonstrated experience in project/program design, implementation and management; data collection and report writing; evaluation/assessment
Thorough understanding of the graduate admission process
Exhibited understanding of and commitment to first-generation, under-resourced students and/or historically underrepresented in higher education
Experience providing academic programs and support services to include scholarly advisement, engagement, and graduate school/career counseling for the target population
Knowledge of TRIO programs or other higher education academic support program progressing students to college completion
Demonstrated intentional commitment to diversity and inclusion through the vehicle of educational access, opportunity, and best-practices for targeted population
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience with academic, career and personal counseling/coaching plus financial literacy
Ability to cultivate and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff and program partners/allies
Capacity to travel (air/land) day, overnight, and/or weekends as required by the program's function.
Position Preferred Qualifications/Experience:
Prior experience with TRIO grant-funded collegiate programs, such as the McNair Scholars Program
Experience facilitating graduate school readiness workshops
Familiarity with the PhD application and enrollment process, to include graduate essays
Experience working with first-generation, under-resourced and/or underrepresented college students
About Rider University:
The Rider University community is composed of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
Rider University is committed to fostering an inclusive, vibrant living and learning community that embraces students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds and enables them to achieve success.
Through reflection and open, respectful dialogue, we develop responsible citizens who demonstrate academic understanding and compassion to grow and serve as leaders in a diverse and global world.
Candidates with a demonstrated commitment supportive of the multicultural needs of Rider University and the surrounding community are highly desired.
Rider University has been included as one of the nation's best universities by US News & World Report and remained in the top tier in the Regional Universities – North category. Additionally, The Princeton Review named Rider among its
"As a learner-centered University dedicated to the education of the whole student, Rider provides students the intellectual resources and breadth of student life opportunities of a comprehensive university with the personal attention and close student-faculty interactions of a liberal arts college.Through a commitment to high quality teaching, scholarship and experiential opportunities, faculty on both campuses provide undergraduate and graduate students rigorous and relevant programs of study to expand their intellectual, cultural and personal horizons and develop their leadership skills. Our highly regarded programs in the arts, social sciences, sciences, music, business and education challenge students to become active learners who can acquire, interpret, communicate and apply knowledge within and across disciplines to foster the integrative thinking required in a complex and rapidly changing world."