Position Description: The Program Director (PD) provides leadership for the First Star UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy (BGSA). In support of UCLA's commitment to strengthen the academic pipeline and increase access to higher education among underrepresented, disadvantaged youth, UCLA Student Affairs has partnered with First Star, Inc. to create the BGSA for foster youth. Situated on the UCLA campus, the BGSA provides high school aged foster youth with an intensive, 4-year college prep program that includes an annual summer residential experience and monthly Saturday Academies during the year. Targeting college-readiness in academic and psycho-social domains, the BGSA prepares foster youth to matriculate into and graduate from college.
Drawing on research and theory on learning, motivation, adolescent development and socialization, the PD directs all aspects of planning, implementing and evaluating the BGSA. The PD plans, develops, and implements strategies to mitigate factors in students' school, home, and community environments that may impinge upon students' capacity to engage in and benefit from the program. The PD applies in-depth knowledge of the foster care system and of local, state, and national laws/policy affecting child welfare in order to create support networks that penetrate students' lives beyond UCLA. The PD oversees the development of program marketing, application materials and procedures, as well as the design, administration, analysis, and reporting of program evaluation. The PD supervises a full-time assistant director and oversees the hiring, training and supervision of student staff and volunteers. The PD manages program administration including budget development, monitoring and reporting; researching program vendors and costs; working with HR and Purchasing staff to meet internal hiring and purchasing deadlines; maintaining program records; compiling and writing program reports.
The PD partners with First Star, Inc. leadership to cultivate relationships with donors, foundations, and other entities with the aim of expanding program capacity to serve more youth in successive years. To support replication of the BGSA nationwide, the PD advises and consults with other higher education institutions seeking to establish the program. The PD establishes and leads the exchange and documentation of best practices and lessons learned. The PD stays abreast of efforts on other campuses to identify and exploit for mutual benefit strategies to achieve economy-of-scale efficiencies in program planning, implementation and evaluation.
Special Instructions: This is a one year contract with possibility for renewal. Full contract term not to exceed 4 years.
The budgeted hiring salary/target range for this position is the posted minimum to $6,666.67 monthly, with salary placement based on skills, knowledge, and experience.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy, https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
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UCLA is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. UCLA offers undergraduate degrees in more than 127 majors and graduate degrees in 198 program areas. UCLA has 11 highly regarded professional schools. Eight are ranked among the nation's top 15 in their field by U.S. News & World Report. UCLA is consistently among the most popular campus in the nation for undergraduate applicants. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Benefits:UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.