Program Director, TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC)
Kirkwood Community College
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Internal Number: 01043
To advance the college's mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.
GENERAL JOB SUMMARY:
This position provides overall leadership and management of the TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) program in accordance with institutional and federal regulations and communicates the objectives of the program to the College community including faculty, staff, administration, and students. The EOC Director will manage an annual budget of approximately $350,000 according to the college and US Department of Education guidelines, supervise program Advisors and program tutors, prepare funding proposals, grant reports, continuation applications and program annual reports. The Director will also maintain regular contact with the Department of Education to ensure the program meets all grant related requirements.
The person in this position and other EOC staff seek to identify barriers to student access and achievement, particularly economic, organizational, and equity challenges. The ideal individual will be integral in implementing college and career preparation activities and postsecondary access with particular effort to foster greater equity in the outcomes of individuals who qualify as participants.
This position is grant funded. Current funding for this position is scheduled to end on August 31, 2026. Continuation of this position beyond the current funding period is dependent on the renewal of this grant.
Perform day to day responsibility for the operation and implementation of the EOC program and adherence to grant specifications for processes, services, and outcomes.
Represent the EOC program at college meetings, task forces, committees, and community functions.
Hire, train, supervise, mentor and evaluate all program staff.
Establish and build relationships, with community partners and organizations to ensure continuity of quality services and outcomes for program participants.
Establish and build relationships with other college departments including but not limited to Academic Departments, The Office of Admissions, The Dean of Students Office, Student Support Services, Enrollment Services, College Credit in High School; the Workplace Learning Connection, Kirkwood Adult High School & Continuing Education program; and other appropriate business, agency, and community organizations.
Educate students about the college application process, educational program offerings, financial aid, assessment testing and placement, and related college guidelines.
Conduct family and community outreach and activities to strengthen family/school partnerships, connect with community and higher education resources to plan for post-secondary education, and facilitate comprehensive college selection and financial planning processes.
Analyze and review eligibility and needs assessment applications and conduct interviews and approve selection of all EOC program applicants.
Deliver a case-management approach, including proactive communications, case documentation, follow-through with participants, faculty and other resource entities to achieve student success.
Serve participants through Academic Advising, developing Individual Service Plans, test preparation, referral to services and other proposed service activities that will provide participant success and meet program objectives.
Perform program evaluation to assure continuous improvement to program services
Manage Program database and generate Annual Performance Report.
Ensure program compliance with federal regulations.
Ensure personnel 'Time and Effort' reports are completed accurately and timely.
Perform other related work duties as assigned.
Ability to administer and manage an EOC program
Be able and willing to represent the College in a positive manner with the Department of Education, program participants, community partners, vendors, and the community we serve.
Be a self-motivated, energetic, and creative individual with proven leadership, planning and administrative skills.
Possess excellent conceptual and planning skills and be able to relate well with other professionals
within the college and at other institutions.
Read, understand, and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form.
Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.
Demonstrate respect for all individuals and a positive attitude toward the capacity of disadvantaged youth to succeed in education.
Knowledge of academic advising services, development of individualized service plans; and college, career, financial aid, and economic literacy services/programming for EOC eligible participants.
Knowledge of barriers to postsecondary education faced by low-income and potential first-generation college youth in the target area.
Knowledge of applicable federal, state, local, rules and regulations.
Ability to develop budgets and monitor expenditures.
Ability to collect and analyze data and conduct internal Program evaluations (formative and summative).
You aspire to work with people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as cultivate an environment that values differences.
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.
The position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.
Master's Degree required in student affairs, education, human services, counseling or other related fields, and/or a minimum of 3 years experience in administration, education or social programs, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Documented experience with TRIO or other educational programs.
Demonstrated experience supervising staff in a related programmatic environment.
Experience with grants, grant reporting, fiscal management, and program evaluation.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Experience designing, implementing or directing educational programs serving low-income, first-generation, students with disabilities, veterans, students of color and indigenous students, and other traditionally underrepresented populations.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, OR REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED:
Include any required licenses, certifications or registrations needed to be considered for the position.
PREFERREDQUALIFICATIONS, LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, OR REGISTRATIONS:
Prior experience in the operation of an EOC program.
Preference will be given to individuals that have succeeded in overcoming the disadvantages and circumstances like those of the targeted population and/or were enrolled in an EOC or other Trio program
Experiences in a postsecondary setting, such as academic advising, admissions, financial aid, recruitment, academic support or related experience
Understanding of the mission of higher education, knowledge of current college education and student services procedures and practices, with a demonstrated focus on student success.
Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy, please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572, Email: [email protected] or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: 312-730-1560, Fax: 312-730-1576, Email: [email protected]
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