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Texas (TX), Beaumont
Employer:  Lamar University
City:  Beaumont
State:  Texas (TX)
Zip Code:  77705

Director, McNair Scholars Program
Lamar University  - Beaumont, TX
Background Information:
Lamar University is seeking a very experienced, student success-centered, creative, talented, energetic, and very hard working professional to provide strong leadership to its dynamic McNair Scholars Program. The successful candidate must be very knowledge about the TRIO Programs—especially the McNair Program, be passionate about promoting academic and research excellence among students and be very committed to collaboration and team-work in a fast-paced working environment. The Director of the McNair Scholars Program at Lamar University reports directly to the Vice President for Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Intercultural Affairs (VP-GLODIIA) and will perform his or her assigned duties independently, effectively, efficiently, and successfully, with minimal supervision. In collaboration with the Vice President, the primary responsibility of the director is to provide high level and high quality leadership and direction for Lamar University’s McNair Scholars Program and to help lead the Program to the next level of excellence.

General Position Description and Essential Job Responsibilities:
The primary purpose of this position is to provide enriching experiences that prepare undergraduates who are either low-income, first-generations students or those from groups underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral study. At its core, the position centers around developing and implementing research curriculum; facilitating grant renewal efforts; traveling to and participating in conferences, workshops and/or seminars related to professional organizations; networking within and outside of the University; coordinating activities with other programs serving underrepresented and disadvantaged students; participating in university-wide committees; and supervising faculty mentor/scholar research and scholarly activities. Other duties include managing overall program design, budget, activities, and services, as well as supervising office staff.

Essential Job Functions:
Program Implementation, which is accomplished by 1) Identification, recruitment, placement, and retention of students; 2) Data collection in accordance with federal grant objectives; 3) Program publications; 4) Correspondence; 5) Develops and maintains academic student profiles, including assessments, academic progress reports, enhancement activities, research progress reports, and graduate school applications.
Program evaluation and reporting in a timely manner, which is accomplished by 1) Completing the U.S. Department of Education’s Annual Performance Report (APR) in accordance with TRIO regulations 2) Completing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Institutional Effectiveness Plans and Reports annually, and 3) Completing Lamar University’s Annual Report
Providing Academic Support, which is accomplished by 1) Mentoring, 2) Advising, 3) Tutoring, 4) Counseling, 5) Research Seminars, 6) Graduate School Visits, 7) Research symposiums and conferences, 8) Reviews of academic progress, 9) Financial aid application assistance, 10) Cultural enrichment activities, 11) Graduate School application assistance, and 12) GRE Training
Monitoring budget, which is accomplished by 1) Management of program funds expenditures, 2) Budget revisions, and 3) Inventory.
Staff Management and Supervision, which is accomplished by 1) Staff meetings, 2) Hiring, 3) Training. 4) Approving time sheets, 5) Discipline Actions, and 6) Performance Evaluations.
Performs other duties as may be assigned by the vice president for the overall good of the Program, division, and the University.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree

Two years’ experience in post-secondary education
Supervisory experience
Budgeting preparation and monitoring experience
Program assessment and evaluation experience

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

EEO Statement
Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Veteran's Preference Statement
Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications:
Degree in a STEM field
Doctoral degree

Familiarity with TRIO programs
Grant writing experience

Security Sensitive Statement
This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Commensurate with Overal Qualifications, Experience, Knowledge & Skills for the position

Work Hours
40hrs per week; occasional weekends and evenings

Position type:  Full-Time
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