Wellesley College is a proud participant in the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program and is seeking a new Program Director to provide continued leadership of the Wellesley McNair Scholars Program. The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is a federally funded TRIO Program that supports students from low-income, first generation, and underrepresented minority groups successfully preparing for doctoral study.
The Wellesley McNair Scholars Program is staffed by the Director and a Program Coordinator who reports to the Director. The Associate Provost/Science Center Director serves as the PI on the Wellesley McNair award.
The position is term-limited for the remainder of the award period (through Sept 2022) and may be continued if our grant is renewed. The Director will be expected to lead the grant renewal effort.
The successful candidate for this critical position will be report to the Associate Provost and Director of the Science Center. The McNair program director is responsible for all program services, activities, programming, budget management, strategic planning, staff supervision, grant preparation, and federal reporting requirements of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Specific responsibilities include:
Recruit and work with faculty mentors
Plan and supervise student program activities
Oversee student recruitment and selection
Plan and supervise summer research internships
Serve as an advocate and an advisor for McNair scholars
Plan and supervise office programming and supervise work of program coordinator
Oversee orientation for McNair scholars and faculty mentors
Communicate program activities to the campus community
Prepare various reports for the college and grant-related federal reports
Budget management and reporting, both within the College and with the Department of Education
Work with McNair Advisory Council
Liaison with appropriate campus programs and departments
Oversee evaluation of McNair Scholar Program services
Develop presentations and publications for the McNair Scholar Program
Coordinate and lead grant renewal efforts.
Responsibilities listed above are not inclusive of the position. Other duties will include providing support for various STEM programs that serve as a pipeline for the Wellesley McNair Scholars program, and coordination of McNair activities with other grant scholarship programs.
Candidates must have a minimum of an earned master’s degree (doctoral degree preferred). Prior TRIO experience is preferred. Well qualified candidates will have at least:
five years’ experience in higher education in teaching, program administration, and/or student success initiatives
three years’ experience working with low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented minority student populations
three years’ experience in staff supervision, budget management, and program development and evaluation; and demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
experience administering and managing an educational opportunity program (McNair or TRIO program experience preferred)
ability to plan, supervise, and evaluate the work of staff
Other qualifications include: strong computer skills; understanding of characteristics, obstacles, and experiences of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented minority students; excellent interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of student development and theory, and student programming
Knowledge of TRIO federal guidelines, regulations, and legislation
Budget management and analytical reporting skills
Knowledge of McNair-related research trends, opportunities, and funding
Knowledge of graduate study requirements, processes, and funding opportunities
Candidates should send a letter of interest and their Curriculum Vitae/Resume to Dr. Cathy Summa, Associate Provost and Director of the Science Center
Deadline: Position will stay open until filled. Applications will be considered as they are received.
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