Director of TRIO Program for Student Achievement - Middlesex Community College
Middlesex Community College
Location: Lowell, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 137924
Location: Lowell, MA Category: Full-time Staff Posted On: Fri Oct 8 2021 Job Description:
Title: Director of TRIO Program for Student Achievement
Unit: Non-Unit Professional (NUP)
Department: Student Affairs Division, Student Support Services
Reports To: Associate Dean of Student Support Services
Date: October 8, 2021
General Summary:. The Project Director is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations within the TRIO Program for Student Achievement (PSA) serving 100 eligible students with documented disabilities, in close collaboration with the Disability Support Services Office. The PSA provides academic and financial aid advising, career and transfer counseling, and individualized tutoring. The Director recruits and supervises staff and eligible students, delivery of services to eligible students, direct service activities, and management and administration of the grant budget. The Director is responsible for the development and administration of all grant procedural elements and program policy; and overseeing the development of evaluations, annual performance reports and continuation grants.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Manages all aspects of the PSA, including recruitment of staff and students, direct service activities, and budget administration. Interviews, hires and supervises staff to provide services within the PSA.
Develops and maintains procedural elements of the program policy.
Oversees the development of evaluations and annual performance reports for the program.
Coordinates relationships with other programs and divisions of the college.
Oversees the maintenance of an accurate, current record-keeping system. Develops, manages and monitors the PSA budget.
Maintains positive relationships with Faculty and staff of MCC regarding courses, student progress and status and Supplemental Instruction and support provided to PSA students.
Maintains external relations with the Department of Education and other TRIO programs.
Promotes and maintains responsive community relations.
Provides supplemental instruction and academic and adjustment support to PSA students as needed.
Ensures that the grant management data base (EDGAR) is maintained, updated and edited.
Participates as active member of the Dean of Student's Student Assessment Intervention Team which may include, but not be limited to: consultation to faculty and staff, outreach to students in need of support, crisis intervention with students and threat assessment and response.
Facilitates referrals to appropriate community agencies (i.e. Community Mental Health providers, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission) to assist students in obtaining services necessary to be successful in the post secondary educational environment.
Consults regularly with community agencies and resources to assist with on-going support of students with psychiatric disabilities
Maintains professional and technical knowledge in applicable areas to include current knowledge of trends and practices in the field through peer association, attendance at seminars, review of literature to maintain a working knowledge of adaptive and assistive technology and of trends and best practices in disability support services.
Serves as an academic advisor for eligible PSA students to include assisting students in identifying appropriate courses which best fulfill their educational and career goals and using the Degree works advising system.
Meets with students on a regular basis to ensure that needs are being met and to assist appropriately in developing self-advocacy skills.
Participates in training on school policies and procedures for providing academic advising to PSA students.
Collaborates with staff in TRIO Student Success Program, Disability Support Services and other co-curricular and support services for PSA students.
Collaborates and coordinates support services to eligible PSA students, and serves as a student advocate within the academic community.
Attends and participates in informational activities including orientation and opening day, honors, scholarship, leadership awards and commencement programs.
Attends and participates in programs in the local communities including community advocacy groups.
Participates in professional development opportunities and plans and participates in regularly scheduled staff meetings.
Participates in college wide planning on issues related to student support services and support to special populations.
Attends and participates in MCC professional development opportunities.
Participates in Faculty Staff Association and ad hoc committees, as requested by the Dean of Students and the Associate Dean of Student Support Services.
Performs administrative tasks associated with department activities.
Performs other related duties, as assigned.
Master's Degree in Education, Counseling, Special Education or a related field.
A minimum of three years of extensive experience working directly with individuals with disabilities, particularly recent experience supporting students with psychiatric and emotional disabilities, and working with diverse student populations in an education setting or comparable setting.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Experience with program and budget management.
Experience implementing disability support services programs and case management.
Experience overseeing federally-funded education programs and grant management.
Experience with staff development and supervision of employees.
Familiarity with issues affecting disabled, low-income and first generation college students.
Understanding of, and commitment to the College's policies, procedures goals and mission.
Ability to develop relevant and realistic plans, programs, and goals.
Ability to form strong coalitions with internal and external constituencies.
Ability to recognize college-wide priorities and work cooperatively and collaboratively to accomplishment priorities.
Experience with equity-minded work and/or understanding of individuals of diverse identities such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation and veterans including those with different levels of academic preparation, varying physical and learning abilities.
Salary Range: $50,000-$73,000, actual salary to be determined based on academic background and experience. Employees of Middlesex Community College are considered employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and receive benefits which include:
High quality and affordable health insurance through the Commonwealth's Group Insurance Commission (GIC)
Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
Low cost basic and optional life insurance
Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension or Optional Retirement Program (ORP) and Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan or 403(b).
12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
Tuition Benefit for employees and dependents at state colleges and universities
Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Cell Phone Bill Discounts with Verizon and T-Mobile Cell Phone Carriers
Access to the Commonwealth's Mass4You, employee assistance program
This position may be eligible for telework in accordance with the College's telework policy.
Location: Lowell campus with some travel to Bedford campus as needed
Hours: Monday-Friday, 37.5 hours per week
Expected start date: November 2021
Application Deadline: October 28, 2021
The College will not sponsor applicants for work visas
At Middlesex Community College, everyone teaches, everyone learns. Collaborative in nature and innovative in practice, we educate, engage, and empower a diverse community of learners. Through transformative opportunities, we challenge and support every student to succeed and lead. Recognizing equity and inclusion as the foundation for excellence and creativity, Middlesex Community College meets the evolving educational, civic and workforce needs of our local and global communities.