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Manager, Program

Company: NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
Location: Flagstaff
Posted on: September 5, 2020

Job Description:

Job Title: Manager, Program Location: Gear-Up Regular/Temporary: Regular Full/Part Time: Full-Time Job ID: 605037 Workplace CultureNAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We-faculty, staff, and administrators-thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU's culture of excellence.Special InformationArizona GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) 2019-26 is a project of Northern Arizona University (NAU), made possible by a multi-year, multi-million dollar federal grant and contributions from partner organizations. Structured under the College of Education, project administration resides with a State GEAR UP Office in Phoenix. The purpose of GEAR UP, as authorized by Congress under the Higher Education Opportunity Act, is to help level the playing field on college access for low-income students.Over the course of three grant cycles since 2000, NAU GEAR UP has significantly increased high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment for thousands of students from diverse communities across Arizona. In addition, through numerous partnerships and collaborations, GEAR UP has leveraged resources, built capacity, and made a variety of local and state initiatives possible so that current and future students gain opportunity to earn a degree or other postsecondary credential. For more information on NAU GEAR UP, visit: http://nau.edu/gearupImmigration Suppt/SponsorshipNAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.Furlough/Pay Reduction ProgramNorthern Arizona University has implemented a salary reduction with personal flex time program in fiscal year 2021, as a result of COVID-19. It is possible for this position to be subject to this program. Details can be found on the HR website.Job DescriptionThe GEAR UP Schools Director (SD), a key position in the Arizona GEAR UP 2019-26 grant, is accountable for heading up partnerships with school districts, providing GEAR UP services to 4,000 students in three-to-five high schools. This position is responsible for leading annual work-plan development; overseeing the effectiveness of GEAR UP services offered to students and parents; overseeing school partners' progress towards meeting project goals and objectives; and establishing, nurturing, and sustaining relationships, communication, and collaboration among GEAR UP high schools and grant-project partner organizations. The SD reports directly to the Associate Director, participates on the executive management team, and supervises the GEAR UP Schools Coordinator. Like all positions in the State GEAR UP Office, the SD is an important member of a team of staff serving the grant under the leadership of the Executive Director, College of Education and NAU. The individual interacts regularly and diplomatically with a diverse group of internal and external constituents.The ideal candidate is also deeply committed to expanding equity and access to postsecondary education among underrepresented populations, possesses deep knowledge about college-going processes, and understands the systemic barriers that students face while preparing for postsecondary education.This is a service professional position and requires out-of-state travel to national conferences, two-to-three times annually, and occasional in-state travel to Flagstaff and rural communities in Arizona.Duties and Responsibilities (in no specific order):Manages all programmatic aspects required to implement the grant project at selected GEAR UP high schools.Supervises the GEAR UP Schools Coordinator; communicates job expectations and standards, clearly assigning responsibility for tasks and decisions. Provides specific performance feedback in a timely manner. Supports employee development efforts.Oversees GEAR UP high school data monitoring, site visits, training of Coaches, and drafting of progress reports.Develops strong collaborative relationships with GEAR UP partner district and school leaders, and grant-project service providers; establishes stakeholder confidence and trust.Applies knowledge of K-12 and higher education programs and issues to workDevelops GEAR UP service-delivery standards informed by research-based best practices and input from practitioners such as high school educators, GEAR UP Coaches, and project partners. Ensures fidelity in delivery of services according to standards, through training guidelines and regular communications with Coaches and project partners.Leads annual work plan and budget development aimed at meeting GEAR UP goals and objectives, by collaborating with high school leaders, GEAR UP Coaches, and project partners.Establishes procedures for schools to plan and budget for services from AVID, i-Tutor, Texas Instruments, NCCEP and other AZ GEAR UP partners.Regularly engages in trainings about equity in education and serving diverse populations, and following, promotes college readiness, access, and equity through planning and delivering professional development for GEAR UP Task Forces.Analyzes service participation and academic data to gauge program effectiveness and impact at GEAR UP schools; uses data to evaluate different courses of action and their potential impact.Communicates frequently with GEAR UP schools, consulting with school principals, counselors, teachers, and district leadership.Directs and oversees planning and implementation of an annual residential summer program for high school students.Prepares GEAR UP school progress reports and disseminates to stakeholders.Applies federal grant expertise to lead, meet, and/or facilitate select grant requirements and structuresParticipates in executive team meetingsRecognizes and exercises discretion in matters of a confidential natureMay be assigned other administrative projects and responsibilitiesMinimum QualificationsMaster's degree in education or related field required AND6-10 years' management experience in K-12 or related environments ANDExperience with training, supervising, report-writing, executing major projects successfully OR,Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or educationPreferred QualificationsExperience with college-access programs, initiatives, services, etc., that informs of commitment to expanding equity in education and serving diverse student populationsExperience with federal grantsExperience working in public-sectorExperience creating and sustaining partnerships in educational settingsKnowledge, Skills, & AbilitiesExceptional communication and presentation skillsKnowledge of strategies and best practices to improve graduation rates, postsecondary access and successKnowledge of functions and challenges of schools districts and universitiesHighly developed interpersonal skills - ability to work collaboratively and productivelyDemonstrated strong analytical and organizational skillsCommitment to providing exceptional customer serviceSkill in working with spreadsheet word processing, electronic messagingCan prioritize problems in terms of strategic and/or long-term impactAbility to work effectively as part of a team, with both academic leaders, as well as administrative staff to accomplish goals and outcomesAbility to work within educational systems and implement solutions to complex problemsAbility to take initiative and work independently, with minimal guidance and supervisionDemonstrated ability to work collaboratively with different constituencies and ability to work with individuals or groups with diverse backgrounds and experience levelsBackground InformationThis position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements.Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.SalaryBudgeted salary amount is $70,000 - $75,000.Commensurate with experience.**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.FLSA StatusThis position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.BenefitsThis is a Service Professional (SPF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis, renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Professional Service.Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of employment. Learning and DevelopmentYour career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years. Application DeadlineSeptember 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.How to ApplyTo apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets. If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.Additional InstructionsPlease attach to your application in only ONE PDF, which must include:A cover letter explaining your interest in the position; how your background meets the minimum and preferred qualifications; and previous experiences related to your commitment to diversity.Provide a list of three references with contact information (references will only be contacted if you are a finalist)Current Resume/VitaEqual Employment OpportunityNorthern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.EEO is the Law Poster and SupplementsNAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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