Pella Area Jobs

Director of Pre-College Programs

Posted: 08/15/2021

Job Description:
Central College seeks a dynamic, motivated individual to further develop a highly successful program for underserved populations and serve as the Director of Central's Pre-College Programs (PCP).  First begun in 1966, PCP is comprised of Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Upward Bound I (UB I and UB II) and collectively serve a minimum of 1,064 area middle and high school students in the Pella, Des Moines, and surrounding areas. The PCP Director is responsible for overall program management and expenditures, made possible with funds awarded to Central College by the U.S. Department of Education.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: This is a 12-month, full-time administrative appointment. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The PCP Director will:   

  • Oversee all functions of UB I, UB II, and TS, including academic and co-curricular programs; meet regularly with UB I/UBII and TS teams; provide presence/support for staff at key project activities.
  • Establish and follow appropriate policies, consistent with federal regulations and institutional policy, for project staff and participants.
  • Serve as budget officer for PCP, prepare budgets, plan expenditures, and maintain accurate fiscal records.
  • Monitor progress toward project objectives, and file federal and institutional reports in an accurate, timely manner.
  • Maintain current knowledge of regulations governing UB I and II and TS, ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Develop relationships and maintain open communications between the U.S. Department of Education, Central College, and target schools. 
  • Oversee the hiring, selection, supervision, and evaluation of staff of engaging individuals; and provide for the professional development of project staff.
  • Facilitate collaboration between PCP and other programs serving disadvantaged youth in the target area.
  • Support the writing of future funding proposals for UB I, UB II, and TS as related to the work of the department and as requested by VP for Student Development. 
  • Facilitate collaboration between PCP and other campus committees and departments regarding disadvantaged students aspiring to complete postsecondary education and related learning, service, and practicum opportunities for enrolled Central College students.
  • Serve on task forces and committees as assigned.
  • Consistently demonstrate a positive attitude and be open and adaptable to change.
  • Must work cooperatively and respectfully with the people you work with.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Central's Upward Bound program recently celebrated its 50th birthday in 2016 as the oldest UB program in Iowa, and in August 2017 received its 10th consecutive 5-year grant funding cycle. As a testament to the success of the PCP, Central's program received a second grant in August to expand the program to additional schools. The PCP develops student participants through partnerships with the schools it serves and the College community to empower them to recognize their potential, maximize their opportunities, and utilize their acquired skills to attain a post-secondary degree. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  The successful applicant will have an earned doctorate in education or a related field with 7 years of related professional experience with increasing levels of responsibility; or a master's degree in education or a related field with 10 years of related professional experience, 3 or more of which must be in a leadership role with a TRIO pre-college or GEAR UP program. Work experience should include project/school administration, curriculum development or student advising, budgeting, staff supervision, and work with disadvantaged students.  The successful applicant must also maintain a valid driver's license and passport and be able to travel by air or car.