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Assistant to the Director of Trio Upward Bound

Posted: 06/02/2019

Salary and Terms:  Externally funded, part-time position on a nine month appointment (September through May, 8 hours/day). Continued employment is contingent upon receipt of federal grant funds. Salary placement is based on evaluation of experience.  MSUAASF Range B. This position has been designated as non-exempt. Position serves the Worthington High School.
Appointment Date:  September 1, 2019 or a date to be negotiated
Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin ASAP and will continue until the position is filled.
Position Description:  The Assistant to the Director is responsible for the day-to-day operating functions relating to the Upward Bound Program, in addition to assisting the director with coordination and management of the Upward Bound program. This is a professional position requiring higher level thinking skills and responsible decision-making.   The Assistant to the Director will assist the Director with coordination and management of the federally funded Upward Bound program providing academic support services to high school first generation/low income students.  Coordination of the Summer Program and the development of Student Success Plans are two primary functions. The Assistant to the Director  will be responsible for selection, training and supervision of college student tutors and mentors who will be working with the UB high school students,  management and analysis of the financial and academic records for timely submission in accordance with federal regulations for the Annual Performance Reports (APR), data privacy, and Minnesota State IT policies.   The Assistant to the Director will assist in the development and creation of materials, recruitment of students, and presentation of program to community, students, parents, and partner schools. Must be able to travel and work non-traditional hours.

  • Bachelors degree in Education, Social Work, Human Services, Sociology or a related field required.
  • Experience with TRIO programs OR social, economic and cultural life of low-income persons and first generation college seeking individuals, students with disabilities, students of diverse ethnic backgrounds and/or students in need of academic support. 
  • Experience working in higher education, academics or student support services. 
  • Relevant experience with budget and data management. 
  • Experience in formal coordination of youth (8th – 12th grade) activities.
  • Demonstrated fiscal management/budget control.
  • Supervisory experience. 
  • National CRLA Tutor Certification or ability to complete within three (3) months of hire.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, communication and problem solving skills.
  • Computer skills including, but not limited to Microsoft Office and social media.
  • The University is committed to fostering a global perspective. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to work with persons from diverse backgrounds with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system.  SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate and graduate teaching/advising and close student/faculty relationships.  Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions.  The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings.  Marshall (pop. 13,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.
Application Data:  Letter of application addressing position qualifications, resume, and transcripts must be attached to your application. Complete the online application process at to apply for the position. Additional information on Southwest Minnesota State University can be found at:
Southwest Minnesota State University is a member of the Minnesota State System and is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  The University is committed to affirmative recruitment and encourages applications from women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities.  Applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States.  Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Affirmative Action Office, 507-537-6208.  For TTY communications, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.  This vacancy notice is available in alternative format upon request


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