Director, GEAR UP

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Position Title Director, GEAR UP
Faculty Rank No
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Position Number 068011
Department College Awareness Program - 240105

Position Summary Information

Minimum Qualifications

Masters Degree in higher education, education administration, student services, or related field
Successful experience managing a large federally funded college access grant program
Knowledge of federal cost principles as defined in the uniform guidance and code of federal regulations
Expertise in organizational communication with demonstrated success
Expertise with grant evaluation and program administration
Relevant experience in a higher education institution with experience related to college access and success services

License/Certification Required


Preferred Qualifications

Doctorate degree in relevant field
Previous senior level experience managing a GEAR UP grant program
Expertise and successful experience in writing federal grant proposals
Relevant experience in a K-12 public school district with experience related to college access and success services

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Director of GEAR UP is responsible for providing operational oversight and vision development with the aim of improving outcomes identified and approved in the NC Appalachian GEAR UP Partnership grants. This position requires a strong foundational knowledge of college access and readiness best practices, knowledge of federal cost principles as defined in the Uniform Guidance and Code of Federal Regulations. The Director of GEAR UP will develop strong, positive, collaborative relationships with grant-wide stakeholders as well as AppState campus partners in areas such as Special Funds Accounting, Sponsored Programs, and other offices to ensure compliance from concept to completion of the project. The position requires an understanding of individual school district needs and will lead the AppState GEAR UP team of approximately 15 staff to actively assess and evaluate needs, define priorities, and implement new strategies aimed at advancing the GEAR UP mission. Through direct supervision of the GEAR UP Leadership Team, the Director is responsible for ensuring that all GEAR UP staff have the proper tools, training, resources, and support for completing the duties of their positions successfully and while meeting grant outcomes. The Director will manage grant-wide priorities, develop accountability measures, and ensure federal compliance of all GEAR UP grants.

In addition, this position will:
Oversee formative and summative evaluation to guide program improvement. Approve annual evaluation plan. Oversee the annual APR development and submission process and other required reports for AppState and the U.S. Department of Education. Work with GEAR UP Leadership Team to analyze program effectiveness. Ensure that evaluation practices are timely, accurate, accountable and fiscally responsible. Continually explore opportunities to create bridges between GEAR UP and ASU’s strategic plan.
Develop, negotiate, manage, and monitor multiple annual GU budgets in compliance with federal, state, university, and external funding rules and regulations.
Maintain ongoing communication with GEAR UP school superintendents, community partners, GEAR UP Leadership Team, and campus stakeholders.
Develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with GEAR UP district leaders, community agencies, GEAR UP and college access professional organizations, university colleagues, the U.S. Dept. Education, potential funders, and Special Funds Accounting. Provide leadership in committee work at AppState and in the community.
Train and supervise the Senior Associate Director and Assistant Directors and ensure that all GEAR UP staff members have sufficient program knowledge to meet the grant objectives. Conduct annual performance evaluations for direct reports. Approve professional development plans for all GEAR UP staff.
Develop and monitor progress toward grant goals. Ensure goals are met. Ensure adequate and appropriate services are provided and are in accordance with federal, state, AppState and U.S. Department of Education policies. Analyze and assess opportunities for seeking additional new grants and work with university and community stakeholders in the development of new grant proposals.

The Division of Enrollment Management is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse University community that is inclusive of all individuals and groups. Successful candidates will demonstrate leadership and innovation in advancing diversity and dedication to recruiting and serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive, and understanding ways.

Type of Position Full Time Position
Staff/Non-Faculty Staff/Non-Faculty
Appointment Type 100%
Work Schedule/Hours Mon-Fri, 8:00-5:00pm
Number of Hours Per Week 40
Number of Months Per Year 12
Mandatory Staff No
Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of office work in a higher education setting, with some travel.

Posting Details Information

Proposed Date of Hire 04/01/2018
Application Procedure

Submit a completed application including a resume, cover letter, and list of 5 professional references.

Suggested Salary Range $82,000 - $85,000
Disability Accommodation Information

Individuals with disabilities desiring accomodations in the application process should contact the search committee chair (Cindy Barr ;

Special Instructions to Applicants
Posting Date 02/02/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Background Check Statement

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents