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Senior Director, Predoctoral Programs (Administrator II)

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)
Position Description

Working Title: Senior Director of Predoctoral Programs

Department Name: Office of Graduate Studies and Research

Division: Academic Affairs

Classification Title: Administrator II

MPP employees serve at the pleasure of the campus President.  MPPs do not serve a probationary period and never receive permanent status.

Position Salary Range: $6,505 - $9,757 per month

The maximum budget for this position is $7,903.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Review of applications will begin February 28, 2024 and the position will remain open until filled.

About the Department/Position:

Under general direction of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, the Senior Director of Predoctoral Programs is responsible for the overall administration, management, and implementation of the McNair Scholars Program, a federal TRIO program designed to prepare low-income, first-generation college students for doctoral study. The Senior Director will provide leadership and direction in the development and implementation of program goals and objectives; manage the day-to-day operations of the McNair Program and its staff; develop strong collaborative relationships with campus partners to support and create scholarly opportunities for McNair Scholars; and contribute to strategic planning efforts that foster a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive scholarly environment. Because the McNair Scholars Program relies on federal funding, the Senior Director is responsible for ensuring that the Program operates in compliance with TRIO and all other applicable federal, state, CSU system, and university regulations, and is also responsible for developing competitive renewal applications to ensure continued funding of the program.

Overview of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement program policies and procedures in compliance with TRIO federal legislation and federal regulations to meet grant objectives.
  • Develop and submit competitive renewal applications and other grant proposals as appropriate to secure multi-year extramural funding from the U.S. Department of Education and other funding agencies.
  • Oversee the operation of the McNair Scholars Program, including budget management and performance reporting.
  • Manage a small team of staff members who provide academic and career counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and other support services.
  • Develop and implement professional development activities for McNair Scholars, including workshops, seminars, and conferences.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Cover letter
  • Doctoral degree in education, psychology, or a related field.
  • At least 10 years of full-time experience in administering and managing a federal grant program in higher education, with evidence of successful program management and grant writing experience.
  • At least 10 years of experience in working with first-generation college students and/or students from low-income families, with evidence of increased recruitment and participation among historically underrepresented groups.
  • Experience managing and supervising staff and student interns, coordinating research internships with faculty mentors, and developing a cohesive and successful program team
  • At least one successful cycle of writing and submitting a competitive renewal for, and being awarded the continuing renewal funding for, a McNair award from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Prior experience as the PI of a McNair award from the U.S. Department of Education.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • The McNair Scholars Program is supported by federal grant funding, and the Senior Director of the program must ensure that the program meets the requirements of the grant and that all reporting and administrative tasks are completed on time. This requires strong attention to detail and the ability to manage complex budgets and federal reporting requirements.
  • Must be able to work effectively with a wide range of students and understand the unique challenges and opportunities that they face in pursuing academic and research goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of students, faculty, staff, and University administrators.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully develop, write, and submit federal TRIO grant proposals that have resulted in multi-year award funding.
  • Deep understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with transfer and re-entry students seeking advanced degrees.
  • Credentials or certificates related to effective university teaching or administration of career development programs.

To view the full position description, click “Position Description” above.

General Information:

  • Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
  • In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.
  • The CSU system offers a competitive total compensation benefits package for employees and qualifying dependents, including medical, dental, vision, retirement, and tuition assistance. It is our goal to compensate employees equitably and fairly. You can access a full description of our benefits here.
  • Possession of a valid Driver's License is required. Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program.
  • The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
  • This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Closing Statement

California State University, Dominguez Hills, is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources Office at (310) 243-3771.

California State University Dominguez Hills is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

Employees at California State University, Dominguez Hills shall abide by the Nondiscrimination Statement.

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