Search Results

Director, McNair Scholars Program

Apply now Job no: 519853
Department: Coll of Arts, Hum, Soc Science
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Stanislaus - Turlock
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

    • Position Summary
    • Full-time position under the Management Personnel Plan (MPP) available on or after December 1, 2022 for the McNair Scholars Program.


      The Project Director is a full-time, 12 month, MPP (Management Personnel Plan) position and reports directly to the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) Dean and McNair Grant principal investigator (PI). 

      The Project Director (PD) will direct and provide leadership for the Stanislaus State Ronald E. McNairPost-baccalaureate Achievement Program, a Federal TRIO Program funded by a 5-year grant from the Department of Education designed to increase the number of low-income/first generation college students and students underrepresented in graduate education who pursue and earn Masters and Ph.D. degrees. This position serves as the principal administrator overseeing the Stanislaus State McNair Scholars Program to ensure that all program goals, objectives, activities, events, student services, budget management, and reporting are executed in an effective and efficient manner.

    • Job Duties
    • Duties include but are not limited to:
      • Responsible for oversight and administration of a federal TRiO program grant. As the McNair Scholars Program’s primary administrator, provide direction and supervision to key program personnel and oversee administrative tasks required for program maintenance and continuation; initiate and maintain regular communication among all personnel and grant stakeholders regarding policies and procedures, changes, or developments pertaining to the grant; coordinate with key program personnel and partners to ensure efficient, effective, and timely expenditures, recruitment, programming, assessment, and reporting; and participate in other meetings as appropriate to advance the goals of the grant. In collaboration with the grant PI, lead the grant team including, but not limited to, advisory committees for data and program evaluation, the McNair Scholars selection committee, McNair summer research experience, and academic year engagement activities.
      • Working with appropriate grant key personnel and stakeholders, provide direction and supervision to design, implement and complete McNair Scholar recruiting activities, complete a multi-pronged assessment program, and track undergraduate and post-baccalaureate progress of McNair Scholars as required by the DOE. Recruiting activities include publicity, information sessions, application submission system, application review, and notification of students selected as McNair Scholars, as well as convening the selection committee. Ensure compliance with federal EDGAR requirements and prepare monthly, quarterly, annual and ad hoc reports to the DOE, CSU and key project personnel.
      • Work in conjunction with the faculty PI and faculty mentors to design, establish, operate, and oversee the student-centered, graduate education-focused programming and engagement opportunities for McNair Scholars that are the cornerstone of the program. These include but not limited to the summer internship program; workshops to help students apply to and secure funding for graduate school, prepare for the GRE, and secure any necessary tutoring; graduate school campus visits; and coordination of academic counseling (Comprehensive Academic Plan/CAP). Working with other campus coordinators to leverage extant programming for the benefit of McNair Scholars, actively support student progress through the program through individual and group engagement activities, progress conferences, and problem-solving sessions.
      • Ensure the Stanislaus State McNair Program’s absolute priorities are met, including coordinating all required activities and services, maintaining regular communication with the grant’s program contact at the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), and attending the annual DOE McNair Scholars meeting.
      • Other duties as assigned.
    • Minimum Qualifications
    • Education: Master’s or terminal degree in the social and behavioral sciences, higher education administration, public administration, or a related discipline.

      Experience: Minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible experience facilitating or directing the day-to-day administration of a university department or student support services program.

    • Preferred Qualifications

      • Ph.D. in a job-related field.
      • Experience providing or directing support services for, low-income, first-generation students and/or students underrepresented in graduate education.
      • Success in overcoming barriers similar to those experienced by the target population or demonstrated experience in facilitating educational equity programs for students.
      • Prior experience with a federal grant.
      • Grant writing experience.
    • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

      • Demonstrated effective time management and organizational skills.
      • Ability to work an adjusted schedule (evenings and weekends) as required.
      • Working knowledge of research and interviewing techniques.
      • Working knowledge of the principles of individual and group dynamics.
      • Student-focused administrative philosophy.
      • Ability to use initiative and resourcefulness in planning work assignments and in implementing long-range program improvements.
      • Working knowledge of and ability to acquire rapid understanding of the Stanislaus State organization, procedures, and activities.
      • Knowledge of Stanislaus State graduation requirements and policies.
      • Familiarity with and ability to rapidly and regularly update knowledge of local, regional, and national graduate school admissions requirements, policies, and best practices.
      • Ability to present clear and concise information orally and in written reports.
      • Excellent public speaking skills and thorough knowledge of English grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
      • Ability to interpret and apply program rules and regulations, ability to gather and analyze data and draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
      • Ability to respond to routine and non-routine inquiries and explain policies and procedures to others.
      • Advanced working knowledge of the practices, procedures and activities of the program to which assigned.
      • Knowledge and extensive experience utilizing a personal computer and software applications for word processing, spreadsheets, database management, internet communications and electronic calendaring systems.
      • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, administrators, student organizations, and other private and public agencies.
      • Specialized knowledge of the methods and problems of organizational and program management.
      • Demonstrated ability to use judgment within the area of expertise to revise existing procedures and to recommend solutions to problems for which precedents may not exist.
      • Ability to obtain factual and interpretative information through interviews; ability to reason logically; ability to collect, compile, analyze, and evaluate data and make verbal or written presentations based on the data.
      • Ability to recognize multicultural, multi-sexed, and multi-aged value systems and work accordingly.
      • Demonstrated ability to make decisions and carry through actions having implications with regard to other program or service areas.
    • Special Conditions
    • CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at:
    • Compensation & Benefits
    • Commensurate with qualifications and experience. (Anticipated salary range:$66,548 - $83,185/yr.). As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. Link to Benefits Summary: CSU Employee Benefit Summary

    • How to Apply
    • To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed Stanislaus State online employment application, cover letter, and resumé. Applications are accepted electronically only.  Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.  To apply online, please click the “Apply Now” button on this page.
    • Application Deadline
    • OPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN ON OR AFTER NOVEMBER 17, 2022. (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)

    • Criminal Background Clearance Notice
    • Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    • Additional Information
    • Campus & Area

      California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion – one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

      Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West’s No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

      Clery Act Disclosure

      Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.

      Equal Employment Opportunity

      The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  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, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.

      Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351.  California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD.  As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool.  Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at:  Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability PDF Form.

      CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

    • The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.



Advertised: Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close:

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

Linked In  Twitter  Facebook  Glassdoor

e.g. "Assistant Professor, Stockton"

Refine your search


Work type


Central California

Job Filters

Appointment Type
Bargaining Unit
Job Search Category/Discipline
Time Basis