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The Arizona's Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholars (ASEMS) program was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Education TRiO Student Support Services STEM grant through the STEM Learning Center.

We invite applications for the position of TRIO SSS STEM-ASEMS, Project Director.  To see position details and apply, go to http://uacareers.com/postings/6445. Position number is A20393.  Please share this information with anyone who might be interested.

The grant is designed to improve the graduation rates for first generation, low-income students and students with disabilities who are pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field, including health sciences.  The grant provides for the hiring of staff to provide intensive support to a minimum of 120 students each year.  The University of Arizona has not had a TRIO SSS STEM grant previously, but has had a TRIO SSS grant.

The Project Director's primary role is to administer the Arizona's Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholars (ASEMS) program, a grant-funded TRIO Student Support Services STEM program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.  In collaboration with the ASEMS Board and the TRIO SSS STEM-ASEMS Faculty Director, the Project Director will be responsible for the overall operation, planning, and evaluation of the program as defined by federal legislation, regulations and the grant narrative. The Project Director's role includes managing grant activities, designing and performing program and funding assessment, meeting regularly with the ASEMS Board, reporting, record keeping, verifying eligibility of student participants, maintaining program partnerships, and providing individual advising. The director will have fiscal responsibility/fiscal oversight for grant expenditures. The Director will manage a budget of $220,000 annually according to university and U.S. Department of Education guidelines, prepare funding proposals, grant reports, continuation applications, and annual reports.  The Director will maintain regular contact with the Department of Education to ensure all grant related requirements are being fulfilled.  This is a grant funded position that is appointed from year to year and is renewable depending on continued funding.

Minimum qualifications:

  Bachelor's degree in a STEM or health sciences discipline, education, counseling, or a related field AND 5 or more years of directly comparable experience; OR Master's degree in a STEM or health sciences discipline, education, counseling, or a related field AND 1 or more years of directly comparable experience.

  Two years of program administration experience in budget management, fiscal management tools, staff supervisions, and knowledge of program evaluation methods.

  Knowledge of obstacles students encounter in STEM and health sciences fields.

  Knowledge of STEM related fields.

Preferred qualifications:

  *   Master's degree in a STEM or health sciences discipline, education, counseling, or a related field AND 1 or more years of directly comparable experience.
  *   Understanding of different ethnic and socio-economic audiences, and knowledge of barriers related to individuals of varying disabilities as well as commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning, and a commitment to deliver inclusive and targeted programming.
  *   Knowledge of best practices in student development, academic support, career counseling, and retention.
  *   Experience implementing retention programming for underrepresented students or students at-risk of leaving STEM or dropping out at an institution of higher education.
  *   Work experience providing educational services with a background in designing, managing, or implementation in the fields of advising/intrusive advising, counseling, student affairs, teaching, or related field.
  *   Experience with training, supervising, and evaluating the performance of staff.
  *   Experience developing TRIO Student Support Services or similar projects for low-income, first-generation, STEM, veterans, ESL or disabled students or demonstrated leadership experience on a project or program designed to increase student retention, graduation or academic achievement.
  *   Experience working with federal guidelines including Code of Federal Regulations, Education Department General Administrative Regulations and Office of Management and Budget circulars.
  *   Experience preparing grant proposals and/or writing, assessing or reporting on federally funded programs.
  *   Familiarity or experience with grant program compliance and records maintenance.
  *   Knowledge of financial aid procedures.
  *   Willing to work night and weekends, as needed.
Sincerely,
Kimberly Sierra-Cajas
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
ASEMS Facilitator
College of Science
University of Arizona
(520) 626-7428





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