Upward Bound Math Science Director
University of Massachusetts- Boston - Boston, MA

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The University of Massachusetts Boston’s Math Science Upward Bound Program (UBMS) is a collaborative project with the Noble and Greenough School (Nobles). UBMS serves low-income and first generation high school students attending one of the six academies that comprise the Lawrence High School Complex. Through an after-school tutorial program and monthly Saturday seminars during the academic year and through an academically rigorous six-week residential summer component, Upward Bound Math Science provides participants with the skills and motivation necessary for successful completion of high school and successful entry into and completion of postsecondary education. With an emphasis on Math and Science, program activities include academic classes, tutorials, cultural enrichment activities, college advising, and career awareness activities.

The Upward Bound Math Science Director is responsible for the overall planning, development, and administration of the Upward Bound Math Science Program. The position is full-time in the summer and 50% time during the academic year. Weekend and evening work will be required for the monthly Saturday seminars, after-school classes and field trips. Living in-residence during the 6-week summer residential program is required. The Director is an active, visible member of the Noble and Greenough community during the academic year. Through a concurrent position during the academic year, the Director also serves as a Nobles faculty member (employed by the Noble and Greenough School), with teaching load and administrative responsibilities contractually determined in conjunction with Nobles.

The Director will also: oversee the selection, training and supervision of full- and part-time program staff; manage program budgets to ensure compliance with accounting and procurement procedures and, as appropriate, any federal or other grant requirements; oversee the implementation of all program activities to ensure that program objectives are being met and that the program is in compliance with federal rules and regulations; work closely with the instructors to develop and implement the program’s curriculum and course offerings; ensure that the federally mandated core curriculum is implemented and that the participants are engaged in college preparatory courses and academic activities; negotiate contracts with Noble and Greenough for the use of classroom, athletics and other residential campus space for the summer residential component and provide on-site administration of the summer residential component; supervise the recruitment, screening and admission of program participants; counsel and advise students regularly; develop funding proposals to the federal Department of Education and state and local agencies in order to operate the program; submit quarterly activity reports and regular program evaluation reports; and other duties as assigned.

Master's Degree in Education or a closely related field and a minimum of five years of administrative experience within an institution of higher education, a secondary school or a related education setting is required. A Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a closely related field with a minimum of seven years of administrative experience within an institution of higher education, a secondary school or a related education setting can be substituted for the experience above. Demonstrated supervisory skills; educational counseling skills; and technical skills in accounting, budgeting, procurement and program management required. Knowledge of the Lawrence Public School System or a similar urban district required. Demonstrated experience in curriculum development and implementation required. Knowledge of Massachusetts Core Standards and various educational assessments, such as SAT and MCAS, required. Demonstrated ability to write effective grant proposals is strongly preferred. Experience in negotiating various services and contracts preferred.

• Knowledge of and experience in identifying and developing appropriate means of serving the educational, career and cultural needs of low-income, first generation, urban high school students;
• Knowledge of and experience with urban youth and with multi-ethnic, multi-racial populations, especially with the Latino population;
• Demonstrated educational philosophy and methods that encourage the development of active and independent learning habits;
• Ability to act with discretion and maintain confidentiality;
• Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and meet ongoing deadlines;
• Ability to work independently and see tasks through to completion in a timely fashion;
• Strong oral and written communication skills;
• Strong interpersonal skills and collegiality;
• Strong commitment to customer service.

Additional Information:
UMass Boston is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Title IX Employer. Among the procedures which may be used to select personnel to fill vacant positions are review of work experience, reference checks, and interviews. All appointments and promotions will be effective on a Sunday.

Application Instructions:
Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.
  • Professional. Union. Benefited.
  • Part time, 50% time AY (44 weeks). Full time summers (8 weeks).
  • Grade 31.
  • Normal Hiring Range: $23,217-$25,393.50.
  • Grant funded. Temporary through 10/31/2017.
  • Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.
Closing date for applications: March 5, 2013