Director I - Director
University of Texas at Austin - McAllen, TX

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Purpose Provide leadership for UT Outreach-Rio Grande Valley in the development and management of an innovative academic enrichment and college awareness program which focuses on underrepresented students who are prospective first-generation and low socio-economic college students.

Essential Functions Plan and implement in-school, after-school and weekend enrichment programs, UT Austin campus visits, summer academic enrichment programs and recognition events for enrolled participants. Schedule and conduct academic success and college preparation student meetings at target schools and community agencies for students in grades 9-12. Establish partnerships and opportunities for students by working with school districts through superintendents, campus administrators, governmental officials and local community and business leaders. Effectively collaborate with UT resources such as the admissions office, pre-college academic readiness programs etc., to provide students with academic and college awareness opportunities. In alignment with other UT Outreach Centers and the Longhorn Center for School Partnerships, develop strategic initiatives, identify and set objectives, implement, and communicate goal expectations. Develop and provide innovative academic and college awareness strategies for targeted outreach to Hispanic high school students that can be utilized in the five UT Outreach Centers. Coordinate workshops and meetings for parents, counselors, and business and community leaders. Contact parents to encourage active participation in outreach activities that will support their children's success. Recruit students from target schools and maintain their continuous participation through high school graduation. Maintain accurate student data and conduct data-driven program evaluation. Develop and maintain a program budget. Identify supplemental funding sources for the Center, publish the Center newsletter and other marketing materials and write reports as needed.

Marginal/Incidental functions Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications Bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English. Master's degree in Education or a field relevant to the work performed. Texas Education Agency Teacher Certification. Three years of successful teaching experience in public schools with diverse student populations. Working knowledge of the college planning process. Teaching and/or advising experience in developing and implementing academic enrichment programs for middle and/or high school students and parents. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel, and Publisher. Evidence of strong presentation skills. Evidence of effective written and oral communication, leadership skills/ management skills, and ability to work effectively with diverse students and parents. Evidence of ability to work effectively with school district administrators, community leaders and school liaisons. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications Graduate work beyond the master's degree and five or more years of the experience listed above or extensive experience in student counseling, group work and administration of student personnel programs. Experience working with policies, rules and procedures in a University of Texas setting. Experience working with underrepresented students who are prospective first-generation and low-socioeconomic college students. Experience as a public school administrator at the Assistant Principal level.

Working conditions May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity

Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas ( TRS ), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran's status, or sexual orientation. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability accommodations will be provided, as needed.

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.
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