Program Director, TRIO Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS)

Kirkwood Community College


To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.


This position provides overall leadership and management of the TRIO Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program in accordance with institutional and federal regulations and communicates the objectives of the program to the College community including faculty, staff, administration, and students.  The UBMS Director will manage an annual budget of approximately $287,500 according to the college and US Department of Education guidelines, supervise one (1) program Advisor and one (1) office assistant, program mentor/tutors and counselors, prepare quarterly and annual program reports, continuation budgets and renewal applications. The Director will also maintain regular contact with the Department of Education to ensure the program meets all grant related federal requirements and regulations. 
The person in this position and other UBMS staff seek to identify and mitigate barriers to student access and achievement, particularly economic, organizational, and equity challenges through UBMS program activities and the plan of operation. The ideal individual will be integral in implementing college and career preparation activities and postsecondary access with particular effort to foster greater equity in the outcomes of individuals who qualify as participants. 
This position is grant funded. Current funding for this position is scheduled to end on August 31, 2027. Continuation of this position beyond the current funding period is dependent on the renewal of this grant.



  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions. 
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. 
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success. 
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.


  • Perform day to day responsibility for the operation and implementation of the UBMS program and adhere to grant specifications for processes, services, and outcomes.
  • Conduct outreach activities within the college and program target area to bring awareness to the existence of the UBMS program.
  • Represent the UBMS program at college meetings, task forces, committees, and community functions.
  • Hire, train, supervise, mentor and evaluate all program staff.
  • Establish and build relationships, with community partners and organizations to ensure continuity of quality services and outcomes for program participants.
  • Establish and build relationships with other college departments including but not limited to Academic Departments, Admissions, Dean of Students, Student Support Services, Enrollment Services, College Credit in High School; the Workplace Learning Connection, Kirkwood Adult High School & Continuing Education program; and other appropriate business, agency, and community organizations.
  • Educate students on the college application process, educational program offerings, financial aid literacy, assessment preparation, testing and placement, and related college guidelines.
  • Conduct family and community outreach and activities to strengthen family/school partnerships, connect with community and higher education resources to plan for post-secondary education, and facilitate comprehensive college selection and financial planning processes.
  • Organize and deliver a UBMS Summer Academy, including a four-week commuter program and a two-week residential program that provides a simulated college experience with academic, cultural, and social activities.
  • Analyze and review eligibility and needs assessment applications and conduct interviews and approve selection of all UBMS program participants.
  • Serve participants through Academic Advising, developing Individual Service Plans, test preparation, referral to services and other proposed service activities that will provide participant success and meet program objectives.
  • Work with designated college departments to complete program evaluations to assure compliance and continuous improvement to program services
  • Deliver a case-management approach, including proactive communications, case documentation, follow-through with participants, faculty and other resource entities to achieve student success.
  • Manage Program database and generate Annual Performance Report.
  • Ensure program compliance with federal regulations.
  • Ensure personnel ‘Time and Effort’ reports are completed accurately and timely.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned
  • Ability to administer and manage a TRIO UBMS program.
  • Be able and willing to represent the College in a positive manner with the Department of Education, program participants, schools, parents, community partners, vendors, and the community we serve.
  • Be a self-motivated, energetic, and creative individual with proven leadership, planning and administrative skills.
  • Possess excellent conceptual and planning skills and be able to relate well with other professionals within the college and at other institutions.            
  • Read, understand, and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form. 
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.  
  • Demonstrate respect for all individuals and positive attitude toward capacity of disadvantaged youth to succeed in education.
  • Knowledge of academic advising services, development of individualized service plans; and college, career, financial aid, and economic literacy services/programming for UBMS eligible participants.
  • Knowledge of barriers to postsecondary education faced by low income and potential first-generation college youth in the target area.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, local, rules and regulations.
  • Ability to develop budgets and monitor expenditures.
  • Must be willing to work outside of normal business hours, including evenings and overnights in a residence hall during summer residential programming.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data and conduct internal Program evaluations (formative and summative).
  • You aspire to work with people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as cultivate an environment that values differences.  

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work.  Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.


  • Master’s degree in higher education, social work, counseling, or related fields
  • 3 years of work experience in education, student services, TRIO or similar programs 
  • A demonstrated ability to work with students with diverse needs and backgrounds
  • Experience with federal or state grants, grant reporting, fiscal management, and program evaluation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience designing, implementing or directing educational programs serving low-income, first generation, students with disabilities, veterans and other traditionally underrepresented populations.
  • Prior experience in the operation of an UBMS or other TRIO program.

  • Preference in filling open positions in the UBMS program may be given to persons who were enrolled in a TRIO program and have graduated, or to persons who succeeded in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting project participants

  • Experience in a postsecondary setting, such as academic advising, admissions, financial aid, recruitment, residence life, academic support or related experience 

  •  Understanding of the mission of community colleges and the knowledge of current community college educational and student services procedures and practices, with a demonstrated focus on student success.  


 Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572,  Email: or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email:

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Job ID: 83918

Posted 20 days ago

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