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McNair Program Director

Apply now Job no: 525388
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Executive/Management/Director, Student Life/Services

Department: Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success
Appointment Type and Duration: Funding Contingent, Ongoing
Salary: $66,000 - $71,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA06-Fiscal Year 2019-2020
FTE: 1.0

(Internal Only)

Application Review Begins
May 13, 2020; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your online application, please upload:
• A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement.
• A curriculum vitae (CV) of your educational and professional work experience.
• An answer to the following supplemental question (please keep responses to 750 words):
The Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success (UESS) is committed to creating an equitable learning and working environment that actively respects, includes, and engages everyone. What does this mean to you? Please explain your understanding of issues facing diverse groups (e.g. underrepresented students of color, first-generation college students, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds) and how you will apply that understanding to your work.

Department Summary
The Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success (UESS) promotes academic excellence, universal access, engagement and achievement for the student scholar. UESS programs focus on the educational trajectory of the student by providing opportunities and services essential for progress toward scholastic objectives and intellectual development. UESS departments and programs serve the entire population of UO undergraduate students and partner closely with other campus units to support student success and engagement.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the US Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.

Position Summary
The Director of the McNair Scholars is responsible for ensuring that all services are delivered as outlined in the Department of Education funded grant proposal and for the effective daily coordination and delivery of McNair services. The Director will provide leadership and oversight of the program, including day-to-day operations, mentorship of students, and acting as a campus liaison to increase awareness of the McNair Scholars program goals and diverse experiences of participants. The Director will also work to align the McNair program with other undergraduate research programs at UO (specifically the Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement [CURE] within UESS).
The McNair Director recruits, selects, provides individual consultation, and leads group activities and teaches a credit-bearing, four-term sequence of McNair seminars to increase the number of McNair participants applying to doctoral programs. In addition, the Director enhances the visibility of the McNair Program, showcases student research, and recognizes the contributions of faculty mentors.

The McNair Director reports to the Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Research and will directly supervise the McNair Program Coordinator. The Director must exhibit professionalism and collegiality in a team environment, and the ability to create a welcoming, inclusive, accessible, and professional atmosphere in the office. This person must exhibit cultural humility and agility, with the demonstrated ability and commitment to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Minimum Requirements
• Master's degree
• Experience teaching at the college or university level.
• Experience providing academic/financial advising within a university setting.
• Experience guiding undergraduate research and facilitating graduate school applications.

Professional Competencies
• Applied knowledge of the issues facing low-income, first-generation students and students from groups underrepresented in higher education.
• Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds.
• Sound knowledge of organizational structures and operational procedures within higher education systems.
• Excellent organization and administrative skills.
• Comfort using instructional technology.
• Demonstrated ability to foster an inclusive learning environment supportive of low-income and first-generation undergraduates and those who identify as African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native Hawaiian or other Native Pacific Islander, Alaska Native, and Native American/Indigenous.

Preferred Qualifications
• PhD
• Experience with managing budgets.
• Knowledge of the culture of the academy.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

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