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Job Details: Director of Upward Bound

Job Title:

Director of Upward Bound

Submitted on:

May 28, 2021


Commensurate with experience

Start Date:

July 1, 2021

Job Summary:

The main objective of the Upward Bound at OPSU program is preparing rural high school students who are economically disadvantaged and/or potential first-generation college students for entrance into and persistence in postsecondary education.


• Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s degree in counseling, social work, education or psychology strongly preferred.
• Three years of administrative and supervisory experience.
• A background check will be required of the successful applicant.

• Previous grant writing experience.
• Previous work experience with TRIO programs.
• Counseling experience and experience in program and curriculum development, and familiarity with a University environment desirable.


• Responsible for overall management and evaluation of UB at OPSU, serving sixty-three high school students in Texas County.
• Write successful grant proposal (every five years) for continued funding of program.
• Interview, hire, select, train, supervise and evaluate professional and support staff.
• Plan and implement effective academic year and summer programs that emphasize
academic skill development.
• Provide comprehensive counseling services to participants at target high schools.
• Maintain routine contact and excellent rapport with individuals at OPSU and personnel in each of the targeted communities and schools.
• Responsible for oversight of program budget and expenditures.
• Utilize Student Access software to manage program data and annually report outcomes to U.S. Department of Education.
• Serve as advocate for the program and participants both on- and off-campus.
• Maintain up-to-date knowledge of postsecondary admission policies, ACT/SAT/PLAN/PSAT, federal and state financial aid and career decision assessments.
• Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

• Ability to efficiently operate a personal computer and associated software (Outlook, Word, Excel, Student Access, QuickBooks, etc.) and SCT.
• Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.
• Ability to interact in an effective and appropriate manner with diverse populations, the University community and the public.
• Ability to detect and correct grammatical and spelling errors in written correspondence.
• Ability to maintain files accurately, in paper and in software programs.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines.
• Ability to effectively supervise personnel and complete all associated personnel actions in a timely and accurate manner.
• Ability to write grant to compete and obtain continued UB at OPSU grant-funding.
• Ability to effectively coordinate vital services with a variety of on-campus and community personnel to ensure that program objectives are met.
• Ability to organize, plan, implement and evaluate the various components of both an academic year and summer program.
• Must possess strong supervisory skills as evidenced by previous experience.
• Ability to perform data analysis and administrative report writing.
• Ability to work effectively within Texas County and be familiar with available resources.
• Ability to travel and work some evenings and Saturdays during the summer program.
• Knowledge of federal regulations (EDGAR) regarding budgeting and program expenditures.
• Must have a strong work ethic and lead by example.
• Must be a professional, credible and respected representative of the institution internally and in the community
• Demonstrated willingness and ability to act ethically and socially responsible
• Must be able to lift more than 25-lb. objects; frequent bending, stooping, and walking.
• Can be exposed to a variety of weather conditions for periods of time.
• Ability to communicate in a courteous manner
• Other duties as assigned by Dean Academic Resource Center or designee.

The omission of specific statement of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Applicant Must Submit:

  • Letter of Application
  • Resume
  • Three References, current addresses and phone numbers
  • All College Transcripts (unofficial)
  • Completed Consent & Disclosure form for pre-employment background check (available here)
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If you are applying for more than one position, please submit a separate application packet for each position, being sure that your cover letter addresses the specific requirements for the position for which you are applying. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All OPSU applicants must also submit a completed Consent and Disclosure form for a pre-employment background check. Forms are available below.

OPSU conducts background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check and/or a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

OPSU is an AA/EE/E-Verify employer committed to diversity.

Oklahoma Panhandle State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, and veterans status in its programs and services.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

  • Rene Ramon, Section 504/ADA (disabilities),
    Office ML 107B, Telephone: 580.349.1556;
  • Dana Collins, Discrimination (race, color, national origin, age, and veterans status), Title IX (sex),
    Office: SL 125, Telephone: 580.349.1574.

For additional information and/or to respond, contact:

Oklahoma Panhandle State Univ.
Office of Human Resources
P. O. Box 430
Goodwell, OK 73939
Telephone: 580-349-2611
Fax: 580-349-2302
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