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University of Rochester Academic Pgm Coord - 223575 in Rochester, New York

Academic Pgm Coord

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Warner Grad School Education

Full/Part Time


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Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Warner School of Education


8 AM-4:30 PM



The purpose of the position of Step to College (S2C) Director is to implement and execute the S2C preparation program in the Greater Rochester Region. Step to College is a college preparation collaborative (between local high schools and colleges) that aims to provide a program that offers high school students (grades 9-12) and prospective college applicants an opportunity to experience the expectations and rigor of college through academic, social, recreational, and community related experiences. Participants in the program will learn about the college application process, what to expect after being accepted, financial aid requirements and expectations, life outside of the classroom, building relationships with other college students and professors, mentorship, appropriate college conduct and college level academics. This program is modeled after the Countdown to College Program administered through St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. Curriculum is co-written and developed by East Educational Partnership teachers and local college professors.

The Step to College (S2C) Program and Director are within the Warner School’s Center for Urban Education Success (CUES). CUES was created to support the success of K-12 urban schools. Grounded in the University’s partnership with Rochester’s East High School, CUES brings together the Warner School’s educational programs, community outreach, and research about urban schools and the University’s work at East.

This grant funded position will be renewed on an annual basis with potential assignment fluctuation in hours and in duration pending funding availability and job performance.


The director must be a highly motivated, innovative individual who possesses exceptional organizational and program development skills.

Under general direction and with latitude for independent judgment the Director will…

Execute and Implement the Program:

Direct and provide oversight for the implementation of the Step to College (S2C) program instructional planning:

Direct the S2C program planning and implementation activities with intentional focus on culturally responsive pedagogy through:

  • recruitment and hiring of faculty, instructors, and student/family participants

  • teaching in the program as needed

  • conducting professional development and training of instructors and faculty

  • writing curriculum with an intentional focus on culturally responsive pedagogy

  • developing instructional expectations for instructors

Build and maintain relationships with families and Step to College program students

Conduct 8-10, in person, student conferences throughout the year to ensure compliance with program expectations and standards

Develop, plan, implement and monitor the S2C family engagement protocols and requirements

Develop training strategies to improve parent knowledge and ability to successfully navigate subject matter relevant to college application, funding and persistence

Administer the Program:

  • Supervise the Assistant Director of S2C and conduct annual performance review

  • Develop evaluative metrics and conduct annual evaluation of the program resulting in adjustment of the program design as appropriate to maintain relevant support for scholars and parents/families

  • Plan and lead the S2C program meetings with all stakeholders and monitor action items

  • Ensure data integrity through establishing data collection processes including the analysis and synthesis of program information for dissemination to all pertinent stakeholders for appropriate use

  • Direct, create, and plan S2C program assessment used to validate program goals

Maintain Operations and Fiduciary Responsibility:

  • Responsible for soliciting and securing, program funding options with local foundations, grant organizations and individual donors including preparation and submission of grant proposals, coordination and ongoing monitoring of grant funding, and preparation of financial reports for all funding factions

  • Provide direction and oversight to the Assistant Director during monthly and annual written program reporting

  • Direct the development of all database and fiscal responsibilities of the program specifically related to grants, contracts, memorandums of agreement, payroll, and all other budgetary components in compliance with University of Rochester policies and procedures

  • Develop and manage all standard operating procedures for the S2C program, in compliance with all University of Rochester policies and procedures

    External Communications and Engagement:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for all S2C internal and external inquiries, activities, and vendors

  • Act as the primary communications manager for the S2C program – integral to the development and dissemination of information that is easily understandable by all stakeholders using various venues including, but not limited to: website and program calendar.

  • Interact with various S2C stakeholders, including but not limited to students, parents/guardians, funders, grant officers, and high school/college staff and faculty (including upper level administrators)


A bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) with major coursework in school counseling, social work, education or related field. Must have at least 3 years of relevant experience in an urban academic setting. Must be highly proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software. Excellent organizational skills and proven ability to interact with stakeholder groups of various backgrounds in a professional and engaging manner. Preference given to candidates who have experience in working with “first generation” college students.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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