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Assistant Director, McNair Scholars Program

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Director, McNair Scholars Program
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: 9/1/2021 or later

Application Window

Open date: July 28th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Aug 16, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Dec 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The UCSB McNair Scholars Program is searching for a professional with experience working with low-income, first-generation and/or underrepresented students who engage in undergraduate research and participate in graduate school preparation programs. The Assistant Director is a full-time campus-funded administrative appointment that reports to the Director. The Assistant Director supervises the McNair staff, manages the overall operation of the program, and coordinates activities with related units and programs that support the McNair Scholars Program. In consultation with the Director, the areas of responsibility for the Assistant Director include: program implementation and evaluation; curriculum development; program management, including supervision of staff and budget management; and marketing and campus/community relations.

About the Program:
The McNair Scholars Program prepares qualified undergraduates for entrance to a PhD program in all fields of study. The goals of the program are to increase the number of first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students in PhD programs, and ultimately, to diversify the faculty in colleges and universities across the country. The program provides undergraduates with opportunities to participate in academic year and summer research activities. McNair Scholars attend courses, seminars and workshops on topics related to graduate school preparation; complete a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor; and have the opportunity to present their research at local, regional and/or national conferences.

The program is supported by the U.S. Department of Education (Federal TRiO Program), Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and the deans of the College of Letters and Sciences and the College of Engineering. Additionally, our science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) scholars are being funded by Edison International.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    • Master’s Degree
    • Minimum of 3 years of managerial/supervisory experience

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    • At least 6 months of experience working with target population (first generation college-bound students, low-income students, and/or students who have historically been underrepresented in graduate education)
    • Available to work occasional evenings and weekends

Preferred qualifications

    • PhD desired
    • Experience or knowledge of U.S. Department of Education programs desired

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

References will be sought for the final 1-2 candidates.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA