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TRIO McNair Project Director - McNair Scholar


Azusa, CA
ID: S1579


APU is seeking employees who desire to engage in our thriving culture by cultivating community through professional interactions, demonstrating a posture of lifelong learning, and modeling Christ-like character. Working together, employees at APU commit to establishing a university atmosphere that is pleasing to God and edifying to one another.


Azusa Pacific University received it’s first Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program grant (McNair) in 2023. The McNair program contributes to enhancing the post-baccalaureate success by steering APU students to the appropriate graduate programs and ensuring students are well prepared, academically, personally, and emotionally, for their graduate experiences. This preparation will be through the many diverse activities outlined in the grant award such as research mentorships patterned after APU's existing research programs. The McNair program will nurture and stimulate at least 25 students, providing them with high levels of skills and self confidence to maximize prospects for timely success in graduate programs.


The Project Director is​​ responsible for leadership and daily operation of the project, including planning, development, and implementation of all grant-related efforts. This position is a grant-funded position and subject to terms of the award, which is eligible for renewal.


Review of applications will begin February 19.


Required Education

  • Doctorate degree awarded or ABD (all but dissertation)


Required Experience

  • Previous experience with the Ronald E. McNair or other TRiO programs preferred.
  • Specialized training or certification in academic counseling is a plus.
  • Minimum of 3-year administrative experience in managing educational opportunities, including budgeting and assessment.
  • Minimum 4-year experience of demonstrated commitment to supporting the academic needs of students facing barriers to postgraduate educational pursuit.


Primary Duties/Essential Functions

  • Oversee all McNair programmatic components.
  • Design and develop activities to achieve McNair objectives.
  • Manage project personnel and partner with McNair project staff, program evaluator, faculty mentors, the Program Advisory Council, APU departments and administrators, community agencies and business partners, under the direction of the Associate Provost.
  • Supervise implementation of tracking/filing system of participant records, project activities, research, scholarship, tutoring and counseling services
  • Review and monitor grant budget and general ledger transactions for accuracy, timeliness, and appropriateness as it relates to the grant award.
  • Prepare evaluations and all university and federal reports.
  • Responsible for daily electronic timekeeping as it applies to the scope of this position as a supervisor and employee.
  • Regular, punctual attendance as required by the supervisor based on department needs.



  • Knowledge of financial aid terminology, FAFSA, and federal student loans.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain professional, collaborative, and service-oriented relationships with Azusa Pacific University and educational, and community agencies.
  • Strong leadership ability and demonstrated communication skills.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English is strongly preferred.


Mental Demands

  • In agreement with the purpose and goals of Azusa Pacific University in providing a Christian-based higher education for its students.


Physical Demands

  • Intermittent sitting and standing. 
  • Requires keyboard and 10-key work.
  • Extensive telephone usage. 
  • Ability to lift, pull, grasp, bend and reach. 
  • Ability to lift up to 20 lbs.


Visual Demands

  • Computer monitor and reading.



  • Pleasant office, comfortable temperatures. 
  • Multiple conversations and transactions occurring simultaneously.



  • Proficient in Google Apps., Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel.



  • Grade 16: $85,197 to $97,977 is the annual salary for this role and reflects what Azusa Pacific University reasonably expects to pay for this position. Actual compensation may vary based on the qualifications, experience, and internal equity. In addition to compensation, APU offers a competitive benefits package.


Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation. Please click the links to learn more about 'what we believe', our 'mission statement', and our 'statement of faith'.


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Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates.


Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

This position is located at 901 East Alosta Avenue, Azusa, CA. View the Google Map in full screen.