Project Director, Upward Bound Program, TELACU Education Foundation

Job Code: TEF-UBPD-1115
(Full-time, Exempt) 

Job Summary

Responsible for managing and overseeing the daily operations and programmatic activities for the grant(s) under the Upward Bound Program (the “Program”) to ensure Program objectives as outlined in the funding proposals are achieved.

Essential Functions

  • Hires, supervises, evaluates and if needed, terminates Program staff members
  • Develops, maintains and monitors Programs budget
  • Develops and administers comprehensive staff training to ensure quality of curriculum and Program success
  • Must be able to interpret and apply the U.S. Department of Education Regulations and Guidelines to ensure compliance
  • Maintains Program records in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education Guidelines
  • Prepares and submits the Annual Performance Report to the U.S. Department of Education
  • Develops and implements strategies to track all participants who enroll in postsecondary education following high school graduation for up to six years
  • Oversees the recruitment and orientation of participants and parents into the Program from the assigned target schools
  • Plans, develops and coordinates relevant cultural, social and recreational activities for academic year
  • Provides advice and guidance to participants in the form of career planning, educational information and financial assistance
  • Develops and administers comprehensive instructor, tutor and resident assistant training program to ensure quality of curriculum, Program success, and that students are exposed and prepared to successfully pursue STEM opportunities in higher education
  • Plans, develops, coordinates and implements all aspects of the Program’s six-week Summer Instructional Component and incorporates STEM instruction and activities
  • Evaluates staff’s assessment of academic needs and goals of participants and the development of Individual Academic Plans, and ensures participants receive the necessary counseling and supportive services
  • Provides the Executive Director and the Senior Vice President of the Foundation with regular updates and ensures they are informed of the Program’s challenges, success and progress toward achieving Programs objectives
  • Develops, implements and maintains a system for evaluating the effectiveness of the Program
  • Collaborates with Executive Director, Senior Vice President, target schools’ administrators and staff to facilitate the selection of students, and to ensure Program services and objectives are met
  • Acts as liaison between Program, target schools and community agencies to ensure clear and concise communication
  • Attends appropriate TRiO conferences and/or professional development trainings as required
  • Ensures all forms of written communication (i.e., letters, memorandums, e-mails) for participants, parents, and public meet the TELACU Corporate Communication Group Standards
  • Develops, coordinates and implements other Program related projects as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Counseling or related field of study; Master’s Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Education or related field required. Minimum of three years of managerial experience in employing, training and supervising personnel.  Experience with program evaluation and reports.  Minimum of three years’ experience in higher education in the field of student services with low-income and/or first-generation students, including one year of administrative experience. Must possess good interpersonal skills, able to work in cooperative management setting, and at ease working with students individually and in groups. Must have good organizational skills; effective verbal and written communication skills, public speaking experience; displays professional demeanor, positive attitude and self-image; ability to multi-task; flexibility in adapting to changing assignments as priorities arise; and be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite Applications and ability to learn database management applications. Bilingual in English and Spanish is required. Preference for candidates who have held a prior position within a university/college EOP, TRiO Program or other student support service programs. 

Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of first-generation and/or low-income students; understanding of cross-cultural values regarding education; and ability to establish rapport with target population.


Must be flexible to work evenings and weekends and travel as required.

Must receive a favorable clearance report from background check, Live Scan fingerprinting and tuberculosis test.

Must have a valid California Driver’s License, proof of current vehicle insurance, a driving record that meets the TELACU Education Foundation insurer’s criteria, and be able to use own vehicle in course of work.  Valid First Aid and CPR certification required.

Physical Job Description:

Manual Dexterity: Work requires regular speed and accuracy for most of the working day. Physical Effort: Work requires frequent driving to evening and/or weekend events. Infrequent physical demands, such as lifting 25 pounds or less of boxes containing educational material/supplies and normal bending or reaching to access and maintain files. Working Conditions: Normal office conditions. Hazards: Little or no exposure to hazards. Equipment Use: PC, keyboard, copier, facsimile.

The statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by most people assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and requirements. 

To Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email a résumé and cover letter to Please specifically reference the full position title for which you are applying and include the job code associated with the position.