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Gear Up Director

University of California Irvine
Irvine, CA Full-time
Posted on November 28, 2018


The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Director is a critical role for a $5.6M, 7 year, multi-site, time-critical program funded by the US Department of Education (DoEd) to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The overall program goal is to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools in the Compton Partnership and serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. The GEAR UP Director will coordinate all activities and serve as the operational advisor to a cross-functional GEAR UP Advisory Board in order to accomplish program objectives including timely achievement of program milestones and compliance with Federal, State, GEAR UP and UC policies.


Under the general direction of the Deputy Director for the Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP), and in conjunction with the Principal Investigator (PI), the GEAR UP Director will leverage extensive program management knowledge and prior experience with improving academic achievement for the implementation of the GEAR UP grant including supervision of all affiliated personnel and subcontracts. The primary purpose of the GEAR UP Director is to ensure the continued viability and presence of GEAR UP by complying with and abiding by all federally-mandated requirements of the program. In addition, the GEAR UP Director will organize a consortium of stakeholders to improve the educational outcomes for target school students, initiate ongoing communication between target schools, GEAR UP partners, and community-based organizations. Grant compliance and meeting stipulated goals, objectives and outcomes are primary functions of this position. The GEAR UP Director will establish short- and long-term strategies to accomplish the GEAR UP program goals and objectives.


The successful candidate will be a dedicated leader with successful experience managing large grants, working with middle and high school students, school governance organizations, community-based organizations and building collaborations to implement innovative methods focused on improving academic achievement, college enrollment and completion rates.


Salary: Range $69,000.00 - $85,000.00

Total Hours: 8-5, M-F

Career Position

The primary worksite will be at assigned schools in the Compton Unified School District.

Frequent evening and weekend hours may be required.

Six week summer residential program may require GEAR UP Coordinator to live in-residence on-campus with housing provided.




Master's degree in education, counseling, public administration or related field from an accredited college or university; or equivalent combination of education/experience.

Minimum of eight (8) years experience working with federal GEAR UP, TRIO, Head Start, or other educational opportunity programs for diverse and at-risk youth and their families.

Minimum of five (5) years experience in higher education program management, budget administration, program development, staff/personnel supervision, internal/federal reporting, and formative/summative evaluations.

Proven ability in the design, development and management of complex educational programs for underrepresented/at-risk populations and successful experience implementing collaborative efforts.

Professional or personal experience in overcoming barriers like those confronting target area students and their families.

Experience in establishing and sustaining educational partnerships, academic alliances, and interpersonal relationships with faculty, staff, and students at all levels of the educational continuum.

Demonstrated successful experience working with ethnically-diverse students, university/community college faculty and staff.

Excellent written and oral presentation skills to communicate with students, parents, and school staff.

Excellent organizational skills to coordinate a variety of activities simultaneously.

Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks in a heavy workload with competing deadlines.

Excellent time management skills to complete tasks in a timely manner.

Demonstrated ability to evaluate, analyze, and interpret a variety of data.

Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of publics: UC administrators and faculty; secondary school administrators, faculty, and counselors; and students and parents.

Demonstrated ability to work independently.

Proficient in use of computerized office systems including a computer and word processing software.

Possess valid California's driver's license and aces to a personal vehicle for travel to assigned schools.




To review a complete job description and apply, please follow this link: Gear Up Director or visit UCI's job site at and search job 2018-1347.


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