Senior Project Coordinator, McNair Scholars Program

Laramie, Wyoming 

Organization: McNair Scholars Program

Type of opportunity: Full-time, academic


  • Manage the daily financial and operational functions including staff supervision within the McNair grant. Ensure compliance with federal legislation and regulations and SEO & UW policies and procedures regarding the operation of the McNair grant.
  • Design and monitor project operating policies and procedures including accurate record keeping of student files and data management of services delivered in compliance with federal regulations. Manage timely and accurate completion of Annual Reporting as well as changes in reporting requirements. Develop, monitor, and adjust a complex annual budget of up to $300,000 while adhering to federal regulations regarding allowable and unallowable expenditures and services.
  • Recruit participants and design services to meet specific objectives and achievement levels among participants and the grant as a whole. Plan and implement year-round targeted student services at the individual and group level, including providing oversight, mentoring, guidance, and review of participants’ research papers and presentations embedded in a summer Research Internship. Assess grant activities and institute required changes to ensure resources are effectively utilized and project objectives are achieved. Ensure project compliance with federal reporting guidelines.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate professional and other staff. Evaluate ongoing and potential workloads and prioritize work on activities. Regularly assess work performance, communicate with employees including hourly nonbenefited staff and volunteer mentors, and perform regulatory checks on paperwork and procedures. Ensure staff compliance with all requirements and policies.
  • Provide information and data for multiple audiences, as requested, and in a timely manner. Manage renewal grant writing processes. Establish and maintain relationships with UW faculty, staff, offices, and departments to assist participants in accessing mentorships, increase the success of student recruitment, and maintain a positive image for McNair, SEO, and other TRiO programs and students.

Desired qualifications:

  • Master’s level degree and one year of experience managing or administering grant-funded, educational access programs at the college level.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent technical writing and editing skills.
  • Degree in a STEM or social sciences field.
  • Experience conducting academic research and providing direct assistance and support to undergraduate and/or graduate student researchers.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the academic, financial, and social/personal needs of underrepresented, ethnic minority, and low-income college students.
  • Experience designing and delivering student services and instruction related to successful baccalaureate completion, scientific research, college-level writing, and/or planning for and applying to graduate school.
  • Understanding of and familiarity with graduate school preparation, application, and admission processes.
  • Experience teaching at the college level.

Salary/pay: $48,000/year

Link to more information: View the job announcement.

How to apply: Complete on-line application, resume, cover letter, and contact information for three work-related references.

Please submit a statement (one page or less) addressing the following questions:  1) What are the barriers to successful preparation for, entry into, and completion of graduate-level, Ph.D. programs among underrepresented, ethnic minority, and low-income college students and have you encountered or overcome similar barriers in your educational career?  2) As director of the McNair Scholars Program, what services would you provide to ensure students are prepared to successfully apply, enroll, and complete a post-graduate Ph.D. program?  Please attach your submission to your resume.

Application deadline: Position open until filled.