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Program Manager, TRiO SSS

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is searching for a Program Manager, TRiO! This full time position is the operations manager of the CU Boulder TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Project. The Manager acts as the staff co-principal investigator on the TRiO grant with the Dean of Undergraduate Education who serves as the faculty co-principal investigator. This position supervises two (2) full time Program Coordinators, one (1) part-time Graduate Student Assistant, and a cadre of undergraduate student employees.

This role is responsible for implementing the plan of operations from recruitment to evaluation. This includes personnel development, budget management, course design, caseload management, and performance reporting. The incumbent will be responsible for meeting all project objectives and compliances based on TRiO regulations, legislation, and guidelines. This position is also responsible for the competitive continuation of the project and serves as its lead grant writer. The current grant is funded through 2025. It has been renewed since 1985.

This position assists in advising the SASC Director on highly collaborative, need-based services, so the Manager is expected to develop and implement program-level processes consistent with the mission-defined strategies and resource-defined priorities of the center. This position requires collegiality, professionalism, and problem-solving initiative under a high-volume, highly collaborative workload.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The TRiO SSS Project is a federally funded educational opportunity program that serves 200+ TRiO-eligible students as part of the pre-college to post-baccalaureate pathway in the Student Academic Success Center (SASC). SASC is an educational opportunity center in the Office of Undergraduate Education within Academic Affairs. We are a mission-inspired learning community of students, faculty, and staff from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented, under-resourced, or underserved at the University of Colorado Boulder. We have a 50+ year history on our flagship campus.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Program Management

  • Manage daily operations of this educational opportunity program. Lead all aspects of annual cycle of TRiO SSS services from outreach (recruitment, admissions, orientation) through retention (advising, instruction, enrichment opportunities) to graduation (career or post-baccalaureate preparation, alumni network, donor opportunities).
  • Manage program components, including advising caseloads, success plans, course schedules, skill workshops, and combining efforts with center, campus, and community partners.
  • Perform, facilitate, or delegate duties to ensure services are delivered (including courses), planning of events, training of staff, allocation of resources, and other crucial program functions.

Program Assessment

  • Manage formative and summative evaluation of services, staffing, and resources to meet student needs and to improve program outcomes.
  • Maintain standard methodologies in “inclusive excellence” by assessing outcomes in relation to TRiO/SASC mission, goals, and objectives.
  • Use evidence-based education research to inform program design, efficiencies, and improvements in readiness for competitive continuation of grant.
  • Be responsible for program records, including logic model, reports, handbooks, and participant database.
  • Responsible for annual performance report and grant writing.
  • Coordinate with SASC Instruction to integrate assessment into course-level design.

Budget Management

  • Serve as Speedtype Manager with fiduciary oversight of sponsored and general funds.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and university policies. Manage complete financial cycle of budget-to-actual expenses, approving procurements and reviewing reconciliations.
  • Coordinate scholarship disbursements and work study requests for students as well as professional development and travel requests for staff and students.
  • Collaborate with Director on planning annual program budget.

Supervision & Training

  • Hire, train, and supervise project personnel to ensure delivery of required and permissible services.
  • Manage annual employee performance plans and evaluations. Facilitate professional development opportunities to ensure standards and to develop talent, including ad hoc trainings for unit, campus, or community partners.
  • Be responsible for work study students, peer mentors, and volunteers.
  • Provide guidance to Faculty Co-PI on advocating for TRiO.
  • Act as a model for TRiO SSS staff, instructors, and students in terms of inclusive practices and lifelong learning.

Outreach & Advocacy

  • Serve as a member of the SASC Management Team to facilitate highly collaborative, need-based services within SASC and across other campus units.
  • Represent the CU-Boulder TRiO SSS Project in the regional and national TRiO community, advocate for TRiO students on campus, and advance TRiO/SASC mission through ASPIRE/COE participation. Serve as the contact for project partners.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement
    • New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
  • This position’s work schedule is expected to be Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM. Forty (40) hours per week with additional hours or days as needed.
  • This position is in a hybrid work modality, with 3 days onsite and 2 days remote. In-person training will be required, and more onsite days may be required, depending on business needs.
  • Relocation assistance is not available for this recruitment.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this position is $75,000 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in a relevant field.
  • Three (3) years of experience working for an educational opportunity program at a 2-year or 4-year institution with advising, mentoring, or instructing duties and direct experience with student hourly and/or staff supervision.
  • A PhD with teaching experience in higher education may substitute for up to 2 years of the 3-year minimum years of administration experience.

What You Will Need

  • Knowledge of TRiO legislation, regulations, guidance, and history or the immediate capacity to develop this expertise.
  • Knowledge (theoretical and practical) of working with underserved, underrepresented, under-resourced or other non-traditional students.
  • Ability to successfully write grants and program evaluation.
  • Skills in data collection, assessment of evidence-based practices, and reporting on outcomes.
  • Skills in budget planning, fund management, and scholarship disbursement.
  • Abilities in supervision and training of professional and student staff.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A Master’s degree in education, non-profit administration, or related field. Five (5) or more years of proven experience managing an educational opportunity program.
  • Experience in successful grant writing in higher education.
  • Track record of instructing, presentation, or publication as a practitioner-researcher in educational opportunity field.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by August 16, 2022 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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