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University of Rochester Assistant Project Director, Step to College - 217825 in Rochester, New York

Assistant Project Director, Step to College

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Warner Grad School Education

Full/Part Time


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Part Time 32 hours Grade 052 Warner School of Education


8:30 AM-5 PM


Position Summary:

The purpose of the position of Step to College (S2C) Director is to implement and execute the S2C preparation program in the Greater Rochester Region. Step to College is a college preparation collaborative (between local high schools and colleges) that aims to provide a program that offers high school students (grades 9-12) and prospective college applicants an opportunity to experience the expectations and rigor of college through academic, social, recreational, and community related experiences. Participants in the program will learn about the college application process, what to expect after being accepted, financial aid requirements and expectations, life outside of the classroom, building relationships with other college students and professors, mentorship, appropriate college conduct and college level academics. This program is modeled after the Countdown to College Program administered through St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. Curriculum is co-written and developed by East Educational Partnership teachers and local college professors.

The Step to College (S2C) Program and Director are within the Warner School’s Center for Urban Education Success (CUES). CUES was created to support the success of K-12 urban schools. Grounded in the University’s partnership with Rochester’s East High School, CUES brings together the Warner School’s educational programs, community outreach, and research about urban schools and the University’s work at East.

This grant funded position will be renewed on an annual basis with potential assignment fluctuation in hours and in duration pending funding availability and job performance.


The Assistant Director must be a highly motivated individual who possesses the ability to implement educational programing under general direction and latitude for independent judgment:

Program Management

  • Manage the S2C program activities with intentional focus on culturally responsive pedagogy through:

  • coordinating recruitment of faculty, instructors, and student/family participants

  • teaching in the program as needed

  • implementing curriculum with an intentional focus on culturally responsive pedagogy

  • managing, coordinating, and implementing curriculum materials

  • Build and maintain relationships with families and Step to College program students

  • Conduct between 18-20, in person, student conferences throughout the year to ensure compliance with program expectations and standards

Instructional and Technical Oversight

  • Supervise the S2C instructional staff/program volunteers and provide performance feedback as necessary

  • Coordinate student supports needed with school counselors and social workers to address academic and social-emotional interventions

  • Provide on-site supervision of instructors and participants and addressing any issues that arise appropriately, during the two-week summer program and during any other on-campus S2C activities throughout the year.

Maintain Operations

  • Coordinate logistics associated with program location including collaboration with host institutions to ensure all programmatic needs are met

  • Enter all data and provide database management, report generation, and data analysis to the Director

  • Organize S2C program meetings with all stakeholders and disseminate meeting minutes and action items to attendees

  • Complete monthly and annual written and verbal program reporting requirements with direction from Director

  • Serve as a secondary point of contact for S2C internal and external inquiries, activities, and vendors as assigned by the Director

  • Serve as the program liaison responsible for problem solving all issues related to the program for all professional staff and program participants

  • Manage communications with stakeholders including website maintenance, updating the program calendar, tracking application deadlines per direction provided from the Director.

Maintain Fiduciary Responsibility

  • Manage and utilize all databases and implement fiscal responsibilities of the program specifically related to grants, contracts, memorandums of agreement, payroll, and all other budgetary components in compliance with University of Rochester policies and procedures

  • Implement all standard operating procedures and financial guidelines for the S2C program, in compliance with all University of Rochester policies and procedures


Graduation from college or an equivalent combination of experience and training. 3 years of related work experience including at least 1 year in an administrative capacity in an academic office or project management, or the equivalent experience in business.

Preferred Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) with major coursework in school counseling, social work, education or related field. Must have at least 2 years of relevant experience in an urban academic setting. Must be highly proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software. Excellent organizational skills and proven ability to interact with stakeholder groups of various backgrounds in a professional and engaging manner. Preference given to candidates who have experience in working with “first generation” college students.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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