Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) is a program created and funded by the U.S. Department of Education. As a designated UBMS Center, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science houses the Integrated Marine Program and College Training (IMPACT) program which seeks to strengthen the math and science skills of underserved, first-generation high-school students and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
This position is grant-funded and is contingent upon yearly renewal of funding. Responsibilities are as follows: The Project Director is responsible for daily operations and overall administration of the program, ensuring compliance with all federal program requirements while maximizing integration of the program through the museum’s broader initiatives around science communication, innovation, and workforce development. The Project Director will develop strategic partnerships and additional resources and opportunities for UBMS program participants, and will positively scale the success of UBMS through such partnerships. The Project Director is responsible for the recruitment, hiring, and direct supervision of all UBMS staff.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Adhere to the established policies and procedures of the Museum.
- Responsible for fiscal and reporting accountability, maintains appropriate grant records and responsible for the preparation and completion of the program’s Annual Performance Report (APR).
- Responsible for the planning, development, and assisting in the delivery of science/technology elective classes offered during the academic year as part of the UBMS Saturday Academy.
- Recruit, hire, directly supervise, and evaluate the performance of UBMS staff.
- Responsible for overseeing the mentor selection process and the delivery of mentor training and monitoring.
- Responsible for planning and overseeing all aspects of UBMS’ summer program, including field trips and overnight summer activities, and annual camping trip.
- Oversees and coaches staff and volunteers on mentoring students in improving self-esteem, developing positive attitudes, and successful peer/mentor relationships.
- The Project Director serves as the liaison between the project and the rest of the museum as well as grant partners and other officials.
- Structures and monitors outcome measures and evaluation procedures for programs.
- Responsible for insuring the success of UBMS is communicated using social media and other forms of diffusion.
- Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
- Responsible for supervising and scheduling staff in the delivery of grade level college preparation requirements; includes individual counseling and grade monitoring.
- Collaborate with staff and/or volunteer consultants to deliver a minimum of two parent college awareness workshops on financial aid and assisting parent/students to complete the federal application for student aid, FAFSA.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor's degree in Science or Education; Masters preferred
- Minimum 2 years managing grant funds; Experience with federal grants preferred
- Minimum 5 years administering education, after-school programs
- Minimum 2 years mentoring culturally diverse high school age youth
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Excellent leadership, management and coordination skills
- Must have strong technology skills, especially Microsoft Office and Adobe Pro. Graphic skills (i.e. Adobe Photoshop or InDesign) are helpful
- Experience writing and implementing federal grants
- Uses independent judgment to establish priorities and meet deadlines
- Strong communication skills (i.e. public speaking, interdepartmental communication, etc.) and organizational skills (i.e. databases, files, etc.); preference given to English speakers who also speak Spanish and/or Haitian- Creole fluently
- Strong writing skills, including ability to create curriculum, proposals, and other written materials
- Knowledge of and ability to manage and ensure compliance of participants and mentors in accordance with museum policies, rules and industry best practices
- Ability and willingness to accompany participants on overnight field trips
- Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele, staff members, participants, parents, and teachers
- Strong facilitation and group leadership skills
- Experience working in a leadership capacity with diverse groups
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds on select occasions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those as employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Work time will be split between working in an open office setting and on the floor observing programs, and helping with program oversight. Occasional exposure to outdoor activities may be requested. Particularly during the summer component, occasional exposure to outdoor activities requiring moderate to active physical effort (i.e. kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, etc.). Availability on Saturdays throughout the academic year is required. Availability to travel for select trips throughout the year is required.
- Level 2 background clearance as defined by Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
- Drug screening as part of the Drug Free Workplace Programs
- Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine(s) by date of hire to be considered for employment unless applicant is eligible for an exemption and able to provide supporting documentation for an accommodation under Title VII and/or ADA with the Human Resources Department.
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