Student Advocacy Manager 3 (Ronald E.McNair Scholars Program Director)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – J – Exempt
Work Unit:
Graduate School
Office of Graduate Educational Equity
Full/Part Time:


The Graduate School is seeking a Director of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program within the Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs (OGEEP). McNair is a federally-funded TRIO program designed to increase the attainment of PhDs awarded to students who are low-income, first-generation college students and underrepresented college students by providing opportunities for research and other scholarly activities; seminars and other educational activities designed to prepare students for doctoral studies; tutoring; academic counseling; and activities designed to assist students with securing admissions to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. This position reports to the OGEEP Senior Director and is responsible for hiring, supervising, training, and evaluating all McNair program staff; preparing, writing, and submitting competitive grant proposals for the program to the U.S. Department of Education; and where possible securing additional federal, state, or private funding to augment and advance the core mission of the McNair Scholars Program. Additional duties include administering the federal grant according to the guidelines governing its use and serving as primary liaison with the U.S. Department of Education; formulating and administering the budget for the program and maintaining an internal budget records system independent of the University system, against which the University’s budget can be reconciled and that can be supported through an audit; preparing and submitting annual performance reports to the U.S. Department of Education; evaluating all aspects of the program, which includes oversight and responsibility for program outcomes; maintaining data to support progress on program objectives as reported to the U.S. Department of Education; serving as an advocate and resource for students; maintaining all records as required by regulations, grant contract, and/or University policy; directing the program’s Summer Research experience which includes planning and coordinating joint activities between the Penn State Big10 Alliance/OGEEP Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) and McNair Scholars program; and overseeing the program's alumni tracking system as required for federal reporting purposes. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A degree in education or social science related disciplines preferred. The successful candidate will demonstrate proficient ability in organizational development, project management, financial planning and development of objectives for accomplishing programmatic goals; be able to interact and negotiate with federal government officials, administrators and faculty within Penn State, and other university offices to publicize the program’s goals and garner resources to support the program; and serve on state, regional, and national professional association boards and University committees. Knowledge of Penn State’s financial and education policies/procedures is preferred but not required. The successful candidate must be a team-oriented professional who is self-motivated, possess excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, and customer service skills. Must be a proficient multitasker and demonstrate competence and an appreciation for working with diverse audiences. Conscientious attention to detail is essential. Job necessitates meeting deadlines and attending events that require work after hours and on the weekends as needed. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088