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Director, Upward Bound Programs

Position Information

WORKING TITLE: Director, Upward Bound Programs
UW SYSTEM OFFICIAL TITLE: Pre-College Services Director (C)
POSTING DATE:  April 18, 2023

Essential Job Functions

This position reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Division of Student Access and Success and provides strategic direction, programming leadership, operational oversight, and evaluation for pre-college programming in support of preparing individuals to be successful in their higher education endeavors. Develops and fosters relationships with constituents in support of the program and community partners.

The Director of Upward Bound Programs is responsible for supervising programs, managing staff and resources, and coordinating the activity of Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science. The Director provides strategic direction, operational oversight, leadership and evaluation for UW-Green Bay’s two Upward Bound programs that support preparing high school students to be successful in their higher education endeavors. This position works closely with the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Access and Success to advise institutional and divisional leadership on Upward Bound and for expanding UW-Green Bay’s mission to provide equitable access to higher education. With a passion for equity and access, the Director serves as an advocate to promote college going culture and success for K-12 students.

The Director of Upward Bound Programs is the supervisor of Upward Bound Advisors and program support staff and is responsible for evaluating staffing needs, hiring of new staff, and evaluation of team members. This position reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Access and Success with strong connections to University Inclusivity and Student Affairs and other university departments.

What You'll Do

This position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Directs strategic planning initiatives and establishes pre-college program objectives to ensure appropriate use of financial, administrative, and staffing resources and alignment with the strategic plan.
  • Determines pre-college program staffing needs.
  • Develops operating policies and procedures to comply with regulations, institutional policies, and pre-college program unit objectives.
  • Develops and oversees the program budget.
  • Advises institutional or divisional leadership on pre-college program services and student needs.
  • Serves as the unit liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups, including the office of Grants and Research and the Department of Education program officer to ensure compliance with federal, state, institutional and sponsor requirements.  
  • Identifies, promotes, and maintains internal and external partnerships.
  • Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees.



  • Master’s degree in Education, Counseling or a related field
  • Two years' experience in K-12 schools or other educational organizations
  • Extensive knowledge and experience working with educational equity programs serving diverse student populations
  • Demonstrated experience designing, managing or implementing a collaborative multi-organizational project
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency with the ability to use database, spreadsheet and word processing software/applications
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Supervisory experience


  • Experience in a higher education setting
  • Knowledge of TRiO/Precollege Programs
  • Experience writing or working on grant-related projects that serve underrepresented students in higher education
  • Proficiency in speaking and reading a second language, preferably Spanish, Hmong, Somali, or Oneida

The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will be expected to work inclusively and respectfully within a diverse campus community and practice civility in the workplace.  The University welcomes applicants who are dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of inclusivity and equity as crucial components in the pursuit of organizational excellence.

In addition, the successful candidate will have strong oral, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills, demonstrated integrity and strong leadership, and the willingness to work independently and as part of a collaborative team. The University invites applicants who are dedicated to enriching the quality of life for students and the community by embracing the educational value of diversity, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging engaged citizenship, and serving as an intellectual, cultural, and economic resource.

Conditions of Appointment

Some travel is required for necessary meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.  Occasional evening and/or weekend work is expected.

Position is a full-time Limited appointment.  Official transcripts of the highest degree achieved will be required of finalist(s).  A criminal conviction investigation will be conducted on the finalist(s).  In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the university does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. 

All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.

Compensation and Benefits

Minimum salary of $62,000.

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Benefit Details

The UW System provides an excellent benefits package to meet the diverse needs of its employees. This includes several health insurance options, with annual deductibles as low as $250/individual and $500/family. Our benefits package also includes dental, vision, several life insurance options, AD&D and Accident insurance and Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts. We participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), where employer contributions begin immediately and employees are fully vested after 5 years of service. The UW System also provides supplemental retirement savings programs including a 403(b) and Deferred Compensation.

In addition, employees receive several types of paid leave benefits, which are prorated for employees working less than 100%. This includes 9 legal holidays, 36 hours of personal holiday and between 96-130 hours of sick leave annually. Employees earn 13-27 days of vacation each year, depending on years of service and employment type.

For more details, please review the benefit quick guide linked below.


STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)
Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: From "Search Jobs" screen,
  • Click "View All Jobs"
  • Select "Director, Upward Bound Programs"
    • You must login before you can apply. Input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Sign In."
    • If you have not yet registered, click "Register Now" to begin the registration process.

STEP 3: Submit application materials:

Please be sure to complete all required fields, and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter specifically addressing qualifications for the essential job functions
  • Resume 
  • Names and contact information for three references

You must select "Submit" to forward your application materials to the search committee.

If you have any questions, need accommodations, or submitted your application with missing materials, call or email:

Meagan Strehlow
Phone:  (920) 465-2716

Application Deadline

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, May 7, 2023.

Note: The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

For more information regarding the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the surrounding area, see our Campus and Community section. For Campus Safety information see our University Police website and our Annual Security Report (for a paper copy please contact the Office of Human Resources at (920) 465-2390). This report includes statistics about reported crimes, as well as information about crime prevention and campus security policies and procedures.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is an Affirmative Action Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining a community which welcomes and values a climate supporting equal opportunity and difference among its members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, genetic information, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status (including disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran status), age, or disability.