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Title V Cornerstone to Capstone Project Director

$52,075 – $66,396 yearly

Adams State University

Last Updated: 5/12/23

Job Description

Position Summary:

The Office of Title V Initiatives is seeking an energetic and collaborative leader to direct the Cornerstone to Capstone: Building the Adams Experience grant. The full-time Project Director (PD) works with the Activity Director (AD), Project Specialist (PS), and grant initiative Coordinators to ensure all goals and objectives are met and the operation of the project flows smoothly and efficiently. Along with overseeing the budget and ensuring grant activities adhere to campus, state, and federal guidelines, the Project Director communicates with key stakeholders and works to ensure grant objectives are integrated into existing Adams State University structures.

Specific Job Duties (Essential Functions and Responsibilities):

The PD oversees, coordinates, and facilitates the implementation of the project, its evaluation, and its budget with full administrative authority for the project recognized by the Adams State University President. The PD supervises the Activity Director and the Project Specialist and works with the three (3) Coordinators (HIPs Coordinator, Grizzly Persist, and New Student Orientation Coordinator, and the Internship Coordinator) and their supervisors to ensure effective and efficient program operations and to ensure all project activity, progress data, and results are reported in a timely manner to inform evaluative processes and continuous improvement of programming to achieve objectives.

The principal project goals are:

1) Develop and implement High-Impact Practices across curricular programs,

2) Build capacity to implement internships as a High-Impact Practice, and

3) Implement and expand Grizzly Persist workshops and peer-mentoring program.


The core responsibilities of the Project Director include, but are not limited to:

● Oversee, facilitate, and coordinate the effective implementation of 3 project components with the ultimate goal of institutionalization– this includes being able to creatively pivot if current strategies are not working

● Help brand and promote The Adams Experience through presentations, social media, newsletters, ASU websites, podcasts, appropriate promotional avenues, etc.

● Become involved with strategic campus-wide committees (e.g., Student Success, CTIR, Strategic planning, etc.) to ensure the grant objectives are embedded in and coordinated with other campus initiatives

● Connect with directors of other campus grants (PPOHA, NSF, Rural Co-action) to determine where objectives align and to create synergy

● Work with VPAA and AVPAA and with the VPSA to coordinate with existing programs and initiatives

● Manage Steering Committee meetings and membership

● Ensure vacated positions within the grant are filled in a timely manner so as not to delay reaching grant objectives

● Build and maintain strong relationships with all ASU faculty and staff

● Work with grant staff to develop and implement large events (e.g., such as winter retreats, summer professional development, fall kick-offs, etc.)

● Lead events/professional development when necessary and appropriate. Provide behind-the-scenes support for the AD and Coordinators to lead when it is more strategic for them to gain leadership exposure and credibility

● Manage and oversee grant budget to ensure grant follows the approved budget and all federal requirements while working closely with the Project Specialist and the ASU Sponsored Programs Controller

● Provide direction supervision to the Activity Director and Project Specialist(s)

● Collaborate with Coordinators and their supervisors to ensure progress is being made toward achieving their grant goal(s) and to ensure they remain in compliance with federal, state, and institutional rules and regulations

● Work with the external evaluator to generate and use accurate data to improve operations and inform decision-making

● Coordinate and resolve issues between and among partners and contributors to this grant’s purposes and intended goals

● Attend professional development to increase skills and knowledge related to effective grant management, programs at HSI’s, and culturally responsive best practices

● Establish communication with the Federal Program Office assigned to the grant

● Develop/submit required reports to the President in a timely manner to allow review before the formal submission is made to the US Department of Education in compliance with the stated deadlines and grant requirements.


● Master’s degree required, terminal doctoral degree strongly preferred

● Experience leading campus-wide initiatives

● College-level teaching experience required

● Grant management experience preferred

● Excellent communicator comfortable with public speaking and development of communications messages and materials

● Ability to develop strong relationships and buy-in from campus-wide stakeholders

● Ability to organize effectively, prioritize, and oversee the implementation of multiple initiatives

● Flexibility to adapt quickly in the face of change

● Demonstrated knowledge of pedagogical strategies for improving undergraduate student success, especially those HIPs identified as relevant to the Adams Experience and especially those with culturally inclusive practices

● Demonstrated commitment to and passion for equity and to closing opportunity and achievement gaps, especially for Hispanic and underserved student populations.

● Ability to treat others with respect, civility, and courtesy and to work honestly, effectively, and collegiality with employees, students, and the community. This includes the ability to use appropriate conflict management skills to effectively manage any disagreement that might arise or to bring the disagreement to management for assistance in productive resolution when the situation requires.

Salary and Benefits:

$52,075 to $66,396 annual base salary based upon 1.0 FTE; salary is commensurate with education, qualification, and experience.

Current Adams State University faculty are eligible to apply and may seek a part-time appointment at 0.5 FTE.

Adams State University offers a competitive benefits package.

TO APPLY: All interested and qualified candidates must submit a letter of interest, CV, and a list of three references no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, May 26th, 2023.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit the required materials through the Adams State University careers page. Any questions may be directed to Dr. Nick Saenz, Chair, Search Committee

Adams State University is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors, and to protecting its funds, property and other assets. Well-informed hiring decisions contribute to this effort. Therefore, Adams State University has adopted a policy on background screening for its prospective, continuing, and returning employees as well as students in certain circumstances. Offers of employment will be contingent upon the completion of an acceptable background check. The information received in response to a background check will be treated as confidential to the extent provided for by law.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Adams State University (ASU) may be directed to ASU's Office of Equal Opportunity, Director Ana Guevara, and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education. Support resources for sexual misconduct, ASU's sexual misconduct policies, contact information for the Adams State University's Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, as well as a detailed procedure for filing a grievance due to discrimination on the basis of sex may be found online at These procedures also describe the University's response to reports and/or complaints of sex discrimination or sexual harassment.

Adams State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications are sought from all qualified persons regardless of race, color, sex, disability, and, as covered by law, veteran status. In addition, University policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation including transgender status and gender expression, marital status, and parental status.

Adams State University is dedicated to fostering Inclusive Excellence and especially encourages applications from women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other historically underrepresented populations. Given the university’s mission and student body composition, the institution is committed to increasing the diversity of its professional staff and is actively seeking qualified applicants who have experiences, skills, and/or personal attributes that augment the perspectives of our current faculty and staff; we will give particular consideration to qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings or who possess varied language skills and have a record of successful experience in engaging diverse communities and student populations. Additional information about the university and the academic mission may be found at

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