Posted: Apr 2, 2024

Pre-College Programs, Director

New Jersey City University - Jersey City, NJ
Application Deadline: N/A



JOB SUMMARY: Reporting to leadership within the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the  Pre-College Programs, Director will provide strategic direction, leadership, assessment, continued grant writing/funding, and oversight for Pre-college programming to support Pre-college students in achieving higher-education goals. The director will have programming vision, planning, and leadership qualities, including management, program development/maintenance, pedagogy, fiscal viability, student recruitment and engagement, and the ability to foster relationships with community partners and university stakeholders. In addition, the Pre-College Programs, Director will support the University’s mission, meet specific fiscal goals, and prepare, submit, and respond to all reports required by the New Jersey Department of Higher Education.


  • Prepares the budget and maintains the overall operation of Gear-Up & College Bound programs.
  • Serves as first responder to address and resolve issues with program students and parents.
  • Prepares, submits, and responds to all reports required by the New Jersey Department of Higher Education, NJCU and other relevant agencies.
  • Interview, hire, and complete required paperwork to onboard new program teachers, student mentors, and program staff.
  • Attend all state-wide Gear-Up and College Bound meetings as required by NJ Dept Higher Ed.
  • Evaluate personnel and responsible for their orientation and continued professional development.
  • Creates and conducts informational workshops with parents, students, K-12 teachers and administrators, and board of education administrators.
  • Builds relationships with target schools, NJ Dept of Higher Ed, Office of Research, Grants and Sponsored Programs. and JC Board of Education.
  • Maintains existing funding and write grants as needed
  • Works with the Office of Research, Grant, and Sponsored Programs
  • Supervises the staff and is responsible for the development and coordination of activities among staff
  • Represents the Office of Pre-College Programs by participating in university programs, committees, and activities
  • Schedules and conducts in-service training service
  • Coordinates project efforts between the participating schools
  • Supervises data entry, filing system, counseling activities, and participants' records
  • Conducts and attends departmental staff meetings and attends VP of Academic Affairs staff meetings
  • Performs other necessary duties that will promote the project on the local, state, and federal levels
  • Adheres to college policies and procedures
  • Prepares the College Bound proposal
  • Monitors the Gear Up grant for compliance
  • Prepares annual and final reports for the College Bound/GEAR UP program


  • Commitment to diversity and equity
  • Commitment to high quality teaching and learning
  • Commitment to further developing staff through professional development and mentoring
  • Commitment to mentoring students and fostering relationships with parents and community partners


  • Experience working with state/federal grant funded programs.
  • Understanding of New Jersey State grant budgets and reporting.
  • Experience working with urban 7th -12th grade public school students and systems, youth programs, or non-profit organizations.
  • Understands STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) for 7th - 12th grade students.
  • Understands positive reinforcement of discipline for 7th -12th grade students.
  • Comfortable with presenting information about Gear-Up/College Bound programs at local target schools, parents, and families.

EDUCATION: Graduate from an accredited college/university with a minimum of a Master’s degree in a related field. Doctorate in a related field preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years of progressive leadership and professional supervision experience and demonstrated ability of the following: multitasking and prioritizing deadlines, projects, and operations; supervising staff; scheduling classrooms and services; writing grants; working with youths in a higher education setting; managing and adhering to programming and university compliance and protocols; developing relationships with stakeholders; and the development of opportunities and access to quality education for underrepresented youths.  Minimum of four (4) years of professional experience (K-12 or higher education)

Required for Submission:  Candidates are required to submit the following, 1) resume, 2) cover letter, and 3) three professional references including contact information.

To apply for this position, refer to NJCU website at: 

We offer a competitive Compensation and Benefits Package

New Jersey City University is an equal opportunity institution encouraging a diverse pool of applicants.

New Jersey City University is a Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus.  For the health of our employees, students and visitors, smoking, vaping, and tobacco use is not permitted on campus.  This includes all buildings, grounds, and parking lots.

SAME Applicants: Candidates applying under the New Jersey “SAME” program, must include a Schedule A or B letter with other supporting documents (resume, proof of degree, etc.) by the closing date indicated above. For more information, please visit , email: [email protected], or call CSC at (833) 691-0404