Project Director, McNair Scholars Program

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located 30 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul in scenic west central Wisconsin. Year around arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible. UWRF’s 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science; Arts and Sciences;  Education and Professional Studies; and Business and Economics. The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research, and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at:

The Position:

UWRF seeks a talented and enthusiastic Project Director for the University’s McNair Scholars Program. The Project Director is classified as a Program Manager I and the position carries responsibility for recruiting and placing McNair Scholars, managing budgets, preparing regular compliance reports, and executing the grant to assure that the program is meeting its benchmarks. As the position evolves, the McNair Scholars Program will become part of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Office and will connect to broader university initiatives.

Additional duties for the Project Director will include conducting workshops, meeting with students to assess progress, arranging visits to graduate programs and summer research sites, connecting students to other campus-based undergraduate research activities and events, encouraging and supporting students attending academic conferences, and representing the program to internal and external stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and effective leader of the program who can collaborate with faculty and staff to support McNair Scholars. Potential candidates who have had prior experience with McNair, other TRIO, or undergraduate research programs and who can contribute to the diversity of the institution are strongly encouraged to consider the position.

Required Job Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in an academic discipline with significant background in research.
  • At least three years of full-time work experience in a college or university setting (either teaching or providing student services).
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets.
  • Experience working with low-income students, first-generation students, and/or students of color.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience supervising staff (including undergraduate or graduate student workers).
  • Ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and identities

To Apply:
Online applications are required at:
Please submit the following via the online system: 

  1. a resume or CV; 
  2. a letter of interest specifying your qualifications and experience; 
  3. a separate diversity statement addressing your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and identities; 
  4. an unofficial transcript from your highest degree completed; and 
  5. the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three references who can specifically comment on your experience and professional preparation. 

Please do not send letters of recommendation. Please do not send application materials directly to the Chair of the Search Committee.

Inquiries should be addressed to:

Dr. Travis Tubré
Department of Psychology
McNair Project Director Search Committee Chair

The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request.  A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.  Official transcripts will be required if hired.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Deadline to Apply: Informal review of applications will begin as they are submitted. For full consideration, submit applications by April 17th, 2013. Formal review of applications will begin on April 19th, 2013.

The university is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.  Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.

UWRF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin.  All persons, especially women, persons of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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