Position Title: Director

Working Title: Program Director

Department: McNair Scholar’s Program

About the McNair Scholars’s Program:

The NEIU McNair Program was funded in 2003 with a Department of Education four-year grant. Demonstrating satisfaction with the achievements of the NEIU McNair objectives in previous years, the Department of Education has re-awarded NEIU with three consecutive grants. The goal of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of doctoral degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement program awards grants to institutions of higher education for programs designed to prepare participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential. Institutions work closely with these participants through their undergraduate requirements, encourage their entrance into graduate programs, and track their progress to the successful completion of advanced degrees. Currently, McNair Scholars are completing graduate degrees at a wide variety of institutions across the country.


This position is responsible for administering all aspects of NEIU’s McNair Scholar’s Program and maintaining its grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Primary responsibilities include: student recruitment and acceptance; identification, hiring and evaluation of staff and faculty mentors; training students, staff and faculty; teaching three seminar courses; managing budget; writing grant proposal; ensuring compliance with federal regulations; overseeing annual reports.


  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. preferred,  M.A. required
  • Experience in managing undergraduate and graduate academic programs
    • Demonstrated commitment to McNair program goals and objectives
    • At least 5 years of experience working with a diverse student body
    • Working knowledge of financial aid policies and procedures


  • Organize, direct and supervise all activities of the McNair Scholars Program
  • Oversee all aspects of the management and continuation of the Department of Education McNair Scholars Program grant
  • Direct the selection, recruitment, and support of McNair Scholars
  • Direct and assist staff in individual planning interviews with McNair scholars
  • Oversee the administration of the summer research program
  • Oversee program record keeping, property management, and payroll
  • Direct and assist staff in establishing workshops
  • Design the McNair seminars curriculum and class syllabi
  • Teach/co-teach McNair seminars
  • Maintain communication with departments and colleges within the university
  • Hold staff meetings to assess progress and provide needed direction
  • Insure implementation of the various phases of evaluation of program objectives
  • Oversee all assessment
  • Oversee data collection and analysis to review all facets of the program
  • Establish, maintain and oversee the faculty-mentoring program. 
  • Consult with staff to determine the progress of each Scholar
  • Maintain liaison with Washington office of special programs (TRIO)
  • Insure administration of the budget in keeping with proper grants management
  • Supervise administrative assistant, academic skills specialist and faculty mentors
  • Write proposals, reports, evaluation, and budgets
  • Oversee collection and maintenance of project records and data for all participants
  • Liaison between, faculty mentors, librarians, university community, external agencies

Other duties:

  • Support and coordinate university student and faculty research symposia
  • Organize, direct and supervise all activities of the Diversifying Faculty in Illinois (DFI) program
  • Maintain liaison with Illinois Board of Higher Education DFI coordinators.
  • Other duties as assigned


Annual salary: $65,000 with benefits (grant funded non-negotiable)

To Apply:

In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following and send all documents within one PDF document to:  mcnairp@neiu.edu
Please state subject as McNair Scholar’s Program – Director Position.

  • A letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position
  • Current Resume
  • Three (3) current professional references
  • Employment Application
  • Statement of Annuitant Status
  • Affirmative Action Form 
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official transcripts for all earned degrees will be required of candidates selected for on-campus interviews

This position requires a background check.

Employment Applications, Affirmative Action Form and Statement of Annuitant Status forms are also available at:

Northeastern Illinois University
Office of Human Resources
Bernard Office Building
5555 N. Bernard
Chicago, IL 60625
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (773) 442-5200

Employment Services reserves the right not to consider any application on the basis of:

  • Incomplete information/documents
  • Delay in submission
  • Not meeting minimal qualifications

Be assured, your application will be reviewed on the basis of the position(s) in which you qualify and we will inform you of our decision.  

Application Due: 10/18/2021

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University's positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.