CHESS Program Director (Collaborative for Hispanics in Higher
Education & Student Success) Position Title CHESS Program Director
(Collaborative for Hispanics in Higher Education & Student
Position Category Staff (Exempt)
Location Thousand Oaks
Founded in 1959, California Lutheran University is home to more
than 3,000 undergraduate and 1,300 graduate students who come from
more than 49 countries and represent a wide variety of faiths. Our
dedicated, accomplished faculty works with small classes of
students who are open-minded—about ideas, about people, and about
faith—and are seeking to grow as individuals. Both in the classroom
and outside of it, everyone at Cal Lutheran is committed to helping
each student pursue their passions to discover their purpose, and
follow that purpose to transform their community—and the world.
Cal Lutheran is a Hispanic-Serving Institution ( HSI ) that
administers an array of Title III , Title V, and TRIO programs
including the McNair Scholars Program. Cal Lutheran advocates for
justice and fairness for all people and is looking for candidates
with a demonstrated commitment to and success working in diverse
communities of, but not limited to, varying races, ethnicities,
genders, sexual orientations and expressions, socio-economic
statuses, ages, abilities, religions, and nationalities
Under general direction of the Dean of the College of Arts &
Sciences, the Program Director provides leadership, oversight, and
coordination of Project CHESS : Collaborative for Hispanics in
Higher Education & Student Success, funded by a 5-year grant by the
U.S. Department of Education Title V program. The Program Director
provides administrative oversight of all program components;
supervises Project Coordinator; develops program activity and
events calendars; collaborates with Moorpark College Student
Success and Support Supervisor and Counseling Department Chair;
works within Academic Affairs division to ensure coordination and
execution of all project activities; participates in professional
development activities; monitors budget; ensures that evaluation
protocols are adhered to by staff; develops system to track
programs; works closely with the H.S.I. Director and the Director
of Sponsored Research and Projects to identify and apply for grant
funding; writes grants; prepares mid-year and final program
reports, and other related duties.
The position will likely be conducted remotely thru the end of
Provide leadership, management and administrative direction
The CHESS Title V grant; program oversight/compliance. E
Manage the CHESS grant budget; prepare annual budgets; authorize
expenditure of funds ensuring the appropriate utilization of funds.
Work closely and collaboratively with the CHESS Principal
Investigator to accomplish project objectives; work closely with
Faculty who serve as Learning Circle Chairs. E
Ensure that the CHESS complies with all institutional and
federal guidelines, policies, and regulations. E
Serve as Liaison to Title V office on matters concerning the
CHESS Program. E
Orchestrate the cross-institutional faculty meetings, workshops,
and check-ins in consultation with the CHESS Principal
Assemble a Committee to conduct the faculty redesign workshop
selection processes. E
Develop and implement an evaluation program that tracks faculty
redesign progress towards objectives. E
Collaborate with campus programs to enhance program offerings
for participants; seek strategies to increase efficiencies and
eliminate duplicate efforts. E
Collaborate with the Office of Sponsored Research & Projects on
grant development and submissions. E
Work with the Business Office on account reconciliation, budget
changes, etc.; collaborate with Grant Accounting and Business staff
to ensure proper disbursement of faculty stipends, travel stipends,
and participation certificates. E
Devise evaluation and monitoring strategies to properly assess
outcomes; collect and review periodic reports from Faculty Mentors.
Prepare semi-annual and annual program and financial reports;
prepare all grant fiscal and progress reports as required. E
Program Implementation; program administration; program
evaluation and reporting; public relations. E
Develop systems to keep University informed of program
Work with University Marketing and Website teams to produce
information materials in print and online. E
Represent Cal Lutheran and the CHESS Program at conferences and
Staff Supervision and professional development; supervise,
direct and evaluate CHESS staff. E
Interprets and ensures compliance with University policies, the
Education Department General Administrative Regulations ( EDGAR ),
the Government Performance and Results Act ( GERPA ), and the
General Educational Provisions Act ( GEPA ). E
Keep abreast of current trends and practices in serving students
underrepresented in undergraduate education. E
Perform all other duties as assigned.
E= Essential Duties
Barriers to academic achievement unique to low-income, first
generation, and minority student populations and strategies to
overcome such barriers
Basic concepts and principles of research design
Problem solving techniques
Program development, management, and evaluation
Outreach and recruitment of faculty
Budget preparation and management
Diverse populations of students
Issues surrounding socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation,
religious, ability, and ethnic diversity both nationally and
University academic policies
Cal Lutheran graduation requirements; Admission requirements for
Basic research methods and writing techniques.
University mission, goals, and objectives.
Oral and written communication skills; Public speaking
Reconciliation processes and conflict resolution.
Strong interpersonal skills
Event planning and organizational skills.
Computer skills in Word, Power point, Excel, database systems,
and internet searches.
U.S Department of Education Federal Regulations as it relates to
Create a culture of excellence, focused on research, publishing,
and doctoral degree attainment
Supervise, train evaluate, and direct the work of others.
Analyze, interpret, and report data.
Maintain sensitivity to an understanding of the diverse
academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic
backgrounds in a university.
Work collaboratively with others to foster university-wide
partnerships to promote equitable outcomes for all faculty.
Prepare clear and concise reports.
Plan program activities for CHESS Program.
Develop and deliver oral presentations.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Organize and schedule work.
Maintain accurate budget records and fiscal management
Operate a computer and other office equipment.
Interpret U.S Department of Education Federal Regulations.
Manage CHESS Program budget.
Any combination equivalent to: A Graduate degree in Higher
Education Administration, College Student Personnel, or a related
discipline and five years of
experience in project management, research, and instructional
management with experience managing complex programs supporting a
diverse populations of students.
Experience managing complex programs
Prior experience with the Title V grant as a participant, staff
member, faculty mentor, or administrator.
Experience demonstrating the utilization of effective practices
supporting the enrollment of low-income, first-generation, and/or
underrepresented university students into post-baccalaureate
Experience succeeding and overcoming the disadvantages and
circumstances like those of the targeted population served by the
Experience developing and implementing special projects and/or
Administrative or supervisory experience.
Licenses and other requirements
Office environment; constant interruptions and distractions
Hiring Range $72,000 to $75,000
Posting Number Staff002202019
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date 01/07/2019
Position End Date
Open Date 07/14/2020
Close Date 08/02/2020
Open Until Filled No
Application Procedure/Special Instructions
California Lutheran University is committed to providing equal
opportunity in employment for all persons, regardless of race,
religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical
disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status,
sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender, gender
identity or expression, or any other basis protected by applicable
law. No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied
the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program,
activity or facility of the University on the basis of these
factors in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state
laws, regulations, ordinances, orders and rules, and University’s
policies, procedures, and processes.
Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application
process can be provided to individuals with qualifying
disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department for
further information or to request an accommodation.
Supplemental Questions Required fields are indicated with an
Please describe your experience demonstrating the utilization of
effective practices supporting the enrollment of low-income,
first-generation, and/or underrepresented university students into
post-baccalaureateprograms. (Open Ended Question)
Required Documents Resume/Curriculum Vitae
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