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Project Director (Upward Bound Sun Valley - North Hollywood)

Upward Bound - Talent Search - TRIO | North Hollywood, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. VOALA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at


Upward Bound is one of seven federally-funded TRiO programs. The Upward Bound program was established to provided fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.  The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.  The goal is to increase the rate at which participants complete the secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. Upward Bound Sun Valley's target school is John Francis Polytechnic.


The Project Director is responsible for the management of project activities, supervision of project staff, compliance with federal and agency requirements, record keeping of fiscal and student data, and evaluation of project objectives


  • Responsible for implementing all program objectives related to the execution of grant application
  • Recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising project staff
  • Communicate with federal program analyst and respond to requests regarding program operation in a timely manner
  • Managing an annual budget
  • Inputting and maintaining the participant database (Bluemen)
  • Preparing and submitting Annual Performance Report by the government published deadline
  • Development of non-federal resources to support project activities
  • Ensure the expenditures are cost effective, and allowable per EDGAR regulations
  • Collaborate and maintain ongoing relationships with other TRIO programs, target schools, and community agencies
  • Development and implementation of the Summer Program, and Academic Year Program
  • Live on campus with students during residential program as needed
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of the tutoring component
  • Other duties as required and is subject to change at any time



  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications


  • Master's Degree in education, counseling, or public administration from an accredited university


  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the areas of staff supervision; budget management; program development and evaluation; reporting and compliance with federal regulations
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience working in a TRIO Federal program or similar program with disadvantaged and at-risk students


  • Knowledge of academic advising services, development of individualized services plans; and college, career, financial aid, and economic literacy services
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, local, rules and regulations


  • Strong computer and Microsoft operating system navigation, including Outlook, Office, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


  • Ability to develop budgets and monitor expenditure
  • Ability to plan, hire, supervise and evaluate the work of others


  • Have a client centered approach to customer services for the disadvantaged
  • Prompt, collaborative/team player, adaptable, communicator, organized, consistent, and compassionate


  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal)

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.