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Nationwide Children's Hospital Project Director--Upward Bound Math and Science Program in Columbus, Ohio

Project Director – Upward Bound Math and Science

As a recipient of a United States Department of Education Upward Bound Math and Science grant, Nationwide Children’s Hospital will provide a year-round, high quality college- and career-readiness program for 60 local high school students. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Upward Bound Math and Science (NCH UBMS) program’s Project Director must be a dynamic and highly organized leader. As a full-time employee of NCH and its Community Wellness department, the Project Director will be tasked with providing overall leadership of all aspects of NCH UBMS. This position is a grant funded position. The grant currently funded through August 31, 2022. Continued funding is contingent upon a competitive application process.

The Project Director is ultimately responsible for the following administrative functions of the NCH UBMS federally funded grant: planning, proposal writing, federal reporting, evaluation, program regulatory compliance, budget, service provision, and staffing. The work of the Project Director will emphasize supporting NCH UBMS participants in completing high school and matriculating into a postsecondary institution.

Schedule: Full time, Benefits Eligible


Main Campus

700 Children’s Drive

Columbus, OH 43205

The moment you walk through our doors, you can feel it. When you meet one of our patient families, you believe it. And when you talk with anyone who works here, you want to be part of it, too. Welcome to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where Passion Meets Purpose.

Here, Everyone Matters. We’re 12,000 strong. And it takes every single one of us to improve the lives of the kids we care for, and the kids from around the world we’ll never even meet. Kids who are living healthier, fuller lives because of the knowledge we share. We know it takes a Collaborative Culture to deliver on our promise to provide the very best, innovative care and to foster new discoveries, made possible by the most groundbreaking research. Anywhere.

Ask anyone with a Nationwide Children’s badge what they do for a living. They’ll tell you it’s More Than a Job. It’s a calling. It’s a chance to use and grow your talent to make an impact that truly matters. Because here, we exist simply to help children everywhere.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital. A Place to Be Proud

  • Hire, lead, train, and evaluate NCH UBMS program staff (Program Specialist, Program Coordinator, work-study students, and Summer Learning Academy faculty and staff).

  • Develop and maintain deep, trusting, and supportive relationships with key Target school administrators and NCH personnel. Serve on hospital, Target school, and/or target community committees that provide venues for promoting UBMS.

  • Oversee and lead assigned councils and committees that include NCH staff, Target school staff, and local partners.

  • Plan and supervise the daily operation of program tasks to ensure full compliance with federal and state record keeping requirements.

  • Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational services for participants.

  • Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of all aspects of the Summer Learning Academy Institute, including the development of trusting and supportive relationships with partner colleges and universities.

  • Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of the NCH UBMS recruitment plan and strategy.

  • Ensure all reporting and program tracking requirements for UBMS are upheld with extreme fidelity and confidentiality.

  • Lead the completion and submission of Annual Performance Report (APR).

  • Meet regularly with HNHF Director and assigned Project Director on progress of program and status of program objectives.

  • Conduct on-going internal program evaluation in collaboration with the HNHF Program Evaluator Analyst, and based upon the evaluation results, make necessary changes in program operation to ensure optimal performance.

  • Plan and prepare annual program budget within the scope of the grant and in compliance with federal and state regulations.

  • Monitor budget status to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations, and budget solvency.

  • Maintain accurate documentation confidentiality of program records to meet federal guidelines.

  • Collaborate to plan, research, and write U.S. Department of Education grant proposal.

  • Be available to work some evening and weekend hours as required.


Traits of a NCH UBMS Project Director:

  • Extreme passion for having a life-altering impact on youth.

  • Exhibits professional maturity.

  • A team player that consistently seeks to advance a culture of multidisciplinary teamwork to achieve best outcomes. Collaboration is imperative and needed for this role.

  • Willing to always learn and develop.

  • Always acts with integrity and honesty.

  • Is collaborative, respectful, and inclusive of everyone.

  • Makes participant and employee safety a personal commitment.

  • Is agile and innovative.

  • Generates compassion, optimism, and energy in others.

  • Strong analytical, communication, and writing skills.

  • Have an affection for STEM and talent for developing or identifying dynamic STEM programming

Required Experience/Background:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, STEM, Social Work, or Related Field is required.

  • Possess at least five years of professional, full-time experience managing youth development and/or youth education programs.

  • Possess at least three years of developing and facilitating youth development and educational programs that prepare high school students for college and career opportunities.

  • Possess at least two years management/supervisory experience.

  • Experience working with low-income and/or first-generation populations

  • Experience or training working with participant/student tracking software. Must be able to learn and train other staff on effectively using NCH UBMS tracking software (i.e., Blumen).

  • Professional experience and a working knowledge of the college admissions process, including a thorough understanding of Ohio’s high school graduation requirements and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application process.

  • Experience and/or training in establishing and managing complex budgets within federal and/or state guidelines.

  • Experience is utilizing data for program improvement and overall growth of the program

Preferred Experience/Background:

  • Master’s or advanced degree strongly desired.

  • Experience managing/working in TRIO or similar projects desired.

  • Experience with TRIO/federal education grants.

  • Experience developing and/or facilitating STEM activities and programs desired.

  • At least one year of experience implementing the requirements of a federally funded grant desired.

  • Successful experience writing and being awarded a grant desired.

The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.


Requisition ID: 2021-27369

External Company Name: Nationwide Children's Hospital

External Company URL: https://external-nationwidechildrens.icims.com/jobs/intro

Street: 611 E. Livingston Avenue