Early College Specialist

Early College Specialist

Posted: November 18, 2022
Position Code: 1029

Position Overview & Responsibilities
The Winston School of Education & Social Policy at Merrimack College invites applications for a limited-term, grant-funded position of Early College Specialist. This position will serve as the central coordinator for a grant project to expand early college programming at Merrimack College. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position, funded by an external grant for the period of July 1, 2022 through June 20, 2023, with an expectation for continuation of funding into a second year (July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024).

Merrimack College is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to work with students across a broad range of social and personal identities and perspectives. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and coordinate Winston School involvement in the State of Massachusetts’ early college program.
  • Work with program director, graduate student and undergraduate students involved in the program to develop and implement programming.
  • Compile research on early college effectiveness, and oversee evaluation process for grant program.
  • As appropriate, interface with state DESE and DHE on grant activities.
  • Oversee the coaching process for the program, as laid out in grant requirements.
  • Represent the grant program at early college meetings and other events.
  • Coordinate programming and support for the schools and school districts that are part of the planning process.
  • Develop documentation and spreadsheets to support the grant program, including interim and final reporting.
  • Support expansion of early college and dual enrollment programs.

Candidates should have a Master’s degree and a minimum of three (3) years’ experience working with community partners. Teaching and/or administrative experience in higher education is preferred. Demonstrated strong communication, organizational, technological, and collaboration skills required. Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is expected of all Merrimack College community members. Ability to support a diverse student body, including students from historically underrepresented and underserved groups, as well as a variety of age ranges. Capacity to juggle multiple tasks and manage a wide variety of projects. Proficiency with Microsoft Suite, Google Suite; database management experience is desired.

About the Winston School of Education and Social Policy
The Winston School of Education and Social Policy is a dynamic educational environment supporting all aspects of the faculty. The Winston School’s mission is to support communities toward social change. Engagement with students and colleagues around applied practice and scholarship creates a vibrant atmosphere that encourages collaboration and initiatives leading to social change.

Review of applications will begin immediately, with full consideration granted to those applications received by October 28, 2022. Subsequent review will continue on a rolling basis until qualified/suitable candidates are identified. Application materials should include the following:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references
  • This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check

Required Vaccinations and Remote Work
This is an on-campus position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community. Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Statement on Our Mission
Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Catholic and Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Catholic and Augustinian mission and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

About Merrimack College
The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 4,000 undergraduate and some 1,400 graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries. The College features more than 100 career-focused undergraduate, professional and graduate programs, all taught by exceptional faculty who are passionate about their subject and student success. The College comprises five schools: liberal arts, science and engineering, nursing and health sciences, the Winston school of education and social policy, and the Girard school of business. The College’s suburban 240-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in the towns of North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges and Universities/Larger Programs (M1) institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 34th out of 175 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2022. Merrimack also ranked 3rd in the Most Innovative Schools category. Merrimack is a NCAA Division I athletic institution.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.