SUCCEED Seeks Program Director

SUCCEED is a postsecondary program at the University of Missouri St. Louis for students age 18 – 25 years with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Program participants have an opportunity to earn a two year Chancellor’s Certificate by completing required coursework and activities defined by SUCCEED.  SUCCEED students receive an individualized approach to career development, are encouraged to pursue personal interests and enhance individual strengths, and live on-campus in residential housing with an integrated network of supports. During its first year, the high quality of the program was recognized when SUCCEED was awarded the 2013 Inclusion Award by the Governor’s Council on Disabilities.

Responsibilities of Program Director

To direct the programmatic, financial, operational, quality control, growth, and personnel activities of the SUCCEED Program.

Characteristic Duties

  • To direct the recruitment, application, admission, and registration of students for the SUCCEED program
  • To administer day-to-day operations of the SUCCEED Program, including fiscal management of the program
  • To supervise professional, instructional, and support staff, including annual performance evaluations
  • To oversee comprehensive peer support for SUCCEED students
  • To maintain quality academic and programmatic standards, ensuring the highest quality of learning and internship experiences
  • To communicate in a responsive manner to students, parents, and other constituents
  • To prepare periodic reports for the university and outside organizations
  • To be familiar with, and to observe, university policies and procedures
  • To conduct regular meetings of the SUCCEED Advisory Council and the SUCCEED Planning Team
  • To meet regularly with the Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences/PCS
  • To actively promote SUCCEED by presenting to various community agencies, organizations, and schools
  • To communicate regularly with high school counselors and contact persons
  • To develop and oversee the annual updating of a SUCCEED procedural manual, student handbook, and instructor handbook
  • To seek funding to support the program

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree with two years of management experience in the academic environment (earned doctorate preferred), will have experience in special education at both the secondary and the post-secondary level, and will have a demonstrated record of seeking and administering grants.  In their letter of application, candidates should describe their experience in developing and/or administering programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, developing relationships with employers, grant-seeking and/or administration, and teambuilding.

A high level of organizational skills is required.

A high level of communication skills is required since the director will meet regularly with a wide variety of people including: program participants, parents, and recruits; nonprofit partners; government organizations; funders; university and secondary school faculty and administrators; program instructors;  and advisory board members.

UMSL is an at-will, equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Interested candidates must apply online at