Note:  This is a three-year, grant funded position.

Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) is seeking a skilled, academically credentialed staff member with strong project management experience.  Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI) of the STEM Innovation Initiative, a partnership between JCSU & Kennedy Charter Public School, the Program Director will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the STEM Innovation Initiative at JCSU to support the new state-of-the-art learning space, University faculty and student research initiatives, and the extensive enrichment, instruction, and outreach to Kennedy Charter Public School (KCPS) students across all disciplines. The Director will work with the JCSU faculty and KCPS teachers to organize the enrichment programming during the academic year and summer, using the Core Knowledge Sequence in Grades K-8, and aspects of Core Knowledge in its high school and the STEM Thinking Model at JCSU.  Both models will be critical for the success of Kennedy Charter Public School students participating in the STEM Innovative Center program at JCSU. In addition, the Director will coordinate a new curriculum /course for college credit cross-registered between KCPS and JCSU (Innovation 101), identify and engage visiting scholars, implement the workforce training project and oversee all administrative activities and logistics.

The Program Director will serve as a liaison between the JCSU and Kennedy Charter Public School project teams, coordinating activities among JCSU, KCPS and other key partners in implementing the grant objectives; ensuring that both financial and performance outcomes are met throughout the grant period; and serving as a primary point of contact and community ambassador to market and engage families and organizations in the Northwest Corridor around this new initiative. 

Qualifications: The right candidate for this position will be a high-energy professional with a solid record of managing the day-to-day business of complex projects and with a high level of integrity. Successful grant /project management experience preferably in higher education and/or K-12 (or a comparably complex organization). A master’s degree in an appropriate discipline is required; a doctorate and experience in higher education are preferred.  Other competencies include: 1) Familiarity with problem-based learning; 2) Demonstrated ability in grant management; 3) Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures for outcome assessment or grant evaluation; 4) Excellent strategic planning, organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals are essential; 5) Solid experience in managing and reconciling annual budgets of at least $500,000; and 6) Demonstrated record of success in generating significant commitments from foundations, corporations, and other funding organizations.

The Director will be critical to the successful implementation of this new multi-pronged initiative. The program will include a pilot for interdisciplinary curriculum enhancement impacting K-12 students at KCPS; training for JCSU faculty and KCPS teachers; recruitment/ assessment of program participants (students); and a Visiting Scholars Program; and workforce re-training.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining a central office of operations for the daily functions of the multi-year grant initiative
  • Establishing and maintaining up-to-date budget records in keeping with both approved budget, institutional guidelines and internal financial policies and personnel procedures
  • Providing full-time leadership for all collaborations and partnerships related to the initiative
  • Approving all requisitions, travel and contractual arrangements
  • Monitoring and reporting the progress of each of the identified goals and activities related to the STEM Innovation Initiative
  • Coordinating all activities related to the outcomes assessment as approved the final proposal
  • Developing plans for dissemination of outcome of the project and collaborations and partnerships to be made available in print and non-print documents for institutions and participating STEM businesses/industries
  • Supervising the implementation of the different program components
  • Producing periodic reports on budget, outcomes and assessment
  • Preparing annual reports for the funding organization and other community partners
  • Leading efforts to seek additional funding to sustain the operation of the STEM Innovation Initiative beyond the start-up grant 

How to Apply/Who to Contact

To apply, a letter of interest, CV or resume’ and contact information for three professional references to: STEM Innovation Initiative Search Committee Office of Human Resources RE: Program Director Johnson C. Smith University 100 Beatties Ford Road Charlotte, NC 28216 Email to or fax to 704-330-1494 Note: Email submissions should include the word “STEMINN” in the subject line.