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1 Oct 2020

School Network Staff Regional Director – Student Parent Specialist

Purdue University – Indiana GEAR UP Program
 West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States

Job Description

The Indiana GEAR UP Regional Director – Student & Parent Specialist will work as part of a team spread across the state of Indiana.  This person will primarily focus on student and parent engagement, education, and program participation.  The ideal candidate must be passionate and committed to the mission of Indiana GEAR UP:  the goal of Indiana GEAR UP is to prepare and empower students and their families for college and careers by providing a combination of in-school and out-of-school academic support and enrichment opportunities.  Additionally, the ideal candidate will have a proven track record working in and with diverse populations. This person will work under the direct supervision of the Executive Director and will work with GEAR UP leadership.  This position is a newly created position and responsibilities could change and shift based on the candidate’s skills and grant needs.  Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Design and create engaging curriculum in-person and virtually appropriate for students grades 7-12 and parents
  • Support Students and Parents College and Career Readiness
  • Cultivate and Develop Student Leaders at All 11 GEAR UP Partner Schools (including student projects, virtual and in-person)
  • Chaperoning student leader attendance to National GEAR UP conferences
  • Develop and deliver virtual and in-person student programming that connects to Key Performance Indicators
  • Disseminate materials to school-based staff to reach Key Performance Indicators
  • Learn, adapt, and become fluent in multiple school cultures
  • Seek resources when appropriate to reach all student and parent audiences
  • Develop and maintain student and parent contact information database
  • Create and maintain a student of the month program
  • Travel to each school approximately once per month (11 schools across Indiana), will likely involve evening and weekend work


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Licensed teacher in the state of Indiana
  • Three or more years of experience
  • Knowledge and applied experience related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education
  • Experience managing and scaling programs
  • Ability to connect and relate content with STEM initiatives
  • Ability to work toward intended outcomes while working in a team environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills and attention to detail
  • Able to drive onsite to school locations


  • Master’s degree
  • Experience in K-12 education working both in the school system as well as outside of the school system and/or in writing curriculum for Social-Emotional Learning Development


  • Purdue will not sponsor work authorization for this position
  • Occasional nights and weekends may be required for this position
  • FLSA:  Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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Bureaus: Indiana. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: School Network Staff. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.