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GEAR UP Kentucky District Program Manager - Bourbon County

Application Due Date:  Preference given to applications received by July 19, 2021

Location:  Works primarily in Bourbon County schools. When school is not in session (summer break, winter break, etc.) or if assigned school chooses to limit in-person instruction and opt for non-traditional formats (e.g., virtual learning, hybrid in-person, and virtual formats), this position will also work from home or take a hybrid approach.

Position:  Time-limited, full-time position as a CPE Associate; funded with federal funds through September 2025

Travel:  Some in-state and overnight travel is expected to attend GUK-sponsored trainings, meetings, and conferences, including a three- week, residential, on-campus assignment during the GUK Summer Academy in the summers of 2022 - 2025. May be required to attend out-of-state conferences at the discretion of the Executive Director.


GEAR UP Kentucky is a federal grant program coordinated by the Council, which works with students and schools in low-income communities to support college preparation and success. GEAR UP Kentucky is a competitive federal grant program designed to increase the college-going rate. In 2018, the Council was awarded a seven-year, $24.5 million grant to serve at least 10,000 middle and high school students in at least 10 school districts. This is the fourth GEAR UP state grant for Kentucky that has been administered through the Council. GEAR UP positions are for the term of the grant.

Duties and Responsibilities

The District Program Manager is the lead professional working with school and GUK staff in an assigned school district and is responsible for the implementation of all program strategies and implementation in middle and high schools including timely submission of required plans, data, and reports. The District Program Manager will establish and maintain relationships with school leaders to ensure effective implementation of services and integrate GUK into school culture and community.

Budget and Team Management

Management and Supervision

Services to Students, Families and Schools

Communication and Information Management

Program and Resource Development

Professional Development


Education and Experience


Contact Information

Interested applicants should send a letter of application specifically addressing the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, a resume, and the names, titles, and contact information for at least three professional references to:

Rae Smith, Human Resource
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
100 Airport Road, Second Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601

Last Updated 7/13/2021