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SUNY Erie Community College Director of Educational Opportunity Program in Buffalo, New York


Education Opportunity Program


$52,345.31 Annual

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Posting Closing Date:

December 8, 2022

Please note that the posting will close at midnight (12:00 AM) on the posting closing date.

This means any applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM the evening before.



SUNY Erie Community College invites qualified applications for the position of Director of the Educational Opportunity Program. The Director of EOP oversees the College's EOP program and other grants/programs as needed. EOP at SUNY Erie currently supports approximately 450 undergraduates. The EOP program is a partnership with the State University of New York (SUNY) Central Administration, and provides support to economically and academically disadvantaged students from New York State. The incumbent, under the direct supervision of a higher-level administrator has responsibility for the leadership, management, and supervision of the operation of the program, develops and improves the program and is responsible for meeting all mandates and reporting requirements of SUNY federal and state agencies. Supervision is exercised over an administrative and clerical staff. This position will require exceptional administrative and communication skills and the ability to establish effective liaisons across the College and with community partners such as Buffalo Public Schools and Say Yes Buffalo. Does related duties as assigned


  • Coordinates other grants/programs, which pertain to underrepresented student population;

  • Provides oversight for all aspects of the program to support student success and graduation, including academic, career, social, financial, and personal advising, programming, support, and service to undergraduate students accepted into the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP);

  • Develops and shapes strategy/vision for the EOP program in collaboration with partners at the College to ensure services and programs are supported and sustainable;

  • Establishes and maintains records and research into student performance and program effectiveness;

  • Engage in regular assessment of the program, which includes entering updates into the college assessment software and participating in program review;

  • Serves as an advocate for the EOP program and the students accepted into the program;

  • Organizes, conducts, and evaluates workshops for students to foster an inclusive and academically supportive program;

  • Coordinates directly with the Financial Aid Office regarding the monetary award received by EOP students during the academic year;

  • Manages the State University of New York’s foster care initiative, which provides monetary support to eligible and enrolled students;

  • Works closely with various areas of the college, such as Admissions, Financial Aid Registrar, Marketing, and Student Affairs units to promote the successful recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented students;

  • Develops/coordinates a summer program experience in collaboration with Student Affairs colleagues;

  • Prepares and disseminates all reports concerning EOP, including mid-year and annual reports, assessments, and other information as requested to the Vice President for Student Affairs and SUNY Administration;

  • Prepares the complete budget of the program, authorizing, and administering all expenditures made by the program;

  • Maintain liaisons and collaboration between EOP and academic departments, libraries, administrative departments, student organizations, students, faculty, and the College community at large;

  • Attends statewide SUNY system meetings regarding EOP as scheduled;

  • Serves as the College's representative to SUNY Office of Opportunity Programs and represents the program to the College, relevant governmental bodies, the public, and the students;

  • Responsible for supervision of professional and clerical staff; Responsible for development and improvement of the program and does related duties and reporting as required.


Candidates must be able to demonstrate awareness and sensitivity towards promoting an inclusive and diverse learning environment. Thorough knowledge of Equal Opportunity Programs and evidence of application of student development theory to support that persistence and retention of underserved populations at a community college; good knowledge of financial aid procedures and practices; good knowledge of admissions and registration procedures' good knowledge of counseling practices and procedures; ability to advise and counsel students in the areas of admissions, registration, and financial aid; ability to work effectively with staff and students; sound professional judgment; initiative, resourcefulness; tact; physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.


Graduation from a regionally accredited four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor's Degree and three (3) years’ experience in Educational Opportunity Programs and experience in the supervision of programs for the disadvantaged.


Five (5) years' experience in progressively responsible positions and/or experience with educational and/or access programs. Experience in program planning, budget formulation, data management and reporting. Experience developing, implementing, and assessment of student retention and graduation initiatives for underrepresented student populations.


Official transcripts will be required for successful candidates within 30 days of hire.

Contact Human Resources at (716) 851-1840 with any questions.

Our mission to offer quality education includes exposing our students to a diverse range of cultures, experiences and expertise. At SUNY Erie Community College, we value diversity and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

SUNY Erie Community College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or in the administration of any of its policies and programs on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, familial status, military status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, veteran status, criminal conviction, or any other characteristics protected by law. This applies to all students, applicants or other members of the College community (including, but not limited to, vendors and visitors). Grievance procedures are available to interested persons by contacting the Civil Rights Compliance Officer listed below. Retaliation against a person who files a complaint, serves as a witness, or assists or participates in the investigation of a complaint in any manner is strictly prohibited.

The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College’s non-discrimination policies:

Civil Rights Compliance Officer

Cynthia Buckley, VP of HR, Equity & Inclusion

Human Resource Department

South Campus

4041 Southwestern Blvd.

Orchard Park, NY 14127

(716) 851-1844

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, please contact:

New York Office

United States Department of Education

Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor,

New York, N.Y., 10005-25010;

Tel (646) 428-3800; Email: .

SUNY Erie Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employment / Affirmative Action employer, dedicated to maintaining an inclusive work environment at all three of our Western New York campuses. Ideal employees will be committed to facilitating the College’s student-first experience and career-focused education; and will embrace its mission to enrich its host communities through skill, service and partnership. Excellent health and benefits packages are comparable to offerings through similar county and New York State positions. Employees can take advantage of the College’s expansive Health & Wellness initiatives; and tuition-free college courses are available for both employees and their families.

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