University of Colorado Project Specialist- TRiO Student Support Services in Denver, Colorado

*University of Colorado | CU Denver *

TRiO Student Support Services

Project Specialist

Position #741936 – Requisition #15659

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

TRiO Student Support Services has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Project Specialist position.

As Colorado’s public urban research university, the University of Colorado Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research, creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. CU Denver graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experience that are in demand today. The city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region. We are CU in the City.

CU Denver offers more than 100 degree programs, from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level, in the heart of downtown.Here, more than 15,000 students pursue academic programs that range from global energy management to music industry studies to criminal justice. As part of the state’s largest public university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with nearly 2,500 employees and annual economic impact of $800 million. /Read CU Denver Quick Facts here/.

Position Emphasis:

The TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) and the Ronald E. McNair programs at the University of Colorado Denver are grant funded programs under the federal TRiO grants. SSS is designed to assist first-generation, low-income and/or students with disabilities in their transition to and retention at the University. Whereas, the McNair program is designed to assist first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented undergraduate students prepare for doctoral study. The TRiO SSS/McNair Project Specialist is responsible for administrative support to include assisting the director in the preparation of official documents based on federal, state and institutional guidelines as well as compile, analyze and submit data summaries to the director when requested. In addition, the Project Specialist will assist with maintaining and monitoring student information on the SSS and McNair database systems and make sure student information is entered correctly. This position will also procure, maintain, and inventory office supplies and equipment, schedule facilities and coordinate logistical support for SSS and McNair events and activities, process and maintain records on cultural events and activities, as well as assist with the development and maintenance of the SSS and McNair webpage. Additionally, the Project Specialist will assist with processing and maintenance of personnel documents, including bi-weekly payroll for student staff, assist with training of student staff hired for office coverage and data entry, make travel arrangements for student and staff travel and prepare travel authorization forms. The Project Specialist is expected to provide courteous, prompt and friendly assistance to all office visitors, maintain proficient knowledge of SSS and McNair program information to effectively respond to inquiries regarding available program services, assist with the compilation and distribution of the monthly SSS and McNair newsletters and create, as well as assisting with creating and maintaining a system to monitor McNair alumni.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

NOTE:Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring range for this position has been established at $33,804 to $35,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


Total Compensation Calculator:

*Minimum Qualifications: *

  • A bachelor’s degree in education, communication, social science, women and gender studies, psychology, computer science, information systems, business, health sciences, physical sciences, public administration, business administration, higher education, counseling, hospitality, liberal arts, finance, accounting, human services, student affairs , or a directly related field from an accredited institution.

o Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1 year of clerical experience

  • Experience working with a federal TRiO grant program

  • Experience working in student support services

  • Experience in higher education assisting diverse students in a fast-paced environment

  • Experience with office, budget and personnel management


  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.

  • Outstanding customer service skills.

  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to students from diverse educational and economic backgrounds

  • Able to work in a very collaborative team oriented environment

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite software

Job: *Student Services

Organization: *D0001 -- Denver Campus

Title: Project Specialist- TRiO Student Support Services

Location: Denver

Requisition ID: 15659