Executive Director of STEM Programs
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Designs, implements, and manages all HACU-STEM related programs, grants, and events, including planning, partner relationships, grant writing, grant implementation, contracts, and all other pursuits. Oversees STEM related grants in collaboration with other HACU units and departments. Manages all activities related to securing additional grants from federal agencies, corporate partners, and private sources. Explores and implements new programs and initiatives as they relate to STEM in Higher Education and PK-12 education. Provides program, project, and administrative support to ensure that HACU’s goals and objectives are accomplished. HACU is looking for an innovative and imaginative individual to drive and execute HACU’s vision for expanding STEM programs at all levels. Although HACU will provide initial salary funding, it is intended that this position will be funded by successful grant applications.



(Other duties may be assigned) 

  • Supervises all activities and provides strategic direction for HACU’s STEM-related activities.
  • Researches possible grant opportunities and works with the Development Department in the writing and submission of proposals to fund new STEM programs and activities.
  • Implements STEM grants funded by federal agencies and private funders.
  • Maintains regular contact with federal, philanthropic, and corporate liaisons and respond to requests in a timely manner. 
  • Develops and implements new STEM programs, initiatives, and activities on behalf of HACU in support of Hispanic STEM student success.
  • Develop and implement new STEM programs and initiatives for faculty and university administrators to enhance institutional capacity.
  • Maintains and manages all records and reports necessary reporting for federal and foundation grants. 
  • Cultivates relationships with new and current college and university deans, faculty, and staff at HSIs to promote STEM programs. 
  • Seeks new partnerships and collaborations with various educational, governmental, industry and non-profit organizations to enhance STEM programming.
  • Works with other HACU departments to implement STEM-related activities during our annual conferences and other events. 
  • Works with Government Relations staff to draft, modify and/or introduce legislation that helps fund, promote, and expand STEM education at all education levels. Provides information necessary to inform HACU’s legislative agenda.
  • Prepares department reports as necessary and collaborates with internal and external partners on related briefings and analyses. 
  • Develops and manages STEM programs content on the HACU website and for marketing and collateral materials. 
  • Reviews, analyzes, and synthesizes STEM related information regarding STEM education, practices, and policy for use by internal and external partners.  Serves as the in-house expert on STEM education and initiatives. 
  • Creates, coordinates, and facilitates STEM-related workshops, presentations, and information sessions for HACU conferences and other events.
  • Prepares all communication and marketing materials regarding STEM programs for brochures, official letters, press releases, background papers, reports, and other written information. 
  • Assists Communications department with the promotion of HACU STEM Programs on social media and other digital platforms.
  • Must be an excellent project manager and communicator.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by senior management. 


This position may supervise support staff.




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Master’s degree (MS/MA) required (STEM-related field preferred); doctoral degree strongly preferred. 
  • A minimum of four or five years of experience working with college-age students in a professional position in a STEM educational setting. 
  • Grant preparation and management experience required. 
  • Effective time management. 
  • Excellent project manager. 
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment handling multiple projects with competing deadlines.


Must be available to travel as needed throughout the year.


Demonstrate ability to maintain high standards of accuracy while working in a fast-paced environment. Ability to work on multiple tasks both independently and as part of a highly collaborative team. Ability to interpret, critique, and explain academic and other original research and apply it to policy work. Ability to think creatively about how to express the ramifications of policy proposals and political developments across issues. Possess effective time management skills and strong organizational skills. Demonstrate independent, strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills.


Excellent computer skills and/or training with a high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite to include Teams, Zoom, and other related software. High level of proficiency databases required, i.e., document merges, databases, creation, data entry, maintenance, and report generation. 


Strong communication skills in written and oral English required. Must be able to interact effectively with all staff levels. Ability to interact with faculty, students, and staff at institutions of higher education. Ability to read, analyze and interpret scholarly research, data, Requests for Proposals, grant submission and reporting guidelines. Ability to write correspondence i.e., memos, letters, grants, reports, etc. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions about STEM and other HACU programs to the public in an informative fashion. Ability to speak and write in Spanish preferred but not required. 


Ability to perform general mathematical skills including algebraic formula applications and extrapolation of data. Must possess strong data analysis and quantitative skills. Good analytical and math skills are required for program budget development and management, data analysis, invoices, receipts, processing accounting related forms.


Ability to analyze and creatively solve programmatic problems and deal with variables in situations where limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Employee will work a standard of 40 hours a week; however, longer hours may be necessary at times. 

Conferences and events may take place in hotel and/or convention center settings and require longer hours of work on a constantly changing schedule, including work on weekends and evenings. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. 


In accordance with the ADA and other applicable laws, reasonable accommodations will be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.


Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

HACU offers a friendly work environment and a generous company-paid benefits plan. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) believes that equal opportunity for all employees and applicants is important for the continuing success of our organization. As an equal opportunity employer, HACU is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. HACU will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics. For more information regarding Equal Employment Opportunity, click here.


The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the HACU will provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed during the application process, please email jobs@hacu.net. For more information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, click here.


Per the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Commitment to Health and Safety Policy, effective August 2021, it is a condition of employment for all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable state law. Employees will need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date.  Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded. If reasonable accommodation is needed during the application process, please email jobs@hacu.net.