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7 Oct 2019

Full-Time Director of Mathematics, Engineering, Science & Achievement (MESA) Program – Posted by Vancouver, Washington, United States

Job Description

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, administrative exempt Director of Mathematics, Engineering, Science & Achievement (MESA) Program in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Department. This position serves as primary coordinator and leader of activities funded or sponsored by the MESA program. The MESA program at Clark College has as its primary objectives the promotion of STEM careers, STEM education, and STEM programs at Clark College to students of color and students of populations underrepresented in STEM fields; the recruitment of those students; and facilitating success, persistence, completion and transfer of those students. The Director of MESA is charged with helping the College achieve those objectives.

Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply. Clark College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, Core themes, and objectives of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance social equity on our campus and in our community. Questions regarding the College’s Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to Human Resources, (360) 992-2105.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Coordinate, plan and lead recruitment/outreach activities, college prep and orientation activities, and events for MESA students, including university campus visits, transfer fairs, scholarship fairs, resume workshops, award ceremonies and graduation celebrations.
• Serve as a resource for MESA students – directing to appropriate resources for tutoring, financial aid, advising, counseling and other services.
• Create a safe, bias-free working environment, which engenders respect for differences.
• Provide mentorship, coaching and support for MESA students.
• Act as liaison for faculty and advisors.
• Recruit MESA students and provide data for student participation in MESA activities.
• Facilitate through exposure, advising and workshops, successful transfer of MESA students to baccalaureate institutions upon Associate’s degree completion – and track such students.
• Collect and report data from faculty and institutional research staff, including success data for MESA students.
• Analyze, summarize and use data in reports in a clear and engaging manner.
• Attend and actively participate in MESA Interim Directors’ meetings and other activities (including occasional overnights), ensure successful implementation of the MESA program in accordance with MESA statewide office guidelines and serve as primary contact for WA MESA at Clark College.
• Manage the MESA student center and foster a welcoming atmosphere for social and academic purposes to ensure that the center meets the needs of MESA students and facilitates cohort formation.
• Brainstorm, develop and implement initiatives to increase success, retention and completion of MESA students at Clark College, recruitment of systemically non-dominant student populations to STEM programs and, in particular, STEM programs at Clark College.
• Create engaging materials promoting MESA activities for print and electronic distribution.
• Work with counselors and others in feeder school districts to promote STEM at Clark College and STEM in general, especially for students of color and students of other populations underrepresented in STEM fields.
• Coordinate, schedule and publish schedule for MESA study room, tutoring for MESA students and advising for MESA students.
• Develop and promote student-to-student and student group study and mentorship.
• Demonstrate cultural competencies required to work with students from broadly different cultural backgrounds.
• Provide leadership in accordance with the mission, Core themes, objectives and values established by the college.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university.
• Experience in planning, organizing, and delivering academic support services.
• Experience in project management and program coordination or management.
• Experience working with college students at a post-secondary institution.
• Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
• Strong writing and communication skills, with the ability to speak in public and with students, community members, industry professionals, faculty and colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Degree and/or work experience in a STEM discipline.
• Experience in managing and leading delivery of student support services.
• Experience in creating new initiatives to support, recruit and/or facilitate success of college students.
• Ability to coordinate and communicate cross-functionally.
• Familiarity with organizational, operational, and structural functions of community colleges.
• Ability to teach and model cultural competencies to others.
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment with African American, Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander undergraduate students pursuing degrees in STEM (science, technology engineering and math) fields; culturally competent, with strong knowledge and ease in working with academically and economically disadvantaged students.
• Ability to work independently, assume responsibility, and take initiative in carrying out assignments; ability to multi-task and perform under pressure with minimal supervision, while maintaining focus and exercising the ability to problem solve, adapt and make appropriate changes (flexibility).

Salary Statement: $66,996 annually
Benefits include vacation/ sick leave; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; and tuition waiver.

Required Online Application Materials:
• Clark College Online Application
• Letter of application describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position
• Current résumé
• Answers to the supplemental questions included with the online application process
• Unofficial copy of all transcripts/certifications uploaded with online application or delivered to the Human Resources office in person or by fax (360-992-2873).

Please apply online at

To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105.

Application Deadline:
Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., November 4, 2019.

Condition of employment:
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. Completion of academic degrees will also be verified through receipt of official transcripts.

Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360)992-2105 or by video phone at (360)991-0901.

The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on the campus, and crime statistics for the most recent 4-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133. The most recent Annual Security Report can be viewed here:

If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.

Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.
Clark College Human Resources
September 23, 2019

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Clark College, director, equal opportunity, Higher Education, MESA, and STEM. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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