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21 Sep 2023

Full-Time Program Specialist 2 – Transitional Studies

recruitment@clark.edu – Posted by recruitment@clark.edu Vancouver, Washington, United States

Job Description

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, permanent classified Program Specialist 2 in the Transitional Studies Department. Transitional Studies courses include English as a Second Language and High School Completion course options. Our courses prepare students for college and careers. We are seeking a Program Specialist 2 to increase the number of students transitioning to college-level certificate and degree programs from ESL and High School Completion.

The Program Specialist 2 is responsible for recruitment, outreach, and ongoing navigational support for students pursing Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Clark College, while working collaboratively with other departments sharing the same responsibilities. The Program Specialist 2 will specifically work with Transitional Studies students [HS+ diploma and English as a Second Language (ESL)] and high school students throughout the Clark College service area. This position is responsible for supporting transition to college for students completing the HS+ diploma and the highest-level ESL courses.

The Program Specialist 2 will work with area high school students to enroll in CTE programs at Clark College after graduation. Supporting the CTE Dual Credit program by meeting with students to discuss how their credit earned in high school can count towards degree requirements at Clark College. Reporting to the Transitional Studies Program Support Supervisor 2, the Program Specialist 2 will also coordinate outreach and recruitment of prospective students with other college departments and work with all high schools in the Clark College service district. The work schedule is Monday – Thursday on campus, Friday remote. High School visits are part of the position and remote work in permissible between visits. This schedule is subject to change.

This position is a grant-funded position from the Perkins Grant ask part of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. The college renews our grant eligibility annually with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

At Clark, we value equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to growing, learning, and supporting our employees.


  • Support a designated group of Transitional Studies students in their process to transition to college-level CTE certificate and degree programs.
  • Guide students through the process of applying to Clark College and applying for FAFSA and WASFA to enter CTE programs.
  • Facilitate outreach, recruitment, and engagement activities for Transitional Studies students and local high school students to enter CTE programs.
  • Assist students with activation of various student accounts, including ctcLink, computer labs, and Canvas as part of the onboarding process.
  • Collaborate with Transitional Studies Pathway Advisors to identify and support Transitional Studies students to move into CTE programs.
  • Advise students on the process of transitioning into college-level CTE courses.
  • Collaborate with Entry Services and all CTE programs to provide organized recruitment efforts throughout the service district.
  • Collaborate with Workforce Education Services and Financial Aid to explore funding eligibility opportunities for students.
  • Provide accurate and timely information on all CTE programs to counselors, career specialists, and students at local high schools.
  • Guide students through the process of registering in the Statewide Enrollment and Reporting System (SERS) for the CTE Dual Credit program.
  • Develop proficiency with CTE Dual Credit program policies and practices.
  • Provide ongoing support to students to increase retention, serving as their point of contact.
  • Provide excellent customer service to perspective students, current students, and campus and community partners.
  • Serve on college committees that support Transitional Studies student progression to college-level CTE programs, college priorities, and professional development.
  • Participate in events related to recruitment and outreach, college information sessions, and dual credit.
  • Other duties as assigned to increase student enrollment in Clark College CTE programs.
  • Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Candidates will be evaluated based on application materials, including the supplemental questions and personal interview(s), and will be required to demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

  • Bachelor’s degree OR Two (2) years’ experience in education, community service organizations or supporting systemically non-dominant populations.


  • Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated commitment to educational equity for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, particularly in CTE programs.
  • The initial appointment will include a 6-month probationary period and the employee will earn permanent status after successfully completing probation.
  • This position is represented by Washington Public Employees Association.
  • 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.


  • A healthy work/life balance for our employees with the opportunity for flexible work schedules and remote work depending on position and college needs.
  • McClaskey Culinary Institute offers fast, fresh, and healthy dining options for students, faculty, staff, and the community. The space, located in Gaiser Hall, features three kiosks, a full-service retail bakery and barista bar, grab-and-go items, and a student-run restaurant.
  • Coffee Lounge in Hannah Hall and Clark Café in Joan Stout Hall.
  • Campus bookstore offers snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies.
  • On-campus early childhood education care program (pending registration and availability).
  • Gym and recreation facilities available for membership.
  • Clark promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events.

SALARY/BENEFITS:  Salary Range: $3,537-$4,723/month | Step A-M (commensurate with qualifications and experience) | Range: 42 | Code: 107I
Successful candidates typically start at the beginning of the salary range and receive scheduled salary increment increases.
Clark College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes vacation/sick leave; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; and tuition waiver.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., October 12, 2023.


  •  Clark College online application
  • Current resume, with a minimum of three (3) references listed.
  • Cover letter describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
  • Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process.

Please apply online at www.clark.edu/jobs

To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105 or email re*********@cl***.edu.

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 or near college property, and crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133 or se***************@cl***.edu. The most recent Annual Security Report, written in compliance with the Clery Act, can be reviewed here: http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/student-support/security/report.php.

ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATIONIf 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’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) supports individuals with their academic, personal, and professional development, as well as provides training and educational resources for all members of the college community around diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, social equity, and social justice. The college offers further professional development for our employees through opportunities such as Employee Resource Groups, Social Justice Leadership Institute, Cross Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship program, Administrators of Color Leadership Program, and Faculty and Staff of Color Conference.

Clark College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply.  Clark College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, vision and values 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. The college provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, and Affirmative Action: Gerald Gabbard, Director of Labor and Compliance, 360-992-2317, gg******@cl***.edu, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Baird 142, Vancouver, Washington 98663. Clark College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.  This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice. 
Clark College Human Resources
September 21, 2023

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Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Clark College, College, higher ed, Higher Education, Program Specialist 2, student, and Transitional Studies. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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