Program Director (COF) – Inmate Scholars Program

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Program Director (COF) – Inmate Scholars Program

Kern Community College District

Position Number: 03233

Posting Date: 02/22/2021

Position Closing Date:

Initial Screening Date: 03/08/2021

Open Until Filled: Yes

Position Type: Management

Work Week: 40 hours per week, 12 month position

Minimum Salary: $85,307.16 annually

Maximum Salary: $111,930.39 annually


Kern Community College District provides a rich health and welfare benefits offering to our employees, including Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, and Long-term Disability.

In addition to the above benefits, the District also offers a robust voluntary benefits selection:

  • Flex 125
  • Additional products and services through American Fidelity
  • Supplemental voluntary life insurance
  • Tax Shelter Annuities

The District participates in CalPERS retirement system and Social Security benefits for Classified and Management employees. Employees covered under the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), are vested 100% after five years of full time service credit. All coverages begin on the first day of the month following the hire date.

College/Site: Bakersfield College

Location: BC-Main Campus

Basic Function:

The Program Director is responsible to the assigned Vice President or assigned supervisor, and has broad accountability, within the participatory governance framework, for planning, directing and evaluating assigned functions associated with maintaining quality academic and student services programs.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Manage the Inmate Scholars program budget, including general unrestricted fund and restricted program funds.
  • Supervise personnel assigned to the Inmate Scholars program, including a Faculty Lead, classified, and management personnel.
  • Oversee, plan and implement the development of robust academic schedule in collaboration with deans, faculty chairs, and faculty associated with the Inmate Scholars Program.
  • Foster and maintain exceptional professional relationships with prison staff associated with the Inmate Scholars Program, including wardens, assistant wardens, principals, correction officers, and other staff.
  • Maintain a broad and current knowledge related to Title V regulations, the Education Code, CDCR policies, CCCCO executive orders, and other legislation affecting the practice of inmate education in California.
  • Develop a professional network of partnerships with colleagues across California relevant to the field of inmate education in California, including colleagues at other community colleges, CCCCO, CDCR, and the Rising Scholars Network.

Examples of Duties:

Interpret and administer District policy regarding assigned program(s).

Interpret and administer College policy with respect to student centered educational services. Plan, implement, and evaluate short and long-range strategies, goals, and objectives related to assigned program(s).

Review, assess and evaluate assigned programs and services; recommend and implement approved plans and policies to facilitate and improve outcomes, operations and programs within areas of responsibility.

Provide leadership in generating staff development opportunities for support staff.

Provide assistance in recruitment, selection, orientation, and evaluation of support staff in assigned program(s).

Supervise and coordinate department planning and operations; personnel supervision, including development and evaluation of all support staff.

Develop, implement, and monitor the annual plans and budgets expenditures.

Act as liaison with District, State, and federal governing bodies regarding assigned programs and practices.

Market the College and assigned programs to the College community and the general public.

Serve on College and District committees as appropriate.

Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Education and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in an academic area related to assignment.
  • Five years of full-time experience in administration, including at least three years of leadership experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students and employees.

Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • State and Federal codes, statutes and regulations that govern California community college student developmental and instructional services (or their equivalents) including:
  • Pertinent sections of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations pertaining to student developmental, curriculum and institutional services.
  • Pertinent sections of California Education Code.
  • California State Chancellor’s Office (Systems Office) legal opinions and advisories.
  • Federal regulations pertaining to the Family Educational Rights and Protection Act.
  • Microsoft Office Word/Excel
  • Principles of student development administration at the community college level; leadership and management principles and techniques.
  • The mission of the California Community College; community college and instructional programs, regulations and policies; principles of employer employee relations; and principles in the administration of personnel services.
  • Computer operations/data processing systems.
  • Accounting, budgeting and fiscal reporting.

Ability to:

  • Work as part of a management team dedicated to collaboration and the college goal of integrating instruction and/or student services as a way to create and maintain a supportive student-learning environment.
  • Exercise group leadership skills, which emphasize collaboration, consensus building, conflict resolution, and problem solving in an environment of shared governance
  • Use effective written communication, including reporting and funding proposal reports, etc.
  • Effectively interact with persons of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Apply legal and policy provisions to various problems consistently and correctly.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and helping working relations with students, staff and community agencies to meet the needs of students.

Salary Grade: G

Special Instructions to Applicants:

First Review of Applications:

Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; but those received by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on March 8, 2021 are assured consideration. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point.

Completed application packet must include:

  • Completed Online Application for Employment form
  • Current resume
  • Letter of interest (Cover Letter)
  • Copy of legible transcripts, if applicable
  • List of six (6) professional references – Listed on application form

Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements.

The District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in the United States. Work authorization should be established at the time of application submission.

Note: The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices.

All applicants must apply online at Emails will not be accepted.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, the Kern Community College District encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply.

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