Director of TRiO

  • Director
  • San Bruno, CA
  • August 5, 2024

Website San Mateo County Community College District

Director of TRiO

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 20141788S

Department: Student Equity and Support SKY (DEPT)

Location: Skyline College

Position Number: 2F0029

Percentage of Full Time: 100%

FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Months per Year: other

If other, please specify: This position is grant funded and ends on 08/31/25. Skyline College will be reapplying for the next 5 year cycle of TRiO in the 24-25 academic year.

Salary Range: Min Salary: $135,264 (annual) – Max Salary: $171,312 (annual)

Position Type: Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are:

The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our San Mateo County Community College District team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty and classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:

Skyline College is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 16,000 students each academic year. Skyline College has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on website.

Who We Want:

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community District seeks employees who value mentor-ship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position:

Reporting to the Dean of Student Equity and Support Programs (SESP), the Director will provide leadership and daily operation and management of the Skyline College TRiO Student Support Services program. This is a full-time, grant-funded position with primary responsibilities for the TRiO Student Support Services Program, as well as some duties in the SESP Division and the overall Student Services Leadership Team. The Director will maintain records of students served by TRiO Student Support Services, prepare program evaluation and performance reports, develop and maintain publications (newsletters, brochures, and websites), and maintain current knowledge of procedures and regulations for federally funded programs. The position requires the ability to elicit and bring focus to recommendations from students, faculty, staff, and administrators. It also calls for organizational skills that enable the performance of duties in a timely manner, with attention to detail, and the ability to work with a high level of autonomy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

• Responsible for the overall management, including planning, development, and implementation of the TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Program per the guidelines of the US Department of Education

• Develop, execute, monitor, and evaluate SSS program objectives and federal compliance

• Responsible that all program participant files and records (both digital and hard copy) are in federal compliance

• Responsible for compliance with federal, state and local regulations and policies related to TRiO and California Community Colleges

• Assist in identifying and recruiting student participants and conduct the intake process to determine eligibility and acceptance of new applicants to the program and provide ongoing monitoring of student success in the program

• Provide supervision and leadership for the TRiO program team comprised of staff, faculty, and students, including colleagues from the instructional division

• Maintain up-to-date data and manage MIS on all students and services related to the program, including developing guidelines and evaluation tools for needs assessment in areas of student satisfaction, program effectiveness, and efficient delivery of services

• Serve as liaison and source of information regarding policies and procedures with college administration, campus programs, and community agencies to maximize services provided to program participants

• Prepare reports as needed per the grant guidelines, including the USDE Annual Performance Report program review and plans required for institutional planning

• Provide fiscal responsibility and oversight for managing the grant and budget resources, including educating the campus community on the rules and regulations per the US Department of Education, as well as the selection, purchase, and evaluation of supplies and equipment needs

• Organize program events, such as National TRiO Day, College Tours, Family Nights, workshops, and other related programs as needed

• Provide supervision and management for the selection of all TRiO staff to include student assistants, student ambassadors, paraprofessionals, and faculty

• As an active member of the Student Services Leadership Team employ leadership standards of excellence to successfully execute programs and services from the Student Services Division

• As an active member of the Skyline College Management team successfully execute programs and services supporting executive leadership

• As an active member of the SESP Division, successfully support programs and events as needed within the division

• Collaborate with the campus Learning Center to enhance TRiO student learning and success

• Establish and maintain rapport with college staff, faculty, and administration, including the ability to work in a highly collaborative environment with colleagues both on and off campus

• Interface and serve as liaison and source of information regarding policies and procedures with college administration, campus programs, and community agencies to maximize services provided to TRiO SSS participants

• Carry out assigned roles and responsibilities as assigned in the College Emergency Operations Plan

• Responsible for writing and submitting the SSS grant every five years (the next cycle year is 2024-2025 with a new grant to begin the academic year 2025-2026)

• Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

• Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a subject taught in the San Mateo County Community College District or a student support services field OR the equivalent

• Successful experience managing a program aimed at student success to achieve a degree in higher education

• A minimum of two years of professional experience working with first-generation college and low-income populations

• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff

Physical Requirements:

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Knowledge of and experience in federal or state programs serving historically marginalized and underrepresented students

• Understanding of and commitment to the role and purpose of the community college

• Experience in grant writing and/or fundraising

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and the community at large

• Participation in department/division program reviews

• Familiarity with the use of instructional technology and media to enhance teaching and student learning

• Experience in program development, implementation, and assessment

• Experience in curriculum development, especially in basic skills curricula

• Knowledge of basic research and planning methods

• Experience in supervising professional staff and student staff

• Knowledge of theoretical perspectives and effective programs that enhance transfer to a four-year institution of higher education

• Experience with budget management including budget development, reconciliation, monitoring and ensuring compliance with USDE regulations

• Familiarity with federal regulations

• Ability to work effectively and constructively with persons from diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications:

• Overcome obstacles similar to the served population


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Optional tax-deferred flexible benefit 403(b) and 457 plans are also available. Academic managers participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Employees may also be eligible for various first-time homebuyer programs.

Open Date: 05/03/2024

First Review Date: 06/07/2024

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:

Required Application Materials

All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills, and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources

3401 CSM Drive

San Mateo, CA 94402

Tel.: (650) 574-6555

Fax: (650) 574-6574


Web Page:

Conditions of Employment:

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our:

Annual Security Report:

San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2022 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2022 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2022 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2022 now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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