Director, Student Success – Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)

  • Director
  • Reedley, CA
  • December 13, 2023

Website State Center Community College District

Director, Student Success – Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) (Full-Time, Categorically Funded) Reedley College

State Center Community College District

Closing Date: 12/13/2023 at 11:55 PM

Campus Location: Reedley College

Start Date: 11/13/2023

Essential Functions:
General Purpose

Under general direction of the Vice President or Dean, Students, plans, organizes, directs and integrates operations of a federal or state grant-funded student success program such as Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS)/Cooperative Agencies and Resources for Education (CARE) and TRiO programs including Upward Bound, associated programs and Student Support Services; ensures program(s) meet funders’ established goals, objectives and reporting guidelines; manages the implementation of programs and services; acts as a liaison with other educational institu­tions and community resources; initiatives strategies for achieving the District’s mission and institutional goals within areas of campus responsibility; and performs related duties as assigned.
Distinguishing Characteristics

Director, Student Success Programs is distinguished from other directors by its responsibility for the development, implementation, tracking and reporting of one or more grant-funded student success programs. Incumbents typically develop program infrastructure, resources and services for targeted under-served and/or under-performing student populations. The programs are intended to improve student enrollment, retention and educational completion. Incumbents have broad management responsibilities within federal, state and local guidelines.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this position.

1. Plans, organizes, directs, controls, integrates and evaluates the work of assigned categorically funded programs; with employees, develops, implements and monitors work plans to achieve goals and objectives; contributes to development of and monitors performance against the annual program(s) and grant budgets; researches, identifies and assists with the solicitation of grants, donations and other sources of funding; manages and directs development, implementation and evaluation of plans, work processes, systems and procedures to achieve annual program goals, objectives and work standards.

2. Participates in the selection of full-time and part-time faculty in coordination with the department, selection advisory committees, and the Human Resources Department; conducts and/or facilitates new employee orientations; encourages faculty in their continuing professional development; works to promote and maintain a collegial environment; serves as a mediator in the adjudication of faculty, staff, student and community conflict-resolution and grievance processes.

3. Directs and manages the performance of assigned employees; directs and oversees the selection of employees; establishes performance requirements and professional development targets for direct reports; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development including timely performance evaluations; ensures accurate reporting of absence time; hears and acts on grievances; subject to concurrence by senior management and Human Resources, approves or takes disciplinary action, up to and including termination, to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, Human Resources procedures, Personnel Commission Rules, and collective bargaining agreements.

4. Provides day-to-day leadership and works with employees to ensure a high-performance, service-oriented work environment that supports achievement of the department’s and the District’s mission, objectives and values; promotes workplace diversity, inclusion, cultural competency and a positive work environment.

5. Participates in the development and implementation of District/college strategic plans, goals and objectives; leads and directs department employees in the development and application of new methodologies, technologies and business process improvements to achieve higher efficiency, productivity and customer service in department work processes.

6. Plans, organizes and directs the implementation of one or more categorically-funded student success programs; plans, manages and oversees the fiscal management of cooperative and direct grants; develops and monitors individual program tracking and data input and establishes audit trails; ensures grant-funded positions, expenditures and activities meet District, state and federal grant objectives, guidelines and regulations; oversees and participates in the tracking, aggregation, analysis and reporting of data extracted from internal and external databases; analyzes, evaluates and develops reports, recommendations and plans; ensures the accuracy and timely submission of college, District and funding source reporting.

7. Collaborates and develops partnerships with local school districts, feeder schools, adult education programs, public agencies and community resources to identify typically underrepresented students; plans, develops and implements program components including outreach, student selection/enrollment, financial assistance, instructional and social activi­ties and student support services; provides technical expertise and information to students, staff and administrators regarding programs and services; identifies technology and online educational initia­tives to support students and faculty.

8. Oversees the operation of a student support center; ensures access to and integration of instruction, student services and administrative services to enhance student equity and to improve student retention and program completion; acts as a liaison to other support services throughout the college.

9. Creates, and works with faculty to maintain, an assessment plan that measures program courses for student learning outcomes and serves as an equity lens into the instructional departments; leads and works with the Vice President, Dean and faculty in conducting curriculum and overall program review, evaluation and planning to ensure the currency and relevance of curriculum in meeting student needs; identifies curriculum and service gaps and recommends training programs, courses and curriculum areas for development to improve student learning.

10. Makes presentations to diverse audiences, including the Board of Trustees and other board-level groups.

11. Recommends, develops, implements, and revises policies, procedures and operational guidelines to improve and/or clarify processes.

12. Interprets, applies and ensures compliance with all federal and state laws, applicable program policies, procedures, guidelines and reporting requirements; remains current on applicable legislative decisions and developments; ensures accuracy and validity of program tracking and data; develops, maintains and audits spreadsheets, databases and reports; utilizes third-party portals and databases to research and track student information.

13. Serves on or leads committees, workgroups and task forces, and represents the college/District at local, regional, state and national conferences, meetings, workshops and training seminars; participates in advocacy efforts for program funding and participant resources.

Other Duties

1. Participates in participatory governance processes and initiatives.

2. Demonstrates sensitivity to and understanding of historically minoritized groups and participates in professional development activities to increase cultural competency to enhance equity-minded practices within the District

3. Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Experience

Must have evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices.

Meet the state minimum qualifications for an educational administrator, which include a master’s degree and at least one year of formal training, internship or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrative assignment; or California Community College Supervisory Credential.

Licenses, Certificates and Other Requirements

A valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the District’s vehicle insurance program.

Desirable Qualifications:
Experience and skill with addressing issues of equity; recent experience working with African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusions of these groups in higher education shape patterns of participation and outcomes; willingness to examine and remediate one’s relational practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized students; and a commitment to participatory governance, consensus building, and team approach to management.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles, practices, methods and techniques of program, administrative and organizational analysis, planning and management applicable to assigned program.
Principles and practices of instructional program development and administration including methods of instruction and the application and use of educational technologies.
Accreditation standards of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
Principles, practices and methods of complex grant and categorical budget development and management, and grant tracking, monitoring and reporting.
Federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies governing community college programs, services, fiscal and reporting requirements including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, California Education Code and Title IV.
As assigned, goals, objectives, rules and regulations EOPS, CARE or TRiO programs.
Advanced principles, practices, methods and concepts used in public agency contracting and contract administration.
District/college student recordkeeping practices, procedures and systems for processing and maintaining student information.
Principles and practices of sound business communication including proper English usage, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing and maintaining public records.
Research methods and analysis techniques.
Principles and practices of effective management and supervision.
Principles and practices of strategic planning.
Basic principles and practices of organizational improvement and culture change.
Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work being performed, including those required in crisis or threat situations.
Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, Human Resources procedures, Personnel Commission Rules, and collective bargaining agreements.
Community college and its mission and goals.

Skills and Abilities to: Understand the importance of holding oneself accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices.
Reframe inequities as a problem of practice and view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility.
Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human difference.
Reflect on institutional and teaching practices and aim to create a culturally responsive teaching environment.
Strategically build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives.
Effectively engage and support historically minoritized groups by addressing issues of equity and improving culturally responsive service-oriented practices.
Develop and maintain an inclusive work environment that fosters diversity, respect and engagement.
Plan and direct the operations, administration and complex reporting of federal, state and county grant funded programs.
Work collaboratively with myriad college administrators and stakeholders to develop and implement projects and educational programs in assigned under-served populations.
Analyze and make sound recommendations on complex community college educational needs, educational programming and community partnership opportunities/issues within areas of responsibility.
Define issues, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and develop sound, independent conclusions and recommendations in accordance with laws, regulations, rules and policies.
Prepare and administer memorandums of understanding, partnership agreements, contracts, invoices and documents.
Organize, set priorities and exercise expert, independent judgment within areas of responsibility.
Develop and implement appropriate procedures and controls.
Understand, interpret, explain and apply applicable laws, codes, rules and policies.
Represent the District/college effectively in dealings with students, employees and other colleges.
Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, reports, studies and other written materials.
Operate a computer and use standard business software.
Make presentations and present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively to diverse audiences.
Communicate in English effectively, both orally and in writing, and practice active listening.
Use tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive and complex issues, situations and concerned people.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.

Conditions of Employment:
220 duty days and 24 vacation days for a total of 244 days.

Salary and Benefits:
Starting annual salary is $132,127 – $144,379 based on education and experience. A doctoral stipend of $2,419 is available. In addition, the District offers an attractive fringe benefit package including medical, dental, and vision coverage for the employee and dependents, and life insurance for employees. Employees are also members of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Selection Procedure:
Applications will initially be screened by Human Resources to determine which applicants meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement.

From the applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents, a search advisory committee will screen the application packets and determine the candidates who are best qualified based on the minimum qualifications and desirable qualifications. Those candidates will be invited to interview.

The selection committee will rate responses to the interview questions and writing prompt (if applicable). Based on this rating, a small number of applicants will be selected as the recommended candidates. These candidates will be forwarded to the Vice President and College President for final interviews.

A hiring recommendation will be made by the College President and forwarded to the Board of Trustees of State Center Community College District for final approval.

State Center Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. It is our pledge to treat all applicants fairly and equitably in the recruitment and selection process. We endeavor to be a service-minded organization and respond, as best as we can, to the needs of our applicants and the faculty and administrators we work with in the District.

For more information, contact the Academic Human Resources Office, 1171 Fulton St, Fresno, CA 93721, (559) 243-7100. For more information on Reedley College or State Center Community College District, visit our website at Please refer to position number RVPST-DIR (Slot #2907).

Submission of application and related materials is the applicant’s responsibility and must be submitted through the District’s online applicant portal. The District reserves the right to re-advertise or to delay indefinitely the filling of a position if it is deemed that the applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool or if funding is not available. All application materials are subject to verification. False statements may be cause for disqualification or discharge from employment.

Additional Information:
This is an academic management position, exempt from overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, with responsibility for formulation and implementation of district policies, regulations, budget decisions, and supervision of personnel including assignment of work, evaluation of performance, adjusting grievances, recommending hiring, transfer, suspension, layoff, recall, promotion, and termination. Physical and Mental Demands

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; use hands repetitively to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; and reach with hands and arms. Employees are frequently required to walk, stand and lift up to 10 pounds and occasionally up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Mental Demands

While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work; work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work with frequent interruptions; work under intensive deadlines; and interact with District managers, staff, the public and others encountered in the course of work.
Working Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Employees work under typical office conditions, and the noise level is usually quiet. The employee may be required to travel to locations other than assigned work site and to adjust to work schedule changes and requirements to work overtime.

State Center Community College District (SCCCD) provides 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 team at SCCCD, 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, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

Work for Us! Reedley College

About the College
Reedley College is located in the central San Joaquin Valley of California in the city of Reedley, which has a population of approximately 25,000. Known as “The World’s Fruit Basket,” Reedley is in one of the richest agricultural regions of the world. Reedley College was established in May 1926 as Reedley Junior College and has affected many lives since then. In its 95 years, Reedley College has developed into a crucial component of higher education in the central San Joaquin Valley, offering over 153 degrees and certificates in 37 areas of study taught by approximately 140 full-time faculty and 225 part-time faculty. The college is one of 11 community colleges in California to offer students on-campus housing.

Reedley College was selected to be one of the 20 California Community Colleges to participate in the groundbreaking California Guided Pathways Project. It was chosen in part due to its strong focus on student success and equity. Guided Pathways is a transformational framework that focuses on reviewing and revising college policies, procedures and practices with the goal of designing with the student in mind. Reedley College has embraced Guided Pathways with the college’s goal in mind, “We motivate and inspire students to succeed”. The project is designed to significantly increase the number of students who earn a certificate or degree at a California Community College.

Reedley College Mission
Reedley College motivates and empowers students to be successful by providing high-quality, innovative educational opportunities. We inspire a passion for learning to meet the academic and workforce goals of our diverse communities. Our associate degree programs, career technical education, and transfer level courses are offered in an accessible and safe learning environment.

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