Columbia Basin College ("CBC" or the "College") seeks a Director for MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) to improve diversity and retention in STEM fields for students who are traditionally underrepresented. Under the Washington MESA Program regional partnership with CBC, the MESA Director will manage daily operations, strategic objectives, and provide oversight of MESA at CBC and area middle and high schools for Yakima Valley and Tri-Cities. This oversight will include managing, training and working closely with all MESA personnel within the community college and K-12 systems. The MESA Director is employed by CBC under the MESA grant and reports directly to the Dean for Math and Science and will receive additional direction from the Washington MESA Associate Director of Programs.
Closing Date: Open Until Filled (First consideration closes August 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM PDT)
Provide leadership and coordination of the MESA program, including the training of other MESA personnel and recruitment of students;
Coordinate and communicate with administrators, teachers and staff at MESA schools; MESA parents and students; local business and industry; community organizations; and affiliated MESA representatives and staff;
Coordinate with statewide MESA administration, local advisory board and area school district administrators to successfully implement the approved elements of the MESA program in accordance with state guidelines;
Develop a MESA Annual Program Plan each year, emphasizing maximum service to students and school district teachers with allocated resources;
Supervise and evaluate MESA program staff; provide clear expectations, advice and direction, evaluations, and professional and career development opportunities;
Work with CBC Assistant MESA Director and Outreach & Retention Specialist to design and implement activities for MESA teachers/advisors and volunteers; plan programs and curriculum at each school; and provide regular in-service orientation and training sessions for MESA teachers/advisors;
Assess program needs at each school; use MESA curriculum in its entirety to ensure appropriate delivery of student services;
Plan programs for MESA students including 9th Grade Bridge, MESA Days, parent conferences, teacher professional development and other required core MESA components; implement improvement to service delivery;
Ensure that current and accurate files are maintained on each active MESA student using the MESA database; maintain data under the guidance and direction of the Washington MESA Director of Pre-College Programs and the Chief Operating Office of Washington MESA;
Provide written reports as required by Washington MESA, public and private funders and school district partners;
Manage and monitor budgets, income and expenses and ensure budget items are processed in accordance with CBC processes; submit financial reports as requested by either Washington MESA or CBC;
Meet on a monthly basis with the Principle Investigator and MESA Senior Associate Director of Programs to discuss program challenges and progress;
Initiate and carry out fundraising with the assistance of CBC Foundation and, grant and proposal writing with the assistance of the CBC Grants Office using appropriate data required to prepare grant funding proposals;
Under guidance of the Washington MESA Associate Director of Research, Evaluation and Information Management (as well as CBC's Institutional Research Office), provide leadership in MESA program evaluation; ensure data collection to document program accomplishments and demonstrate future needs; develop recommendations to improve program effectiveness;
Participate in statewide planning, budgeting, strategic planning, and evaluation as requested; collect appropriate data required to prepare grant and funding proposals;
Develop and promote public relations and partnership enhancement activities that heighten public awareness and support for the local MESA program; and
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related field from a regionally accredited college or university;
One (1) year experience supervising employees;
Bilingual in English/Spanish;
Experience working with Federal Grants; and
Experience with Microsoft Office applications (such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint) and databases.
Master's degree in a STEM related field from a regionally accredited college or university;
One (1) year of experience in higher education or other complex organization.
Outreach: Possess familiarity with the Washington K-12 school system, the community college mission; and CBC programs, policies and procedures;
Oral Communication: Speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings; able to communicate effectively with parents, students, staff, faculty and various administrators within the K-12 system;
Written Communication: Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; vary writing style to meet needs; present numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information;
Project Management: Develop project plans; coordinate projects; communicate changes and progress; complete projects on time and budget; manage project team activities;
Teamwork: Balance team and individual responsibilities; exhibit objectivity and openness to others' views; give and welcome feedback; contribute to building a positive team spirit; put success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; support colleagues' efforts to succeed;
Visionary Leadership: Display passion and optimism; inspire respect and trust; mobilize others to fulfill the vision; and provide vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates;
Managing Other Staff: Include staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; take responsibility for subordinates' activities; be available to staff; provide regular performance feedback; develop subordinates' skills and encourage growth; foster quality focus in others; improve processes, products and services; continually work to improve supervisory skills;
Change Management: Develop workable implementation plans; communicate changes effectively; build commitment and overcome resistance; prepare and support those affected by change; and monitor transition and evaluate results;
Leadership: Exhibit confidence in self and others; inspire and motivate others to perform well; can positively influence the actions and opinions of others; accept feedback from others; and give appropriate recognition to others;
Quality Management: Look for ways to improve and promote quality; and demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness; and
Cultural Competence: Accept cultural differences between people; effectively communicate information to culturally diverse staff, students and the community; ability to suspend own biases and prejudices in order to be nonjudgmental; awareness of own background/experiences and how they influence learning process and attitudes.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
This is a twelve (12) month per year, full-time grant funded position. It is a salaried overtime exempt position with general work hours of Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; however work hours may vary due to work demands and some evening work may be required. This position starts immediately.
In accordance with the Child/Adult Information Act, RCW 43.43.830, the candidate selected for hire will be subject to a Criminal History Background Check. Additionally, pursuant to RCW 43.43.845(3), an inquiry will be made for employees and volunteers in the Washington Courts database for civil adjudications as a condition for consideration of employment.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of the College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students. This position is directly engaged in the performance of work on a federal contract or grant which requires compliance with the College's Drug-Free Workplace Policy, as well as reporting requirements, as a condition of employment.
If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.
Columbia Basin College operates under an approved affirmative action plan and encourages applications from persons of color, women, veterans and persons of disability. The Human Resources Office is accessible to those with disabilities. If you need accommodation in application or employment, contact the Human Resources Office at (509) 542-4740.
Occasional need to lift at least 20 pounds;
Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time;
Frequent need for oral, written and auditory communication;
Frequent repetitive hand and wrist motions;
Occasional need for travel; and
Ability to work in a fast paced and sometimes stressful environment
CBC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and operates under an Affirmative Action Plan, in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. CBC reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, and employment. Discrimination is prohibited by state and federal laws and regulations, as well as the College policy. Coordination of the compliance efforts of CBC with respect to equal opportunity and disability accommodation regulations is under the direction of Camilla Glatt, Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, telephone 509-542-5548.
CBC complies with the American with Disabilities Act and Washington's Law Against Discrimination. Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may contact 509-542-4740 or leave a TYY/TDD message at 509-546-0400 by the application closing date.
Columbia Basin College (CBC) serves the citizens of Benton and Franklin counties in Washington state with two-year associate degrees for transfer to a four-year university, and applied degrees for workforce employment. CBC also provides one-year certificates and basic skills for those pursuing a GED or high school diploma. CBC serves approximately 7,000-8,000 students each quarter.Columbia Basin... College now offers bachelor degrees in Nursing, Project Management, Applied Management, Cyber Security, Information Technology, and Dental Hygiene. These bachelor degrees are in direct response to the needs of our community. As a result of community needs, Columbia Basin College has recently opened our new state of the art Social Sciences and World Languages Center at the Pasco campus.In July 2017, CBC will open its second, four-story Health Science Center in Richland. In addition to training CBC healthcare professionals, the Wortman Medical Science Center will also be a functional medical clinic as part of Kadlec Regional Medical Center’s family medicine residency program.CBC will open a student housing facility in September. This first phase will house 125 students.Columbia Basin College continues its rich tradition of meeting our community's needs with a dynamic faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and a diverse student body from all walks of life.