Director of Promise Scholars Program (Grant Funded)

San Mateo County Community College District

Director of Promise Scholars Program (Grant Funded)

Posting Number: 2014458S

Department: Student Services SKY (DEPT)

Location: Skyline College

Position Number: 2FT016

Percentage of Full Time: 100%

Months per Year: 12

Salary Range: $105,636 (annual) - $133,788 (annual)

Position Type: Staff & Admin

General Statement:

San Mateo County Community College District values the principles of diversity and equity. We provide our students with a rich and dynamic learning community that embraces differences, emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become critical thinkers and socially responsible leaders.

The Skyline College Promise that students can “Get in. Get through. Get out…on time!” is the institution's commitment to ensuring that students complete their educational and career goal in a timely manner. Among the strategies and programs that Skyline College needs to deliver on this Promise, is the implementation of the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) program model to the Promise Scholars Program. The Director of the Promise Scholars Program has professional responsibilities for the administration, implementation, and evaluation of the Promise Scholars Program at Skyline College. The Promise Scholars Program is a comprehensive program designed to help students earn their Associate's degree as quickly as possible through provision of financial support, comprehensive academic, advisement, career support services for eligible students at Skyline College. Under direction of the Dean of Counseling, the Director is responsible for overseeing the scaling of the Promise Scholars Program at Skyline College, working with campus faculty, staff, students, and administrators, as well as with external technical assistance connected through the ASAP staff of the City University of New York (CUNY) throughout the implementation period. Public contact is extensive, and involves faculty, staff, students, vendors, contractors, outside educational institutions, businesses and community representatives. A high degree of independent judgment and creativity are required to resolve minor and major problems that arise, while also adhering to ensuring fidelity of program implementation. The Director can direct the work of faculty, clerical and other staff and student assistants as assigned and is expected to commit to the Leadership Standards of Excellence identified by Skyline College Administration ( The position requires flexible work hours and some evening and weekend responsibilities.

This is a temporary position funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation through June 30, 2019.

Minimum Qualifications:

• A combination of education and experience equivalent to possession of a Master’s degree or above in student services, counseling, student development, or similar program related to student programming and advising
• Two years of increasingly responsible related work experience that has included program planning
• Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitivity, constructively and respectfully with people of diverse genders, cultures, language groups and abilities
• Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students
• Demonstrated skill in oral communication, including public speaking
• Demonstrated skill in written communication
• Demonstrated skill in program evaluation
• Skill directing the work of others
• Skill in event and project planning, implementation and evaluation
• Possession of a California Driver’s license (or the ability to obtain one) and the ability to drive a motor vehicle to off-campus locations

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Previous experience or training in program development related to student development, student success, and/or first year advising programs
2. Passion and motivation to engage students in their academic goals through student life
3. Knowledge of evidence-based strategies/programs that promote student success and completion
4. Skill in effective written and oral communication, including public speaking
5. Skill in interacting sensitively and respectfully with people of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities
6. Skill in communicating effectively with people at all levels within an organization
7. Previous experience with grant development and writing
8. Skill in the use of a variety of computer software to compose and prepare correspondence, memoranda, presentations, publicity materials, and reports
9. Demonstrated skill in multi-tasking and prioritization of high volume workloads with attention to detail
10. Skill in the use of a variety of computer software, including spreadsheet, presentation, page layout, and web design applications
11. Skill in event planning, implementation, coordination, supervision, and evaluation
12. Skill in fundraising, grant development, and in cultivating funding resources

Preferred Qualifications: • Experience with programs that are similar to CUNY ASAP and comprehensive first year programs. • Ability to communicate in another language, preferably Spanish, is desired.

Benefits: 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.

First Review Date: 07/18/2017

Open Until Filled: Yes

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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.


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