Director of Early College & Dual Enrollment
Since 1963, Mount Wachusett Community College has built a tradition of providing innovative undergraduate education, workforce development, personal enrichment, and community service to North Central Massachusetts and beyond. Located in Gardner, MA, with satellite campuses in Fitchburg, Leominster and Devens, MWCC now serves approximately 12,000 credit and noncredit students each year and offers over 70 associate degree and credit certificate options. An award-winning, national leader in the area of renewable energy, MWCC is also nationally recognized for its veterans' services, civic engagement and K-12 partnerships.
We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.
General Statement of Duties
Under the Direction of the Assistant Dean of the Access and Transition Division, the Director provides management for early college and dual enrollment programs, to include: Gateway to College (students age 16 to 21 who are at risk of dropping out or have already left high school without a diploma), Pathways Early College Innovation School (rising motivated juniors, minimum age 16 who desire to earn an Associate degree while earning a high school diploma), Early College High School partnerships and Commonwealth Dual Enrollment, as well as development and innovation of new early college initiatives. The position will provide continued collaboration with the national and state funding agencies to develop, administer and replicate the programs in sustainable and effective ways locally, statewide and nationally. The Director will work closely with MWCC's divisions of Student Services and Academic Affairs as well as with partner school districts and high school administration, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the MA Department of Higher Education.
- Guide the development, establishment and maintenance of early college programs that foster student success, collaborative partnerships and high quality academic instruction
- Provide overarching management of support for high school students enrolled in Pathways Early College Innovation School, Gateway to College and any other full-immersion early college programs
- Manage academic and co-curricular structures and calendars to ensure students are earning a high school diploma and making significant progress toward, or completion of, an Associates degree
- Work with parents and students, college administrators, faculty, and staff to address problems with student behavior and/or performance which may interfere with students' success and maintaining a positive college learning environment
- Establish and maintain program policies in alignment and compliance with college, school district, State, Federal and national partner expectations
- Oversee curriculum alignment and support program faculty in order to meet student progress and completion goals and to provide the best service to Gateway to College and Pathways participants, and to maintain academic integrity of college courses
- Oversee the development and modification of curriculum to meet state content standards and assessment procedures while aligning with the Massachusetts Transfer Block
- Ensure compliance and administration of all state mandated placement testing / assessments, including, but not limited to: MCAS, W-APT and ACCESS for ELLs. Proctor as necessary
- Work collaboratively with division deans and program faculty to develop strategies for retaining students and contributing to their success; and, schedule contract courses for early college immersion programs
- Ensure that advisors have the necessary training and supports to provide assistance for students experiencing family, personal or economic crisis, which could impact school performance or completion
- Ensure compliance with disability services for students on an IEP/504 plan, or those receiving ELL supports, and participate in district meetings related to the support and success of these students
- Collaborate with stakeholders to align program curriculum to meet school district diploma requirements and preliminary and initial college degree requirements
- Keep current with educational research and best practices, as well as local, state and national trends related to innovative pedagogical techniques targeted to serve under-prepared, lower-skilled and culturally diverse youth
- Manage and oversee relevant budgets, including annual planning, projection and tracking
- Write and present reports as necessary, including an annual report to the K12 partners and the Commonwealth, depicting success rates and retention numbers for immersive early college programs
- Develop and implement course registration, enrollment and advising process for all early college and dual enrollment students in collaboration with Admissions
- Provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
- Hire, evaluate, and manage personnel within the confines of the union agreements
- Organize orientation activities for new faculty, staff, and students; organize and conduct staff development workshops and student orientation activities; provide and foster a climate that supports collegiality within MWCC
- Act as liaison to partner school districts and high schools as well as MA DESE and DHE on matters of dual enrollment and early college
- Oversee management of programs' data relating to enrollment and success, in collaboration with the Data Coordinator, and recommend programmatic changes as needed
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Dean
- Masters degree in Education, Counseling, Psychology or related field required.
- Well-developed written and verbal skills to present and exchange complex academic information to diverse set of individuals and groups.
- Experience with curriculum development and knowledge of K-12 and post-secondary curriculum standards.
- Experience in community outreach and knowledge of community social service systems.
- Ability to work evenings and travel as needed.
Salary: $65,000.00- $75,000.00
Employee Status: Full Time
Hours per Week: 37.5
Number of Weeks: 52
Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
The following documents are required:
2. Cover Letter
Candidates may be subject to employment screening to include both a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) request and a Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI).