Assistant Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion/ Access Programs Coordinator

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University of Puget Sound

Assistant Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion/ Access Programs Coordinator

Job ID: 4096

Location: Diversity/Access Programs

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

About the Program: The goal of Access Programs is to empower students who have been historically underserved in school and under-represented in college (i.e. first generation students, low-income, and or racially/ethnically minoritized students) to enter into post-secondary institutions and succeed in college. Access programming primarily serves of 7th through 12th grade students who have been identified as having potential for success in secondary and post-secondary education, but may need additional support, guidance and enrichment to reach their academic goals through high school graduation.
In fall 2015, the University of Puget Sound strengthened its commitment to equity and inclusion by partnering with the Tacoma Public School District (TPSD) to meet TPSD students at full-need and launching the Access Scholars Cohort Program, an institutional initiative aimed to increase recruitment from underrepresented and under-served groups, improve structural diversity, and promote student persistence and success. The cohort brings together 5-10 students per year, all of whom have successfully participated in Access Programs (i.e. Access tutoring, successfully completed Summer Academic Challenge, Ethics Bowl, CWLT writing workshops, etc.) between 7th - 12th grades. Students participating in the Access Scholars Cohort Program receive social, cultural and academic support, are partnered with faculty mentors, and regularly meet with peers from Tacoma throughout the academic year. Access Scholars also are provided the opportunity to develop leadership skills and cultivate community in a supportive environment necessary to achieve academic success.
Position Description: The Assistant Director for ODI/Access Programs Coordinator reports to the Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, and is responsible for implementing college readiness programming for students in grades seven through twelve and provides academic and social support, and mentorship to the Access scholars enrolled at Puget Sound.. Primary target outreach is to public middle school and high school students, with the goal of increasing college going culture and providing support and resources to Access students who participate in the Access Scholars Cohort Program through graduation. Early college readiness events and cohort programming are held throughout the academic year and during the summer Events may take place on evenings and weekends. Responsibilities: Access Programs (7th - 12th grades)

    Develop and implement afterschool programs in Tacoma public middle schools and high schools. This includes collaborating with middle school staff to maintain a weekly presence and initiate early college awareness programs. Recruit students from Tacoma area middle schools and high schools to participate in Access Programs on the Puget Sound Campus and off-site. Coordinate monthly academic enrichment events. This includes college going literacy and preparation workshops, weekly tutoring, Access to College Days, among others. Recruit and train mentors and tutors to work with Access Program students. Work with students, parents, and school staff to identify student academic needs and prepare students to enroll in college upon graduation from high school. Work collaboratively with campus community partners to coordinate and implement the Summer Academic Challenge Program (SAC). Train and supervise Summer Academic Challenge program staff and teachers. Maintain databases of program participants and produce annual written reports. Maintain knowledge of educational trends in general and trends in college pipeline programs specifically, and provides information to district staff. Attend other meetings as requested by the Dean of Diversity and Inclusion. Hire and supervise AmeriCorps volunteer staff members. Serve on collective action networks in Tacoma, including Out of School and Summer Learning Collaborative and Tacoma College Support Network. Research and write grants , including collaborating with University Relations to seek grant opportunities. Coordinate Access To College Days for local students, including collaborating with Office of Admission to host college tours for middle and high school students and parent tours. Support Tacoma School District College Prep initiatives.
Access Scholars Cohort Program (Post-Secondary Education)
    Work closely with Office Manager and Admissions partners to cultivate Access student pipeline for scholars cohort program. Collaborate with faculty mentors to provide academic and social support, and mentorship to the Access scholars. Work with Office Manager to coordinate meetings and outings (required for 1st and 2nd year students). Contribute to the summer Logger Institute for Access scholars and TPS students. Support and collaborate with campus partners engaged with Tacoma Public school initiatives.
Demonstrated knowledge and skills:
  • Ability to work collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, and TPS school staff to identify student academic needs in an effort to fully prepare students to enroll in a four-year college or any other form of post-secondary education upon graduation from high school. Ability to achieve student and parent program recruitment and attendance goals in educational enrichment programs. Ability to map programming and/or curricular offerings in order to collaborate with community organizations to offer extended day and out-of-school time opportunities for program participants. Ability to provide counseling support, academic advising/coaching/planning, mentoring, leadership development, social and cultural development and peer group activities for program participants. Knowledge about student, family and school contributions to the gap in academic achievement experienced by many low-income and minoritized students. Understanding of state K-12 learning standards for middle and high school curriculum and ability to advise students, parents and teachers about the gap between being eligible for high school graduation and college eligibility. In depth knowledge about college planning and financial aid over a long-range period extending from middle school through high school graduation. Ability to train student mentors to achieve program goals. Ability to ensure that all participants are meeting their program commitments. Ability to maintain complete and accurate files/records on program participants and volunteers. Knowledge about issues the most underserved populations in our schools face and genuine interest in working with this particular population of students and families. Experience with program evaluation, development, academic assessment and progress tracking.
  • Knowledge with STEM curriculum design desirable.

    Experience working in urban middle and high schools is essential; recent effective involvement with students in, and familiarity with, Tacoma/Pierce County school communities is a plus. A baccalaureate degree and three or more years of experience in fields related to middle school classroom teaching and culture, mentoring, college preparation, leadership development, youth development, teaching or counseling. Master's degree desirable. Strong organizational skills and ability to handle a variety of tasks and projects on an ongoing basis, including meetings with pre-college students, college students, school district personnel and community organizations. Exceptional written, communication, and interpersonal skills and the ability to speak effectively and publicly on behalf of the University of Puget Sound. Deep understanding of cultural competence and cultural relevance practice in education, and ability to effectively communicate with diverse communities and constituents. Must have a reliable means of personal transportation available daily. Ability to be available for evening and weekend events. Skills, abilities and desire to work with students who are underserved in urban schools; must be upbeat, personable, able to relate well with diverse populations and age groups, with particular emphasis on working with young people, ages 12 -22. Ability to successfully carry out complex assignments and adapt to changing situations and priorities. Experience with managing a budget. Must be able to build databases and develop, implement and analyze program data to inform practice. Knowledge, skills and expressed interest in developing proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products, specifically Excel and Access, is essential.

Diversity Statement:
  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:
Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.
This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:
Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than April 19, 2018 to ensure consideration.
Required Documents:
Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • Diversity Statement (see prompt below)
  • List of three (3) professional references
Commitment to Diversity
Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit: As a university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. For your candidacy, we ask that applicants please provide a personal diversity statement. In the statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound's current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicants can frame their diversity statement:
    Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound; Your understanding diversity and diversity-related issues public education; Ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university's DSP; Brief insights on how cultural competence increases one's effectiveness as an Access Programs Coordinator

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.
The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA





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Posted: 4/13/2018
Application Due: 4/26/2018
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