Assistant Director/ STEM Program Manager

May 09, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs
Institution Type
Community College

Company Description:

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.

Job Description:

General Statement of Duties

Reporting directly to the Director of Upward Bound Math & Science and Talent Search, the Assistant Director is responsible for assisting with the administration, implementation and continuation of two US Department of Education funded TRIO programs. These unique programs, focused in Orange, Athol, Winchendon, Gardner, Clinton and Fitchburg MA, are dedicated to encouraging and preparing income-eligible, potential first-generation college high students, and/or students who are considered academically at-risk by federal definitions to graduate high school and pursue a post-secondary education.


  • Manage the program's support services, including tutoring, mentoring, college tours and career exploration events.
  • Provide supervision, guidance, support and enrichment programming to program participants.
  • Supervise part-time TRIO staff and provide support and coaching for their interactions with students and target school staff; monitor program participant progress and work with staff to develop success strategies and support services
  • Demonstrate strong student-centered decision making abilities, maintaining a positive attitude, displaying approachability, adaptability strong problem-solving and desire to support student success.
  • Engage in behaviors and practices that create an inclusive environment in which all people are valued and supported; provide versatile support to students that is sensitive to socio-economic, cultural and age variances.
  • Go beyond the easiest or surface answer for a student and get to the root cause of the problem, question or issue to solve it as quickly and professionally as possible.
  • Provide direct mentoring and coaching to identified TRIO students in identifying academic, financial, and career needs and to develop student success plans in collaboration with target school guidance staff and the academic instructors
  • Develop and implement STEM programming for program participants in partnership with MWCC departments and community-based organizations to showcase STEM Careers to high school students; develop additional STEM partnerships to increase student awareness of STEM career options
  • Co-develop and lead summer programming, including six-week residential program at Fitchburg State University, including creating academic schedules, managing logistics, collaborating with STEM teachers to create STEM research-based projects
  • Compile data for, and complete all applicable reports for continuance of grants as directed by program Director; assist grant team in grant writing during renewal periods
  • Create and facilitate work-based experience/work study for UBMS to provide students with high quality and authentic career experiences
  • Provide one-on-one and group mentoring during the academic year and summer component to include school success strategies, career awareness, and college exploration
  • Provide academic support in introductory high school STEM course work (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry) to improve the likelihood that students pursue post-secondary STEM majors
  • Develop standardized test prep strategies that inform and ease the anxiety of testing
  • Explore and disseminate online learning opportunities that empower students to learn at their own pace
  • Supervise program staff, and provide oversight for program participants during program activities and events
  • Responsible for coordinating staff presence and communicating expectations for student field trips, campus visits and work experiences
  • Communicate student needs and concerns to Director, Student Activity Officer and/ or instructor(s) as appropriate.
  • Maintain sensitivity and maturity level to successfully work with youth
  • Build and maintain relationships and networks with MWCC staff, program staff, target school staff  and community partners that fosters trust and results in program support
  • Working with the program director, develop an outreach plan to help meet the program's six-year college completion objective through regular social media and telephone contact
  • Build relationships with parents/guardians to support their youth's progress throughout high school and the college application and enrollment process, as well as over the summer.
  • Maintain records and data pertinent to academic success and college placement, such as SAT scores, college acceptances, financial aid and post-secondary enrollment, persistence and completion
  • Participate in professional training as necessary to carry out duties and responsibilities of the role; recommend professional development and training for part-time staff
  • Attend related local, state and/or regional conference and training programs in support of TRIO responsibilities
  • Other duties as assigned by Director



  • Must be able to pass comprehensive Criminal Offender Record Investigation
  • Bachelor's Degree in Education, Counseling or related field, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Academic or professional experience in STEM fields, such as Algebra, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry
  • Minimum of two years' work experience with low income, disadvantaged and/or minority youth
  • Ability to thrive in busy environments and establish appropriate priorities
  • Ability to interact with diverse constituencies including other program personnel, partner organization personnel, parent/guardians and participants
  • Ability to generate ideas to address identified gaps in student knowledge and ability; proven ability to move ideas to action items
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills



  • Two-Three years teaching experience with curriculum development knowledge
  • Supervisory experience


Additional Information:

Salary: $32,000.00- $35,000.00  Grant Funded
Employee Status: Pro Rated
Benefits: Yes
Hours per Week: 30
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.

Application Instructions:

The following documents are required:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

Deadline Date: 5/23/18

Candidates may be subject to employment screening to include both a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) request and a Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI).


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