Job Details

Student Equity and Success, Director

Kern Community College District

Salary: $105,785.52 - $138,799.78 Annually

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: FY21-22-00765

Location: Porterville, CA


Basic Function

The Student Equity & Success Director serves as the College's expert on culturally responsive practices that support an equity focused institution serving diverse students. The Director will lead, plan, organize, and manage student equity and achievement efforts to close the achievement gaps for underrepresented student groups and advance the College's mission. The leadership role is responsible for the college's adherence to guidelines, polices, and procedures outlined in the College's Student Equity Plan and maintains strategic vision to ensure it continues to serve the needs of Porterville College students and other stakeholders.

The Student Equity & Success Director must have the capacity for teamwork and for developing sensitive working relationships with students, faculty, and staff; have the ability to manage thoughtful personal, political and institutional dynamics related to diversity and social justice issues in schools; be a self-starter with communication skills; and have a deep concern and passion for people. The Director will be responsible for creating an institutional framework to aid the College's equity and social justice planning efforts. The director will champion the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive college environment and will be responsible for the development and management of initiatives that will support and grow the cultural competence and education of our faculty and staff in support of Porterville College students.

The position reports to the President or designee. This assignment may include evening and/or weekend work hours.

Representative Duties

1. Provide leadership to the operation of all Student Equity and College Equity Plan components. This may include oversight of college programs and services for disproportionately impacted student communities. Accept overall responsibility for meeting compliance requirements, reports, budgets, and monitoring timelines, and quality of outcomes.

2. Lead the ongoing analysis and evaluation on campus-wide student equity and achievement needs. Oversee the development and delivery of student equity achievement information, trainings, materials, workshops, seminars, programs, professional development, etc. Assess the effectiveness of student equity and achievement efforts against the goals and objectives of the Student Equity Plan.

3. Plan, organize, and implement long and short-term programs and activities designed to develop assigned programs and services including programs, interventions and activities to offer academic student support.

4. Support the college's focus of improving lives through education, including providing a welcoming, safe, and equitable educational and working experience for all students, staff and faculty.

5. Develop and maintain collaborative and productive partnerships with curricular and co-curricular departments on campus to promote co-sponsorship and collaboration with focuses on created opportunities for facilitated discussions around social justice, social change, and identity issues relevant to Porterville College students.

6. Develop and oversee the organizational infrastructure for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the purpose of meeting the needs of the campus community.

7. Cultivate and advance collaborations and joint efforts to support students, departments, and the campus community related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

8. Develop solutions to address equity issues and improve student achievement; coordinate with other College and community-based student support programs and initiatives to provide an integrated model for Student Success.

9. Implement strategies to close achievement gaps for underrepresented and disproportionate students in key areas such as access, course completion, degree/certificate completion, and transfer.

10. Develop and administer budgets in accordance with the terms of the fund award and maintain funds. Manage budget allocation, expenditures and related financial activities for assigned areas for the purpose of ensuring that allocations are accurate, revenues are recorded, expenses are within budget limits and fiscal practices are followed.

11. Work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administration to establish and implement a vision for the college's equity plan, as well as ensuring that all Guided Pathways work is aligned and focused through as equity-minded perspective and vision.

12. Coordinate Professional Development efforts in a centralized campus approach. Plan and promote professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. Develop and provide training related to basic needs, student equity and achievement.

13. Work with community leaders to achieve the mission of serving diverse communities through collaboration, innovation, and partnerships.

14. Supervise and coordinate department planning and operations; fiscal and personnel management, including hiring and assignment of counselors and support staff; supervision, development and evaluation of all staff; development and management of budgets; etc.

15. Assist the Vice President of Student Services and the Vice President of Instruction, to accomplish the mission and goals of the college, division, and related areas. Work closely with Institutional Research to gather, interpret and present data on students, student progress, and student success indicators in order to enhance instructional effectiveness and support enrollment management efforts.

16. Perform other duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree from an accredited college/university, preferably in educational management, educational organization, educational leadership, Public Administration, Cultural and/or Ethnic Studies, Social Ecology, Intercultural Communication or related field.

  • Three years of progressively responsible administrative experience in higher education, especially with managing student service/supports, equity, and retention programs.

  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and disability backgrounds of community college students and employees.

  • Demonstrated leadership in developing and providing services for first generation, low-income and at-risk, and enabling student success for underserved, at-risk students.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Knowledge of:

  • The mission of the California Community College; community college and instructional programs, regulations and policies; principles of employer employee relations; and principles in the administration of personnel services.

  • Methods and techniques of leadership and management; principles and practices of program development and administration, including knowledge of budgeting; modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software.

  • California Education Code, FERPA, Title 5, Chancellor's Office administrative procedures, Federal laws and regulations and other legal parameters affecting the policies and practices of the student success and equity of the College.

  • Evaluation and statistical methodology for preparation of statistical research and reports.

  • Principles of student development administration at the community college level; leadership and management principles and techniques.

  • Higher Education equity student services programs and processes proven to close the achievement gaps amongst disproportionately served students as well as the California Community College Vision 2022 goals.

  • Student Success Strategies.

  • Social Justice, diversity, and equity concepts and practices

  • Principles and practices of administration, supervision, evaluation and training.

  • Database management techniques.

  • Principles of employer-employee relations.

  • Computer operations/data processing systems.

  • Accounting, budgeting and fiscal reporting.

    Ability to:

  • Work as part of a management team dedicated to collaboration and the college goal of integrating instruction and student services as a way to create and maintain a supportive student-learning environment.

  • Exercise group leadership skills, which emphasize collaboration, consensus building, conflict resolution, and problem solving in an environment of shared governance

  • Lead and facilitate the practical use of computer and instructional technology to facilitate and support student services and staff productivity;

  • Use effective written communication, including reporting and funding proposal reports, etc.

  • Research, evaluate, and analyze data and prepare and present comprehensive, coherent, and effective oral and written reports.

  • Effectively interact with persons of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Apply legal and policy provisions to various problems consistently and correctly.

  • Establish and maintain cooperative and helping working relations with students, staff and community agencies to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals and program requirements

  • Plan and organize work and manage competing activities to meet established timelines and deadlines.

    SALARY RANGE$105,785.52 - $ 138,799.78 annuallyMaximum Entry Level Salary: $ 111,140.91 annually
    SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONSFirst Review of Applications: Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; but those received by May 31, 2022 are assured consideration. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point. Completed application packet must include:
  • Completed Online Application for Employment form
  • Current resume
  • Letter of interest (Cover Letter)
  • Copy of legible transcripts, if applicable
  • List of five (5) professional references - Listed on application form
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to redact (or remove) any personal information from all documents prior to uploading. This includes Social Security Numbers, Date of Birth, and any photos of the applicant.Foreign Degree: Applicants with foreign degrees from colleges or universities outside of the United States must have their coursework evaluated by a professional association that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, INC. (ACEI). A copy of the evaluation must be submitted with your on-line application. Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements. EEO Plan 2021-2024
    Note: The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, color, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, or because he/she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices. Discrimination Free Work Environment The District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in the United States. Work authorization should be established at the time of application submission.

    All applicants must apply online at Emails will not be accepted.


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    Kern Community College District (KCCD) serves communities over 24,800 square miles in parts of Kern, Tulare, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino counties through the programs of Bakersfield CollegeCerro Coso College and Porterville College. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the district’s colleges offer programs and services that develop student potential and create opportunities for our citizens.

    KCCD is geographically one of the largest community college districts in the United States, serving 26,000 students. Our students represent a diversity of religions, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities, and ethnicities.

    While the Kern Community College District was established as a separate entity in 1968 to respond to the changing needs of our communities, educational services have been provided to residents for many years: at Bakersfield College since 1913; at Porterville College since 1927; and in the Ridgecrest area since 1951 by what is now Cerro Coso College. All three colleges are proud members of the California Community College System and are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

    Today, education centers and sites in Delano, downtown Bakersfield, the Mammoth/ Bishop area, Edwards Air Force, and the Kern River Valley offer additional convenient, localized instruction for thousands of residents. KCCD’s commitment to distance learning and other technological advances is creating increasing opportunities for education through the internet, satellite, and cable television to individuals across our broad service area and beyond.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Kern Community College District is to provide outstanding educational programs and services that are responsive to our diverse students and communities.



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