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Program Coordinator for Summer Academic Challenge Program

University of Puget Sound

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Program Coordinator for Summer Academic Challenge Program
University of Puget Sound
Job ID: 6611
Location: Diversity/Access Programs
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Staff Posting Details
Appointment: This is a full-time, seven weeks position starting on June 13 through July 29.

Position Summary:

The goal of the University of Puget Sound's Summer Academic Challenge Program is to promote academic curiosity, engagement and success for Tacoma and Pierce County youth from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The Program Coordinator for Summer Academic challenge Program reports to the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, and is responsible for this college readiness program for students in grades seven through twelve.

Access Programs' Summer Academic Challenge (SAC) is a four-week innovative STEAM enrichment program serving low income, first generation, and student of color primarily from Tacoma Public Schools and Pierce County. Students arrive on June 23, 2022 and finish the program on July 21, 2022. During SAC 2022, classes will be held on the University of Puget Sound's campus.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:
    Coordinate and Implement the Summer Academic Challenge (SAC) Program for middle and secondary school students. Coordinate the implementation of the SAC curriculum (already designed). Coordinate the efforts and collaborate with the Teachers of the SAC program to ensure a successful program. Supervise 10 teaching undergraduate assistants and one graduate student coordinator. Plan and coordinate field trips in collaboration with teachers in the program. Attend all field trips. Coordinate updates to the curriculum. Communicate with students in the program and their family. Coordinate and lead the opening and closing ceremonies of the program for over 75-100 guests. Coordinate the daily check-in and check-out of students. Ensure the availability and access to labs, classrooms, and other spaces needed in the program. Ensure all materials are ready for use prior to each week's activities. Collaborate with teachers to track student's engagement and progress. Address any problems or concerns that arise during the summer to ensure the successful completion of the program. This will be done in consultation with the Vice President for institutional Equity and Diversity. Respond to emergency situations and notify minor's guardians as appropriate Coordinate debriefing with teachers and teaching assistants after program. Write a summary report of the program. Administer SAC 2022 survey to evaluate program effectiveness

    Bachelor's degree required. Prior experience working with youth from diverse populations Knowledge of legal obligations in work with minors Experience in supervisory roles Willingness and ability to work collaboratively Strong organizational skills Strong communication skills Able to commit to working for the duration of the seven-weeks program listed above. Have a current Washington State Driver's License

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.

The anticipated pay rate for this position is $26.00 per hour.

This position is not eligible for benefits.

Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:
    Resume Letter of Interest

Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks. All new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.

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:

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
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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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