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Director, Special Programs

Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana

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Director, Special Programs

Rancho Santiago Community College District

Salary Range: Grade H: $104,532.10 - $140,081.66/year, $152,969.17 (top step effective 7/01/2023), $159,087.94 (top step effective 7/01/2024)

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Job Number: CL22-00315

Location: Orange, CA

Division: Student Services/SCC

Closing: 9/9/2022 5:00 PM Pacific

Job Description

Has overall responsibility to a designated administrator for the supervision and administration of a specially funded program, including all assigned personnel and participants, all related records and reports; performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Designs, implements, coordinates, and directs activities related to specific projects. Analyzes data in relation to policy questions and study purposes; creates statistical tables and graphic displays. Writes comprehensive reports and makes oral presentations explaining research findings, implications, and applicability. Has overall supervision and day-to-day oversight of specially funded initiatives, as appropriate; assists in recruiting and selecting staff in all areas under direct supervision; provides for in-service training; supervises and evaluates staff, program functions and activities; responsible for the timely and accurate review and preparation of budget documents, including monthly expenditure reports and such documents and summaries as required by the funding source; has substantial responsibility for reporting, including program accountability reports and for seeking additional and alternative funding for programs and activities; responsible for the development and implementation of project goals, objectives, and activities associated with program operations, including but not limited to: planning seminars, training activities, workshops, orientations, public relations and recognition events, as well as for the documentation and evaluation of project activities and outcomes as measured against stated goals and objectives in final proposal, if applicable; supervises the recruitment, orientation, and on-going participation of individual program participants, their organizational sponsors or mentors, as appropriate, and provides overall support necessary to establish a new community-oriented support services program; successfully implements and institutionalizes project activities; responsible for establishing collaborative partnerships with community-based and other local organizations, public and private groups, State and national entities and affiliates to further project goals and objectives and meet critical student and/or community needs; provides substantial leadership and support to committees directly linked to service areas, including special program steering and advisory committees, district-wide committees or task forces.


This class reports to senior administrations and supervises all staff in areas of direct responsibility.


Good Knowledge of: principles of supervision and management, record keeping, accountability, and thorough program documentation; research design and methods.

Knowledge of: state education code and district rules, regulations, and policies relating to the district's operation and administration, as well as state and federal rules, regulations, and policies.

Ability to: plan and implement programs; develop and manage budgets; design and administer research studies: write clear and concise complex documents; compile reports; work cooperatively with other employees and the public; establish positive and effective relationships; communicate effectively in writing and speech; comprehend and interpret financial statements; analyze situations and make appropriate decisions; supervise the work of others.

Job Qualifications


Education and Experience
Any combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree plus three years of related experience in project management. Experience involving work with community groups and governmental entities, documentation of program activities, and budget administration.
The Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is an equal employment opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment based on ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. SELECTION CRITERIAApplication ScreeningIn addition to the requirements and responsibilities listed, the following criteria will be considered in selecting candidates for interviews:
  • Education experience (breadth and depth)
  • Work experience (breadth and depth)
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Program development
  • Community involvement
  • Demonstrated experience in working with a diverse socio-economic community
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
Based upon the information presented on the application materials, a limited number of candidates with qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a written test and an oral interview. Meeting the minimum requirements of the position does not guarantee advancement in the selection process. Candidate qualifications will be assessed to determine those who meet and exceed requirements and are deemed most competitive amongst the applicant pool to proceed. InterviewApplicants selected for an interview may be required to take additional tests or assessments and will be notified of such prior to the date of the interview. During the oral session, those selected for interviews will, in addition to the above, also be evaluated on the following factors:
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presentation
  • Problem solving skills
  • Successful teaching, problem solving or performance demonstration
  • Writing skills/demonstration
A predetermined set of questions will be asked of all applicants interviewed. Applicants are requested to provide thorough yet concise information on their related experience to ensure the correct evaluation of their qualifications. Evaluation criteria will be applied consistently to all applicants. The District will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicant should contact Recruitment in the Human Resources Office for assistance. Application ProceduresAll applicants are required to submit a completed Rancho Santiago Community College District online application by the position's closing date. Human Resources will review all applications for completeness, and only complete application packets will be forwarded to the screening committee for further review.
A Complete Application Packet Must Include the Following:
  1. RSCCD Online Application
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Resume - details all relevant education, training, and other work experience
  4. Academic Transcripts (unofficial copies are accepted)
Foreign Transcripts: Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in the conventional/accredited United States education programs to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), a United States based credentials evaluation service. Conditions of EmploymentSelected candidate(s) is required to complete the following prior to employment as part of the onboarding process:
  1. Submit official transcripts - Based on Minimum Qualifications
  2. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States (by in-person appointment in Human Resources)
  3. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis Exam
  4. Fingerprints (by a Live Scan Agency at the candidate's expense and clearance must be received prior to first day of employment)
  5. Provide a valid COVID-19 Vaccination Card

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Working at Rancho Santiago Community College District

In the heart of Orange County lies Rancho Santiago Community College District, home of one of the state’s oldest community colleges, Santa Ana College, and also one of its newest, Santiago Canyon College. Centered in a growing and dynamic area, the district serves a population of more than 700,000 residents in the communities of Anaheim Hills, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Villa Park.

Encompassing 24 percent of Orange County’s total area (193 square miles), the district maintains eight facilities. Rancho Santiago Community College District is home to two colleges and four continuing education centers throughout the Central Orange County area. In addition, the college district presents convenient community education courses in many other locations in cooperation with its education and community partners.

Santa Ana College founded in 1915, is a comprehensive community college preparing students for the workplace as well as to transfer to four-year higher learning institutions. Students may earn an associate degree certificate. For those willing to commit to high academic achievement, honors courses are offered. The college also assists students in gaining basic skills and technology proficiency so they can pursue other goals. It is located at the corner of West 17th Street and Bristol in Santa Ana on about 58 acres.

Santiago Canyon College, one of the state’s newest community colleges, offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes university transfer as well as associate degree programs. Honors courses are offered to those with high academic achievement goals. In addition, the college provides community services, technical certificate programs, non-credit courses and basic skills instruction. Situated on 82 acres, the college is located in Orange at the corner of Chapman Avenue and Newport Drive.


We are always seeking qualified, energetic and committed people to join the RSCCD team. Our goal is to provide the highest quality educational opportunities for all students. Each job in this district is important to the learning process for all our students. Because we serve a diverse student body, we seek employees who possess a genuine interest in serving others. If you share this student-centered philosophy, we invite you to submit an application.

RSCCD has a reputation as an excellent employer. Whether employees work at one of our college campuses, the district headquarters, or one of our off-campus education centers, employees feel a sense of connection to each other and work to achieve common goals as part of the "Rancho family."

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