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Director, Academic Support Programs (MESA Program)

North Orange County Community College District
$144,797 - $182,640 Annually

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Director, Academic Support Programs (MESA Program)

North Orange County Community College District

Position Number: 2015205P

Location: Fullerton College

Department: FC Natural Sciences

Percentage of Employment: 100%

Months of Employment: 12 Months Per Year

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (However, some flexibility such as evenings and weekends will be required to meet the needs of the department.)

Job Description:
Provide strategic leadership, coordination and support for academic support programs and services, in collaboration with faculty and staff, and under the direction of the Dean.

Develop new and innovative programs for the purpose of promoting student success, retention and persistence.

Communicate and coordinate academic support efforts among instructional areas, student services, staff development, the research office, and other relevant areas.

Provide administrative and technical support for campus academic support projects for faculty, staff and students involved in these activities.

Monitor and fulfill academic program reporting requirements including the preparation of action plans, expenditure plans/reports, and program review.

Monitor the appropriate budgets as well as the budgets of each individual program and activity.

Work with campus research office to assess and report on academic support program activities.

Promote program activities among campus constituents, community partners, and/or professional conferences as needed.

Communicate and collaborate with district, community, and statewide entities including local high schools, local colleges and universities, industry partners and the State Chancellor's office.

Train, supervise, evaluate and direct the work of personnel as assigned; participate in selection and hiring processes; develop, implement and monitor work plans to achieve assigned goals and objectives; participate in developing, implementing and evaluating work programs, plans, processes, systems and procedures to achieve department and district goals, objectives and performance measures consistent with the District's quality and service expectations.

Coordinate appropriate training and development activities for students, staff and faculty.

Organize, attend, or chair a variety of meetings as required; serve on committees and special projects as assigned; coordinate program operations and activities with other campus programs and services, as appropriate; attend regional and statewide meetings and conferences.

Learn and apply emerging technologies and advances (e.g., computer software applications) as necessary to perform duties in an efficient, organized, and timely manner.

Provide leadership in District/College efforts to increase the diversity of faculty, staff, and students to address student achievement gaps, and in the creation of a welcoming and inclusive work and educational environment.

Assist and promote the growth and success of a diverse population of students and employees through the development of interculturally competent and equity minded management and leadership abilities. The ideal candidate should have experience in this area with African Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and other disproportionately impacted students and employees.

Perform related duties as assigned.

In addition to the essential functions, the Director, Academic Support Programs may participate in the development and administration of supplemental grants related to assigned programs.

Primary Purpose:

Under the direction of the Dean, provide comprehensive administrative direction, coordination, and support for academic support programs.

Working Relationships:
The Director, Academic Support Programs maintains frequent contact with students, representatives and service providers from the community and governmental agencies, and various college and District staff.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of a shared governance model
Knowledge of District organization, operations, policies and objectives
Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations applicable to Basic Skills programs
Knowledge of applicable state education code and Title 5 provisions
Knowledge of research project policies, procedures and practices, including data collection and
Knowledge of principles and practices of training and supervision
Knowledge of correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary
Knowledge of budget preparation and maintenance
Knowledge of current trends, technologies and initiatives related to student success
Ability to interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures
Ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
Ability to meet schedules and time lines
Ability to work independently with little direction
Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions
Ability to communicate efficiently both orally and in writing
Ability to supervise, train and provide work direction to others
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

Special Requirements:
The award of all degrees must be verifiable on a legible transcript. If degree award date is not posted on transcript your application will be deemed incomplete and removed from consideration. All degrees and course work used to satisfy the required minimum qualifications must be from accredited post-secondary institutions. If selected as a finalist and/or given an offer of employment for this position, you will be required to provide a transcript (may be unofficial). Human Resources will contact the finalist to obtain this required documentation at that phase of the recruitment.

Reliable transportation is required to perform traveling duties related to the position. Evening and Saturday student events will require adjusted schedule.

Tentative first level interviews are scheduled to take place the week of June 3rd and second level interviews will be the week of June 10th. Those invited to interviews will be notified approximately a week in advance.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

One year of relevant training, internship, leadership, or management experience or the equivalent. Equivalent must include, at a minimum, education, training, and/or professional experience that would be equal to the required graduate degree and administrative experience requirements.

Commitment to diversity. All applicants must have demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff. The applicant must be able to demonstrate how their experience with these factors relates to successfully achieving the goals of the position.

Desirable Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in a mathematics-based field (one requiring calculus, or equivalent).

Demonstrated experience with securing funding streams to support STEM students.

Demonstrated experience for one year or more in delivering services aimed at improving academic, study, test-taking, and other skills to students majoring in mathematics-based fields.

Demonstrated experience in assisting students to secure internships and positions in STEM industries.

Successful work experience for a minimum of three years in education, industry or other profession involving work with postsecondary students in mathematics-based fields.

Demonstrated experience in higher education directing activities requiring leadership and management skills.

Demonstrated experience working with underrepresented students pursuing STEM degrees.

Strong writing and communication skills.

Prior experience in approaching work and interactions with colleagues and/or students in an equity minded manner. Ability to provide an inclusive and welcoming work/educational environment.

Working Conditions:
Office environment; subject to constant interruptions and frequent interaction with others; operation of a computer keyboard; travel to various locations; sitting or standing for extended periods of time (up to 2-3 hours); read a variety of printed materials and information on a computer screen for extended periods of time; ability to lift, carry and/or move objects weighing up to 10 pounds unassisted.

Salary Range: $144,797 - $182,640 Annually

Number of Vacancies:

Posting Number: 2015205P

Open Date: 03/22/2024

Close Date: 5/1/2024

Special Instructions Summary: Work Schedule: District employees can apply for the Flexible/Hybrid Work Program, working a hybrid schedule of remote work and in-person each week. Approval and number of in-person days may vary by position/department. Questions regarding the work schedule may be discussed with Hiring Manager if selected as an interview candidate.

This position is grant funded and exists based on the availability of funds. Employment is contingent upon the continuous availability of funds.

Initial salary placement will be determined by the Office of Human Resources in accordance with Board Policy and is not negotiable. The candidate selected for employment may need to submit official transcripts, as applicable, prior to the first duty day, and will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the Immigration Reform and Control Act. NOCCCD will not sponsor any visa applications.

The District may choose to fill one or more positions from this recruitment within six (6) months.

To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested. Additional materials will not be considered or returned. Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. For questions which may not apply, indicate “N/A” (not applicable). Do not use terms such as “see resume” or “see attached”.

The minimum required number of references for this position is three (3) and will be requested at the finalist and/or offer of employment phase of the hiring process.

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview. At the time of the interview a written exercise and/or an oral presentation related to the assignment may be required. Subsequent to the interviews, the screening committee will select candidates for final consideration. A second interview will be required of candidates selected as finalists.

Minimum Qualifications – Experience: One year of experience is equivalent to 12 months of experience at a maximum of 40 hours per week (full time). Applicable part-time experience will be converted to the full-time equivalent for the sole purpose of meeting the experience minimum qualification (example: Twelve (12) months of part time work experience is equivalent to six (6) months full time).

Minimum Qualifications – Education: 24 units are equal to one year of education. As applicable, education must be from a regionally accredited institution and verifiable on a legible unofficial transcript.

NOCCCD offers reimbursement for candidate travel expenses. Visit to view the administrative procedures – AP 7120-10.

Evaluations of foreign degrees and/or course work are required. See our website at information regarding evaluation of foreign degrees.

If you would like to add additional transcripts not required by the position, you may upload them to the “Additional Transcripts” link when completing your application.

Reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities may be requested by calling (714) 808-4810 at least three business days in advance of the scheduled examination/interview date.

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The mission of the North Orange County Community College District is to serve and enrich our communities and inspire life-long learning by providing education that is exemplary, relevant, and accessible.

The District encompasses approximately 155 square miles.  Boundaries extend to the Riverside County line on the east and the Los Angeles County line on the west and north.  A portion of Los Angeles County, on the north and west boundary, is included in the District's service area. 

Cities Included in the District:  The District includes the following cities: Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La  Habra, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Placentia, Rossmoor, Yorba Linda, and  portions of the following cities: Garden Grove, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Orange, Seal Beach, Stanton, Whittier, and unincorporated territory in both Los Angeles and Orange counties.

School Districts Included in the District:  Anaheim City, Anaheim Union High, Brea-Olinda Unified, Buena Park, Centralia, Cypress, Fullerton (Elementary), Fullerton Union High, La Habra City, Los Alamitos Unified, Lowell Joint, Magnolia, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified, Savanna, and portions of the Garden Grove Unified School District.

Mission Statement

The mission of the North Orange County Community College District is to serve and enrich our communities and inspire life-long learning by providing education that is exemplary, relevant, and accessible. 

 Cypress College and Fullerton College will offer associate degrees, vocational certificates and transfer education, as well as developmental instruction and a broad array of specialized training. The School of Continuing Education will offer non-college credit programs including high school diploma completion, basic skills, vocational certificates and self development courses. Specific activities in both the colleges and School of Continuing Education will be directed toward economic development within the community.

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