Tacoma Community College is a nationally recognized public community college located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, just south of Seattle. TCC enrolls more than 10,000 students each quarter. The college is creative and engaging - recognized nationally as an Achieving the Dream leader college. TCC was recently honored by the 34-college Washington community and technical college system for the largest improvement in the systems student achievement initiative.
We are seeking innovative leaders for a key faculty and administrative positions.
Provide academic advice, educational planning, mentoring and advocacy to increase the retention and success of Center for Academic Support and Achievement (CASA) program participants. The position will be responsible for planning, coordination, and implementation of retention services for CASA participants and the Men of Distinction program. Working with campus constituents in Student Services, the Retention Specialist will work to create and manage a program to serve entering at-risk and underrepresented students that will increase engagement and persistence. This position will function as a team member in support of all programs in the Center for Academic Support and Achievement and will report to the Dean of Student Development.
•Conduct comprehensive individual needs assessments for project participants, track and develop individualized educational plans to support the retention, academic success and attainment of academic and transfer goals.
•Provide academic advising and educational planning to project participants, monitor participants’ academic progress and assist them in overcoming academic difficulties. May include advising on financial aid, transfer and scholarship research.
•Assist student in personal development by clarifying educational, career, and life goals.
•Refer students to other learning and support services and instructors when appropriate.
•Work with faculty as needed to assure appropriate and effective learning support and resources.
•Participate as a team member in the implementation of services and activities to support the success of the CASA programs and its students.
•Play an active leadership role in the implementation, and coordination of the Men of Distinction program, including, collaborating with campus stakeholders in carrying out program objectives.
•Conduct program outreach and recruiting initiatives on campus and at external partner agencies and sites.
•Provide professional mentoring and advocacy support to assist participants in overcoming barriers or obstacles to persistence and retention.
•Assist in the collection of data to support success in meeting the program’s annual performance objectives and campus operational and strategic goals, (i.e., under-represented student retention, academic progress, graduation, transfer, etc.).
•Coordinate and plan student leadership and club opportunities, to include acting as club advisor.
•Coordinate and facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring sessions.
•Assist with planning and coordination of program events and activities to support student engagement and persistence.
•Perform related duties as assigned.
•Masters degree from an accredited institution in education, student services personnel administration, counseling, psychology, sociology or related field from an accredited college or university.
•Two (2) years’ experience providing advising and/or educational planning, transfer advising, and/or career related information to college or university students who are at-risk, first generation, economically disadvantaged, or disabled.
•One (1) year experience developing, monitoring and reconciling program budgets.
•Intermediate word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software experience.
•Experience giving oral presentations in a group setting
•Two (2) years’ experience planning, designing, implementing, coordinating, and leading programs and services in an educational setting for at-risk and or underrepresented populations, i.e. first generation, economically disadvantaged, or students of color.
•Has proficiency in a second language, i.e. speaking, writing and reading.
•Previous experience working with at-risk student groups and developing student leadership, professional and peer-to-peer mentoring programs, and developing support networks.
•A strong understanding of Student Development Theory.
•Experience working in a community college setting.
The Successful Candidate Must Demonstrate
•Strong interpersonal skills to interact with a diverse population, both within and outside the college.
•An appreciation of diversity and the benefits of a commitment to cultural awareness and sensitivity in the workplace.
•Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
•Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with students, colleagues, and staff.
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
•Ethics and integrity.
•High organizational and problem solving abilities. Ability to multitask and prioritize a heavy workload.
•Excellent customer service skills; including establishing, building, and maintaining internal/external customer satisfaction.
Conditions of Employment
•Valid unrestricted driver’s license.
•Successfully complete a criminal history background check prior to employment.
Application Materials & Procedures
Complete application packages must include the following:
Tacoma Community College online application.
1. Resume & cover letter describing how your educational background and experience align with the responsibilities and qualifications of this position.
2. Copies of transcripts for all colleges and universities attended (official transcripts will be required for the successful candidate).
3. We strive to employ individuals who possess the skills necessary to effectively educate a diverse population of learners. Our effort is to create a cultural climate that recognizes, respects, and celebrates differences. Please attach a statement (maximum two pages):
a. Expressing your cultural self-awareness,
b. Describing your experiences with other cultures and communities, and
c. Demonstrating how you apply these to the learning/working environment.
Terms of Employment
This is a full time; 1 year temporary exempt professional position. The salary range for this position is $38-42K DOE/DOQ. The salary will be prorated to reflect the actual number of contract days worked in the remainder of the fiscal year. This appointment includes evening assignments. Continuation of the annual contract is contingent upon availability of grant funding. Flexibility in scheduling is required to meet the needs of the department. Degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and verified by official transcripts.