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Director of P-12 Partnerships

Pierce College District
Job Location:
Lakewood, 98498-1999
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Position Summary

The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.

The Director of P-12 Partnerships advances the equity-centered mission of Pierce College by engaging with local school districts to build quality, equitable pathways to college leading to career outcomes. The Director works collaboratively to build relationships with school district personnel, supervises on-site program manager(s) at partner high schools, and ensures the college’s dual enrollment programs support equitable access, opportunity, and success while centering Black and Brown student excellence. Typical activities include administrative management of existing programs, community outreach/relationship building to develop and sustain new opportunities, actively identifying and dismantling barriers to equitable success, ongoing program and curriculum development and assessment, and directing the oversight of college operations on high school campuses. In addition, this supervises the Director of Pierce County Careers Connections which supports P-12 Career and Technical Education. The Director of P-12 Partnerships reports directly to the Associate Vice President of Learning and Student Success and requires regular and consistent attendance.

About the District:

Named as a Top 5 Finalist and a Rising Star for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom was recognized for exceptional achievements in student learning, certificate and degree completion while in community college and after transferring to a four-year institution, employment and earnings rates after graduation, and access for and success of minority and low-income students. Pierce College District was named as a Top 10 finalist for the 2021 Aspen Prize and a Top 25 for 2023. 

Want a feel for our District? Take a peek with aerial campus views! 

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom 

Located on a beautiful 140-acre site adjacent to a 340-acre community, recreational park, and Waughop Lake.

Pierce College Puyallup

Located on an expansive site with 125-acres of wooded land with beautiful hideaways.

Pierce College at JBLM 

Located at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord military sites, serving many of our military and active-duty families that are serving our country.

Our colleges enjoy a strong presence in the communities in which they serve and participate in numerous partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations.  Essential Functions

The District Director of P-12 Partnerships position will perform their duties while actively supporting Pierce College's integrated institutional values and core themes in the advancement of the Learning and Student Success Division including, but not limited to:  

Integrated Institutional and Program Core:

  • Actively advance Pierce College's active commitments to equity, diversity, inclusion, and antiracism to advance Black & Brown student excellence and provide access, opportunity, and success for our diverse community of learners.
  • Contribute to an engaged and supportive team to advance equitable opportunities and partnership. 
  • Participate in committees and task forces to ensure collaboration on removing barriers and promoting access, opportunity, and success. 
  • Other duties as assigned to support the mission, goals, and objectives of the college. 

Leadership and Outreach:

  • Work with District leadership, departments, and site staff to implement programming that ensures equitable access, opportunity, and success by sustaining a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming induction process and learning environment for dual enrollment students and those enrolled at partner sites. 
  • Actively work to dismantle barriers to access and success for systemically non-dominant students.
  • Cultivate relationships and partnerships with Pierce County school districts and high schools; work collaboratively with P-12 partners such as high school counselors, and other stakeholders to manage and grow equitable P-12 student enrollment, and represent Pierce College District on relevant committees.
  • Partner with Pierce County Career Connections (PC3) Director and staff in order to ensure Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways are clear, relationships are strong, and processes are in place to connect dual credit students with Pierce College pathways.
  • Actively partner across the District to develop engagement strategies that advance enrollment, increase retention, and support transition for students navigating dual enrollment or other P-12 site opportunities.
  • Collaboratively develop short and longer-term strategies for making community connections that promote Pierce programs to internal and external audiences; work to further Pierce College possibilities in diverse communities and encourage college-going behavior.
  • Facilitate program and college participation in events hosted for students and parents across school districts; collaborate with Outreach Department(s) to ensure representation at community events.
  • Prepare and present program information to stakeholders; monitor progress toward identified goals and objectives; analyze student demographics, engagement, course completion, and informal student survey data that inform program design and potential changes to identify and eliminate areas of inequity; assess and document processes and procedures to identify/remove barriers, promote scaling, and strive for continual improvement.

Running Start Program Management:

  • Serve as a primary contact for the Running Start program across the district; develop program goals and set priorities and metrics to advance Black and Brown student excellence, increased enrollment, and sustainability to completion and transition. 
  • Work with Holistic Student Supports team to ensure equitable access and to provide culturally relevant and sustaining services to Running Start students.
  • Develop and maintain accurate Running Start materials in collaboration with Marketing and Communications (MarCom), including web content, print materials, email and other communications, and social media content consistent with district and state policies and guidelines.
  • Ensure Running Start policies and procedures are consistent with Washington State laws, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and district policies; recommend changes in local practices as needed, with a specific focus on eliminating barriers to equitable access and success. 

Partner Project Oversight (Bethel School District (BSD):

  • Collaborate with Associate Vice Presidents and Deans to provide quality instruction and responsive support services for Pierce College students at partner sites, currently in BSD at Graham-Kapowsin HS and Spanaway Lake HS; establish annual and quarterly schedules and accompanying faculty assignments, as well as access to holistic student support services, learning resources, and other District resources.
  • Work with Pierce College and BSD leadership to ensure availability of the breadth and depth of courses in preferred pathways and increase attainment of a transferable Associate’s degree (AA-DTA) at both sites.
  • Work collaboratively with BSD and Pierce College staff and faculty to develop and promote Career and Technical Education to College pathways; collaborate with PC3 Director.
  • Hire, train, and supervise site-specific staff to ensure that goals and objectives of the project can be accomplished through clearly defined policies, systems, and responsibilities. 
  • Collaborate with site management personnel, high school principals, BSD Information Technology personnel, PCD & BSD Library Resources, Health & Safety Teams, and custodial staffs to ensure continued access to facility, classrooms, databases, and technology inherent to sustaining a high-quality learning environment.


Required Education:

  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a focus in Education, Social Sciences, Sciences, Technology, and Engineering, Math (STEM) or any related field or equivalent education/experience.

Required Experience:

  • Experience managing programs and projects in P-12 and/or higher educational settings; familiarity with community college systems including entry and support services.
  • Experience designing and managing student support services and/or instructional programs and working collaboratively with stakeholders.

Special Requirements: 

  • The successful candidate must consent to and pass a criminal background check after a conditional offer of employment. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability to perform in this position. Comply with background check requirement required of all Bethel School District employees and contractors (e.g., Washington State Patrol and Portable Background Check).
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver's License upon hire.
  • Must obtain reliable vehicle and/or transportation. 

Required Competencies: Knowledge, skills, abilities, traits and characteristics:   

Adaptability and Flexibility: Works to achieve positive outcomes to/with/through change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish goals and solve problems that advance institutional mission.

Critical-thinking and Problem-solving: Thinks in terms of desired outcomes, not just reactive, quick solutions; finds ways to translate theory into sustainable action; can discuss and project the aspects and impacts of issues and decisions.

Cultural Humility: Values human diversity and complexities of human existence; recognizes and values individual and collective capacity for learning; engages in practices that create space for mutual engagement and learning; accepts responsibility as a student advocate and agent of change; treats others with respect, honor, and offers grace; promotes interruption of dominant narratives that may intentionally and unintentionally exclude voices; effectively builds collaborative, transformative relationships; understands the uniqueness of self and others and creates space for diverse points of view.

Effective Communication: Possesses excellent communications skills (including communication clarity and frequency, active listening, and providing feedback with respect for dignity).

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Seeks learning to effectively identify systemic inequities affecting colleagues and students; works to remove barriers to workplace wellness and student success; engages in healing-centered practices to reduce further harm to historically marginalized groups; engages in cultural humility through listening, observing, valuing/validating, embracing/empowering (LOVE) others; seeks inclusion through invitation and welcome; recognizes impact of own identities and amplifies voices often not heard or acknowledged.

Ethical Behavior: Adheres to high standards of integrity and honesty; demonstrates support for the organization's commitment to public service; efficiently/effectively/appropriately uses state resources; complies with laws, rules, policies and procedures; builds personal work habits that allow for adherence of ethical standards and integrity.

Information Competency: Ability to access, evaluate and apply information from a variety of sources, tools and contexts and adapt to changing technologies.

Organizational Awareness: Understands the vision, mission, functions, resources, values, culture, and business strategies of the college; understands roles and responsibilities of work unit and appropriately utilizes resources to accomplish work objectives.

Personal Responsibility: Demonstrates responsible personal and professional conduct which contributes to the overall mission and goals of the organization; accepts personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work; actively works to earn trust, respect, and confidence from the communities of Pierce College and partner institutions.

Rapport: Maintains an open, approachable manner, and treats others equitably; builds constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation and mutual engagement; accepts role as lifelong learner and expects to learn from student in student development process.

Teamwork: Ability and desire to work cooperatively with others on a team; recognizes and appreciates the contributions of team members; provides constructive feedback to team and its members; respects team and their individual perspectives.

Application Process

Application Requirements:To be considered for this position, applicants must:

  • Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement.
  • Complete the online application profile at
  • Apply for the specific job opening.
  • Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. At Pierce College, we value culturally competent and compassionate individuals who bridge diverse backgrounds and perspectives in support of academic equity and excellence. In your cover letter, please address how you will support the mission of Pierce College to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. Please include in your response how your previous education and/or professional experience contribute to your effectiveness in promoting a climate of student success for a diverse community of learners(Cover Letter)
  • Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)
  • Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position; however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education. Please upload current copies of your transcripts, if available. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and conferral date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire). (Transcripts) 
  • Upload (attach) a list of at least three professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. One of which must be a current or recent supervisor. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)
  • Provide a response to the following question (Supplemental Question):
    1. Pierce College's goal and mission centers around supporting Black and Brown Excellence. If selected for the position, how would you contribute to support this goal?

Please Note:To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.All correspondence regarding your application status will be sent to the email address associated with your NeoEd account. Please make sure to check your spam folder periodically, in the case of an automated, incorrect delivery.

Terms of Employment:This is a full-time administrative - exempt position. The primary work location will be at Fort Steilacoom campus. Frequent travel to Pierce College campuses an/or other sites may occur. Standard work hours are between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, however, hours will vary with evening and weekend hours required. This position may be approved for occasional telework. This position requires regular and consistent attendance. 

Salary & Benefits:The salary range for this position is $97,014.00 to $120,030.00 annually; new hires typically start at $101,057.00. Your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long- term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at: benefits.

Physical Work Environment:This position works indoors in an office environment, which requires visual concentration on detail, dexterity, precision, and is subject to frequent noise and interruptions. 

Reasonable Accommodation:Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

Screening & Interview Process:Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Please note: This is a competitive selection process. Your application materials will be reviewed and evaluated based on the minimum qualifications listed for the position. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the District's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews.

Conditions of Employment:Pierce College is a “fully vaccinated campus” under the state’s higher education guidance, which means that COVID-19 vaccination is highly encouraged for all employees and students.Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington State Law RCW 28B.112.080.An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.

Equal Opportunity:The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, please contact the Human Resources office at:

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:

Sean CookeTitle IX Coordinator

(253) 840- 8472

Davi KallmanADACO/Section 504 Coordinator

(253) 912-3715

Deena ForsytheInterim Vice President for Human Resources(

253) 964- 6586

Paula Henson-WilliamsDistrict Affirmative Action Officer

(253) 864- 3229

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