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Associate Director, College Access Programs

Pierce College District
Job Location:
Lakewood, Washington
Student Affairs and Services


A Community College District in Puyallup and Lakewood, Washington invites applications for the position of:

Associate Director, College Access Programs

$5,346.50 - $6,110.33 Monthly

$64,158.00 - $73,324.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 01/06/22

CLOSING DATE: 02/03/22 05:00 PM


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

Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Top 10 community colleges in the nation (2021), Pierce College is an innovative and equity-focused community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals. Check out our Aspen Institute's RisingStar Award.

The Associate Director for College Access Programs provides operational oversight, management, and supervision of all college access programs in the Equity Diversity and Inclusion College Access, Retention and Engagement Services (EDI CARES) division. EDI CARES division is the lighthouse to several Department of Education federal grants and programs:

TRIO Programs: Student Support Services, Talent Search, Upward Bound

Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

Native & Indigenous, Black and Brown Excellence student empowerment programs

This position provides leadership to a dynamic team that provides holistic and culturally sustainable services with a specialized focus for students who are historically marginalized and disenfranchised. The Associate Director is responsible for the development and implementation of college access programs that include TRIO Talent Search, TRIO Upward Bound, and summer access and engagement programs that are outcome driven primarily focused on closing college access gaps, persistence, and degree completion of enrolled students in EDI CARES College Access programs.

The Associate Director reports to the Dean for Student Equity Design and Engagement in the EDI CARES division. For more information about EDI CARES visit:

TRIO Programs Upward Bound

The TRIO Upward Bound Warriors EDGE program focuses on increasing access to higher education of 60 first generation and under-resourced scholars attending Clover Park High School. Upward Bound students receive academic advising, personal mentoring and college preparatory support for college admissions, entrance exams, financial aid/scholarship application assistance, and local and out of state college campus tours. The Upward Bound Warriors EDGE program is funded 100% through a federal TRIO grant by the U.S. Department of Education until August 31, 2022. The program is contingent upon continued federal funding.

Talent Search

The Talent Search Legacy Scholars program focuses on increasing access to higher education of 500 first generation and under-resourced Franklin Pierce District students attending Franklin Pierce High School, Washington High School, and Perry G. Keithly Middle School. Talent Search Legacy Scholars receive academic advising, personal mentoring and college preparatory support for college admissions, entrance exams, financial

aid/scholarship application assistance, and opportunities to explore college campus tours. The Talent Search Legacy Scholars program is funded 100% through a federal TRIO grant by the U.S. Department of Education until August 31, 2026. The program is contingent upon continued federal funding.

About the District:

Pierce College enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates innumerous partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations. 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 a luscious 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.


Leadership, Programs Management /Operations:
  • Create a brave and collaborative environment that centers anti-racism, equity, and solidarity that is inclusive to the experiences of all students, staff, and college community.
  • Oversee and direct the daily operations, implementation, coordination and evaluation of department services/activities to ensure programs outcomes and objectives are met.
  • Oversee targeted access and engagement communication materials to audiences internal and external to the college; ensure programs requirements for eligibility are maintained and required participant enrollment outcomes are met.
  • Oversee the design planning, coordination, and implementation of college access and retention focused activities/events, such as inductions, conferences, workshops, trainings, recognition events for students and staff.
  • Collaborate and coordinate alongside EDI CARES division Associate Director and Student Life directors to assist with the development and implementation of evaluation plans to assess the effectiveness of programs and grant activities.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with college personnel and units, local school district partners, two and four year colleges in the state, and other local and regional federal DOE programs.
  • Conduct regular staff meetings to monitor department programming activities and continual progress toward department performance outcomes.
  • Coordinate team professional development to support ongoing growth and development of knowledge, skills, and abilities for providing holistic equitable services.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Personnel Supervision:
  • Develop and provide effective onboarding processes and ongoing training as needed for all direct reports. Provide support and guidance for all direct reports and exercise sound management decisions.
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate employees in accordance with negotiated agreements, applicable state and federal laws, and College policies and procedures.
  • Mentor/coach staff in order to ensure best possible delivery of services to department participants. Complete annual performance evaluations for department staff in accordance with College policies and procedures.
Budget Administration, Record Keeping, & Reporting:
  • Implement annual department budgets; modify as needed in consultation with the Dean. Coordinate with Finance Grants and Contracts department to ensure all institutional and programs requirements are met.
  • Oversee and review data collection to ensure accuracy and satisfying all programs requirements. Coordinate, prepare, and draft required quarterly and annual outcomes reports.
  • Responsible for day-to-day review of processes to ensure alignment with division, college, and federal outcomes. Report any needed adjustments to the Dean.
Required Education:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Education, Administration, Counseling, or a related field.
Required Experience:
  • Minimum two years of experience managing state or federal grants, (e.g. TRIO, Minority Serving Institutions, National Science Foundation, Gear Up, or similar programs) program design, development and evaluation, budget management and supervising personnel.
  • Experience working with economically disadvantaged, first generation to college students, and students from diverse backgrounds.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Values diversity and possesses a strong understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion; ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, families and other constituents from different backgrounds; understand the impacts cultural norms may have on pursuing a college education.
  • Knowledge and understanding of psycho/social behaviors and challenges faced by first generation, under- resourced, and/or persons with disabilities pursuing a college education.
  • Ability to interpret and explain regulations, policies, procedures, guidelines, and reporting requirements, particularly as it relates to the EDI CARES division federally funded programs or similar grant funded programs.
  • Effective supervisory skills to include coaching and mentoring to support employees in achieving the college mission, departmental goals, and individual professional goals.
  • Utilize excellent time management, problem solving techniques and use of professional judgment in complex and sensitive situations.
  • Strong positive interpersonal skills including the ability to work collaboratively, build effective working relationships, be a team-oriented leader, and utilize critical thinking skills.

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: acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire). (Transcripts)
  • Upload (attach) a list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)
  • Provide a response to the following question (Supplemental Question):
    • Briefly describe how you have worked in your previous or current positions to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in your organizations and how you would do that in this position.
Special note:

To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00p.m. on the closing date.

Terms of Employment:

This position is a full-time administrative-exempt position with an official duty station located at the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus. Frequent travel to Pierce College campuses or other sites will occur. Standard work hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional evening and weekend hours required. This position may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites.

Salary & Benefits:

Starting salary range for this position is between $5,346.50 - $6,110.33 per month. However, 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:

Physical Work Environment:

This position works indoors in an office environment which requires visual concentration on detail, dexterity and precision. This position experiences frequent interruptions with occasionally distraught people. During this time, core staff approved by their supervisors to come onto campus are covered by a safety plan that follows social distancing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protocols. This includes minimizing close contact by limiting time on campus; conducting meetings virtually; and implementing other creative strategies to reduce the density of employees on campus to keep everyone safe.

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 calling 253-964-7342. 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:

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 of1986, 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, contact Human Resources at:

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

Title IX Coordinator
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, Washington 98498
(253) 840-8472

Holly Gorski
Vice President for Human Resources
(253) 964-6519

Paula Henson-Williams
District Affirmative Action Officer
(253) 864-3229


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