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College Access Engagement Manager

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:

College Access Engagement Manager

SALARY: $67,195.00 - $72,795.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 06/17/22

CLOSING DATE: 07/15/22 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.

Serving in the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion department, College Access, Retention and Engagement Services (EDI CARES) the College Access Engagement Manager is primarily focused on closing college access gaps, increasing persistence, degree completion, and college/university enrollment for students enrolled in EDI CARES programs. The EDI CARES division is the lighthouse to several Department of Education grants and programs:

TRIO Legacy Scholars 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 and Indigenous, Black and Brown Excellence student empowerment programs.

This position joins a dynamic team that provides holistic and culturally sustainable services with a specialized focus for students who are historically marginalized and disenfranchised. The EDI CARES College Access Engagement Manager reports to the Associate Director for College Access Programs in the EDI CARES division. For more information about EDI CARES division visit:

About the District:

Pierce College enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in innumerable 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.

About the TRIO Legacy Scholars Programs Upward Bound

The TRIO Upward Bound Legacy Scholars 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 TRIO Upward Bound Legacy Scholars program is funded 100% through a federal TRIO grant by the U.S. Department of Education until August 31, 2027.

Talent Search

The TRIO 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. TRIO 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.


Providing Direct Student Engagement & Retention Services:

• Create a brave and collaborative environment that centers anti-racism, equity, and solidarity that is inclusive to the experiences of students, staff, and college community.

• Provide culturally relevant services to EDI CARES College Access Programs student

caseload of diverse backgrounds (African/African American, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI), Latino(a)/Hispanic, and Native American/Alaskan Native/Indigenous), first generation, students with disabilities, and/or under-resourced.

• Assess students using program specific intake forms, exploring past educational

experiences, identifying cultural barriers to success, and other barriers to program completion and make appropriate referrals to internal and external partners.

• Provide holistic and culturally sustainable support services to new, continuing and returning students.

• Create an atmosphere for EDI CARES students to feel affirmed, empowered and valued.

• Develop, implement and coordinate strategies that meet EDI CARES College Access programs objectives for persistence, completion, college/university enrollment for student caseload.

• Work on the development, implementation, and support of innovative practices, policies

and programming that promote student achievement and degree completion with an emphasis on closing equity gaps in college access.

• Provide systematic communication with students through multiple methods, including district approved technology.

• Assist and collaborate with College Access program staff in the design, recruitment and implementation of summer access programs for enrolled and prospective students in EDI CARES programs.

• Perform other duties as assigned by EDI CARES leadership staff.

Provide External and Internal Engagement Services:

• Explain the EDI CARES college access programs to individuals, college community, and local community organizations.

• Conduct monthly culturally responsive, financial, educational learning sessions for target

middle and high schools, student ambassadors and student workers to meet the needs of program students.

• Plan, organize, coordinate activities, events, and collaborate with division staff to implement student induction for new incoming students.

• Promote external engagement efforts which may include visitations to secondary schools and community based organizations as needed.

• Assist with providing college community with current cultural issues and challenges impacting students.

• Represent the college at external community functions and meetings.

• Assist staff to develop, organize, supervise, and recruit eligible students for EDI CARES Summer access programs, workshops, forums, conferences, campus tours and related college- sponsored events.

• Assist with the development and/or selection of marketing and promotional materials, including media packages to increase engagement and enrollment for students in EDI CARES College Access programs.

• Work in collaboration with EDI CARES College Access staff, Equity Empowerment programs and Student Life district teams to ensure division goals are met.

Administrative Support:

• Maintain administrative record keeping, student contracts for annual performance reports, and documentation for student and program outcomes.

• Complete monthly reports for travel, purchase card, and/or finance reconciliation.


Required Education:

A Bachelor's Degree in Education, Social Sciences, Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), or any related field of study.

Required Experience:

At least 2 years experience providing direct service to clients, or students in middle, high school, and/or college.

Experience working in diverse communities from marginalized and disenfranchised backgrounds such as first generation, low income, students with a disability, and students from diverse ethnic/cultural backgrounds.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Skillfully strives to eliminate barriers to diversity for marginalized and disenfranchised students; ensures that new barriers to diversity are not built. Values organizational diversity; treats other with respect; promotes cooperation; effectively manages relationships.

Ability to be attentive, identify issues, provide options, fulfill services, and/or exercise knowledge of program policies and procedures to assist others.

As an active member of a team, has the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others, participates and fosters teamwork, and positively influences others within a team.

Ability to notice, interpret, and anticipate others’ concerns and feelings, and to communicate this awareness empathetically to others.

Adheres to high standards of integrity and honesty; demonstrates commitment to the organization and its mission, vision, and values.

Ability to anticipate, assess, and respond effectively to the diverse needs of customers; making excellent customer service a high priority in order to attract, support, and maintain our customer base. Helps identify customer needs through courteous questioning and a sincere desire to be helpful.

Ability to take responsibility for their own performance by setting goals and balancing critical job requirements through the proper use of task management, results orientation, stress management, and problem solving skills.

Ability to independently analyze complex problems and judge best solution or action to resolve or respond to difficult situations. Prioritize and perform multiple tasks in the same timeframe, handle interruptions appropriately, and return to incomplete tasks. Document and/or update information in written or electronic form to maintain accurate and complete records.

Special Requirements:

Have access to transportation to attend meetings and events off campus. Willing to travel, using own vehicle.


Application Requirements:

To be considered for this position, applicants must:

Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. Apply for the specific job opening and complete the online application profile at:

Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required knowledge, skills and abilities as outlined in this announcement. (Cover Letter)

Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)

Upload (attach) a list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, relationship to candidate, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)

Transcripts are not required 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 the 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)

Please submit a response to the following Supplemental Question: (in 500 Words or less) Empowering our students to excel to their highest potential is a key function of this role. From your professional experience, describe how you have inspired and expanded the social consciousness, agency, and self-efficacy of students of color to advance racial and social equity? (Supplemental Question)

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

Terms of Employment:

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) administrative-exempt position with Pierce College District. The primary work location will be Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. Infrequent travel to Pierce College campuses or sites may occur. Work hours are between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This position may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites.

Salary & Benefits:

The starting salary range of this position is $67,195 - $72,795 annually (dependent upon qualifications). 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. Willing and able to sit for 4 or more hours per day.

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:

This is a competitive selection process. Your application materials will be reviewed and evaluated based on the minimum qualifications listed for the position. The most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Conditions of Employment:

Pierce College is a “fully vaccinated campus” under the state’s higher education guidance, which means that COVID-19 vaccination (or allowable exemption) will be required for all employees and students. More information can be found here:

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. 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.

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.

Sexual Misconduct and Background Check:

Prior to the start of employment, finalists(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

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.


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

Tami Jacobs

ADACO/Section 504 Coordinator

(253) 964-6581

Holly Gorski

Vice President for Human Resources (253) 964-6519

Paula Henson-Williams

District Affirmative Action Officer (253) 864-3221


9401 Farwest Drive SW Lakewood, WA 98498




College Access Engagement Manager Supplemental Questionnaire

* 1. (500 Words or Less): Empowering our students to excel to their highest potential is a key function of this role. From your professional experience, describe how you have inspired and expanded the social consciousness, agency, and self-efficacy of students of color to advance racial and social equity?

* Required Question

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