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Student Engagement Manager for Leadership Development and Student Media (Program Specialist 3)

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:

Student Engagement Manager for Leadership Development and Student Media (Program Specialist 3)

SALARY: $4,425.00 - $5,136.00 Monthly

$53,100.00 - $61,632.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 07/26/22

CLOSING DATE: 08/22/22 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.

The EDI CARES division is the lighthouse and home of Pierce College institutional and grant funded equity empowerment programs. These departments include: District Student Life and Engagement Offices and several Department of Education grants such as:

TRIO Legacy Scholars Programs: TRIO Student Support Services, TRIO Talent Search, and TRIO Upward Bound.

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

Affinity and Identity Empowerment Programs for Native and Indigenous, Black and Brown Excellence, and LGBTQ and many more!

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. For more information about EDI CARES Programs visit:

The Student Engagement Manager for Leadership Development and Student Media is responsible for the oversight of retention programs for District Student Life & Engagement. Responsibilities include providing management and the development of district student leadership curriculum, training, programming, and retention services. In addition, this position will provide retention management of district-wide student communication operations of all marketing, graphic design, and student district media for Fort Steilacoom Pioneer and Puyallup Post newspapers.

The Student Engagement Manager will be responsible for training, supervising, and developing equity-minded and socially conscious leadership opportunities for district student leaders and for all Pierce College students. The Student Engagement Manager will implement, and facilitate structured leadership programs by providing access for all students to quality out-of-classroom programs and activities that serve to enhance both the campus and community environments, and to encourage collaborative and socially conscience relationships within the campus community and the Pierce College service district. The Student Engagement Manager will collaborate with EDI CARES division team to coordinate districtwide student engagement programs that is in inclusive, accessible and empowering for all students to learn and lead with purpose and in excellence.

This position reports to the Director of Student Life & Engagement in the EDI CARES division.

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Student Leadership Development and Training:

Provide onboarding training for all new News Media Student Leaders, including all student members of the Post and the Pioneer (student newspapers), District Student Marketing team, and the District Student Graphic Designers in collaboration with staff.

Create and expand student leadership development and training in coordination with EDI CARES division team for onboarding of new Student Leaders.

Develop trainings for Student Leaders using the EDI CARES Legacy of Excellence standards and anti-racist frameworks.

Create ongoing professional development opportunities for Student Leaders in collaboration with Office of Student Life and EDI CARES division staff.

Provide guidance and leadership opportunities for Student Leaders as needed.

Develop and implement engagement activities such as off campus learning opportunities: college campus tours/visits, community service, conferences, and alternative break activities in coordination with Student Life district team and EDI CARES division staff.

Media and Communications Retention Management:

Provide an affirming, empowering and engaging inclusive environment for students to learn important student journalism skills, including interviewing, reporting, writing, videography, graphic design, and integrity.

Provide an equitable and anti-racist lens for the Student News Media outlets.

Provide retention management of District Student Leaders of news media outlets Pierce District Voice - Fort Steilacoom Pioneer and Puyallup Post.

Assess student needs and delegate tasks to student leaders based on strengths, skills, interests and learning opportunities.

Collaborate with district/division staff to coordinate programming for district student media teams such as team building, conferences, retreats to building community and solidarity of student leaders.

Administrative and Other Duties:

Manage and maintain district student communications and accounts of multiple platforms such as CANVAS, social media, websites pages, newsletters, and print.

Coordinate and manage engagement programs calendar to ensure leadership trainings, programs, and communication timelines are met.

Lead in coordination with district team for district student programs alongside Student Government, Activities Board, and meetings and professional development.

Reconcile purchases, contracts, motor pool relating to engagement programs as needed. Manage fiscal responsibilities relevant to engagement programs relating to leadership development and media communications retention services.

Contribute to the establishment of linkages with other community colleges participating in the Council of Unions and Student Programs.

Assist in the coordination and implementation of an institutional effectiveness outcomes assessment for Student Services.

Contribute to achieving the goals of the division by assisting the Associate Directors in EDI CARES Office.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree in Student Services, Education, Business, Communications or a related field.

Required Experience:

Two years' relevant experience working with student of diverse backgrounds. Experience with student newspapers, media, communications, student program design, engagement, supervision and evaluations.

Special Requirements:

Must have reliable transportation. Willing to travel, using own vehicle.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Skillfully utilize appropriate methods for interacting sensitively, effectively, and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences.

Ability to treat others with respect; promotes cooperation; effectively manages relationships. Provide equitable access to educational offerings and support services and collaborate to eliminate barriers. Fosters a work environment that welcomes diversity.

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing the requirements in a manner that supports student success.

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.

Ability to adhere 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 maintain the highest level of confidentiality at all times.

Ability to independently analyze complex problems and judge best solution or action to resolve or respond to difficult situations.

Ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks in the same timeframe, handle interruptions appropriately, and return to incomplete tasks.

Skillfully documents and/or update information in written or electronic form to maintain accurate and complete records.

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. (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 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. Please limit your response to a maximum of 500 words. (Supplemental Question)

Special Note: To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00

p.m. on the closing date.

Terms of Employment:

This is a full time (40 hours per week) classified, overtime-eligible position with Pierce College District. This position requires completion of a six-month probationary period. The primary work location will be at Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom, but infrequent travel to Pierce College campuses or sites may occur. Work hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. These positions may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites.

Salary & Benefits:

The starting salary range of this position is $4,425.00 - $5,136.00 a month (dependent upon qualifications), with annual periodic increments up to $5,813.00. 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.

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:

Please note: This is a competitive selection 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. 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: Vaccination Requirements.

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 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. RCW 28B.112.

Bargaining Unit:

This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employee Association (WPEA).

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) 864-3229


9401 Farwest Drive SW Lakewood, WA 98498




Student Engagement Manager for Leadership Development and Student Media (Program Specialist 3) Supplemental Questionnaire

* 1. 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. Please limit your response to a maximum of 500 words. (Supplemental Question)

* Required Question

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