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Student Empowerment Programs Engagement Manager (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 Empowerment Programs Engagement Manager (Program Specialist 3)

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

$53,100.00 - $61,632.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 07/21/22

CLOSING DATE: 08/18/22 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 LGBTQIA and so much 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 Empowerment Programs Engagement Manager has primary responsibility for the leadership management of District Student Life retention engagement programs. This position will manage, supervise, and develop innovative programs that engage and promote access for student engagement programs: equity/affinity programs, student clubs, organizations, and activities. This position also is responsible for the retention efforts in coordination with EDI CARES division equity empowerment programs with an emphasis on the academic achievement and degree completion of our underrepresented and marginalized student populations: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, first generation, students with disabilities, single parents, and under-resourced students. This position reports to the Director of Student Life.

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


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.

Retention and Engagement Program Management:

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.

Create an atmosphere for all students to feel affirmed, empowered and valued.

Lead the development of retention engagement programs of all student clubs, organizations, affinity, and cultural engagement programs for District Student Life.

Responsible for management, supervision, and recruitment of student leaders within District Clubs and Organizations, Phi Theta Kappa, and equity/affinity programs.

Evaluate and conduct assessments for continuous improvement of all engagement programs. Develop, implement and coordinate strategies that meet EDI CARES Division programs objectives for student persistence and completion for student caseload.

Identify and staff and faculty members to serve as advisors to provide oversight of student clubs, affinity organizations, PTK, and train student leaders and faculty advisor on appropriate procedures.

Ensures that student engagement programs operate in an equitable and inclusive manner for all students.

Collaborate and coordinate within EDI CARES division retention engagement programs to ensure as college access programs, and district campus related programs.

Work on the development, implementation, and support of innovative practices, policies and programming that ensure student achievement and degree completion with an emphasis on closing equity gaps in access and engagement.

Manage and develop student engagement programs for PTK students. Maintain communication for current and incoming student members.

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

Administrative Supports:

Manage the daily functions of the student leaders in support of general office duties as directed.

Provide leadership and development for student leaders through trainings and other professional development opportunities.

Manage and assist district staff with student leader recruitment, student work schedules, student academic progress, transcripts.

Manage the ticket sales and collection of funds for Student Life sponsored events.


Manages the clubs, organizations, PTK, and affinity/cultural programs purchase requests. Manage monthly reports for P-Card, travel, and finance reconciliations.

Other duties as assigned by EDI Leadership Team.

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree in Education, Social Sciences, Human Services, or related field.

Required Experience:

Two years relevant experience working with students of diverse backgrounds.

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 background.

Experience with student program design, engagement, personnel supervision, evaluation.

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 considered in determining the applicant's suitability to perform in this position.

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

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to 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 communicate verbally and in writing the requirements of EDI CARES Division and Office of Student Life programs 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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 sit for 4 or more hours per day.

Skillfully analyze complex problems and judge best solution or action to respond to difficult situations.

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

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

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) 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, relationship to candidate, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)

Please submit a response to the following Supplemental Question: (in 500 Words or less) 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. (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) overtime-eligible, classified position with Pierce College District. This position requires completion of a six month probation period. The primary work location will be Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. Frequent 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. This position 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 monthly (dependent upon qualifications). With annual periodic increments up to $5,813. 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 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.

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.

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. 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) 864-3221


9401 Farwest Drive SW Lakewood, WA 98498


Student Empowerment Programs Engagement Manager (Program Specialist 3) Supplemental Questionnaire

* 1. (in 500 Words or less) 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. (Supplemental Question)

* Required Question

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