Associate Director, STEM Liaison R20097

Bellevue College
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Director, STEM Liaison R20097

Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Location: Bellevue WA, WA
Job Type: Full Time
Division: Academic Affairs
Job Number: R20097
Job Status: Full-TimeNot Eligible for OvertimeNon-Represented

The Associate Director position in the Center for Career Connections (CCC) leads and expands the CCC's STEM to Stern cohort program, a program that supports diverse students pursuing degrees and careers in fields related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Last year's cohort was over 75% students of color and over 50% female. This program is in its 13th year and has a retention rate of 90%. Engaging and supporting students from groups underrepresented in STEM, especially students of color, is thus vital to this work. The individual in this role leads the team of staff and faculty who report to the RealNetworks foundation, National Science Foundation, and other funders. Leading this team involves planning and facilitating meetings with faculty and administrators, setting and tracking key performance measures, and creating funding proposals and reports for funders.

This position also builds and nurtures employer connections and develops and implements programs to expand experiential learning offerings both with a particular focus in STEM areas but also across the broader campus. This position thus leads initiatives to incorporate project-based learning, research experiences, and experiential learning activities into classes and co-curricular experiences, with the goal of richly informing students' career choices.

In addition, this position works closely with faculty and supports broader college initiatives, such as Guided Pathways, an effort to create a more structured and intentional student experience. The Associate Director develops new curricula and courses for the Experiential Learning department, and they support faculty and staff across the college in the use of innovative and experiential career-informing strategies. They work with faculty to develop and implement STEM retention strategies particularly focused on students of color and other underserved students (e.g. disabled students, first-generation college students, LBGTQIA students, student veterans, English-language learners, etc.). They also spearhead the development of new partnerships and funding proposals.

In conjunction with the CCC Director and the other leaders of RISE Learning Institute, the Associate Director develops creative ways to implement exceptional customer service to students, college faculty and staff, community members, and employer and community partners.

Salary range begins at $60,000. Annual salary will be commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.

We offer comprehensive compensation package with salary and benefits as the main components. Generous benefits package is offered through Washington State plans that includes multiple medical, dental, life and disability coverage choices for employees and dependents; choices of retirement and deferred compensation plans; paid holidays, sick, and vacation plans; transit program, reduced tuition, employee discounts and memberships, etc.

For more details about Bellevue College's excellent employee benefits, please visit Benefits section, next to Description section.

Bellevue College is a diverse student-centered, comprehensive and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of its diverse community. Bellevue College is located just 10 miles east of Seattle where we serve a student population of over 44% students of color and over 1,100 international students. The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region.

We strive to create a vibrant and inclusive campus community that supports a diverse student body, faculty and staff. As an essential part of our mission and goals, diversity, equity and pluralism are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life. By enriching student life through leadership opportunities, personal learning and cultural experiences, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse campus community that fosters creativity, innovation and student success.

The Center for Career Connections is the largest unit of Bellevue College's RISE Learning Institute. (RISE stands for Research, Innovation, Service, and Experiential learning.) The RISE Learning Institute serves as a hub for hands-on learning, career exploration, strengths development, and community engagement -high-impact practices that benefit all students, but especially students of color, first-generation students, and disabled students. RISE and the Center for Career Connections are thus at the center of Bellevue College's efforts to close equity gaps and fuel student success.

The Center for Career Connections helps students, alumni, and prospective students explore career options; discover, articulate, and apply their strengths; and connect to work-based learning opportunities during and after college.

Program leadership

  • Provide leadership for the STEM to Stern program at Bellevue College (BC). This cohort program has a phenomenal track record of supporting STEM retention; students in the program have a persistence rate of over 90% on STEM pathways. Last year's cohort was over 75% students of color and over 50% female.
  • Develop and refine curricula for the program; support other faculty as they refine curricula; ensure that concepts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion are foregrounded in curricula.
  • Lead the team of instructors for the STEM to Stern program, work with the Experiential Learning department chair to evaluate performance and conduct academic program review.
  • Supervise and lead support staff for the STEM to Stern program.
  • Direct efforts to recruit students into the program: manage outreach to teachers and staff in feeder high schools; coordinate efforts with BC's Welcome Center, Multi-Cultural Services, TRIO, and other programs that support entering students.
  • Write funding proposals and initiate partnership development efforts to expand RISE programs.
  • Serve as lead grant manager for the program's awards from the RealNetworks and other funders.
  • Lead the collection and analysis of data on students' progress, identifying trends to inform program modification and support continuous improvement.
  • Build and nurture relationships with STEM professionals, especially STEM professional of color and women in tech, who mentor students throughout the program.
  • Represent the college on local, state, and national collaborations related to the issues of underserved populations in education and the workforce. Attend conferences and meetings to share best practices regarding growth and retention.
  • Serve as co-lead of new RISE Cohort Team, a group that will promote best practices and support cohort and first-year programs across campus.
  • Support and lead RISE-wide initiatives to incorporate project-based learning, research experiences, and experiential learning into classes and co-curricular learning activities.
  • Conduct digital, social media and in-person marketing to students, faculty, and university and employer partners.

Teaching & Mentoring
  • Teach first-year cohort classes for the STEM to Stern program.
  • Meet with cohort students 1:1 to provide mentorship and career guidance; help students to internships and other experiential learning opportunities; and serve as faculty advisor as needed on second-year STEM cohort projects.
  • Use culturally responsive approaches to help students of color and other students from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM navigate obstacles they may experience in college.
  • Develop and refine curricula for workshops and credit courses in the Experiential Learning academic department.
  • Support the Academic Internship Program and assist diverse STEM students who are seeking internships, research experiences, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Meet 1:1 with students outside the STEM cohort and with community members to provide career guidance and direction.
  • Provide tools and strategies to assist students and community members (who are usually prospective students) with job search strategies, networking tools, and assistance with resumes, interviews, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, etc.


  • Work with faculty across campus and serve on cross-campus work groups to develop and implement STEM retention strategies particularly focused on students of color and other underserved students (e.g. first-generation college students, LBGTQIA students, student veterans, English-language learners, etc.).
  • Engage faculty across the college in efforts to significantly increase the number of students who participate in internships undergraduate research opportunities, project-based learning, service-learning, and other high-impact practices.
  • Help faculty interested in incorporating real-world projects into their course curricula connect to employer and research partners.
  • Work with RISE and the Faculty Commons, BC's teaching and learning center, on planning, developing, and leading workshops for faculty.
  • Build and sustain employer and community partnerships to support proposed and ongoing college activities: engage employers in internship development, grant development, etc.
  • Establish and nurture partnerships with research organizations—university labs, research institutes, corporate R&D units, and government and community agencies—to increase research opportunities off- and on-campus for BC students.
  • Collaborate on grants and other projects with partners from other institutions with a view to working together on projects that advance college interest and bring innovation and diversity to STEM education.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education; a BS or MS in a STEM field is preferred. Any combination of relevant education and/or experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis
  • Teaching experience at the college level
  • Experience incorporating equity and cultural diversity into programs
  • Experience building and/or scaling up complex programs that required working with multiple constituent groups (e.g. students, faculty, administrators, other educational institutions, employer and community partners, etc.)

  • Experience working with a cohort-based educational program, ideally in programs meant to support students of color and/or other underserved students
  • At least two years of experience with undergraduate research, internships, project-based learning, and/or other high-impact practices
  • Experience collaborating with college faculty and/or employer partners
  • Documented success and developing and sustaining collaborations with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience writing and developing successful funding proposals, especially National Science Foundation grants
  • Strong evaluations in college-level teaching
  • Experience with program evaluation and knowledge of assessment tools and methods
  • Proficiency with social media tools, especially LinkedIn, in both professional and marketing contexts
  • Budget management experience

Application deadline is now extended through 03/14/2021 to receive a first consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. This position is not eligible for relocation allowance.

Background Check:
Prior to start an employment, a background check will be conducted. 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.

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Individuals interested in this position are encouraged to apply. Your application must include a complete online application and all of the required documents below to be considered complete. Any application that does not provide all requested information will be considered incomplete and will not be screened for the position.
  • Complete an online Application
  • Attach a Cover Letter
  • Attach a Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Attach a Diversity Statement (minimum 1 page, maximum 2 pages) that addresses the following: Please provide specific examples of how your educational and/or professional experiences, background or philosophy demonstrate your commitment to diversity and equity, and how these prepare you to contribute to Bellevue College

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