Director for Running Start

Washington, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 10, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


Columbia Basin College ("CBC" or the "College") seeks a Director for Running Start who will be responsible for providing oversight of the Running Start (RS) and high school completion programs at CBC. The Director coordinates efforts related to the recruitment, retention and completion results of students enrolled in the RS and high school completion programs. This position has supervisory responsibilities. The Director for Running Start reports to the Associate Dean for Student Retention and Completion.

This position is open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose application has been received by July 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop guidelines, policies and procedures to support the RS and high school completion programs;
  • Develop and implement student onboarding and retention strategies for all enrolled RS students;
  • Develop, implement, and present information sessions and workshops for high school staff, students, and parents about the College's RS program; including instructional programs, career and academic opportunities, and admission processes and procedures;
  • Collaborate with the Assessment Center to determine necessary procedures and schedules for RS testing;
  • Provide comprehensive advising and educational planning in collaboration with the Counseling and Advising Center and high school staff for progression toward high school graduation requirements and post-secondary educational goals; provide timely and accurate academic deadline information;
  • Coordinate the evaluation of high school transcripts, monitor high school graduation requirements and facilitate the awarding of Washington State High School diplomas;
  • Monitor academic progress of RS students and provide academic early interventions and completion callouts on an ongoing basis;
  • Supervise and direct all employees reporting directly to this position, including training, task assignment, professional development, scheduling leave approvals and performance evaluations;
  • Develop and implement programs and services that are responsive to the changing needs of program participants;
  • Collaborate with Student Recruitment to develop recruitment and marketing materials for high school/college programs, and respond to media requests about such programs;
  • Collaborate with Institutional Research to assess, analyze, report and make recommendations regarding RS enrollment and program goals;
  • Oversee, monitor and work closely with Accounting Services on monthly enrollment and billing reports required by the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI);
  • Serve as the college representative at local, regional and stat meetings including OSPI, and Washington Council on High School-College Relations;
  • Cultivate and maintain networking relationships and serve as the liaison with high school counselors, school district staff and State Board for Community and Technical Colleges staff;
  • Represent the College to the OSPI; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an institutionally accredited college or university;
  • Two (2) years of progressively more responsible experience working in an institution of higher education;
  • One (1) year supervisory experience; and
  • Advanced computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Access, Word and PowerPoint.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree from an institutionally accredited college or university;
  • Three (3) years of progressively more responsible experience working in an institution of higher education;
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English.

Departmental Management : Ability to effectively and efficiently manage a department including all related administrative and supervisory functions involving personnel and budget management;

Project Management : Manage projects by focusing attention on key priorities; valuate approaches, determine feasibility and adjust plan as needed; develop plans, coordinate projects and teams; communicate changes and progress; complete projects on time and on budget; perform well without direct supervision; do complex work independently; follow tasks through to completion;

Quality Management : Set clear quality requirements; measure key outcomes; improve processes, products and services;

Leadership : Lead by example, serve as appropriate role model to colleagues. Demonstrate confidence within area of expertise – promote a cooperative work environment. Ability to appropriately apply leadership techniques to motivate, develop and guide employees;

Conceptual Thinking : Have the ability to understand a situation or problem by identifying patterns or connections and addressing key underlying issues; use past professional or technical training and experience, creativity, inductive reasoning and intuitive processes to find potential solutions or valuable alternatives that may not be obviously related or easily identified; Think "outside the box";

Oral & Written Communication : Speak clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings; structure and convey information clearly and effectively through both formal and informal documents; review and edit written work constructively; ability to tailor to audience in mind;

Student Centered : Attention, interest, activities and efforts are centered upon the best interest of students; create and support an environment that enables learners to achieve their personal, academic and professional goals; provide courteous and helpful responses to all customers, whether they be students, general public or employees from another department;

Support for Diversity : Reflecting CBC’s mission, vision and values, support initiatives that expand the human qualities that differentiate our workplace and educational setting. Demonstrate and advocate an understanding of differences, open mindedness, compassion, sensitivity and interest in differing viewpoints given the diverse population and show a deep commitment to the involvement of colleagues, students and community members to student experience and success honoring freedom of expression as fundamental to personal, professional and organizational growth;

Accountability : Accountable for own actions, decisions, errors, mistakes and/or failures to act when appropriate; accept responsibility when given, understand what duties employee is responsible for and can be counted upon to carry out those responsibilities; and

Teamwork : Demonstrate a willingness to work with, and help others in completing job assignments, the ability to accept constructive criticism, and to cooperate with fellow employees and supervisors; demonstrate alignment with the "Yes And" culture, (e.g., being present and listening, making each other look good, embracing change and failure and choosing positivity).


This is a twelve (12) month per year, full-time exempt position. The standard work hours will be Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; however, work hours may vary due to work demands and some evening and weekend work may be required. This position is overtime exempt.


Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history 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.


In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of Columbia Basin College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students.

If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.

Columbia Basin College operates under an approved affirmative action plan and encourages applications from persons of color, women, veterans and persons of disability. The Human Resources Office is accessible to those with disabilities. If you need accommodation in application or employment, contact the Human Resources Office at (509) 542-4740.

Other Job Elements

The working conditions listed below represent those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Works generally takes place in an office with frequent (51-80%) use of a computer, telephone, and other office equipment. The noise level is typical of an office environment; frequent interruptions may occur throughout the work day.

The employee is frequently required to sit, talk, or hear; use repetitive hand motions; handle or feel; and to stand, walk, reach, bend, or lift up to five pounds regularly. Infrequently, moving materials weighing up to 25 pounds may be required. Occasional need for travel.

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