Project Manager, Basic Needs (Internal Recruitment Only)

Job Duties

With the goal of ensuring the equal educational opportunity of all students, Santa Monica College embraces diversity among students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve as an integral part of our history, a recognition of the complexity of our present state, and a call to action for a better future. Embracing diversity means that we must intentionally practice equity and respect toward one another, and understand that discrimination and prejudices create and sustain privileges for some while creating and sustaining barriers for others. In order to embrace diversity, we also acknowledge that institutional discrimination and implicit bias exist, and that our goal is to eradicate those vestiges from our system. Our commitment to diversity requires that we strive to eliminate those barriers to equity, and that we act deliberately to create a safe and positive environment where individual and group differences are valued and leveraged for our growth and understanding as an educational community.

To advance the goals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice for the success of students and employees, we must honor that each individual is unique and that our individual differences contribute to the ability of the college to prepare students on their educational journeys. This requires that we develop and implement policies and procedures, encourage individual and systemic change, continually reflect on our efforts, and hold ourselves accountable for the results of our efforts in accomplishing our goals.

We are invested as a community in cultivating and maintaining a climate where equity and mutual respect are both intrinsic and explicit by valuing individuals and groups from all backgrounds, demographics, and experiences. Individual and group differences can include, but are not limited to the following dimensions: race, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, immigration status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, religion, creed, military or veteran status, socioeconomic status, and any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. We acknowledge that the concept of inclusion and diversity is ever-evolving, thus we create space to allow our understanding to grow through the periodic review of this statement. In service of these goals, Santa Monica College is committed to fostering an employment environment that offers equal employment opportunity for all and an educational environment that ensures the equal educational opportunity of all students.

Position Profile The successful candidate will be an experienced leader with a strong record of progressive leadership experience; possess in-depth understanding of basic needs of community college students, and expert knowledge of the best practices; have demonstrated expertise in case management; and an affinity for working in a collaborative educational environment.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities Under the direction of the Associate Dean of Health and Wellbeing, the Basic Needs Project Manager will create and implement a vision and strategic plan for basic needs support at Santa Monica College. The Project Manager plans, develops, implements, directs, and evaluates the operations, programs, activities, and services of food security initiatives. Provides short- and long-term planning, prepares and administers annual program reviews and budgets, supervises graduate social work interns and student workers, negotiates partnership agreements with community-based partners, and serves on campus and community committees.

  • Provide vision and strategic direction for basic needs programming.
  • Plans, develops, implements, directs, and evaluates all operations, programs, activities, and services of the Drive-Thru Food Pantry, Bodega food pantry, Every Table delivery, Bento Partnership and Cal Fresh.
  • Prepares and administers the basic needs annual budget.
  • Develops and implements organizational structures, writes and reviews protocol, policy, and procedures for all basic needs related programs and services to optimize efficient and effective delivery of services.
  • Participates in the Basic Needs Workgroup.
  • Supervises student workers.
  • Oversees the Social Work Internship Program for Basic Needs.
  • Complies and analyzes data related to program participation, evaluation, and unit outcomes.
  • Promotes and markets the programs and services related to food and housing security.
  • Serves on relevant campus-wide and community committees, and participates in appropriate professional organizations that promote the mission of basic needs programming.
  • Establishes and implements policies and procedures in conformance with Board Policy and all applicable laws, codes and regulations.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of the administrative team to realize the College’s vision, mission, goals, and institutional learning outcomes.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with all college constituencies and members of the public.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Creative problem-solving skills.
  • Strong computer skills and the ability to work with technical staff in developing technology solutions.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills so as to be able to collect and analyze the appropriate data and information to ensure that the programs are regularly assessed and enhanced.
  • Willingness to adopt a “hands-on” approach to completion of project and tasks, to work in a dynamic environment that requires flexibility, and to balance multiple responsibilities.
  • Ability to lead, manage, and supervise others in a participatory governance environment by emphasizing collaboration and consensus building.
  • Ability to formulate plans from conception to implementation.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion when handling sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to be flexible in adjusting strategies and plans to match the current goals, objectives, and needs of the District.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the needs and challenges of low-income, underrepresented minority students, racially minoritized students, and first-generation college students.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills so as to be able to collect and analyze the appropriate data and information to ensure that the programs are regularly assessed and enhanced.
  • Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the socioeconomic, academic, cultural, and ethnic diversity within the community college student population, including students with physical and/or learning disabilities as these relate to differences in learning styles.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, local government laws, and guidelines, to ensure compliance with regulatory laws, rules and regulations including but not limited to, Title 5, California Education Code, and FERPA.

Working Environment and Physical Demands
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to work in an office environment on a district provided computer and or electronic devices, and to communicate with other district personnel and non-district individuals.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; the work environment is fast paced.
  • During COVID-19 pandemic, the individual may need to work remotely.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or doctoral degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or related field.
  • Three years of relevant experience in campus basic needs programming or case management programming
  • One year of supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated experience as an outstanding leader with conflict resolution, decision-making, and implementation skills
  • Thorough understanding of accounting and budgetary procedures and personnel management.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated experience with the developmental needs of college students
  • Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the socio-economic, academic, cultural and ethnic diversity within the college student population including students with physical and/or other disabilities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in social work plus two years post graduate
  • Certification in supervision of social work interns
  • Demonstrated experience in understanding basic needs in higher education and record of innovation in delivery of these services
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Knowledge of community-based resources that support student basic needs
  • Knowledge of food security (i.e. Cal Fresh) promotion practices in a college setting

Additional Information

Project Manager Application Requirements

A standard application consists of the following:

  • Online District Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
Diversity Statement
Recent experience working with African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students in the classroom; and a willingness to use culturally responsive instructional practices.

Demonstrated sensitivity to issues of diversity, and ability to motivate and teach community college students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, cultures, and learning styles, as well as students with disabilities or varied levels of academic preparation.

Equity Statement
Santa Monica College encourages candidates that are equity-minded to apply. SMC is a minority-serving, Hispanic-serving institution. We actively seek to attract candidates from minority groups that value equity, diversity and inclusion. Equity, diversity and inclusion are built into the culture at SMC and are an essential component of the work that we do. SMC is committed to racial and socioeconomic diversity as it is a reflection of our student population and we strive to hire candidates that share this commitment.

Equal Employment Opportunity Disclosure
The Santa Monica Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. All qualified applicants for employment, as well as District employees, shall have full and equal access to employment opportunity. No person shall be subjected to unlawful discrimination in any program or activity of the District. The District's Board Policy 3420 (Equal Employment Opportunity) may be accessed at:

Equivalency Statement
The Santa Monica Community College District, in its desire to select outstanding faculty members from the largest possible pool of qualified applicants, recognizes the fact that candidates may attain expertise in a discipline through a variety of means. Certain combinations of education, experience and other accomplishments in the field may be judged by the District as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply and provide appropriate documentation of their qualifications. For further details regarding equivalency criteria, please download the Equivalency Application Statement Form available at

Conditions of Employment
Appointment is subject to verification of official transcripts, current or previous employment, tuberculosis and fingerprint clearance. Selected candidate must provide identification and work authorization.

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