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Assistant Director for Access Programs

University of Puget Sound
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 26, 2022

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Assistant Director for Access Programs
University of Puget Sound
Job ID: 6655
Location: Office of Equity & Diversity
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Staff Posting Details
Appointment: Regular, full-time (1.0 FTE)

Position Summary:

The goal of the University of Puget Sound's Access Programs is to expand college opportunities and promote academic success for Tacoma and Pierce County youth from groups historically underrepresented in higher education. The Assistant Director for Access Programs contributes to the work of the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, reports to the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, and is responsible for outreach and college readiness programs for students in grades seven through twelve and academic/social support for the Access Scholars enrolled at Puget Sound. In addition, the Assistant Director participates on committees and assists in the design and implementation of events and programming on campus for the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

Access Program. Direct and supervise the program including:
  • Develop and implement year-round access to College programming in Tacoma and Pierce County public middle and secondary schools.
  • Recruit students from Tacoma and Pierce County to participate in the Access Scholar Program and track enrollment, attendance, retention, re-enrollment, and success metrics to ensure the quality of the programs and to identify areas of success and areas for improvement.
  • Coordinate meetings and outings and collaborate with faculty mentors to provide academic and social support to Access scholars.
  • Implement and supervise the Summer Logger Institute for Access Scholars transitioning to college.
  • Coordinate academic enrichment events on campus for Tacoma and Pierce County public school students, including college going literacy and preparation workshops, weekly tutoring, Access to College Days, among others.
  • Recruit, train, supervise and build positive, supportive relations with a team of students employees and volunteers, AmeriCorps volunteers, teachers, and mentors.
  • Collaborate with the Office of University Relations to seek new grant opportunities and to write grant proposals in support of the Access Programs.
  • Collaborate with the division of Student Affairs, in designing and implementing support services and programs for underrepresented and minoritized students.
  • Maintain knowledge of trends in college access programs and student success initiatives, and continuously work to develop and enhance curriculum and programming accordingly.
  • Collaborate with campus and community partners engaged with Tacoma and Pierce County Public school initiatives, and serve on Pierce County organizations, including Out of School and Summer Learning Collaborative, Tacoma College Support Network, and Tacoma STEAM Network.

Summer Academic Challenge Program. Direct and supervise the program including:
    Coordinate and implement the Summer Academic Challenge (SAC) for middle and secondary school students. Coordinate the curriculum development for the program and ensure relevant and age-appropriate changes to the curriculum. Recruit, train, and support the teachers leading the four-week program. Organize and supervise program field trips. Recruit and select middle school and high school students for the program. Hire, train and supervise nine undergraduate student employees as teaching assistants. Coordinate yearly assessment of the program. Write a yearly report of the program.

Other duties:
  • Develop campus programming and participate in campus events and committees as requested by the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of programming to support students who are first in the family to go to college.
  • Assist in the design, coordination and delivery of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging trainings for students, staff and faculty.

  • A baccalaureate degree and two or more years of experience in fields related to middle and secondary classroom teaching and culture, mentoring, college preparation, leadership development, youth development, teaching or counseling. Master's degree desirable.
  • Experience working with middle and high school students from groups underrepresented in higher education; recent effective involvement with students in and familiarity with the Tacoma/Pierce County school communities is beneficial
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to handle a variety of tasks and projects on an ongoing basis, including meetings with pre-college students, college students, school district personnel, campus committees, and community organizations.
  • Excellent written, communication, and interpersonal skills and the ability to speak effectively and publicly on behalf of the University of Puget Sound.
  • Deep understanding of cultural competence and cultural relevance practices in education, and ability to effectively communicate with diverse communities and constituents.
  • Must have a reliable means of personal transportation available daily. Occasional evening and weekend events.
  • Ability to successfully carry out complex assignments and adapt to changing situations and priorities.
  • Experience with managing a budget.

Demonstrated knowledge and skills:
    Ability to work collaboratively with students of different ages and backgrounds, parents, teachers and public schools staff, community organizations, and faculty/staff on campus. Understanding of and interest in keeping up with best practices to support the enrollment and success of students from underrepresented groups in institutions of higher education.
  • Interest and experience working with underserved youth and commitment to developing skills to best support this demographic group.
  • Experience with program evaluation, development, academic assessment and progress tracking.

Compensation and Benefits: The anticipated pay range for this position is between $50,000 and $55,000 annually ($24.04 per hour through $26.44 per hour). Final salary decisions are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

Application Deadline: Application review will begin on July 15. The position will remain open and applications reviewed until filled.

Required Documents:
    Resume Letter of Interest

Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks. All new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.

Diversity Statement:
    We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives. We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community. We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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