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MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) PROGRAM DIRECTOR

San Jose/Evergreen Community College District
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 12, 2022

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MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) PROGRAM DIRECTOR

San Jose/Evergreen Community College District

Close/First Review Date: 07/03/2022

Campus Location: San Jose City College

Position Description:

MESA Program Director reports to the Division Dean of Math and Science at San Jose City College. This is a full time, 12 months per year, management position.


Under the general direction of Division Dean, Math & Science or assigned administrator, the MESA Program Director helps underserved and underrepresented students majoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields who seek to transfer to a four-year institution. The position coordinates and implements the MESA program with existing support programs and develops partnerships with four-year colleges and universities. The MESA Program Director provides a vision and implements plans for student development, leadership, and curricular excellence; creates a coordinated program of activities and events to meet the needs of the current and future diverse student population. This position is a partially grant funded position.


The MESA Program Director is responsible for strategic planning and daily management of the MESA program, including planning, developing, implementing and coordinating program objectives in the compliance with Title III and internal policies and procedures, overseeing grant activities following defined action plan, tracking funds, and submitting periodic reports to the California Community College Chancellors Office (CCCCO). The MESA Program Director performs a variety of professional, administrative, and programmatic work in support of assigned programs including serving as a liaison to district staff, community partners, and outside agencies.


1. Plan, develop, and implement MESA program goals, objectives, polices and priorities, oversee the daily operations of the MESA center and ensure a student-centered and inclusive environment.

2. Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend and administer program policies, procedures and services; recommend appropriate service and staffing.

3. Direct and ensure the reporting, updating, and maintenance of student records, files, and reports regarding academic progress, contractual agreements, and program requirements.

4. Consult with faculty, staff, and administrators to assist in improved delivery of services to students, promote an understanding of MESA services, and to build a program of academic rigor.

5. Develop, schedule, and coordinate student orientation, tutoring, and study programs, including Academic Excellence Workshops, career advising, and leadership training; recruit and schedule guest speakers.

6. Establish, maintain, and promote a MESA student club or similar organization to create connections with groups that serve underrepresented students in math, engineering, and science.
7. Coordinate with counselors and Division of Math & Science faculty to cluster students into the same mathematics, engineering, and science classes as well as labs, workshops, and discussion groups.

8. Recruit students from campus and high schools, especially planning recruitment events at low-performing high schools; track success of outreach efforts and provide strategic planning for growth and improvement of outreach.

9. Establish and maintain communication with four-year institutions to encourage the formation of a pipeline and pathway for student transfer; develop, schedule, and coordinate informational sessions and workshops related to the transfer process and continued academic success.

10. Establish a local business and industry council that includes small and large business industry leaders and potentially local/state representatives in the college service area; work with local businesses and industry to provide opportunities such as internships, job shadowing, field trips, and exposure to the industry environment

11. Create a campus-wide council that includes the faculty sponsors, students, and representatives from relevant departments/programs that can contribute to the success of MESA students; solicit feedback and plan for future semesters or renewal process.

12. Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the program budgets; ensure program expenditures and cost estimates are adequately documented and monitored throughout the program area; review and approve program expenditures; and implement adjustments.

13. Prepare and present program outcome reports to college leadership and constituency groups, community stakeholders, and California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO).

14. Supervise and evaluate the performance of staff assigned to the grant; interview and participates in selecting employees; train, counsel, and discipline personnel according to established policies and procedures.

15. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of trends in the MESA program and represent the college to attend annual statewide meetings and other staff development activities related to the MESA program.

16. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Knowledge of:

1. Community demographics including the needs of economically and educationally disadvantaged students, age appropriate career development, and community resources.

2. Culturally responsive, research-based pedagogical and student services strategies to enhance student learning and improve student retention.

3. Performance indicators for measuring individual and project success.

4. Organization and management practices as applied to the development, design, and evaluation of programs.

5. Budget administration and control.

6. Principles of functional leadership, training, and performance evaluation.

7. Culturally responsive interpersonal and communication skills for organizational effectiveness and team building.

8. Formal presentation skills to diverse audiences.

9. Preparation of professional reports and correspondence.

10. Principles of student recruitment, retention, and orientation programs.

11. Recordkeeping techniques.

Skills and Abilities:

1. Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of assigned staff.

2. Develop and implement grant objectives.

3. Prepare comprehensive summaries, reports, and detailed program evaluations.

4. Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines.

5. Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.

6. Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

7. Work effectively with diverse students, faculty, staff, administrators and community groups.

8. Conduct and facilitate meetings effectively.

Required Qualifications:

1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

2. One year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience in assigned area.

Desired Qualifications:
1. Two years of experience in postsecondary instruction or counseling/student support services in a college environment.

2. Two years of experience managing postsecondary and/or grant program.

3. Knowledge of equity-centered educational research on best practices to support student success of Latino and other students of color.

4. Bilingual Spanish/English ability both written and oral.

District’s Diversity Requirements
  • Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural, disability, and ethnic background of groups historically underrepresented, and groups who may have experienced discrimination.
  • Success integrating diversity as appropriate into the major duties outlined in the job description and in the duties listed in the District’s hiring policy; or demonstrated equivalent transferable skills to do so.

    Salary Range:
    $124,740 - $151,625 Annual Salary (Range M23: Management 2021-2022 Salary Schedule). Starting salary placement is generally at Step 1.

    Excellent fringe benefit package includes District paid medical, dental, vision, EAP (employee assistance plan) and life insurance for employee and eligible dependents, and income protection. Voluntary plans include supplemental life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, 403b and 457 Deferred Compensation Accounts. Supervisor positions also include 22 vacation days, 19 holidays, 12 sick leave days and 6 administrative leave days per year.

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    About San Jose/Evergreen Community College District
    The District is represented by dedicated and talented employees who are passionate about providing our student population with the best educational experience possible. The District recognizes that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive roles models for all students, and creates an inclusive and supportive educational and work environment for its employees, students, and the community it serves.

    As of fall 2017, with enrollment of approximately 18,500 per semester, and an extremely diverse student population (Hispanic/Latino 44%, Black/African-American 4%, Asian/Pacific Islander 32%, American Indian/Native American 0.5%, White/Caucasian 11%) attaining educational goals reflecting 45% - AA Degree and Transfer to a 4-Year College/ University, the District’s emphasis on student success makes it a recognized educational leader in the State.

    The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve as colleagues to an existing diverse group of managers, supervisors and confidential staff consisting of 29 % Hispanic/Latino, 13% Asian/Pacific Islander, 7% Black/African American, 23% White/Caucasian, and as well as encouraging applications from all qualified, outstanding applicants.


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