MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) PROGRAM
San Jose/Evergreen Community College District
Close/First Review Date:
San Jose City College
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.
NATURE and SCOPE
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
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
3. Performance indicators for measuring individual and project
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
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
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
4. Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines.
5. Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of
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.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
2. One year of formal training, internship, or leadership
experience in assigned area.
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
3. Knowledge of equity-centered educational research on best
practices to support student success of Latino and other students
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
- 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.
$124,740 - $151,625 Annual Salary (Range M23: Management 2021-2022
Salary Schedule). Starting salary placement is generally at Step
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: https://sjeccd.peopleadmin.com/
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
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.