COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND DIVERSITY
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.
The Office of Equity, Pathways and Inclusion (EPI) is committed to
developing an integrated infrastructure that supports the efforts
of the college community (students, faculty, staff and
administrators) to center the experiences of those most impacted by
structural racial inequity in order to advance racial equity in
terms of outcomes and experiences.
The comprehensive Redesign of the SMC student experience is an
integrated, inclusive approach to transform the college into an
equitable institution that is more effective and more efficient at
serving our diverse student body with its diverse aspirations, and
social and academic preparations. Using an equity-centered Guided
Pathways framework and seeing the institution through a student
lens, the redesign intends to rebuild our structures and programs
to improve rates of college completion, transfer, and attainment of
jobs with value in the labor market and to achieve racial equity in
Under the direction of the Dean of Equity, Pathways and Inclusion
(EPI), the Project Manager will administer, oversee and apply an
equity-minded approach to the development, implementation, and
fiscal accountability for both the Guided Pathways Redesign efforts
(including the Award for Innovation, CCCCO allocations, CA Trustees
Fellowship and CA GP Phase Two) and the numerous programs,
personnel and activities of the Student Equity & Achievement
Program (SEAP) at Santa Monica College (SMC). The Project Manager
will be responsible for assuring that the requirements and
timelines are adhered to in the service of meeting the College’s
equity goals and objectives.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Planning and Management:
- Perform all duties through an equity lens focused on Latinx and
African American students
- Support the development and implementation of programs and
services within the Guided Pathways Redesign efforts and the
numerous programs, personnel and activities of the Student Equity
& Achievement Program (SEAP).
- Manage project budgets, monitor expenditures, investigate and
secure travel-related items, and procure equipment and supplies as
- Prepare and deliver oral and written reports, recommendations
and presentations to committees, administration, the Board of
Trustees, and external constituencies as needed.
- Ensure the completion and timely submittal of all required
grant and project required documents, surveys, and data reports for
- Serve as a resource, providing recommended courses of action
and implementing proposed solutions to meet our equity goals and
- Plan and facilitate both large, conference-style meetings and
smaller, working meetings
- Develop a detailed project plan to track progress.
- Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation.
Evaluation and Assessment:
- Coordinate with others regarding comprehensive assessment plan
to ensure programs and services meet the needs of students.
- Compile comprehensive summaries and reports of assessment
efforts and recommended courses of actions to ensure programs and
services are in alignment with established goals and
- Collaborate with Institutional Research to create surveys/focus
groups and compile statistics for use in evaluating and modifying
project goals and objectives.
- Gather current educational research and best practices related
to student equity.
Engagement with campus and community partners:
- Identify opportunities for promoting and educating the campus
community about equity, guided pathways redesign and
- Support campus-wide efforts and work collaboratively with
colleagues to identify opportunities to engage with minoritized
student populations in significant ways to support their academic
and co-curricular life.
- Collaborate with administrators, faculty, staff, and academic
departments campus-wide to improve student success and sense of
belonging among minoritized students.
- Serve as a liaison to students, faculty, and staff on campus
and in the local community regarding matters of diversity, equity,
inclusion, and access.
- Coordinate with relevant stakeholders within SMC and from
outside agencies to create networks, partnerships and formal MOU’s
(memorandums of understanding).
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
- Work closely with the Dean of Equity, Pathways & Inclusion
to develop and implement program budgets, strategic planning, and
- Oversee the hiring, training and supervision for student
workers and other staff, as needed
- Maintain current website(s) to aggregate and promote new and
- Develop and oversee marketing strategy and informational
- Identify grants and/or funds and spaces to match the growth of
the Office of Equity, Pathways & Inclusion.
- Participate in relevant professional development opportunities
on and off campus related to equity.
- Engage in participatory governance processes and activities and
serve on college committees as assigned.
- Prepare and deliver timely oral and written reports,
recommendations and presentations to committees, administration,
the Board of Trustees, and external constituencies as needed.
- Assume leadership for other related project activities and
perform other duties as assigned.
- Knowledge of the resources available to the specific population
served by the project.
- Ability to work effectively and provide leadership as a member
of a team to realize the program goals and objectives.
- Excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with all college
constituencies and members of the public.
- Knowledge of the policies, procedures, regulations and laws
pertaining to the specific project or program services including
- Skill in respectful, sensitive communication with people who
are diverse in their cultures, language groups and abilities.
- Skill in strategic planning, project coordination and
- Skill in training and leading the work of others.
- Ability to coordinate, anticipate, and resolve workload issues
- Knowledge of technology solutions, and ability to work with
technical staff in developing or identifying technology solutions
to insure efficient grant implementation.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to adopt a “hands-on” approach to completion of
projects and tasks, to work in a dynamic environment that requires
flexibility, and to balance multiple responsibilities.
- Skill in organizing data, setting up, tracking, and maintaining
data in electronic and manual files
- Knowledge of Office 365, Microsoft Suite
(Excel/Word/PowerPoint), Teams, Google Apps, Cloud file systems and
sharing, Adobe Sign, Adobe Acrobat, etc.
- Ability to analyze data and information to ensure that projects
are regularly assessed and improved.
- Skill in resolving complex problems.
- Ability to work cooperatively and collegially as part of
comprehensive student service team
- Ability to think analytically, creatively, strategically, and
to have a big picture perspective.
- Ability to successfully manage relationships and projects.
- Ability to execute effective presentations
- Possess a Master’s degree from an accredited institution and
academic leadership experience or equivalent.
- One (1) year of formal training, internship or leadership
experience reasonably related to the administrative
- Must have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse
socio-economic, academic, cultural, disability, gender identity,
sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college
students, including those with physical and/or learning
disabilities as these factors relate to differences in learning
Project Manager Application Requirements
- Two (2) years’ experience in project management.
- Experience with California Community College’s Student Equity
and Achievement Program and Guided Pathways implementations,
allocations, and reporting.
- Experience in, and knowledge about diversity, equity, inclusion
and identity development and the intersections of various aspects
of diversity (i.e., race and class, race and sexual orientation,
undocumented status and gender).
- Knowledge and experience working in educational equity programs
with students whose needs are specific to first-generation,
low-income, bilingual, bi-cultural, and historically marginalized
- Demonstrate an equity-minded understanding of the needs and
challenges of low-income, racially minoritized students,
undocumented students, LGBTQ+ identities, gender equity and/or
first-generation college students.
- Experience within a community college environment is
A standard application consists of the following:
- Online District Application
- Cover Letter
* Additional, job-specific items may be required. Please refer to
the job posting for specific details.
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
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.
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
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: https://www.smc.edu/administration/governance/board-of-trustees/documents/board-policy-manual/board-policies/chapter-3-general-institution/BP-3420-EEO.pdf
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 https://jobs.smc.edu/applicants/static/customers/655/EquivalencyStatementPDF.pdf
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
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