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 Student Equity Center is a new initiative at Santa Monica
College and is envisioned to be a collaborative and inclusive space
consisting of four centers: Gender Equity, Racial Justice, Pride
and the DREAM Resource Center. The Student Equity Center empowers
students to explore, affirm, and celebrate their individual and
intersectional identities and define success for themselves. Each
center promotes a sense of belonging and develops student
leadership to work toward social change on their campus and in
Under the direction of the Associate Dean of Student Life, the
Project Manager is a two-year position that will lead and oversee
the implementation of the new Student Equity Center at Santa Monica
College. These efforts include building and sustaining a diverse,
inclusive, and intersectional environment, while supporting a sense
of belonging and engagement for the success of students at Santa
Monica College. The Project Manager will lead and work
collaboratively with the advisory committee, and apply
equity-minded practices to the centers’ development, grand opening,
and implementation of programming and services.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Serve as Chair of the Student Equity Center Advisory
- Lead and coordinate the development and implementation of
programs and services within the Student Equity Center.
- Serve as a resource, providing recommended courses of action
and implementing proposed solutions, for students who face
sensitive and complex difficulties because of being historically
- Pilot planned mentoring program within the Student Equity
- Work to establish a student internship program to empower
students to take ownership of the Centers’ programming.
- Attend planning meetings with the 4 Centers.
Evaluation and Assessment:
- Develop and implement a comprehensive assessment plan to ensure
programs and services meet the needs of students.
- Establish and assess student learning outcomes with respect to
the Student Equity Center.
- Compile comprehensive summaries and reports of assessment
efforts and recommended courses of actions to ensure programs and
services are in alignment with established aims, goals, and
- Collaborate with Institutional Research to create surveys/focus
groups and compile statistics for use in evaluating and modifying
project services, goals and future service delivery.
Engagement with campus and community partners:
- Lead 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.
- Work closely with the Associate Dean of Student Life to develop
and implement program budgets, strategic planning, and
- Oversee the hiring, training and supervision for student
workers, peer navigators, social work interns, and other
- Prepare and deliver timely oral and written reports,
recommendations and presentations to committees, administration,
the Board of Trustees, and external constituencies as needed.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Applicant must meet the minimum qualifications of a faculty
discipline at the college. To review the minimum qualifications for
faculty disciplines, refer to Minimum Qualifications for Faculty
and Administrators in California Community Colleges, which can be
found on the California Chancellor’s Office website at
- 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
- Master's Degree in Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, LGBTQ
Studies, Counseling, Higher Education Administration, or related
field strongly preferred.
- Previous project management experience.
- Two (2) – Three (3) years’ 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
- Knowledge and experience working in educational equity programs
with students whose needs are specific to first-generation,
low-income, bilingual, bi-cultural, historically marginalized
student populations, formerly incarcerated students, gender, and/or
students with different value systems.
- 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.
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:
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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