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Director for K12 Partnerships

Whatcom Community College
Washington, United States
$75,000.00 - $82,000.00
Posted Date
Dec 22, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Employment Type
Full Time
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The Director for K-12 Partnerships provides leadership and oversight to grow and support K-12 activities at Whatcom Community College (WCC). This is position is responsible for the development and implementation of K-12 outreach activities, enrollment, student academic progress, and the revenue generating and operating budget functions of the Running Start program. The Director for K-12 Partnerships work closely with key stakeholders to administer state regulations and policies and supports college entry guidelines for students in dual enrollment/dual credit programs including Running Start, College in the High School, and Tech Prep/Prof Tech, and summer programs. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Services, the Director for K-12 Partnerships leads and supervises the department’s staff and builds strong relationships that grow dual enrollment education partnerships, early college, and summer programming.

A successful candidate will…

  • Provide a vision for strategic coordination of K-12 Partnerships and other support programs and services focused on the advancement of student access, retention, and completion for diverse student populations.
  • Lead, supervise, and evaluate K-12 Partnerships staff.
  • Develop effective collaboration with key campus and community stakeholders to grow enrollments and implement high impact programs and services.
  • Demonstrate equity, diversity, and inclusion in all services and practices.
  • Effectively navigate K-12 systems to ensure successful recruitment efforts and program delivery; cultivate and expand existing K-12 partnerships including Running Start, College in the High School, Tech Prep/Prof Tech, and summer programs to drive greater enrollment success.
  • Serve as primary contact for area counselors regarding general college admission information, requirements for the college selective admission programs, and testing in the local high schools.
  • Collaborate with key staff to support the annual high school counselors meeting. Regularly present updates and guidance at counselor and teacher meetings, trainings, and conferences.
  • Develop and produce culturally responsive publications, training, and promotional materials related to policies, procedures, guidelines, and resources in multiple delivery modalities for K-12 activities, orientations, and events.
  • Lead and coordinate practices with the College and school districts on Smarter Balanced measures and additional alternatives to placement.
  • Administer the appeals process for student academic progress (SAP). Oversee appeals process, notification, support, and resource delivery for students, parents, and school districts as appropriate.
  • Manage operational, revenue generating budgets, and allocation of resources.
  • Prepare and communicate program reports, monthly student class and enrollment reports, quarterly student grade reports, and quarterly graduation reports. Reconcile enrollment and financial data and resolve problems.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate employees in accordance with applicable state and federal laws, and WCC policies and procedures. Advance employee performance goals and foster high quality customer service and support.
  • Develop and implement annual department goals and work plan in support of the college’s strategic plan and contribute to institutional assessment and improvement.
  • Administer state-wide legislative Washington Administrative Code (WAC) mandates and changes to all dual enrollment/dual credit programs.
  • Oversee the Early Alert reporting process for Running Start students, including early notification for student academic performance, progress reporting, and support.  
  • Represent the college at state-wide and professional meetings and serve on committees as needed.
  • Participate in resource development and grant writing.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and/or delegated by the Vice President for Student Services.

Minimum Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Innovative and inclusive leader with three (3) or more years of increasingly responsible experience in administering and evaluating one or more of the following areas: education, student programs, student life and development, student success and retention, career and academic advising.
  • Demonstrated experience in recruiting, supervising, and evaluating staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education, student affairs, counseling, communications, or other closely related field from an accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated experience working with K-12 partnerships, student support services, or other programs focused on low-income, first generation, or academically disadvantaged students.
  • Proficiency and experience in Microsoft Office products and database programs.
  • Excellent verbal, listening, writing, problem-solving and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish).


  • This is a 12-month, full-time Administrative/Exempt position. Exempt from Washington State civil service law with an annual salary based upon a range $75,000-$82,000, depending on experience.
  • Per Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14, state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status, having an approved medical accommodation, or having an approved religious accommodation. No start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved accommodation.

Benefit Package:

  • The position comes with a full benefit package, including health, dental, life, long-term disability insurance and a retirement plan. 

*Additionally, as a Washington State, public higher education institution, WCC offers the following:

  • Whatcom Community College is a qualified employer for the PSLF program. If you work for the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.
  • Full-time employees are eligible to apply and participate in the Whatcom Community College Employee Tuition Program, which provides a tuition waiver for available and eligible WCC courses.

Start Date:

  • As soon as can be arranged with successful candidate.

Application due date:

  • For guaranteed consideration, application packets should be received by Friday, January 14th, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Position open until filled.

*A completed application consists of an online application and:

  • Letter of application communicating the candidate's interest in the position and addressing the candidate's experience as it relates to the position responsibilities.
  • Diversity statement that demonstrates a commitment to pluralism and the ability to support a diverse workplace and educational environment.
  • Current resume.
  • Unofficial Transcripts for all earned degrees; official transcripts required prior to official start date.
  • List of five recent professional references with current contact information.
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