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Job ID: 173518

Director, Rising Scholars
Mt. San Antonio College

Date Posted Nov. 30, 2021
Title Director, Rising Scholars
University Mt. San Antonio College
Walnut, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Administration - Academic Unit
    Administration - Other
    Administration - Counseling Services

Director, Rising Scholars

Position Number: CM-065-2021

Department: Counseling

Job Category: Management

Time (Percent Time): 100%

Term (months/year): 12 months/year

Current Work Schedule (days, hours): Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm, evenings and weekends as needed

Salary Range: M-9

Salary: Steps 1 - 6: $100,080 - $113,496 Annually

Shift Differential: Shift differential eligibility based on the current collective bargaining agreement.

Open Date: 11/24/2021

Initial Screening Date: 01/11/2022

Open Until Filled: Yes

Application Procedure:

Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; however, applications submitted by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on the listed Initial Screening Date are assured consideration.

Applicants must submit all of the following materials online, unless otherwise noted, at Mt.SAC Employment Website to be considered for this position:

1. A Mt. San Antonio College online application.
2. A cover letter describing how the applicant meets the required education and experience.
3. A detailed resume that summarizes educational preparation and professional experience for the position.
4. If applicable, College and/or university transcripts showing the awarded/conferred degree are required and must be submitted with the online application by all applicants, including current or former employees of the college, to demonstrate that the required educational qualifications are met. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application; however, copies of diplomas are not accepted in lieu of transcripts.
5. Optional Three letters of recommendation that reflect relevant experience (do not use social media or professional networks as a means to provide letters of recommendation). Confidential letters of recommendation are not allowed for this position.

Health & Welfare:

The College contributes an annual premium up to the family coverage amount for Kaiser Permanente $15 office visit medical, DeltaCare HMO dental, VSP vision and life insurance plans. Lifetime retirement benefits provided for eligible retirees.

The District participates in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) retirement programs, and National Benefit Services.

*Note: Salary and Health & Welfare Benefits are subject to change.

Basic Function/Overview:

Under general direction plans, organizes, manages and provides administrative direction and oversight for all functions and activities of the special program, including ensuring program compliance with College and grant guidelines and regulations, budget management, and program progress reporting; develops and implements program services as described in grant goals and objectives. This position seeks to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts programmatically and institutionally. Acts as liaison with Probation Departments, Parole Offices, Public Defenders Office, Rising Scholars Network, College Student Services programs, community organizations, and other universities and colleges to enhance services provided to program participants.

Receives administrative direction from the assigned managerial personnel. Exercises direction and supervision over assigned staff.

This is a Program Director classification that oversees, directs, and participates in all activities of the Rising Scholars program under the Counseling Department, including planning and development and administration of departmental policies, procedures, and services. This class provides assistance in a variety of administrative, coordinative, analytical, equity, and liaison capacities. Responsibilities include coordinating the activities of the program with those of other departments and outside agencies and managing and overseeing the complex and varied functions of the program. Successful performance of the work requires knowledge of education policy and College functions, activities, and the ability to develop, oversee and implement projects and programs with additional knowledge of student services, counseling functions, instructional strategies, and be able to implement services for eligible participants as detailed in the grant proposals.

Essential Duties/Major Responsibilities:

1. Directs, plans, and organizes the daily functions, operations, and activities of the special program in concert with College policies and procedures; provides policy guidance and interpretation; evaluates employee performance and works with employees to correct deficiencies; recommends and implements disciplinary procedures; assists in selection and promotion.
2. Directs, develops, and coordinates the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the program; establishes, within College policy, appropriate budget, service, and staffing levels; assist the institution to identify diversity, equity, and inclusion practices for formerly incarcerated students.
3. Develops and implements marketing strategies to promote assigned programs, projects, and services; plans and coordinates assigned program workshops, presentations, information sessions and events.
4. Selects, trains, motivates, and directs the assigned department personnel; evaluates and reviews work for acceptability and conformance with department standards, including program and project priorities and performance evaluations; works with employees on performance issues; implements discipline procedures; responds to staff questions and concerns.
5. Recommends, develops, and implements changes to federal, state, local, and District policy; analyzes and evaluates program compliance updating program as necessary.
6. Directs and participates in the program/department budget and develops cost effective strategies, including exploring available grant funds for maintaining program services.
7. Develops and standardizes equitable procedures and methods to improve and continuously monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of the assigned program, service delivery methods, and procedures; assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement and makes recommendations to the assigned manager.
8. Researches and analyzes program data; prepares comprehensive technical records and reports; implements corrective action as necessary.
9. Prepares, reviews, and presents reports information updates, and reports on special projects; prepares all required College reports and responds to requests for information from the College administration; advises, provides guidance, and prepares and delivers presentations on issues pertaining to formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students.
10. Establishes and maintains relationships with Probation Departments, Parole Offices, Public Defenders Office, Rising Scholars Network, community leaders, various organizations and public agencies to encourage participation, stimulate interest, and coordinate campus projects with assigned programs and activities.
11. Develops and maintains diverse, equity, and inclusion student-monitoring system to ensure compliance with program eligibility standards; initiates, oversees, and directs the collection of student data to measure and evaluate student success, including retention and persistence rates, passing rates, academic achievement scores, and College entrance information.
12. Develops grant proposals that meet funding agency requirements and priorities, including writing the grant narrative and completing all required forms and documents; establishes and maintains contacts with funding agency personnel and potential grant partners.
13. Participates on committees, task forces, and special assignments, including, but not limited to Screening and Selection Committees and affiliated trainings. Prepares and delivers oral presentations related to assigned areas if needed.
14. Provides a working and learning environment that is free from prohibited discrimination, harassment and retaliation (DHR), and provided by applicable law and College policies; attends College mandated DHR training and participates in DHR investigations as directed; assists in providing information and resources to individuals who bring forward DHR complaints and reporting possible DHR complaints to Human Resources and other appropriate authority as necessary.

Other Duties:

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Of:

1. Principles and practices of supporting a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist academic and work environment.
2. Diversity, equity-focused, and inclusion focused principles, practices, and strategies related to access efforts focused on the recruitment and enrollment of new students.
3. Intervention strategies, programmatic components, and service delivery related to the onboarding of new students to the college and specialized efforts designed to assist and retain students in program.
4. Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation, and evaluation.
5. Budget development, administrative practices, and organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of projects, programs, policies, procedures, and operational needs.
6. Principles and practices of grant funding, including techniques and methods of researching grant opportunities, identifying state, federal, private, and corporate grant funding organizations, securing and maintaining funding from external agencies, and complying with reporting requirements.
7. Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures.
8. Goals, requirements, principles, and regulations related to the grant funding, statewide initiatives, and programs.
9. Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned programs, projects, and operations.
10. The provision of specialized support services for student populations specified in the special program.
11. Research and reporting methods techniques and procedures for the development of presentations, business correspondence, and information distribution.
12. Principles and procedures of record keeping, modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications.
13. Techniques for effectively representing the College in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
14. Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, students, and College staff, including individuals of various ages, disabilities, various socioeconomic and ethnic groups.

Skills and Abilities:

1. Oversee and address gaps in diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism in recruitment and retention of students, especially those who are formerly incarcerated or system-impacted.
2. Articulate and communicate the colleges vision and commitment to creating equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism academic and work environment.
3. Create and execute resources and programming towards the goal of being diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist academic and work environment
4. Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls for assigned program areas with diversity, equity, and inclusion focus.
5. Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for assigned program.
6. Prepare and administer budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner.
7. Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
8. Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of professional and technical personnel; delegate authority and responsibility.
9. Select, motivate, and evaluate the work of staff and train staff in work procedures.
10. Effectively represent the College and the program in meetings with various educational, business, professional, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
11. Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
12. Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
13. Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
14. Effectively communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
15. Understand scope of authority in making independent decisions.
16. Review situations accurately and determine appropriate course of action using judgment according to established policies and procedures.
17. Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Minimum Qualifications/Education & Experience:

Masters degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a related field of education and a minimum of two (2) years of full time equivalent years of management and/or administrative experience in developing, implementing, and managing a program for formerly incarcerated and system impacted student population and leading a program for impacted student populations, working with low income, first generation, or ethnically diverse students..


Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications is listed in the Minimum Qualifications section.

Preferred Qualifications:

License(s) & Other Requirements:

Examination Requirements:

Working Environment:

Incumbents work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Incumbents may interact with staff, students, and/or the public in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Physical Demands:

Must be able to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including technological devices; to communicate with individuals at various College and meeting sites; the ability to understand and comprehend written and electronic materials; and the ability to receive, review, and respond to communications in person, before groups, and over and through various media. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although movement between work areas may be required. Positions in this classification occasionally may need to physically reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Incumbents must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 20 pounds.


Conditions of Employment:

Official offers of employment are made by Mt. San Antonio College Human Resources and are made contingent upon Board approval. It is also required that a final offer of employment will only be made after the candidate has successfully been live-scanned and clearance for employment is authorized by Human Resources. Costs for live-scan services shall be borne by the candidate.

Notice to all prospective employees The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Administrative Procedure 3518, titled Child Abuse Reporting, as a condition of employment.

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Mt. San Antonio Community College Annual Security Report is available here: Mt. SAC Annual Security Report.

The person holding this position is considered a Responsible Employee under Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 and is required to report to the Colleges Title IX Coordinator all relevant details reported to him or her about an incident of alleged sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking.

Typing Certificate Requirements:

Special Notes:

A confirmation number will be assigned when your application packet indicates the supplemental questions have been answered and a document has been attached to each required link. Assistance with the online application process is available through Human Resources at 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789-1399. Human Resources: (909) 274-4225. E-mail:

DO NOT include photographs or any personal information (e.g. D.O.B, place of birth, etc.) on your application or supporting documents.

TRAVEL POLICY : Costs associated with travel in excess of 150 miles one way from residence for the purpose of an interview will be reimbursed up to a $500 maximum (per position recruitment). Relocation costs will be borne by the successful candidate. Travel reimbursement claims must be submitted no later than 30 days following the interview date.


Foreign Transcripts:

Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline. Accredited evaluation agencies can be found on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services Website.


Human Resources
1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789-1399.
Phone: (909) 274-4225

Selection Procedure:

A committee will evaluate applications, taking into account breadth and depth of relevant education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities. The screening committee reserves the right to limit the number of interviews granted. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the applicant of an interview.

Interviews may include a writing sample, committee presentation, and/or performance test. The start date will be following Board approval and receipt of live scan clearance.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To be guaranteed consideration, it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that all required materials are received before the initial screening date and time indicated on the job posting. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. All application materials will become College property, will not be returned, and will not be copied. Please visit our employment website at Mt. SAC Employment Website to complete and submit your application for this position.

EEO Policy:

The College is an equal opportunity employer. The policy of the College is to encourage applications from ethnic and racial minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam-era veterans. No person shall be denied employment because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex (gender), age, sexual orientation, or the perception that a person has one or more of these characteristics.

Conflict of Interest:

Mt. San Antonio College employees and the Board of Trustees members shall not engage in any employment or activity that is inconsistent with, incompatible with, or in conflict with Mt. San Antonio Colleges Administrative Procedures (AP 2710 Conflict of Interest, AP 2712 Conflict of Interest Codes).

Cancel RTF Policy:

We reserve the right to re-open, re-advertise, delay, or cancel filling this position. This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

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