Program Facilitator (MESA)
Salary: $73,642.32 – $88,569.12 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: Program Facilitator (MESA)2023
Closing: 12/15/2023 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Norwalk, CA
Department: Program Facilitator (MESA)2023
Division: Academic Success
Equity and Diversity
The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal opportunity employment. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures or practices. In fact, the college encourages applications from all segments of qualified people.
This position will close on December 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM (or when 150 applications are received, whichever occurs sooner).
Cerritos College is ranked 14th among the top 100 schools with the highest Hispanic enrollment in the United States by the United States Department of Education. Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the College’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Enrollment currently averages 20,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu.
We are looking for a dynamic program facilitator to join our exciting new Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program team in the Academic Success division. The MESA program provides academic support and professional development for diverse, first generation, and financially disadvantaged students who are working toward calculus-based science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) degrees and seek to transfer to a four-year institution. The Program Facilitator (MESA) will conduct administrative duties and facilitate MESA program activities including but not limited to student orientation, outreach, university campus tours, STEM industry field trips, workshops, and data collection.
Distinguishing Career Features
The Program Facilitator is responsible for the efficient and effective performance of a freestanding, grant funded, or contract funded program that enhances the College’s exposure to and retention of specific student populations such as, but not limited to, skilled trades, continuing education, foster parents, first generation college, low income, and other targeted students. Prospective incumbents must demonstrate success in working with a wide range of students of varying ability and background, including economically, socially, and culturally disadvantaged persons and those of different ethnic backgrounds. Incumbents must also demonstrate the ability to lead a function that may include oversight over services at other organizations.
Plans, organizes, leads, and coordinates stand-alone grant-funded student, community-based, or adult training and programs that contribute to and encourage college attendance and retention for targeted students or groups. Programs could include: foster parent, community education, first time college attendees, and/or populations disadvantaged by socioeconomic, gender, ethnic, or other designations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Plans, develops, and implements programs to enhance retention and academic achievement through activities such as, but not limited to, cultural enhancement, social introduction, mentoring, special workshops, and support that provides easy access to services such as individualized tutoring, assessments, and financial aid.
- Identifies student referrals from research and contact with financial aid, other grant-funded programs, and high school recruitment staff. After initial contacts, advises students on college/campus procedures, monitors enrollment and registration, and assists with solving problems.
- Recruits, hires, and oversees hourly staff, and/or college students serving as peer mentors. Develops and coordinates training in mentoring and tutoring techniques and college preparedness advising in areas such as study skills, career exploration, financial aid, and recommended courses.
- Oversees and schedules events, student development activities, cultural trips, speakers, and other activities that encourage students to participate in college life.
- Provides functional guidance to faculty assigned to student support services programs.
- Assist or may prepare grant-funding proposals. Develops and submits program and project budgets along with grant proposals. Carries out expenditure of project funds according to fiscal guidelines.
- Oversees and maintains records of grant fund or contract fund expenditures. Prepares periodic fiscal and statistical reports. Conducts evaluation of all program components and services. Prepares and submits project reports.
- Researches and compiles demographic and statistical data related to program participants. Monitors outcomes for grant awards.
- Assures compliance with all applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Oversees the maintenance of all records including a computer-aided student database. Ensures confidentiality of student information.
- Participates in a variety of campus/college, education, and grantee committees and functions that promote student retention and achievement.
- May maintain and update web site pages using established formats and standards.
- Maintains currency of knowledge and skills related to the duties and responsibilities.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
The position requires a Bachelors Degree in a behavioral science, social science, business, education, or a related area. Four years of experience in outreach program coordination. Experience in higher education, recommended but not required.
At least two years of experience in an administrative capacity for a MESA or STEM program and facilitating program activities including but not limited to student orientation, outreach, university campus tours, STEM industry field trips, workshops, and data collection.
Knowledge of evolving trends in STEM education and training of students in STEM.
Knowledge and Skills
The position requires specialized knowledge of program goals and objectives, procedures and regulations. Requires a well-developed knowledge of College administrative services, admission procedures, financial aid programs, vocational and academic transfer education programs. Requires specialized knowledge of the roll of cultural, social, and related activities in college life. Requires in-depth knowledge of community demographics including the needs of low-income and disadvantaged students, age-appropriate career development, and community resources. Requires a working knowledge of teaching, mentoring, and tutoring techniques as well as study skill development methods. Requires professional-level writing skills to prepare grants and performance reports. Requires math skills sufficient to read and analyze financial statements. Requires well-developed human relation skills to make formal presentations, facilitate group processes, and exercise sensitivity to diverse populations.
Requires the ability to convert program goals into action plans. Requires the ability to evaluate program outcomes. Requires the ability to schedule, assign, and review the work of subordinates in a manner conducive to successful accomplishment of program goals. Must be able to select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff. Requires the ability to plan, prioritize, and assign work in order to meet yearly schedules and timelines. Requires the ability to facilitate meetings and processes involving diverse groups. Requires the ability to maintain confidentiality of private and sensitive information. Requires the ability to secure funding, secure local interagency partnerships, and accomplish goals within financial limitations. Requires the ability to maintain productive and cooperative working relationships with others.
Requires ordinary ambulatory skills to travel to outside offices and locations. Requires sufficient visual acuity to recognize words and numbers. Requires sufficient auditory skills
to carry on conversations in person and over the phone and project voice to a large audience. Requires sufficient hand-arm-eye coordination to use a personal computer keyboard.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide copies of all transcript(s) verifying all educational degree(s) and/or coursework required for the position. A foreign transcript must be evaluated by a NACES certified agency. The web address is www.naces.org. All qualifying educational degrees/training must be from regionally accredited colleges and/or universities.
Licenses and Certificates
May require a valid driver’s license.
Work is performed indoors where health and safety considerations are minimal.
Grade 38 on District Classified Salary Schedule ($6,136.86 -$7,380.76/month).
Health and welfare benefits include District contribution for medical/dental/vision benefits and employee life insurance ($50,000). (Cash in lieu option available on medical insurance.)
Participation in the Public Employee’s Retirement System that is also integrated with Social Security
After the application closing date, a search committee will review and invite the most qualified applicants for an interview. As these are highly competitive positions, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview. If you have questions or would like to follow-up regarding your application, please contact Human Resources at HR@Cerritos.edu as search committee members are unable to discuss specific recruitments.
Conditions of Employment
This is a full-time, 12-calendar month categorically funded position. Continued employment is contingent upon funding and the provisions of the CSEA collective bargaining agreement.
Hours of employment are:
Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Initial placement of employees on Classified Salary schedule is at Step 1. After six months of successful probationary employment, employee is placed at Step 2.
Employment is to be effective as soon as possible following completion of the selection process.
Individual who is offered employment shall be required to obtain fingerprints for a criminal history clearance through the State Department of Justice and remit the required fee for processing the fingerprints (no fee if obtained at Cerritos College Campus Police Station) , produce an original social security card, and submit negative TB test results (must be within the past four years or within the last 60 days if not previously employed in a school district in California) before employment.
Board Policy 2905 requires mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment. The District requires all employees to submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, as defined by the CDC. Full policy details can be found on the website; Cerritos College – Chapter 2 – Board of Trustees. Employees may submit requests for medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine mandate for consideration. Details are available on the District’s COVID-19 webpage.
Must be able to provide proof of California residency.
Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per Government Codes 3100-3109.
**Please note – the District does not provide for immigration sponsorships such as H1B Visas
Application materials must be submitted by the closing date. Applicants who need special services or facilities due to disability in order to apply or interview for this position must notify Human Resources at the time of application or at least 72 hours prior to the closing date or date of a scheduled interview.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide copies of all transcript(s) verifying all educational degree(s) and/or coursework required for the position. Transcripts must be from regionally accredited institutions. A foreign transcript must be evaluated by a NACES certified agency. The website address is www.naces.org.
Documents needed to apply
Copy of Transcripts (Must show all coursework completed and conferral date of the degree)
The District ensures that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of national origin, religion, age, sex or gender, race, color, medical condition, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or because he or she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. .jeid-022491eabfc7184fa9814004b03adfc2