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Project Manager - Dream Resource Center (50%) (Internal Recruitment Only)
Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California
Date Posted 04/07/2021
Admin-Admissions and Enrollment
Salary $47,863.50 Annually -  
Employment Type Project Manager
Application Deadline Open until filled
Job Duties

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.

Position Profile:

Under the administrative supervision of the Dean of Special Programs, the Project Manager of the Dream Resource Center will be responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Dream Resource Center and the DREAM Program. The Project Manager will also assume the primary leadership role in all aspects of grant management, program administration and services for undocumented students.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and coordinate the delivery of program and center services, geared specifically to serving the Santa Monica College undocumented and immigrant community.
  • Support district, regional and statewide undocumented student initiatives and services.
  • Provide equity-minded solutions that support student success.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with program partners, both internal and external, serving as the primary contact for all matters regarding the center.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administration to provide timely undocumented student and immigration information to the campus community.
  • Communicate effectively with SMC’s Fiscal Services Office, the Dean of Special Programs and the Office of Human Resources to ensure that the center has access to the resources it needs to successfully achieve its goals on time and within budget.
  • Assist with outreach efforts to promote the program and services of the Dream Resource Center and the DREAM Program through media, public relations channels, and public presentations to targeted groups.
  • Develop and maintain website and student participation database.
  • Develop a detailed project plan to track progress.
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation.
  • Effectively manage the grant budget, ensuring documentation exists to support each expense, including time and effort reporting.
  • Work with the project analyst to assess the effectiveness of the project. 
  • Prepare reports to funding agencies and the District administrations.
  • Assure accurate and complete records systems.
  • Attend all required grantee meetings and trainings with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
  • Collaborate with SMC IT staff to implement technology solutions, ensuring streamlined workflows and integration with other SMC software systems. 
  • Engage in ongoing evaluation of implementation for continuous improvement. Prepare reports on results.  
  • Manage project budgets, monitor expenditures, investigate travel-related items, and procure equipment and supplies as needed. 
  • 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 grant and project required documents, surveys, and data reports for assigned projects. 
  • Engage in participatory governance processes and activities and serve on college committees as assigned. 
  • Assume leadership for other related project activities and perform other duties as assigned. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Assume leadership for other related projects and perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Possess a Master’s degree from an accredited institution and academic leadership experience or equivalent as determined by a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 12 credits of graduate study OR six years of project management experience, OR possession of an appropriate valid California Community College Credential authorizing service in the specified subject area(s).
Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse socio-economic, academic, cultural, disability, gender identity, immigration status, 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 styles.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with AB540, DACA, AB2000, AB130, AB131, SB68, and other pertinent legislation or initiatives to support undocumented students.
  • Demonstrate an equity-minded understanding of the needs and challenges of undocumented, low-income, traditionally underrepresented minority students, and/or first generation college students. 
  • Working knowledge of grant-funded projects, including an understanding of grant compliance, fiscal monitoring and documentation, project reporting, and evaluation;
  • Ability to work effectively and provide leadership as a member of a team to realize program goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Two years of experience in an academic or student support program in higher education.
  • Proficiency in project management software tools.
  • Prior experience as a project manager or similar.
  • Experience within a community college environment is preferred.
  • Demonstrate excellent analytical, organization, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and experience with AB540, DACA, AB2000, AB130 and AB131 and SB68.
  • 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 community.
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of academic technology solutions. The ability to work with technical staff in developing or identifying technology solutions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Willingness 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. 
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills to be able to collect and analyze the appropriate data and information to ensure that projects are regularly assessed and improved. 
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills.
  • Skill in resolving complex problems. 
  • Knowledge of contract management and project management principles.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collegially with others.
  • Ability to think analytically, creatively, strategically, and to have a big picture perspective.
  • Ability to successfully manage relationships and projects.
  • Execute effective presentations.


Additional Information

Project Manager Application Requirements

A standard application consists of the following:

  • Online District Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Transcript

* Additional, job-specific items may be required.  Please refer to the job posting for specific details.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials, including the letters of recommendation, are received prior to the recruitment deadline.

Diversity Statement
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 practices.

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.

Equity Statement
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 commitment.
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: http://www.smc.edu/ACG/Documents/Board_Policy_Manual/Updated%20Board%20Policies%202017/Board%20Policy%20Chapter%203.pdf
Equivalency Statement
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 authorization.

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