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Assistant Director of First Year and Career Services - Advising and Career Services
Seattle Community Colleges in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 04/19/2021
Admin-Academic Advising
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Assistant Director of First Year and Career Services - Advising and Career Services

Job ID: 10318
Location: Seattle Central College
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
We are a district of three distinct collegesNorth Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle Collegeand five specialty training centers. Which makes us the largest and most diverse community college district in the state of Washington, we are leaders in change and innovation.

As a Seattle Colleges employee, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the passionate work of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as we work against systemic racism. Additionally, you will gain the rewarding experience of contributing to the success of an open-access learning institution that prepares students for life and work, fostering a diverse, engaged and dynamic community.

Seattle Colleges staff and faculty also enjoy a competitive benefits package, professional development opportunities and enrichment experiences in areas of their choice including, committee, workgroup, and affinity group opportunities.

Position Summary
Are you passionate about serving as an agent of support and student success? Have you contributed to guiding and connecting students with campus and community resources that help them achieve their academic, personal, and professional pursuits?

If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining our team. As an Assistant Director of First Year and Career Services, you will be a key member responsible for guiding the First Year and Career Services team in the Advising and Career Services Department. The details of what you will be working on are listed below.

For more than 50 years, Seattle Central has provided educational enrichment the citizens of Seattle and the surrounding region through academic training, career training, college transfer opportunities, continuing education, and basic studies. To learn more about our mission, vision, and values, please click here.

The goals of Central's Advising and Career Services Department are to support students as they navigate their college experience. We focus on our students' holistic development through an ongoing and intentional educational partnership that fosters pathways that help our students become equity-minded citizens. Additionally, we facilitate the development of academic, professional, and social skills necessary for students to empower themselves and their community.

To learn more about the Advising and Career Services Department and all other Student Support Services departments, click here.

Application Procedures:

  • Attached current Resume
  • Attached cover letter addressing how your background intersects with the opportunity
    • In your cover letter, please respond to the following question:

Share a time that you offered culturally responsive service to engage with racially and culturally diverse student populations that spanned a broad range of languages, identities, socio-economic levels, and educational experiences.

Required application materials must be completed and submitted online

This position is governed by a collective bargaining agreement with representation by AFT-Washington.

Background Check
Seattle Colleges are committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and staff who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation.

Notice of Non-discrimination Statement

Seattle Colleges is committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity for all its students, employees, and applicants in education, employment, services and contracts, and does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, color, age, national origin, religion, creed, marital status, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, status as an honorably discharged veteran or disabled veteran or military status, political affiliation or belief, citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disability. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for known physical or mental limitations for all otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. Further, the Seattle Colleges is committed to ensure that all employees and students work and learn in an environment that fosters mutual respect and professionalism, free from all forms of bullying behaviors, including cyber bullying.

Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the college's Director of Legal Compliance.

Director, Legal Compliance

1500 Harvard AvenueSeattle, WA 98122-3803

(206) 934-3873

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. In addition to the background check, candidates will be required to complete the Sexual Misconduct Disclosure Form as required WA HB 2327.

Essential Functions
What you will be working on: (The 10-bullets below do not include all duties assigned to this role)

  • Manage the overall operation, development, implementation, and coordination of services at the Career Exploration Center.
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to demonstrate cultural humility and intercultural engagement. This will require an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations and fostering an educational environment that affirms commitment to equity and diversity.
  • Coordination of first year and career services with first year initiatives such as new student orientation, directed self-placement, intake and onboarding, college skills course, Starfish advising redesign, and other relevant initiatives.
  • Provide supervision to staff in the Career Exploration Center and Service Learning and Cooperative Education
  • Develop checklists and resources using various mediums and modalities to guide and direct students in meeting first year milestones.
  • Collaborate with the Professional Development Committee in developing appropriate and effective training for first year advisors.
  • Liaise with the campus Communications and Marketing department to develop and implement districtwide marketing and recruitment strategy.
  • Advise students as needed, and handle complex advising referrals by staff and other departments.
  • Hire, training, and provide ongoing professional development for Career Exploration Center employees.
  • Engage in shared governance, including district-wide efforts to build an antiracist institution focused on action to advance access, retention, and success for our most marginalized and vulnerable students and employees.

What you bring as a candidate: (Any Equivalent Combination of Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education and Experience)

  • Master's degree or equivalent in education, student development, psychology, human relations, or related field
  • Two or more years of progressive leadership such as program development or managerial experience
  • Demonstrated experience with working effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds, such as racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic, and with diverse physical and learning disabilities.
  • Two or more years of professional level experience in counseling, academic advising, event planning, student affairs, orientation/first-year experience, leadership development, diversity initiatives, and/or staff training, career services, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of theoretical frameworks that guide work with first-year college students and student leaders including retention theory, student development theory, identity development theory, and social and cultural capital; an ability to align scholarship with practice and experience working with and developing programs for first-year students and leaders.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines while being attentive to detail.
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Familiarity and proficiency with various technologies, including but not limited to student database systems and student success technologies.
  • Ability to utilize professional judgement in a publicly funded program.

DisabilityAccom Statement
Seattle Colleges follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides the following information as a guideline for applicants:

  • Ability to operate office equipment
  • Ability to read and verify data and prepare various materials
  • Ability to exchange information on the phone or in person

    Physical Requirements:

    Ability to perform range of physical motions, exerting up to 25 pounds; lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds; standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time, kneeling, squatting, and stooping; and traversing up and down stairs.
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