Position TitleDirector of Pathways and Promise
LocationCollege of San Mateo
DepartmentStudent Services CSM (DEPT)
Percentage of Full Time100%
FLSAExempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year12
Min Salary$135,240 (annual)
Max Salary$171,324 (annual)
Position TypeAdministrative/Supervisory Positions
Who We Are
The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.
The College and the District
College of San Mateo is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 15,000 students each academic year. College of San Mateo has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on College of San Mateo’s Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) website.
Who We Want
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.
Reporting to the Vice President of Student Services and with additional guidance from the Dean overseeing Guided Pathways (currently the Dean of Language Arts), the Director of Pathways and Promise is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating the work of Guided Pathways and the Promise Scholars Program at College of San Mateo. The Director of Pathways and Promise directs a college-wide, comprehensive approach to supporting the student journey, from proactive onboarding and intrusive advising to wrap-around support and enhanced teaching and learning, including supporting a growing population of Promise scholars. The Director is the lead administrator ensuring that the integrated work of the college Guided Pathways efforts and Promise Scholars Program are grounded in equity, student success, and student completion. This role requires highly collaborative work across both Student Services and Instruction to coordinate with existing programs on campus and fill in gaps in student support through direct administration of the Promise Team and Guided Pathways Steering Committee. The Promise Team is charged with the overall leadership and implementation of wrap-around instructional and student service support for students in the Promise Scholars Program (a replication of the CUNY ASAP model), while the Guided Pathways Steering Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of career and curricular pathways and support within each Academic & Career Community, including an Explorers Experience.
Duties and Responsibilities
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.
1. Leads expansion efforts of the Guided Pathways initiative and Promise Scholars Program, helping to integrate both into the overall college redesign process with equity and students at the center
2. Provides leadership for the College of San Mateo Promise Team and Guided Pathways Steering Committee and related components
3. Oversees Pathways and Promise program and activity planning, development, budgeting, implementation, compliance with rules and regulations, monitoring, and evaluation; committed to the development of support programs and the replication of the CUNY ASAP program
4. Directs and coordinates Support Teams for the Promise Scholars Program and the Guided Pathways Academic & Career Communities, including the Explorers Experience; assists program participants with obtaining and maintaining program enrollment, goals and progress. Provides program information to students, parents, and the community
5. Leads, supervises, trains, and evaluates assigned personnel
6. Works collaboratively with District colleagues, administrators, faculty, and staff to ensure the success, collaboration, and communication of the Pathways and Promise work; partners closely with Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Counseling, learning communities, the Office of Instruction, Academic Deans and other program partners to help support the success of Promise Scholars Program and Academic & Career Community Support Teams
7. Collaborates with the Vice Presidents of Administrative Services, Instruction, and Student Services to ensure that Pathways and Promise work is integrated, collaborative, and fully connected to the mission of College of San Mateo
8. Works closely with the Dean of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness to develop, implement, and analyze Pathways and Promise program components as needed
9. Collaborates with the Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations leadership, department, and team to develop, maintain, and disseminate information about Pathways and Promise efforts via multiple media forums, including web, print, email, advertisement, etc.
10. Collaborates with the Outreach Office and other college programs to ensure integrated and collaborative programming efforts related to connections with high schools, adult schools, alternative schools, and community and industry partners
11. Maintains regular contact with participatory governance structures to maintain transparent communication and collaborative efforts, such as Academic Senate, Classified Senate, Associated Students of College of San Mateo, College Governance Council, and other groups as directed; participates on and chairs committees, task forces, and special assignments
12. Partners with college colleagues to enhance the professional development of staff, faculty, and administration, including directing training and professional development related to Pathways and Promise work as needed, including but not limited to the College 1 Institute and IDST 110
13. Develops and manages a detailed budget for all fiscal matters related to Pathways and Promise work and collaborates with the business office manager to ensure sound fiscal practices
14. Provides written reports and presentations capturing the progress and work of the Pathways and Promise teams, including reports that will be used for the San Mateo County Community College District, the CCC Chancellor’s Office, and other public audiences as directed
15. Leads and participates in the research, preparation, application for, and follow-up procedures required for grants and other external sources of funding, including preparation and submission of reports as required
16. Maintains current knowledge of the state and national Guided Pathways and Promise work and programs
17. Learns and applies emerging technologies and, as necessary, to perform duties in an efficient, organized, and timely manner
18. Participates in Emergency Preparedness programs and activities as a member of the college leadership team
19. Performs other related duties as assigned
• A combination of education and experience equivalent to possession of a Master’s degree or above from an accredited institution
• Two years of increasingly responsible related work experience that has included program planning, including one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment
• Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff
• Demonstrated skill in written and oral communication, including public speaking
• Demonstrated skill in program evaluation
• Skill directing the work of others
• Skill in event and project planning, implementation and evaluation
• Possession of a California Driver’s license (or the ability to obtain one) and the ability to drive a motor vehicle to off-campus locations
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Skill in interacting sensitively and respectfully with people of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds.
2. Understanding of and commitment to the role and purpose of the community college and its connection to the local community, K-12 school districts, and industry partners
3. Knowledge of work and research pertaining to student development, student success, first year advising programs, guided pathways, student completion, and/or retention programs and activities
4. Knowledge of evidence-based strategies/programs that promote student success and completion
5. Ability to develop, coordinate, manage, and evaluate innovative programs and services
6. Skill in event planning, implementation, coordination, supervision, and evaluation
7. Demonstrated knowledge and abilities of effective leadership
8. Experience building and leading a team of faculty and staff
9. Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders within a college campus and surrounding community and elicit and bring focus to recommendations from students, faculty, staff, and administrators
10. Ability to work autonomously, with high organizational skills that enable the performance of duties in a timely manner and with attention to detail
11. Demonstrated skill in multi-tasking and prioritization of high-volume workloads with attention to detail
12. Skill in effective written and oral communication, including public speaking and evaluative reports
13. Working knowledge of grant-funded programs, compliance, regulations, and related policies and procedures
14. Knowledge of basic research and planning methods
15. Skill in the use of a variety of computer software programs to access student records and to prepare reports, presentations, and other materials
This classification requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle to travel to a variety of off-site locations; ability to exert 10 to 25 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects weighing 35 pounds or less; ability to operate office equipment, including keyboard, mouse, and phone; ability to communicate and provide information to others; and read printed material and computer monitor in order to perform the essential functions.
Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California (no contributions to Social Security). Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.
First Review Date05/24/2021
Open Until FilledYes
Special Instructions Summary
Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:
1. A completed online District application form (go to https://jobs.smccd.edu to complete the application and to apply for this position).
2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.
3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.
Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.
For questions related to this posting, please contact:
SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Web Page: www.smccd.edu/hr
Conditions of Employment
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:
1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
2. Submit verifications of prior employment
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.
The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.
Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation request forms and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures are available in the Office of Human Resources.
Annual Security Report
San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2020 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2020 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2020 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2020 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.