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WA MESA is a statewide organization committed to building pathways to college and careers in science, technology, engineering &?mathematics (STEM) for traditionally underrepresented minority (URM) students, including women, Native Americans/Alaska Natives, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders.
WA MESA directs its programs toward Washington K-14 students. At the K-12 level, MESA serves over 4,000 students, providing them educational enrichment experiences and the practical help needed to prepare for university-level studies in a variety of science- and technology-related fields. MESA also works with teachers to help them implement STEM-related curriculum. At the two-year college level, WA MESA Community College Program (MCCP), operated in partnership with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), seeks to increase the number of historically underrepresented community college students who transfer to universities and earn a bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field. As of 2018-19, MESA MCCP Centers serve 826 students.
We are seeking a Program Operations Specialist for Washington MESA who will oversee and direct the work of center directors by developing statewide policies, practices, and guidelines to successfully implement the Washington MESA Pathway model. They will interact and collaborate with center directors to implement the program. The program operations specialist will develop best practices for center directors to utilize WA MESA STEM toolkits or financial resources that provide guidance in the following areas: 1. Program Efficacy 2. Continuous Improvement 3. Industry and Corporate Partnerships 4. MCCP transfer success rates to 4 -year institutions 5. Advisory Board development and 6. Fundraising.
The program operations specialist will lead "decentralized" centers with offices located at higher education or other institutions connected by subcontracts.
The principal investigator is the Provost of the UW and his delegate to the organization is the Vice President and University Diversity Officer. The position requires the use of sound judgment and a thorough understanding of diversity and K - 20 education, related community, public and private engagement. The position requires the use of a collaborative and collegial approach with center directors, campus administrators, faculty and staff to identify and implement best practices that enhance campus diversity, community college transfer processes, and retention. The position requires a complete understanding and development of: 1) The Washington MESA Pathway, 2) processes that affect transfer student success, and 3) the landscape of higher ed that is specific to historically underrepresented student populations. The position requires excellent communication skills and the ability to engage policymakers to pursue interest and commitment to institutionalizing the Washington MESA pathway model.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Leadership Development • Maintain and apply up-to-date STEM knowledge of WA MESA programs including, but not limited to practices, operations, maintenance activities, methods, policies, procedures, and regulations. • Perform analysis, develop and implement WA MESA program policies and procedures. • Implement process improvements using specialized knowledge of the STEM program. • In collaboration with the grant/contracts and research analyst, develop and implement appropriate financial controls, maintain oversight and ensure compliance; establish and monitor metrics in alignment with WA MESA impact outcomes, Washington State Board of Education, Washington state legislature, specialized and federal grants. • Develop K – 12 and MCCP programs and provide oversight. • Conducts periodic program evaluation and make recommendations for improvement. • Conducts program site visits and reviews to ensure quality and timeliness of program assessments based on analysis of tasks, learners, and subject matter to engage and educate the target audience on STEM topics. • Works closely with center directors to ensure a strong cohesive team approach across programs. • Drive programs to completion by ensuring timelines are met and resources are deployed. • Create and vertically align the Washington MESA Pathway model from K – 12 to MCCP to 4-year institutions.
Career-connected Learning Oversight • Identify, develop, and shape diversity in K – 12 and MCCP STEM career-connected learning and/or workforce initiatives. • Assess current K – 12 Career and Technical Education, apprenticeships, internships, and/or workforce for leveraging opportunities to WA MESA existing programs. • Serve as the K – 12 and MCCP program expert and provide counsel, constructive feedback, advice on a broad range of complex issues and program-related inquiries.
Instruction Oversight • Oversee the development and implementation of professional development aligned with Washington state science and math learning standards for K-12 teachers. • Plan and oversee the implementation of complex training programs, presentations, and materials.
WA MESA Communications • Authors and disseminates data reports and updates for internal, state and/or federal agencies, recommend and design interventions, develop frameworks for large-scale impact, prepare and develop program brochures. • In collaboration with K – 12, MCCP, web Information, and communication consultants oversee communications, online, social media, and print materials. • Assists in marketing and communication plans to promote WA MESA Pathway.
Other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: Master's Degree and 4 - 5 years’ experience: •Community College or K – 12 or Industry leadership experience. •Experience in developing STEM leadership programs, career-connected, or workforce learning and associated curricula. •Proven record and commitment to providing support to underrepresented students. •Proven ability to plan, direct and monitor the work of others. •Proven ability to achieve and drive impact results while creating a culture of collaboration within direct teams and across organizational units. •Proven ability and commitment to manage, develop, mentor and coach directors, and colleagues, with a proven track record of creating organizational structure able to sustain growth and success. •Interpersonal and customer service skills. •Experience managing direct reports and other staff. •Analytical skills to solve complex problems and situations. •Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of constituencies. •Ability to manage demanding workflow and competing deadlines. •Demonstrated skills in team building. •Skilled development of reports, graphs, charts, and other visuals as required. •Excellent writing skills.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Doctorate in STEM or related field •Knowledgeable of grant and federal regulations, requirements, policies, and procedures, and provide advice to leadership. •Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity within a university and/or engineering setting. •Ability to foster positive relationships with WA MESA leadership, staff, center directors, internal/external stakeholders, underrepresented student populations at various levels as well as state agencies. •Demonstrated ability to anticipate, develop and communicate long-term vision, values and strategies that focus and drive an organization. •Ability to express oneself clearly and emphatically in interactions with others in all forms of communications, verbal and written, one-on-one and group setting, etc. •Engages in dialogue that resolves differences. •Experience developing and maintaining clear, up to date, well-organized documentation.
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