Advancing Guided Pathways: Within the context of a Guided Pathways framework, the Director of Advising and Advocacy will engage in culturally sustaining leadership practices that center racial equity to remove barriers and support students in successfully navigating their Pierce College experience. This position will be responsible for designing teams that value the unique needs of students and design a college experience that values their identities and cultures while engaging in active partnership as they strive toward their academic and career goals.
About the District
The college enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in numerous partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations.
Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom
Located on a beautiful 140-acre site adjacent to a 340-acre community, recreational park, and Waughop Lake. Want a feel for our District, take a peek with aerial campus views!
Pierce College at Puyallup
Located on a luscious site with 125-acres of wooded land including modern facilities and beautiful hideaways.
Pierce College at JBLM
Located at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord military sites, serving many of our military and active duty families serving our country.
Serve as lead student success and advocacy administrator, managing day-to-day operations and leading Guided Entry, Career Pathway Advising, Testing, Caseload Outreach, and Retention services at Pierce College.
Leadership and Supervision
Serve as a key member of the student success leadership team.
Strategic Collaboration and Partnership
Serve a key partner, collaborator, and advocate for the student success through progression, retention, and career/transfer readiness.
Data Informed and Equity Minded Decision Making
Serve as primary contact for data analysis in areas of responsibility.
Communication: Ability to communicate clearly and with care to and with colleagues; communicates effectively with internal and external stakeholders; listens actively and completely before moving to action; adapts appropriately to the communicator’s style; communicates clearly and effectively with individuals and groups via multiple modalities; values individuals’ intersecting identities in communication style.
Teamwork: Models active team member practice; has the ability and desire to work cooperatively with colleagues, students, and stakeholders; participates in and fosters equitable communication, information sharing, and comradery; listens and responds constructively; identifies opportunities and works for solutions; uses motivational techniques to encourage self and others to identify and reach goals and celebrate success.
Interpersonal Skills: Listens to people’s ideas and concerns; attempts to resolve confrontations, disagreements, and complaints in a constructive manner; recognizes the value of equity, diversity, and inclusion; understands power, privilege, and inequity; works to remove systemic barriers for students and colleagues.
Personal Responsibility: Adheres to high standards of integrity and honesty; demonstrates commitment to Pierce College; efficiently/effectively/appropriately uses state resources; complies with laws, rules, policies, and procedures; develops solutions to new or highly complex problems that cannot be solved using existing methods or approaches; takes the initiative to upgrade knowledge and skills; participates in opportunities to expand business and personal learning and growth; effectively and appropriately responds/adapts to change; uses a constructive, positive approach to change; willing learner of effective change approaches and principles.
Effective Work Engagement: Self-lead learner; will also enlist support from colleagues in obtaining the information, resources, and training needed to accomplish work effectively; maintains commitment to goals in the face of obstacles and frustrations; when facing several problems or tasks at once, effectively prioritizes each problem and identify solutions; retains a college-wide view while addressing the problem or issue; identifies possible causes and underlying issues; shows ability to respond to changing demands while completing projects; able to see opportunities, not just problems, and respond effectively; able to manage self-care and engage in self-care practices with colleagues; promotes health and wellness in leadership practice.
Critical Thinking/Creative Problem Solving: Able to engage in smart-heart decision making, balancing head and heart with when arriving at people-entered solutions; analyze situations and creatively apply knowledge to resolve and respond to a variety of issues and opportunities; ability to develop strategies to resolve problems consistent with established standards; demonstrates ability to assess issues and provide alternative solutions; makes timely, informed decisions that take into account the facts, goals, constraints, risks, and impacted people and communities.
Lead and Supervise: Interview, hire, assign, and direct work; set expectations and goals grounded in college and unit vision, student needs, and equitable practice; instruct, coach, mentor, train, develop, and identify training/development needs; evaluate and identify corrective action; use progressive discipline when warranted.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Seeks learning to effectively identify systemic inequities affecting colleagues and students; works to remove barriers to workplace wellness and student success; engages in healing-centered practices to reduce further harm to historically marginalized groups; engages in cultural humility through listening, observing, valuing/validating, embracing/empowering (LOVE) others; seeks inclusion through invitation and welcome; recognizes impact of own identities and amplifies voices often not heard or acknowledged.
Technical Expertise: Demonstrates appropriate depth of knowledge in assigned areas; initiates own learning about software and its efficiencies.
To be considered for this position, applicants must
To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.
Terms of Employment
Pierce College is recruiting to fill two vacancies. Both positions are full-time administrative – exempt . The primary work location will be at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and/or Pierce College Puyallup campuses. Frequent travel to Pierce College campuses or other sites, to include Joint Base Lewis McChord, may occur. Standard work hours are between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with occasional evening and weekend hours required. This position may occasionally travel overnight for meetings and or conferences. This position may be eligible for occasional work from home.
Salary & Benefits
The starting salary range for this position is $90,566.00 to $98,113.00. Your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long- term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at: https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/hr- benefits.
Physical Work Environment
This position works indoors in an office environment.
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state’s free telecommunication access service.
Screening & Interview Process
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.
Conditions of Employment
Pierce College is a “fully vaccinated campus” under the state’s higher education guidance, which means that COVID-19 vaccination (or allowable exemption) will be required for all employees and students. More information can be found here: Vaccination Requirements.
Prior to the start of employment, the finalist for this position will be subject to a criminal background check as a condition of employment. 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.
Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington State Law RCW28B.112.
An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.