Part-Time Umoja-ASTEP Program Learning Community Coordinator (Pool)

Job Description

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Position Title

Part-Time Umoja-ASTEP Program Learning Community Coordinator (Pool)


Cañada College, College of San Mateo


Human Resources DIST (DEPT)

Position Number


Percentage of Full Time



Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Months per Year


If other, please specify

Semester assignments as needed

Salary Range

Placement on the adjunct faculty salary schedule is based upon education and credited experience. Initial placement can range as follows: Special - $51.86 up to $70.64.

Position Type

Part-Time Faculty, Temporary

Who We Are

The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the Districts Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The Districts “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

The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 33,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District 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 the San Mateo County Community College Districts Educational Services & Planning 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. An equity-minded individual is a person who already does or has demonstrated the desire to:

(1) Understand the importance of holding ourselves accountable as educators for closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices;

(2) Reframe inequities as a problem of practice and view the elimination of inequities as an individual and collective responsibility;

(3) Encourage positive race-consciousness and embrace human difference;

(4) Reflect on institutional and teaching practices and aim to make them more culturally responsive; and

(5) Strategically build buy-in and participation among colleagues for equity-related initiatives.

The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentor-ship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals. All departments strongly encourage collaboration across disciplines to create inclusive, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experiences. College faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about, and willing to use, different learning and teaching methods appropriate to the students they serve.

Your cover letter must include discussion of the following questions:

•What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting students who have been historically marginalized?

•Think of the most successful class you have taught. What were the key factors in creating that success for racially-minoritized and other undeserved disproportionately disadvantaged students?

•How is your teaching approach culturally-responsive to the students you serve?

The Position

Skyline College seeks a part-time faculty member as coordinator for the Umoja-ASTEP (African-American Success through Excellence and Persistence) learning community. (The Umoja-ASTEP learning community offers students an opportunity to take a full assortment of university transfer-level courses which satisfy many general educational requirements. This community supports students by offering extra guidance and access to resources. Umoja-ASTEP also creates cohorts where students spend four semesters together taking linked classes such as English, Math, Communication, and Biology with Umoja-ASTEP professors whose curricula have a common focus on themes from the African-American and African diasporic experience). The ideal candidate will share the Colleges commitment to educating a racially and socioeconomically diverse student population.

This position is a “pool” position meaning that openings may or may not be currently available. The District maintains a “pool” of applications for positions which are needed on an ongoing basis at Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. The advantage of “pool” positions is when a position becomes available, the Dean may immediately begin screening applications from the available pool of applicants without having to post a position and wait while the position is being advertised. Your application for this position will be kept current for a period of three years.

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.

Essential functions include the following:

1. Coordinate the Umoja-ASTEP program; develop student retention activities, track services offered/student participation data, and provide general oversight

2. Provide Data and Information/reports to regional office, Student Affairs, Instruction Office, as well as other local or state interested parties upon request

3. Facilitate and track course/curriculum revision (e.g. History, English, Counseling)

4. Communicate and collaborate with statewide office, as well as Umoja Community network (regional activities, arranging site visits, interacting with faculty and staff in other affiliated programs)

5. Lead the marketing/advertising efforts to college community as well as area high schools; help recruit students, create program flyers, posters, etc.

6. Work with instructional faculty in creating culturally relevant curriculum, events, experiences and community involvement strategies designed to support and enhance the Umoja-ASTEP program

7. Work with statewide representatives and arrange visits to other local programs, attend meetings and events, and other program related tasks

8. Provide monthly reports to the Dean, including time and effort reports

9. Recruit and enroll new program participants

10. Track the course progress of new program participants, and progression toward goal completion for continuing students

11. Track and record utilization of program counseling services each semester

12. Recruit and provide orientation for faculty participants

13. Perform program planning and scheduling of events, field trip, workshops, etc.

14. Serve as chaperone for off-campus activities

15. Send weekly emails to program participants announcing important events or program news

16. Chair and attend program meetings

17. Submit budget plans and requests for funds

18. Conduct program review, data collection, and reporting

19. Attend program professional development events (e.g., Umoja Conference, Umoja Coordinators Winter Retreat, Umoja Regional Symposia, Summer Learning Institute)

20. Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

• Possession of any Masters degree or above from an accredited institution OR the equivalent (see below)

• A minimum of at least two years of instructional experience and may be either a full-time or adjunct faculty member at a 2-year or 4-year institution of higher learning

• 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 as these factors relate to the need for equity minded-practice both within and outside of the classroom

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications

For persons applying for this position based on Equivalence, please answer the supplemental question on the online application indicating the following:

b. Professional Achievement Equivalence:

The applicant must have completed the General Education requirements for that degree and show evidence of outstanding professional achievement and/or substantial training in the requested field. The applicant must submit substantial evidence, which demonstrates that his/her preparation, teaching experience, work experience, and ability are equivalent to those expected from a person who meets the minimum qualifications.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The screening committee will select for interview candidates from among those applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum requirements, give evidence of any or all of the following (preference will be given to candidates who):

1. Possess experience in planning and coordinating college related activities

2. Possess strong organizational skills, data-tracking, and follow-through

3. Have knowledge or experience in course revisions/curriculum development

4. Have demonstrated experience mentoring and supporting African-American students and other diverse communities

5. Have an understanding and commitment to the role and purpose of this community college

6. Have the ability to assess and document students achievement of student learning outcomes

7. Have commitment to remaining current with the latest developments in the instruction of African-American students and other diverse communities

8. Have knowledge of current theories and teaching methods, especially in a culturally diverse student population

9. Have the ability to establish close relationships with faculty and staff to support Umoja-ASTEP student success

10. Have the ability to solicit, supervise and train volunteers and aides to assist in the program

11. Have demonstrated ability related to organizational detail, documentation and follow-through related to working with students from diverse backgrounds

Faculty Benefits

Academic employees participate in the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS), a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California or they may choose to participate in the STRS Cash Balance program or Social Security.

Open Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions Summary

Required application materials will be screened on the basis of Requirements and Desirable Skills and Abilities listed in this announcement. Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and desirable skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to provide a teaching demonstration or demonstrate other job-related skills

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)

i. 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
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process

i. 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.

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.

EEO Statement

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 requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report

San Mateo County Community College Districts (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.

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