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Global Discovery Program Specialist – International Programs

Tacoma Community College
Tacoma, WA
Closing date
Nov 28, 2022

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Program Development
Position Type
Employment Type
Internship / Student
Organization Type
Community College
Who We Are
Tacoma Community College ( TCC ) is built on the traditional homelands of the Puyallup Tribe. The Puyallup people have lived on and stewarded these lands since the beginning of time and continue to do so today. Our college commits to uplifting the voices, experiences, and histories of the Indigenous people of this land and beyond. TCC stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the Black community and we strive to become an anti-racist institution. We are examining racism, both implicit and explicit, as a system of domination, and we seek to identify and abolish it in our policies, procedures, and practices.

As the winner of the 2020 Association of Community College Trustees Equity Award for the entire Pacific Region, TCC is committed to recruiting faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse community we serve. We are specifically focusing on improved support for traditionally underserved populations at TCC including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, Dreamers, justice-involved, immigrants and refugees, Veterans, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community. To this end, the college seeks applicants who will intentionally support and promote efforts related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and who recognize and honor the important role that diversity brings to an educational community.

Since opening its doors in 1965, Tacoma Community College has provided a high-quality, affordable education to more than 500,000 people. Serving Tacoma, Gig Harbor, the Key Peninsula, online students and the women’s prisons, TCC educates about 11,000 students annually. Many TCC students are the first in their families to attend college, 58 percent receive financial aid, 13 percent have children, 42 percent are students of color, and 48 percent work while attending school. TCC has multiple campuses: the main campus is in Tacoma, another is in Gig Harbor, and two additional sites are maintained at the Washington Corrections Centers for Women.

Global Discovery Program
The Global Discovery Program (GDP) is a long-term partnership between International Programs at TCC and the University of Kitakyushu (UKK) in Japan. Each year, UKK sends two cohorts of students to study at TCC for 2 quarters each. Students will study and practice English while also having the opportunity to take classes on U.S. History and Multicultural Education and participate in a variety of fun and educational activities such as field trips and volunteer opportunities. The first cohort is here Fall and Winter quarters and the second cohort is here Spring and Summer.

Position Summary
This part-time hourly position assists with the programming and operational aspects of a comprehensive 6-month educational program for a group of students from Japan who are non-native English speakers with varying levels of English proficiency. This position reports directly to the Assistant Director of Housing & Short-Term Programs.
Essential Functions Guide, coordinate and manage the arrival and departure process including vehicle reservations, airport pick up and drop offs,
Coordinates and communicates with host families.
Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Housing & Short-Term Programs on planning events and activities, including purchasing tickets and entry fees for events.
Communicates with faculty to develop class schedule with the Assistant Director of Housing & Short-Term Programs.
Develops unique and creative short-term programs based on recommended learning outcomes from international partners.
Tracks short-term program expenses, and keeps track of all receipts.
Creates itineraries including educational and cultural activities components.
Direct and oversee program student mentors and ensures that mentors are conducting themselves professionally at all times.
Monitor day to day progress of short-term programs.
Assist with new student orientation, welcome and farewell ceremony.
Perform other related tasks and projects as assigned, assisting with special projects or helping with special events.

Qualifications Minimum Qualifications

High School graduate or equivalent.
Experience with student programming/activities or similar experience
Experience with expense and budget tracking
Experience with MS Word and Excel
This is a 2 quarter commitment, must be able to serve the program for Fall and Winter quarter

Preferred Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution
Experience creating a comprehensive program schedule for extended, cohort based groups
Experience with creating and managing Canvas course modules
Supervision or lead experience, especially with student employees.
Overseas experience in the form of living or studying abroad.
Competency in a foreign language

Conditions of Employment
Successful completion of a criminal history background check prior to employment.
Must have reliable transportation to go to community meetings and events.

The Successful Candidate Will Demonstrate
Understanding of the impact of racial trauma and intersecting identities especially with educating and support international students who often have no prior experience of the U.S. specific context around these issues and frequently have preconceptions based on film, TV, and propaganda in their home countries.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Understanding of students’ lived experiences, particularly in white-dominated spaces.
Understanding of the impact of racial trauma and intersecting identities
Commitment to the Community College mission.
A high degree of professional integrity and respect for confidentiality.
Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. This includes the ability to speak clearly and fully comprehend written and spoken English and to communicate clearly with native and non-native speakers.
Proven ability to serve the needs of students, staff and faculty that represent a broad spectrum of ages, abilities, ethnicities, education and cultural backgrounds.
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact with a diverse populations, both internal and external to the college.
Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with students, colleagues, and staff.
Ethics and integrity and sound professional judgment.
Strong organizational and problem solving abilities. Ability to multitask and prioritize a heavy workload.
Excellent customer service skills; including establishing, building, and maintaining internal/external customer satisfaction.

Application Process Application Material & Procedures
Complete application packages must include the following.

Tacoma Community College online application.
Cover letter and Resume. In your cover letter describe which position you are interested in applying for and how your experience meets the qualifications for the position.

Terms of Employment
This is a part time hourly position scheduled to work up to 20 hours per week. The pay rate is $17-20 per hour.. Flexibility in scheduling is required to meet the needs of the department. Hours will be 9AM - 5PM Monday through Friday based on department needs.

Tacoma Community College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Tacoma Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Stephen Smith, Title VII and Title IX, Building 14, 253-566-5055; Dr. Davi Kallman, Section 504 Officer, Building 7, 253-566-5157. This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and/or modified without notice.

Tacoma Community College
Human Resources
6501 S 19th St Bldg. 14, Tacoma WA 98466
Benefits not applicable.

Which best describes your level of education? High School graduate or equivalent
Some College
Associates degree from an accredited college or university
Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university
Masters degree or higher from an accredited college or university

Do you have experience with student programming/activities or similar experience? Yes

Do you have experience with expense and budget tracking? Yes

How much experience do you possess with Microsoft Office Suite? None

Please explain your experience with creating a comprehensive program schedule for extended, cohort-based groups.

Please explain your experience living or studying in another country or a similar situation requiring significant cultural adjustments.

Do you have experience with creating and managing Canvas course modules? Yes

Do you have supervisory or lead experience? Yes

Do you possess overseas experience in the form of living or studying abroad? Yes

Do you possess competency in a foreign language? Yes

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