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Global Discovery Program Mentor - International Programs

Tacoma Community College
University Place, WA
Closing date
Apr 6, 2024

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Program Development
Position Type
Employment Type
Organization Type
Community College
Who We Are

Located in the scenic Puget Sound area with Mount Rainier in the distance, Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington State with a thriving and diverse community of over 200,000 residents. Tacoma Community College (TCC) was built on the ancestral territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Puyallup. The 1854 Medicine Creek Treaty forcibly removed them to the Puyallup Reservation to make way for settlers; we recognize the privilege of utilizing this land has come at great cost. We honor the resilience of the Puyallup people, who still live here, defend their rights, and contribute greatly to the well-being of this community. Our institution aims to increase partnerships and community ties with the local indigenous populations. Moreover, TCC stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the Black community by providing a safe place for learning and examining racism as a system of domination, identifying and abolishing it in our policies, procedures, and practices, both implicit and explicit.

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

Tacoma Community College is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 14,000 students. We embrace our identity as a community college. Our stated mission is to create meaningful and relevant learning, inspire greater equity, and celebrate success in our lives and in our communities. Tacoma Community College is committed to recruiting faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse community we serve. We know we can always do better in serving our students equitably and improving our students' successes. We are specifically focusing on better supporting traditionally underserved populations at TCC, including Black and brown men, Native Americans, Veterans, 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."

TCC is committed to developing and sustaining a vibrant educational environment where all students can thrive by providing educational opportunities such as learning communities, honors programming, undergraduate student research, bachelor of applied science degrees, and study abroad. TCC is committed to student success, and promotes innovation to help students. TCC is one of 67 colleges selected nationally to participate in the Department of Education's Second Chance Pell pilot program, providing access to education for incarcerated individuals. Designated a Military Friendly College, TCC is proud to serve Pierce County's military community. In fall 2018, the college opened a food pantry on campus to support students experiencing food insecurity and was recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School for its College Housing Assistance Program, a community partnership that helpsstudents' access affordable housing.

About the Short-Term Program:

This Short-Term Program is a partnership between International Programs at TCC and one of our partners in Denmark. Each year, approximately 40 students come to TCC for a 1-week short-term American Culture and Sociology program. Students participate in a variety of fun and educational activities such as field trips and volunteer opportunities.

About the 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. One cohort is here Fall and Winter quarters and the other cohort is here Spring and Summer.

About the position:

Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of International and Short Term Housing, the program mentors will assist the Global Discovery Program Specialist with the planning and implementation of the GDP program. The schedule will include some evening and weekend hours.

Essential Functions
  • Assist with airport pick up when group arrives and airport drop offs when the group departs.
  • Assist with new student orientation and transitions.
  • Transport students to and from organized events in college vans.
  • Mentor GDP students regarding cultural differences and adjustment.
  • Lead weekly conversation practice, "Culture Hour", with GDP students.
  • Plan and supervise on and off campus activities; which may include full day field trips.
  • Liaise between GDP students and lead staff in the international department as issues or concerns arise.
  • Assist GDP coordinator and lead staff with special projects, including a farewell ceremony at the conclusion of each cohort.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Must have completed at least 1 quarter at TCC and be currently enrolled for at least 10 credits.
  • International Students must maintain at least 12 credits to remain in status
  • Minimum of 3.0 college level GPA upon hiring and must maintain 3.0 quarterly GPA as a mentor.
  • Assessment at ENGL 95 or above (for non-native speakers).
  • This is a 2 quarter commitment, must be able to serve the program for Spring and Summer quarter

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience living or studying in another country or a similar situation requiring significant cultural adjustments.
  • Familiarity with Tacoma and the broader Puget Sound area for entertainment, recreation, and/or general life (like where to find Asian grocery stores, what areas to check out (and what to avoid, less common American routines like tipping, etc).

Conditions of Employment
  • Successful completion of a criminal history background check prior to employment.
  • Commitment to be available for at least one complete cohort; current confirmed cohort will be mid-September through Late March. Cohort 2 is still TBD, but would be Late March through mid-August.
  • Currently in good standing with TCC and immigration (if international student).

The Successful Candidate Will Demonstrate
  • Ethics and integrity.
  • Excellent customer service skills; including building and maintaining internal/external customer satisfaction and the ability to problem solve and find information.
  • Demonstrate a background in working effectively with a diverse population in a customer service environment.
  • An appreciation of diversity and the benefits of a commitment to cultural awareness and sensitivity in the workplace.
  • An appreciation for the difference between peer mentoring and supervising or teaching.
  • Polite telephone etiquette.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team.
  • Strong written, verbal and organizational skills.
  • Must be available for evening and weekend hours.

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.
  • Optional: no more than 2 Letters of recommendation from TCC staff, faculty, or other teachers and supervisors are welcome, but not required.

Terms of Employment

This part-time hourly position is bound by theWAC 357-04-045provisions above. This is an hourly position scheduled to work up to 16 hours per week. The pay rate is $16.28 per hour, flexibility in scheduling is required to meet the needs of the department. Hourly non-student employeesmay be applicable for a comprehensive healthcare benefits package for you and your dependents including medical, dental, and vision insurance. Life and long-term disability insurance plansand retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our employment page/employment benefits:

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. Tacoma Community College is a smoke-free/drug-free environment. This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire and can be changed and or modified without notice.

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6501 S 19th St Bldg. 14, Tacoma WA 98466


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