Program Assistant (VALOR Center) - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Santa Clara, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The VALOR Center at Mission College is seeking a talented individual to fill the position of Program Assistant.

Mission College is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate the college for its friendly staff and supportive atmosphere.

Under direction of an assigned supervisor, assist a program manager by implementing routine, but specialized, aspects of an instructional, administrative or student services program independently; perform a wide variety of specialized clerical duties involving database management and budget control; train and provide work direction to student or hourly clerical assistants as assigned.

Veterans, and applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.


100% of full time, 37.5 hours per week, 12 months per year, with anticipated start date of February 17, 2016. Schedule may change to include some evening or weekend hours, as needed. This position is a member of the West Valley-Mission Classified Employees Association (WVMCEA), Office, Technical & Business Services Employee Unit.

Work Location: Mission College, Santa Clara, CA.

We have begun a district-wide classification study of all regular, non-faculty staff positions. A classification study is a process of studying, analyzing, and describing the nature and level of work performed by employees. This classification study will ultimately produce uniform job descriptions for every employee.

The classification study will also include a compensation study that will provide information on what other employers pay employees who are performing similar duties. The District will use this information to ensure that our employees are adequately compensated.

The classification study started in November 2014 and is expected to take approximately 12-18 months to complete. As a result of this study, it is possible for the job description and/or compensation to change in this position opening.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination equivalent to:
1. Education – Graduation from high school including or supplemented by clerical training, including office practices and procedures;


2. Experience – Three years of increasingly responsible clerical experience involving public contact and microcomputer operation, including experience as sole clerical support in an office;


3. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience working with veterans.
  • Knowledge of Adapted Software to accommodate Veterans with Disabilities highly desired.
  • Knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act of 1973 preferred.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.

  • Provides specialized customer service to members of the various branches of military service, Veterans, and their eligible dependents; relates relevant and accurate information in-person, electronically and by telephone for all inquiries.
  • Assist a Veteran program independently
  • Perform a wide variety of specialized clerical duties involving reception desk, entering and monitoring appointments
  • Monitor budget expenses and perform database entry and management
  • Serve as a secondary back-up for document certification and transcript review.
  • Serve as multi-department liaison
  • Train and provide work direction to student or hourly clerical assistants as assigned.
  • Serve as initial source of information and assistance with computer check-in; respond to persons contacting program office in person and on the telephone or department e-mail/text
  • Answer questions and explain program requirements and procedures, course/program schedules, policies and procedures, registration, course offerings or other program services.
  • Refer students to other areas of the college as appropriate.
  • Provide clerical support to assigned function; distribute, explain, receive, review, process, enter, check, compile, verify, track, retrieve, maintain and file a variety of data, forms, applications, certifications, records and petitions.
  • Process, prepare, issue and distribute other program information and material as required.
  • Operate a computer, computer terminal, multi–line telephone console, fax machine, copier, calculator and other office equipment related to assignment.
  • Receive, open, sort, route and distribute mail and faxes; order, store and maintain office supplies
  • Order forms and other items as required.
  • Attend some off-campus Veteran Outreach events as assigned.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
  • Operation of computer equipment and various software programs including word processing, database management and spreadsheet computer applications software, internet and e-mail.
  • Operation of office equipment, such as fax machine, copier and electronic telephone system.
  • Correct English usage, spelling, grammar and vocabulary.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy.
  • Telephone techniques and etiquette.
  • Data entry techniques.
  • Record keeping and filing methods.

Ability to:

  • Learn specifics of assigned program quickly and accurately.
  • Perform responsible and difficult clerical work with speed and accuracy.
  • Learn, interpret apply and explain rules, laws, policies and procedures and apply them with good judgment in a variety of procedural situations.
  • Receive, record, verify, process and document information.
  • Process documents accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Maintain accurate records and databases using computers and peripheral equipment.
  • Carry out verbal and written directions independently.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze situations and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Work effectively with frequent interruptions and stringent timelines.
  • Apply and explain procedures and requirements for area of assignment.
  • Collect, compile and analyze data.
  • Make arithmetical calculations with speed and accuracy.
  • Operate office equipment such as computer, computer terminal, printer, calculator, copier and fax machine.
  • Use word processing, spreadsheet and data base management computer software effectively.
  • Operate a keyboard at a speed of not less than 50 word per minute from clear copy.
  • Take and transcribe dictation as required.
  • Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural and socio–economic background using tact, diplomacy and courtesy.
  • Work independently with minimum supervision.

Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $3,809–$4,138 monthly (WVMCEA Salary Schedule, Range 54, Steps A-C).
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse, and/or dependents.
  • Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
  • Voluntary life insurance.
  • 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
  • 10 days vacation leave accrued annually; rate increases step-wise up to maximum 22 days vacation leave accrued annually.
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
  • Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
  • Educational growth incentive program from $40 to $200 monthly.
  • $500 longevity award annually after 10 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 15 years of service.
  • CalPERS retirement.
  • Position is union affiliated with required dues.
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keyword Phrases

  • Program Assistant (VALOR Center)
  • 2 Silicon Valley locations
  • student-centered learning environment
  • empowering diverse human capital
  • Curriculum & Instructional Technology and Design
  • Program Administrators and Coordinators
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume