Spokane MESA Director - Washington State University in Spokane Washington

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Washington State University

Spokane, Washington

United States


Detailed Job Description

The Spokane MESA Director manages the daily operations and strategic objectives of the Center’s program, and is responsible for developing, managing, implementing, and assessing middle and high school programs in the Spokane/Cheney area. The focus for each program is the student, with the primary interest to provide mathematics, engineering and science programs for African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander and female populations. The Center Director works closely with Eastern Washington University (EWU) MESA Co-Sponsors for the Spokane Center. The Center Director may collaborate with either the University Sponsor or the Statewide Director as the situation requires. The Director receives advice and counsel from the Statewide Director, the local Advisory Board, and the State Board of Directors.

The MESA Program serves over 400 students within seven middle schools and five high schools (Spokane/Cheney Public Schools) with 19 teachers. In addition to classroom instruction, the MESA Program offers various events including MESA field trips, Math and Science Day, and MESA teacher workshops.

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in a field related to the functional managerial area which has included at least one (1) year of supervisory experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in mathematics, engineering, science, social science, or education.

Experience working effectively with middle and high school students, parents, community groups from diverse cultures.

Experience engaging under-represented students, exposing students to programs and services regarding access to colleges/universities.

Experience working with non-profit or community service organizations.

Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers.

Familiarity with the organization and operation of secondary school/district administration; university/community college systems, business and industry.

Experience in grant development (public and/or private).

Monthly Salary


Additional Information

Leadership – 50%
Develops strategic plan, annual organization goals, objectives, and measures.

Responsible for ensuring successful daily operations and administration for Spokane MESA.

Directs MESA activities and communicates MESA philosophy and goals with school administrators, teachers, and staff at MESA schools, MESA parents and students, local business and industry, community organizations, university sponsors and the local MESA Advisory Board.

Provides regular direction, collaboration, guidance, and management of staff.

Leads all communication with Advisory Board and board subcommittees, including recruiting of new board members, board orientation, and development.

Plans, negotiates resources for, and implements improvements to service delivery for MESA students (for example, new programs and/or classes; additional grade levels, schools and/or school districts) through collaboration with school personnel, parents, community and state MESA resources.

Responsible for planning board meetings, retreats, and follow up, in collaboration with board leaders. Shares best practices while working collaboratively on state-wide initiatives.

Provides input on state-wide legislative issues impacting education in math, science and Engineering that address the achievement gap in our state.

Program Development and Management – 30%
Responsible for program development, management, marketing, and identification of leaders/teachers for each program.

Develops and promotes public relations and partnerships enhancement activities that heighten public awareness and support for the local MESA Program.

Works in collaboration with WSU Spokane and EWU partners, community leaders, school districts, educators, and parents to ensure that programs best meet the needs of students; ensure recruitment and selection of appropriate MESA Advisors, counselors, and students.

Based on feedback and results from students, teachers, parents, staff, and other stakeholders, adjusts program content and delivery to enhance and improve program outcomes.

Identifies and builds partnerships with key community members, programs, and organizations with common missions, goals, and clients.

Represents MESA program at a variety of events in the community for program recruiting, public relations and fundraising.

Renews site agreements with partner school districts every two years.

Fundraising and Fiscal Management – 15%
In coordination with WA MESA, Development staff, EWU partners, and Advisory Board, designs fundraising strategy to ensure consistent funding from community, business, and agencies that support and reflect MESA’s vision.

Works in collaboration with Washington State University Spokane, Eastern Washington University, Spokane Public Schools, Cheney Public Schools and other education partners for in-kind support, facilities, financial resources, and other mutual benefits.

Exercises responsible fiscal stewardship with the development and effective management of annual operations budget and multiple project budgets. Builds and manages annual budget, and all financial transactions, obtaining approvals, disbursements and documentation, financial analysis and reporting for the organization.

Participates in statewide planning, budgeting, strategic planning, and evaluation as requested; collects appropriate data required to prepare grant and funding proposals.

Seeks opportunities for additional grant support for Spokane MESA projects.

Provides budget plans to school district partners annually with revisions as needed.

Other – 5%
Other duties as assigned.

WSU Spokane is a tobacco free campus

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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