The Director of Education Programs helps advance the equity-centered mission of Pierce College by providing leadership in the planning, development, implementation, and assessment of all programs associated with the College’s Education Career Pathway. The Education Career Pathway encompasses programming for education transfer, professional-technical early childhood education, para-education, and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Teaching.
The Director of Education Programs is able to establish and sustain a supportive collegial work climate, cooperatively leading the program towards continued excellence, ensuring learning experiences serve a diverse student body that effectively prepares graduates for the workforce. Under the administrative direction of the Dean of Business and Social Science this position has the responsibility to oversee the laboratory preschool, establish and maintain early learning partnerships, develop curriculum and programming, scheduling, staff development, grant management, enrollment management, budget planning, accreditation compliance, marketing and special projects.
Please note:The health and well-being of our students and staff are top priorities. In order to safeguard the health of our district, all Pierce College employees are working remotely until further notice, with a few exceptions for core staff and labs. More information is located under the "Physical Work Environment" section listed below.
Themission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.
Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Top 5 community colleges in the nation, from the 2019 Community College Excellence award, Pierce College is an innovative and mission-driven community college committed to antiracism and excellence to equitably support all students achieve their academic and professional goals. Check out our Aspen Institute Rising Star Award.
About the District: The College enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in numerous partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations. The campuses have modern facilities that include state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces; an immersive, full-dome digital planetarium; child development centers; and health education centers, all with a beautiful view of nearby Mount Rainier. Want a feel for our District? Take a peek at our Campus views!
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom - Located on a beautiful 140-acre site adjacent to a 340-acre community and recreational park, includingWaughop Lake.
Pierce College Puyallup – Located on a luscious site with 125-acres of wooded land withbeautiful hideaways.
Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord – Located at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) military sites, serving many of our military and active duty families that are serving our county.
Pierce County: An amazing place to call home Pierce County stands out as one of the most beautiful and livable areas in the United States, offering its citizens the benefits of both rural and urban life in the Pacific Northwest. Both campuses command views of majestic Mount Rainier. The area's moderate climate, along with nearby mountains, forests, rivers, the Puget Sound, and Pacific Ocean, provide for many outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, kayaking, beach combing, biking, and golfing. At the same time, most of Pierce County is only minutes away from Tacoma or a short drive to Seattle where world-class cultural, arts, shopping and sporting activities abound. The area boasts an amazing array of housing options from urban condos to rural acreage and everything in between. Located in the heart of one of America's most amazing areas, Pierce County is a wonderful place to call home.
Program Leadership and Supervision Actively supports and engages in actions to advance Pierce College’s goals for equity and inclusion in order to ensure access and support for our diverse student body. Recruits, interviews, and recommends hiring of potential part-time faculty and staff to the dean. Supervises (train, evaluate, schedule, coach, discipline) program staff and part-time faculty, and assists them with obtaining appropriate professional development. Serves as the first source for managing education, student/faculty academic concerns, and works with the dean to timely address concerns to enhance and improve students' academic experience. Promotes professional development and supports a collaborative climate which fosters innovation and academic excellence.
Fostering Student Success Serves as a leader in ensuring Education Programs equitably supports student achievement and attainment of academic and career goals. Ensures that education programs adhere to accreditation standards, effectively integrates campus mission, and reflects the vision established to advance success of a diverse student body. Completes class and course evaluations, waivers, and substitutions.
Recruits members for Advisory Committees and the Professional Educator Advisory Board; organizes and leads advisory committee meetings. Serves as primary program representative and advocate in working with employers and community partners at professional, state, federal regulatory and licensing agencies, and at state and national early childhood education and teacher preparation profession- related meetings and trainings. Ensures Educational Programs is in compliance with national, and state, licensing standards, laws, regulations, and guidelines.
Provides leadership on program accreditation and data reporting to the national accrediting body (CAEP) and the state regulatory board (PESB). Works with stakeholders across programs including faculty, staff, principals, mentor teachers, and community as well as school/district partners to ensure consistent, systemic implementation, supportive of student teacher success and aligned with program expectations and state guidelines.
Curriculum and Scheduling Coordinates the development of Education Programs annual schedule with program faculty.Collaborates with four-year institutions on the development of articulation agreements, alignment of curriculum, and process for successful student transition. Ensures curriculum currency and program is in compliance with institutional annual reviews, academic planning, and accreditation specific to the program.
General Management Oversees the operations of the laboratory preschool. Participates in development of Education Programs’ budget. Coordinates (identifies and facilitates) professional development opportunities for education faculty and staff. Identifies equipment needs in coordination with faculty members, advisory committee, and employer input; serves as primary contact for equipment funding and purchasing for the program. Serves on college committees and participates in shared governance. Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.
Five (5) years of experience as a teacher of children.
Two (2) years of experience in teacher education.
Demonstrated commitment to student success, by fostering social justice and antiracist teaching practices.
Evidence of strong communication, transparent decision-making and effective delegating.
Experience in establishing and maintaining effective relationships and connections with public school partners preferred.
Special Requirements and/or Conditions of Employment:
The successful candidate must consent to and pass a criminal background check after a conditional offer of employment. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will considered in determining the applicant's suitability to perform in this position.
Must be able to travel independently between college campuses and other work locations to include early learning programs, local school districts, and state level conferences/committees.
Required Competencies: Knowledge, skills, abilities, traits and characteristics Leadership: Fosters excellence in instruction and programming; uses effective leadership skills, including coaching and mentoring, to support employees in achieving the college mission and their individual professional goals; builds consensus around challenging issues and makes informed decisions that resolve conflict; effectively moves processes forward to accomplish goals. Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: Exercises strategic thinking and innovation in academic planning; uses excellent time management and problem-solving techniques; displays professional judgment in complex and sensitive situations; analyzes problems, identifies alternative solutions and consequences of proposed actions, articulates possibilities, and implements recommendations to support goals; demonstrates critical, creative, and reflective thinking. Student Focus: Cooperates with staff and faculty to develop processes that are student friendly and supportive of student success; promotes the welfare and best interests of students at all times; strives for consistency of process across the district. Teamwork: Works as an integral part of the Education Programs team; supports shared governance; promotes innovation and professional development in both academic and administrative areas of Pierce College; works collaboratively with Student Services in the identification and implementation of promising practices for student completion. Cultural Humility: Values open-mindedness, inclusion, multicultural perspectives, and multiple ways of knowing, thinking, and being. Actively supports and engages in Pierce College’s mission and core theme for equity, diversity, and inclusion in order to provide access and support for our diverse community of learners. Demonstrates a passion for serving all types of learners. Job Knowledge: Leads development of curriculum, educational policies, and educational assessments; applies knowledge of innovations and trends in teaching and learning within higher education; ensures college curriculum reflects community, regional, state and national needs; able to balance the work of multiple projects from design through completion; adept at using data to assess current programs and student achievement and to plan future initiatives; manages budgets with understanding of the rules and processes; working knowledge of technology tools that support instruction and administration. Effective Communication: Works collaboratively with all areas of the college community to communicate values, outcomes, and priorities and to develop positive relationships; advocates for the program with internal and external groups; communicates effectively and collaboratively with faculty, staff and leadership; uses effective listening skills and applies effective written and oral communication techniques to convey clear, timely, persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others. Personal Responsibility: Exhibits a high level of personal and professional conduct which contributes to the overall mission and goals; accepts personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work; earns the trust, respect and confidence of coworkers, students, and community partners through fairness, truthfulness, honesty, sensitivity, reliability and professionalism in all interactions; builds and maintains the trust of others; adheres to high standards of integrity and honesty.
In 1967, more than 1,500 students walked through the doors of Pierce College sites with a special goal in mind: to further their education inside their own community. Then called Clover Park Community College, students attended classes in a variety of locations throughout Pierce County. The college held its first graduation ceremony on June 7, 1968. Seven students earned their associate degrees, and more than 200 completed the college’s Adult High School program that year. After a successful first year, the first order of business was to change the name to Fort Steilacoom Community College. A permanent campus was established on 146 acres overlooking Fort Steilacoom Park and Lake Waughop. In 1987, the college began focusing on expansion and growth of the Puyallup site. The college purchased 123 acres near South Hill, and the new campus’ first permanent building, the Gaspard Education Center, was dedicated in 1990. The campus continued to expand, and in 1996 the Brouillet Library Science building opened. Pierce College Puyallup was recognized by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in 1999 as the state’s 34th community college and the second college in Pierce College District 11.