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FT STEM Specialist, Cabrillo College CA

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Specialist

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 Aptos, CA 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA
Job Type
Job Number
1/19/2017 11:59 PM Pacific
Employment Opportunity
Application Deadline: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Salary Range:  $53,646 to $82,288 per year, salary placement determined by documented education and experience; maximum initial salary step placement on the faculty salary schedule is step 9.

Cabrillo College provides a doctoral stipend of $3,582 per year for eligible faculty.

Benefits:  Cabrillo College currently provides a benefit stipend that employees apply towards benefit selections for medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance.

Days Per Year:  This position enjoys a 175-day work day schedule; including summer and/or winter months.

Start Date:  This *categorically-funded Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Project Specialist assignment is scheduled to begin in February 2017, pending continued categorical-funding and Governing Board ratification.  This position is a year-to year assignment up to five (5) years, pursuant to Ed Code 87470. In addition, assignment may be at various campus locations; days, evenings, and/or weekends and will include part or all of the summer.

About Cabrillo College: Situated on Monterey Bay in the county of Santa Cruz, California, Cabrillo College is one of the most highly regarded community colleges in the state for its success in the area of transfer and career education and currently serves over 13,000 students.  Cabrillo College transfers many of its students to three nearby universities – the University of California at Santa Cruz, San Jose State University in the heart of Silicon Valley, and California State University at Monterey Bay. Cabrillo's career education is closely connected to the nearby Silicon Valley business environment as well as that of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.  Cabrillo focuses on student-centered learning and has a tradition of participatory governance.

The Solari Green Technology Center (SGTC) is located near the Watsonville Center which also serves as a teaching facility to students and the greater community. It is built to top level platinum standard in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).  

Faculty at Cabrillo College have a long history of participatory governance and participate in all levels of decision-making at the college.  Cabrillo provides an opportunity to learn, collaborate, create, and make a difference in the lives of its students and community.

About the Grant:  Cabrillo College has received a $5.4 million, five-year STEM grant from the United States Department of Education (on a year-to-year basis).  The grant is specifically geared towards program development at Hispanic-Serving institutions.

The goals of the grant are as follows:
To develop/revise key STEM curricula to infuse content and resources related to environmental sustainability and to develop/pilot student-centered services that promote STEM success, persistence, degree completion, and transfer.
To establish transferable AS degrees in Sustainable Agricultural Technology and Environmental Science, as well as a new Certificate in Sustainability, while expanding transfer pathways to "green" STEM bachelor's degrees at University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) institutions.
To create robust student-centered services including STEM advising, coaching for STEM majors, and STEM tutoring, with outcomes including increased STEM enrollment, degree completion, and transfer.
Examples of Duties
Under direction of the STEM Project Director, and in collaboration with the Division Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS), responsibilities include:

Coordinate the daily implementation of STEM grant activities
Coordinate the STEM coaching system – a mentoring student-centered service designed to promote STEM persistence, degree completion, and transfer.  The proposed coaching system will match first-year student participants with more advanced student coaches who will provide personalized support for addressing extra-curricular issues impacting college persistence, including personal commitments and financial challenges.
Develop new student-centered services, provide appropriate training to advisors and STEM Coaches,
Lead the evaluation of service outcomes, and work closely with the contracted Research Analyst to implement a well-designed study of the impact of STEM coaching on the STEM persistence of Latino and other underrepresented students.
Assist the project director with annual performance reports and other reports as required
Assist Curriculum Specialist in researching existing undergraduate sustainability courses within the CSU and UC systems and provide suggestions on how best to incorporate them at Cabrillo's campus
Assist Curriculum Specialist in providing professional development and support for faculty members involved in developing, revising, and piloting new sustainability curriculum in STEM courses.  This will include supporting the development of project-based and service-learning curriculum
Coordinate all aspects of the new STEM Coaching program and other STEM-related program activities
Work directly with students and their families in understanding the importance of STEM education and careers
Establish ties with Cabrillo STEM alumni to develop professional relationships between alumni and present STEM students
Facilitate timely completion and implementation of all projects and related tasks
Participate in STEM committee and task force meetings as required or assigned; may be required to drive to various campus and off campus locations
Communicate effectively with various college departments, divisions and personnel, including grant personnel
Establish and maintain effective working relationships
Develop and effectively present at workshops and informational meetings
Perform related duties as required and/or assigned
Minimum Qualifications
Required Education from a U.S. Department of Education recognized accredited organization, and licensure qualifications:

Meet *state minimum qualifications in one (or more) of the disciplines listed below OR
Biological Sciences
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Construction Management
Earth Science
Engineering Technology
Ornamental Horticulture
The Equivalent OR
A lifetime California community College Instructor Credential in any of the above disciplines
*California State Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum qualifications for the areas listed above can be obtained from the California Community College Chancellor's Office website at:


Candidates without the specified degrees listed above must complete and submit an Application for Equivalency Determination.  Additionally, candidates must provide documentation, as part of this application process, sufficient to convince the committee that the candidate possesses the equivalent of these minimum qualifications, including the depth and breadth of discipline knowledge plus general education.

Required Professional Expertise:
Knowledge of and commitment to teaching strategies and methods which enhance student success at community colleges.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to teach the courses or perform the duties effectively as described above (teaching demonstration will be part of the interview).
Ability to communicate effectively with students of diverse academic, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, including students with disabilities.
Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others.
Required Knowledge and Abilities:
Three (3) years of recent experience working in a STEM field and/or successful experience teaching and/or student support services in a STEM field
Experience working with community and/or professional organizations
Experience in curriculum development and personnel management
Demonstrated commitment to serving students, at the community college level, with diverse backgrounds, interests, goals and abilities
Knowledge of and commitment to the community college philosophy
Principles of program coordination, organization and administration
Knowledge of and expertise in computer and word processing applications related to the work
Ability to exercise sound judgment in planning, evaluating, and following through on projects and related activities
Ability to work independently and as part of a team (project staff/college faculty)
Ability to effectively organize work, set priorities and meet critical deadlines
Ability to exhibit and apply effective leadership and supervisory skills
Other Requirements:
Must possess at time of hire and maintain a valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record during the course of employment
Must be willing to work days, evenings and weekends at various campus and off campus locations; must be able to work during summer months
 Desired Qualifications/Performance Expectations:
Experience mentoring, advising or coaching students in STEM disciplines
Experience offering professional development to faculty members, preferably within project-based learning and service-learning domains
Knowledge and passion for working with Latino and other under-represented students in STEM fields
Familiarity with California's community college system
Knowledge of active learning pedagogies, such as project-based learning and service learning.
Experience with educational research or evaluation of students outcomes
Ability to work on an interdisciplinary team
English/Spanish bilingual ability
Knowledge of bilingual/bicultural populations and others traditionally underrepresented in higher education
Prior experience working at an Hispanic Serving Institution two (2) or four (4) year college or university serving 25% or more Hispanic students)
Recent teaching experience at community college level
A search committee will review complete applications.  Meeting minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.  Therefore, it is critical that candidates submit a detailed and complete application.   When filling out the online application, it is important that you fill out all sections completely.  Do not leave blank spaces, or notes saying "see resume".  When adding attachments, please redact ALL of the following items which appear on any attachment before you submit it:  social security number, birth date, age, gender, birth place and personal photos.  The application and supporting materials will be used to assess each candidate's qualifications as they relate to the assignment.

To be considered, each candidate MUST SUBMIT:
Completed and signed Cabrillo College Employment Application
Cover letter, which states how the candidate specifically meets the required and desired qualifications
Job-related resume
Verification of educational qualifications (Foreign transcripts must be translated to determine equivalency to U.S. standards.  Any fee for such translation is paid by the applicant):
Transcripts from all colleges attended (downloads and unofficial transcripts acceptable).  If selected, it is the responsibility of the
candidate to provide official transcripts, diplomas, degrees or other documents as may be required
Supplemental Application for Equivalency Determination and supporting documentation.  (This is only necessary if candidate does not possess and submit proof of specified degrees listed in minimum qualifications OR does not possess a valid lifetime California Community College Counseling credential.)
Copy of current California driver's license
Three (3) recent job-related letters of recommendation which address the candidate's ability to perform the duties of this position
A separate, attached written statement (not to exceed two {2} pages) regarding the barriers that prevent Hispanic/Latino and low-income students from succeeding in college STEM fields.  Also describe ways in which the College can help students overcome these barriers.
 If any of the required materials are not submitted with your application packet, your application will be deemed incomplete and will not be forwarded to the committee for screening.

Please notify the Human Resources Department if you require any special accommodation(s) in meeting these requirements.

Candidates selected for employment with Cabrillo College must agree to be fingerprinted and cleared, provide current Tuberculosis test results, provide proof of eligibility for employment in the United States and present a valid Social Security card upon hire.

Application Deadline: Application materials MUST be successfully submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

Cabrillo College seeks applications from all qualified individuals.  It is the continuing goal of Cabrillo College to hire and retain staff that reflect the rich diversity and cultural heritage of the college district and its student body.
Cabrillo College
6500 Soquel Drive

Aptos, California, 95003.
(831) 479-6217