Foundation for California Community Colleges,

Associate Director, California Medicine Scholars Program

1 month ago
Employment type
Los Angeles

Functional Title: Associate Director

CALPERS Title: Associate Director

Department: California Medicine Scholars Program

Reports To: Executive Director, California Medicine Scholars Program

FLSA Status: Exempt
Primary Work Location: Remote within CA; some in-person required in Oakland, CA.

Last Updated: 02/17/2022
Flex Work Option: Some

Position Summary

The Foundation’s collaborative impact programs provide quality resources, educational programs, student engagement, and training for Community Colleges and the students that they serve, especially those who have been historically underrepresented. We are committed to enhancing existing services that assist students who face barriers to pursuing their academic goals, launching careers, maintaining wellness, and becoming active citizens in local communities.

The California Medicine Coalition (CMC) is a coalition of senior education leaders, physicians, diversity advocates, and educators led by the California Medicine Executive Advisory Board. The CMC developed the California Medicine Scholars Program (CMSP), which is a statewide, partnership pathway that begins at community colleges to produce more underrepresented, primary care physicians and, in turn, reduce health disparities in California communities. The CMSP pathway includes regional, collaborative efforts organized by Regional Hubs of Healthcare Opportunity (RHHOs) and includes community colleges, 4-year universities, schools of medicine, community health clinics, and community-based organizations.

Associate Directors provide an important level of local support for the RHHOs work around planning, implementing, and supporting the California Medicine Scholars Program in their current structures. They foster regional collaboration and serve as liaisons between colleges/districts, community-based organizations and health centers, and the California Medicine Central Office. They help inform development of needed tools and resources as the RHHOs work to integrate the California Medicine Scholars Program throughout their hub’s participating community colleges, 4-year institutions, and regional School of Medicine. Coordinators are available to act as thought partners, provide coaching, and share available resources, tools, and promising practices.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

Technical Assistance, Facilitations, and Communications:

  • Assists RHHO implementation and supports post-secondary practitioners and community partners with program planning and implementation, network building, site coordination, consultations, and event planning related to California Medicine Scholars Program.
  • Coordinates and/or participates in regional meetings as needed to build organizational relationships and further the California Medicine Scholars Program adoption in the region.
  • Monitors the implementation and ongoing delivery of services within and across regions and recommends updated and/or new service models that advance the mission and policies of the program.
  • Demonstrates initiative and creativity to develop and deliver dynamic presentations and professional development for a range of audiences including high-level leadership, faculty, administrators, professional staff, student services, and other partners.
  • Collaborates with CA Medicine central office to develop professional communities of practice which brings together community colleges and industry professionals to share knowledge and improve services to students.
  • Presents documentation and applied research findings and best practices at statewide and regional conferences/gatherings with community colleges, 4-year universities, community-based organizations and health centers, and/or other partners and stakeholders in support of CA Medicine and the RHHOs.
  • Supports the development of and monitors the feedback loops between the California Medicine Coalition central office, the RHHO, and the region.
  • Provides technical assistance workshops and tools as needed to support implementation and ongoing sustainability of RHHOs.
  • Collaborates with the Communications Manager around the design and production of materials, tools, briefs, and other resources for use by RHHOs to maintain consistency in CA Medicine branding and marketing.
  • Works closely with and keeps the California Medicine Executive Director apprised of activities, issues, and opportunities that arise in the field.

Applied Research and Documentation:

  • Identifies, documents, and tracks individual college and regional needs and trends related to the California Medicine Scholars Program inquiry, design, and implementation.
  • Works with specified central office personnel to analyze college/regional data gathered from statewide tools, self-assessments, work plans and college visits and input into central office database
  • Tracks and synthesizes implementation and progress of the California Medicine Scholars Program and other related initiatives at the college and regional level for internal and external California Medicine central office reports and review.
  • Advises and supports survey development, data gathering and analysis to inform optimal practices, programs, and services.
  • Works with specific central office personnel to develop instructional materials, tools, briefs, and other resources that are directly useful to practitioners within the RHHOs.
  • Cultivates and upholds a culture of Shared Leadership and promotes organizational values.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Level of Supervision

  • This position does not supervise.
  • Proven ability to manage by influence and ability to build and maintain credibility.
  • Receives general direction as to organizational, departmental, and individual goals and the achievement of those goals. Evaluated based on the successful performance of essential job duties and responsibilities and achievement of goals. Subject only to broad communications associated with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to solve practical problems and work independently, exercising good judgment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills.
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidential nature of data and information.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a collegial environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet scheduled deadlines.
  • Familiarity with postsecondary pathways and interventions that support student success including improved transition from high school to college, course-sequencing, program and pathway design, industry-aligned competencies and credentials, and acceleration in developmental education.
  • Knowledge and experience working with education and related workforce development partners in the assigned region.
  • Knowledge of quantitative methods, statistical analysis, and qualitative tools and strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience handling multiple projects and prioritizing successfully.
  • Ability to work remotely and navigate various technology platforms (Zoom, MS Office Suite-Teams, Outlook, and other database programs, Google Suite, etc.).

Attributes for Success

  • Passionate about providing students with stronger pathways to education and building a more just and equitable California overall.
  • A self-starter and quick learner who is highly motivated and outcome-oriented, always seeking innovative approaches to project execution.
  • A commitment to continuous improvement and professional development.
  • A strategic and creative thinker who can problem-solve, working within and across teams to swiftly respond to needs identified across the California Community Colleges.
  • Practices ownership, takes accountability, and has the ability to manage own work, prioritize tasks, and deliver quality products on time with limited supervision.
  • Ability to work on a fast-paced team and build and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, the California Community College system and the Foundation’s mission.

Education and Experience

  • Relevant BA/BS, equivalent work experience, or a combination of both. Preference for MA or higher-level degree(s) in Public Health, Public Policy, Education or other related field.
  • Minimum of seven (7) + years of progressive experience in managing program/system implementation or project management.
  • Minimum of five (5) + years of experience in teaching or administration in an education or non-profit environment preferred.
  • Successful experience in managing and leading complex and diverse projects.
  • Demonstrated respect for and ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Passion for student educational achievement and health career advancement.
  • Successful experience in managing and leading complex and diverse projects.
  • Passion for student educational achievement and career advancement.
  • Familiarity with the Community College system, 4-year university, and Schools of Medicine.

Working Hours, Location, and Travel

This is a full-time position, 40 hours per week, with additional hours as needed to address the organization’s needs. This is a California-based position, with the flexibility to work remotely (in California) or in person at our Sacramento office. This position may require moderate travel to attend meetings, conferences, and perform other essential functions of the job.

Physical Requirements

The following physical requirements are essential to the performance of this position: (1) ability to work at a computer workstation for periods up to 4 hours at a time and for up to 8 hours per day for up to five consecutive days; (2) ability to operate a computer and other office equipment such as a computer printer, webcam, microphone, and telephone; (3) ability to communicate and exchange information accurately. The Foundation may make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job’s essential functions/physical requirements.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities (EEO) are available to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, genetic characteristics, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, political affiliation, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, The Foundation for California Community Colleges complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.

As the official nonprofit auxiliary to the Chancellor's Office, we aim to ensure our team reflects the diversity of the California Community Colleges and the 2.1 million students, campuses, and communities it serves. Individuals are hired for their deep understanding of each population’s unique needs and will join a collaborative environment where each team member plays an important role in helping Californians across all communities improve their social and economic mobility and build a better future for themselves and their families.

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