Director of K12 STEM and Development / MESA Director
University of California Santa Cruz
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Internal Number: 4340422
Director of K12 STEM and Development / MESA Director
Location: Santa Cruz Job ID: 54385
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The IRD for this job is: 06-27-2023
ABOUT UC SANTA CRUZ
UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.
The Educational Partnership Center (EPC) at the University of California, Santa Cruz increases access to higher education for underrepresented students across the Monterey Bay, Pajaro Valley, and Silicon Valley. It serves more than 11,000 students annually through its eight different programs and partners with 35 schools in 12 school districts. The EPC helps students in the region reach and succeed in college. It provides an array of school-centered and student-centered activities for students, parents, faculty, and community members to support K-14 students on the college-going pathway. EPC's financial portfolio is complex due to its variety of financial resources, including University, and contracts and grants from state, federal, and private sources. EPC is responsible for approximately $8.0 million in annual operating expenditures, $2.5 million in matching funds, and has over 129 professional and student staff. The EPC is housed under the Division of Undergraduate Education & Global Engagement. The Division supports students and creates a living-learning community where students thrive, belong, and are engaged world citizens.
This position is housed at the EPC and receives training, guidance, and resources from University Relations. University Relations (UR) builds enduring relationships, resources, and understanding that enable UC Santa Cruz to provide educational opportunities, create knowledge, and transform lives. UR works closely with internal and external constituencies of the campus including trustees of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation, the Alumni Council, and members of other key constituencies. UR provides leadership, strategic planning, and central services in the areas of alumni, donor and parent relations and outreach, fundraising, government relations, communications, marketing, media relations, public events and publications (electronic and print), and campus web development.
Recognized as an outstanding public research university, the University of California Santa Cruz is committed to research and undergraduate education that benefits both the individual and the planet. Situated on 2,000 acres among the redwoods and overlooking Monterey Bay, the campus serves nearly 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The main campus is located just 30 miles from San Jose, the southern hub of Silicon Valley, with a satellite campus in San Jose. UC Santa Cruz offers a vibrant community that inspires the intellectual and personal development of all students.
The Director of K-12 STEM and Development/MESA Director at the Educational Partnership Center (EPC) oversees the Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) and Girls In Engineering (GIE) programs, coordinates the STEM efforts across the EPC, and leads the EPC's development efforts. The Director enhances the Center's mission- increasing the number of educationally disadvantaged students who pursue college in a STEM-based field of study and graduate from high school with the highest level of preparation in STEM to support their success in college- while working to increase and diversify the center's funding.
The Director's major responsibilities include expanding a base of donors for the EPC and managing the University's relationship with current annual and major gift donors. The Director works closely with the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Educational Partnerships, EPC Deputy Director, and in consultation with University Relations to engage current and prospective donors using a variety of means to secure and increase philanthropic support from individuals, program alumni, corporations, and foundations for the EPC and its programs focused on college preparation and access and increasing STEM opportunities for students in the region. With support from University Relations, the Director designs and implements comprehensive strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward annual and major donors, build engagement of these individuals, and create gift opportunities based on EPC's needs and priorities. The incumbent formulates and coordinates fundraising strategies, engages EPC program alumni, key stakeholders, and community members, determines appropriate stewardship plans for significant donors, and involves volunteers and academic leaders in connecting these donors to the EPC and campus to deepen their interest and involvement.
Budgeted Salary: $88,660 - $95,040 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience. Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to post a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. The salary shown above is the budgeted amount the University reasonably expects to pay and the salary extended should not exceed this posted amount.
Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits
Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
Shift Includes: Day
Employee Classification: Career appointment
Job End Date: None
Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus
Union Representation: Non-Represented
Job Code Classification: K TO 14 ACAD PREP MGR 1 (000310)
Travel: Up to 25% of the time
30% - K12 STEM Program Management, Coordination and Supervision
Oversight of the MESA and GIE programs with the goal of increasing access and opportunity for low-income, first-generation, underrepresented students in STEM. This includes overseeing the program budgets, including approving expenditures and ensuring they are allowable. Where appropriate, align, streamline, and leverage staffing and funding across programs. Negotiate and develop the annual MESA school site and/or district Partnership Service Agreements/contracts and their timely execution.
Responsible for meeting program deliverables. Work closely with the EPC Research, Evaluation, and Innovation Director to evaluate program services and activities to facilitate continual program improvement; develop measurable and clear ways to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs and initiatives, ensure accountability to funders and stakeholders, and complete all reporting requirements. Additionally, oversee the collection and documentation of student and program data and meet regularly with staff to review services data and the program's progress toward achieving goals and outcomes.
Recruit, hire, supervise, train, and mentor staff as well as establish performance standards, monitor performance, and conduct appraisals.
40% - Resource and Fund Development Management
Secure sufficient program resources to sustain and expand programs for the EPC, including grant writing and fund development, in conjunction with the Asst. Vice Chancellor of Educational Partnerships and the EPC Deputy Director.
Manage, plan, schedule, and implement fundraising and alumni relations projects and programs, including specific fundraising programs such as Giving Day, annual fund, alumni relations, etc. This includes engaging EPC program directors in the development/fundraising process by identifying potential individual and foundation funding sources and applicable corporate giving opportunities, managing and organizing fundraising events as appropriate, arranging in-person meetings with donors, drafting proposals, and more.
Achieve EPC fundraising objectives by providing ongoing professional development to EPC program directors on key principles of non-profit development with an emphasis on embedding fundraising strategies into their daily work.
Manage the accountability and stewardship of fundraising with departmental and organizational goals and objectives. Identify, cultivate, solicit, and/or steward donors.
Coordinate with colleagues in the EPC, University Relations, particularly the Philanthropy unit, to ensure that donor relationships are well managed. Use planning and creativity to maintain and build relationships with supporters with the goal of securing annual and major gifts.
Develop proficiency in the use of University Relations databases, donor stewardship, gift administration, and other systems.
15% - Partner/Community Engagement
Engage donors and prospects, as appropriate, in the programs of the EPC through a variety of means, including providing opportunities for attendance at key events and opportunities for personal contact with program directors, staff, and students.
Build, coordinate, and sustain, flexible partnerships with K-12 districts, policymakers, postsecondary institutions, businesses, community organizations, and campus units (e.g., financial aid, undergraduate admissions, STEM campus departments, and faculty and staff) to promote college preparation and/or develop skills that support student success in STEM with the goal of increasing college eligibility and college-going rates for all program participants, particularly those from low-income, underrepresented backgrounds.
Interacts with, and makes use of, the many resources available through University Relations to advance EPC and University Relations development goals.
Participates in EPC, University Relations and Philanthropy training, unit task forces, special committees, and other projects as needed.
Oversee the Partner Engagement Manager's community engagement efforts to maintain and build relationships with regional GEAR UP partners to promote program and EPC successes and initiatives.
15% - Marketing
Establish marketing and communication departmental goals and objectives, functions with autonomy. Develop, implement, and manage a marketing and communications plan as a way to enhance public awareness and engage prospective donors and key stakeholders (educators, students, parents, community, business, industry, campus faculty, staff, etc.) around EPC goals, needs, and opportunities. This includes setting goals for solicitation, cultivation, and discovery moves on an annual basis, with emphasis on the number of in-person visits, solicitations, and dollars raised.
Create and execute cultivation and solicitation strategies with specific timetables to ensure that predetermined fundraising goals are met. Maintain accurate and timely records of all moves and strategies.
Prepare case statements, proposals, fundraising materials, and event briefings, speeches, or comments for EPC leadership to provide context for development events or meetings. Coordinate the preparation of such materials with the University Relations Communications and Marketing unit.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Demonstrated experience working with educational equity programs serving educationally disadvantaged and / or academically at-risk students regarding postsecondary opportunities and careers. This includes effectively supervising and directing K-14 academic preparation professionals in the administration / management of programs, including supervising staff, developing performance objectives, managing and rewarding performance, and providing professional development.
Working knowledge of the full spectrum of development practice, donor relations and public relations concepts, principles, ethics, procedures, and techniques. These include gift policies, solicitations, stewardship, administration, and working with volunteer committees, as well as the ability to apply this knowledge creatively to specific fundraising projects.
Experience in the development, design, implementation, and management of development programs that include all aspects of fundraising, emphasizing the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects (e.g. individuals, and/or corporations, and/or foundations) for gifts in an agreed upon range.
Strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the EPC, and with its partners (e.g. students, parents, teachers, K-12 districts), the campus, and external constituencies (e.g , industry leaders, postsecondary institutions, business, and community partners). This includes the ability to express concisely and persuasively the mission of the EPC and its development goals; run effective meetings to move a group from ideas to action; work with people of differing temperaments, socioeconomic backgrounds, and political/ethical philosophies within and outside the university; be diplomatic, and attentive in personal contacts with donors, external constituencies, and university personnel, and to listen well in order to connect a donor's interests to EPC initiatives.
Advanced organizational and project management skills to effectively plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate multiple activities and initiatives. This includes excellent time management skills to prioritize work and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines for simultaneous projects, and make decisions using sound judgment.
Advanced written communication skills and sufficient experience to produce highly competitive grant proposals, reports, and materials.
Experience in grant writing, garnering resources, and writing proposals for solicitation of individual, corporate, and/or foundation prospects.
Ability to sensitively and tactfully describe the needs of a diverse student population including students who are educationally disadvantaged and/or academically at-risk, first-generation college-bound, low-income, ethnically underrepresented in higher education, and students and families from historically non-college-going communities.
Master's degree in a related area.
Advanced knowledge and understanding of K-14 education (including knowledge of college admissions, financial aid and high school graduation requirements and college matriculation processes), policies, and educational equity issues. This includes knowledge of pedagogical issues underlying the academic development and achievement for low-income, first generation students, especially as they relate to STEM. Understanding of the needs and interventions necessary to reach low-income, first generation, underrepresented communities through culturally-appropriate strategies that impact college preparation, readiness, and success.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California.
Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.
The selected candidate will be required to work primarily on campus, with periods of remote work possible based on operational needs, and be able to fulfill requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.
Will be required to work a hybrid work schedule, days of the week and number of days to be determined, and be able to fulfill requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.
Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as directed.
Selected candidate will be required to take a TB test.
Selected candidate will be required to provide proof of negative TB test.
Selected candidate will be required to take a TB test within 60 days of hire.
Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.
Ability to travel to multiple work locations on and off campus.
Ability to travel within a defined regional or service area.
Ability to travel nationally.
Ability to maintain appearance and conduct suitable for working in a professional setting.
The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date.
Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.
All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.
The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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