Pathways to Opportunity Program Coordinator

Class: Academic Professional | Exempt status: Exempt | Level: 5

Four Grads

In coordination with management, the Pathways to Opportunity Program Coordinator partners with staff and stakeholders statewide to provide assistance and support with program leadership that connects students to local, state, and federal resources, while working toward program goals of increasing equitable opportunity and economic mobility for students. The incumbent will focus on grants, legislative compliance and emerging policy trends or provide technical assistance, services, and tracking of student engagement for all participating consortium colleges.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Collaborates on the development, planning, and implementation of statewide professional development opportunities for program improvements and enhancements.
  2. Works with all Oregon community colleges, leading streamlined program implementation and enhancement strategies in compliance with state, federal, and college policies and structures.
  3. Compiles, sorts, and maintains data systems for monthly, quarterly, and annual grant and/or legislative compliance and reporting outcomes. Tracks statewide student engagement, outcomes, support services and expenses.
  4. Analyzes data and utilizes results to evaluate programs and initiatives, and makes appropriate recommendations for increasing the effectiveness of programming. Ensures data quality and validity of grant reporting.
  5. Serves as a point of contact for staff and stakeholders throughout the state in providing technical assistance to ensure grant and/or legislative compliance. Provides technical assistance to other community colleges and partners involved in consortium grants, to aid in the development of processes for tracking and reporting data and grant deliverables.
  6. Researches emerging best practices in student affairs and academic affairs related to basic needs integration, career coaching, academic advising, or other holistic wrap-around student support service/program models. Provides recommendations for program improvements and/or enhancements.
  7. Leads, organizes, and coordinates program review and evaluation processes including educational best practices for practitioners.
  8. Maintains current on emerging state and federal policies through research and partnership development with state, regional, and national organizations. Analyzes how new policies may impact current and future programming.
  9. Identifies new funding streams, tracks bills and understands how they might impact programming.
  10. Participates in equity, inclusion, and other College strategic efforts and conversations and makes recommendations. Participates in and recommends program vision and goals as it relates to data tracking and grant deliverables.
  11. Supports special projects and development of programs and/or policies as needed.
  12. Monitors and leads the work of academic professional, classified, and/or casual staff. Hires and trains casual workers.
  13. Administers program budget(s); prepares cost estimates, budget recommendations and makes and monitors budget expenditures.
  14. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Environment

Work environment includes frequent disruptions and changes in priorities. Work is generally performed in an office environment with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Working hours may vary and some evening or weekend work may be required. No special coordination beyond that used for normal mobility and handling of everyday objects and materials is needed to perform the job satisfactorily.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Business Administration, Communications, Analytics, Social Work, Cultural Studies, Sociology or related field. Three (3) years of professional level experience working in post-secondary education with culturally diverse populations.

OR Bachelor’s Degree in any field AND five (5) years professional level experience working in post-secondary education with culturally diverse populations.

OR seven (7) years professional level experience working in post-secondary education with culturally diverse populations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Project management;
  • Best practices for student support services;
  • Data analysis, tracking and reporting methods;
  • Complex grants and compliance;
  • College procedures and requirements;
  • Anti-oppressive frameworks and practices;
  • Applicable local, state and federal laws, codes, rules, and regulations.
Skills in:
  • Developing strong working relationships;
  • Influential leadership;
  • Program development, implementation and management;
  • Presenting information to small and large groups of diverse backgrounds;
  • Collecting, analyzing and summarizing data;
  • Managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously.
Ability to:
  • Practice strong time management;
  • Coordinate multiple projects concurrently and work with minimum guidance and direction;
  • Communicate effectively and timely through oral and written mediums;
  • Work effectively with diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, staff and partners.

New: 12/21

Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.