The mission 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 10 community colleges in the nation (2021), Pierce College is an innovative, mission-driven, data-informed, and equity minded community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals, with a focus on racial and social equity and justice.
The Embedded Math Specialist will facilitate empowering academic and social student experiences through the implementation of peer learning opportunities that promote active listening, affirmation, and a genuine empathy that honors each student's journey. The person in this position will advance the equity-centered mission of Pierce College through responsibilities that encompass: building and maintaining faculty partnerships, identifying and enabling campus resources for math support programs, and identifying math courses that could benefit from academic support integration. The Specialist will be responsible for creating, revising and reevaluating training and professional development programming, providing counsel and coaching to part-time staff, and conducting reviews of student satisfaction with Math Center program services. Other duties include: creating an annual budget, and monitoring and analysis of Math Center program policies, procedures, and performance data with respect to equitable access, increased retention, degree completion, university transfer, and/or workforce readiness.
About the District:
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Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
Located on a beautiful 140-acre site adjacent to a 340-acre community, recreational park, and Waughop Lake.
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Located on a luscious site with 125-acres of wooded land with beautiful hideaways.
Pierce College at JBLM
Located at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord military sites, serving many of our military and active-duty families that are serving our country.
The Embedded Math Specialist will be responsible for the following, but not limited to:
Work across the District with division Deans, Math faculty liaison, and Math department to develop strategic plans and programming that help advance the equity-centered mission of Pierce
Cultivate a district identity and provide leadership developing, interpreting, reviewing, and applying Math support program specific policies, procedures, and regulations using an antiracist framework to identify and dismantle inequitable policies and practices.
Build collaborative partnerships with instructional divisions, student services, and student leadership groups to create programming that meets the expressed needs of marginalized and disenfranchised students.
Plan, organize, coordinate, and oversee the embedded and assigned Math Support activities to optimize student access and normalize participation in academic support services.
Assign embedded services to course sections in keeping with college priorities and
Schedule math tutors to conduct learning activities and offer concept practice in the academic support drop-in centers.
Follow up on Early Alert and other student assistance referrals from faculty, staff, grant providers or case managers.
Develop and oversee evaluation plans to assess the effectiveness of Math Support programs based on student feedback, program staff experiences, and faculty reports.
Oversee Math Embedded study spaces, working with program staff to create a welcoming and inclusive space based off recommendations from student staff co-creator, arranging alternate accommodations for tutors to host face-to-face and virtual study sessions.
Engage in professional development and contribute to development of learning assistance best practices.
Serve as primary representative of Math Support program to broader campus community, sharing perspectives and engaging as an active participant on committees.
Manage Math Support program budgets, allocating funds across services, adhering to grant requirements, reconciling expenditures, submitting monthly P Card logs, and authorizing budget encumbrances.
Work with leadership of fellow academic support programs, plan, coordinate, advertise, and facilitate Math events and coordinate marketing efforts.
Supervise and Mentor Staff
Collaborate on the development and implementation of equitable and race-conscious staffing practices to advance the recruitment, onboarding, training, and support of a diverse team of tutors.
Promote work opportunities for students that align with their academic and career goals and increase diverse representation in program staff.
Oversee tutor hiring process, review SI tutor applications, interviews, and facilitating internship program, orientations, and trainings.
Facilitate math tutor training curriculum, coordinate with fellow department leaders, review all training assessments, provide constructive feedback.
Supervise program staff and student leaders to ensure best delivery of services to department participants, emphasizing the importance of empowering experiences that inspire growth and
Coordinate and facilitate team meetings promoting collaboration, inclusion, and community.
Direct work priorities and practices of staff, approve timesheets and leave requests, and conduct coaching and corrective conversations when needed.
Assist tutors in creation of schedules and development of session plans; model attitudes, behaviors, and practices that embody tutoring and mentoring principles and ethics.
Conduct annual performance evaluations for department student leaders and staff in accordance with college policies and procedures.
Support the Student Learning Program Specialists
Provide direct services to students through academic support, presentations, and workshops.
Inform students about program principles, practices, expectations, and methods for providing personalized support that validates identity and builds self-efficacy.
Schedule appointments and arranging study groups using specialized tracking system.
Provide recommendations to students and staff, resolving problems within delegated area of authority; unusual problems, probable outcomes, and possible solutions are presented to higher level program leadership for resolution
Maintain professionally intimate knowledge of peer staff in order to facilitate suitable matches.
Record Keeping & Reporting
Maintain specialized program database and tracking programs that are used to collect, coordinate, and implement program services and gather statistical information regarding program participation.
Create and maintain Math Support Program Canvas page and other learning management systems.
Create annual federal and state work study contracts, quarterly submission of work study position assignments.
Develop annual budget proposals that demonstrate alignment with equity and diversity priorities.
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.
Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
Experience working with students who have been marginalized/minoritized, including those who may be economically disadvantaged, first-generation, and/or first time in college.
Experience supervising peer educators, part-time staff, or volunteers.
Functional mathematical knowledge, including foundations of algebra, the calculus sequence, and introductory statistics.
Fluency with a variety of instructional strategies, practices, and techniques for mathematics.
Knowledge of evidence-based best practices for student learning and motivation.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills, demonstrating cultural awareness and responsiveness.
Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Ability to work effectively with a diverse community with a high degree of customer
Ability to effectively juggle competing priorities while maintaining attention to
Culturally Responsive Engagement: Values diversity and possesses a strong understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Ability to work with faculty, staff, students, families, and other constituents from different backgrounds. Understands the impacts of cultural norms/dominant culture may have on pursuing a college education, particularly for marginalized populations.
Student Service (Student Focus): Strives to anticipate, understand, and be responsive to student needs and expectations, particularly under-resourced and marginalized students, demonstrating as strong commitment to the institutional mission.
Adaptability and Flexibility: Support for innovation and organizational changes, responds to change with a genuine desire to do what it takes to get the job done, and manages change in a way that reduces the concern experienced by others.
Establish Rapport: Responds to difficult situations with tact and diplomacy while upholding the highest standards of integrity, honesty, and confidentiality.
Job Management: Utilizes time management, problem solving techniques, and effective, equity-centered judgement in complex situations.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Ability to interpret and explain regulations, policies, procedures, guidelines, and reporting requirements in multiple ways.
Effective Communication: Ability to communicate effectively with individuals, groups, college departments, and external organizations, practicing active listening and clear assertive communication skills. Uses effective listening skills and applies written and oral communication techniques to convey clear, timely, persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others.
Team Work: Promotes cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve common goals, fostering mutual respect and contribution; attempts to resolve confrontations, disagreements, and complaints in a constructive manner, finds nonthreatening ways to approach others about issues. Involves others in a process to seek their support, working for solutions that all team members can support.
Technical Expertise: Proficiently uses spreadsheet software, such as Microsoft Excel, to create, modify (using basic formulas and functions), integrate established templates, and properly format forms.
Personal Responsibility: Strong organizational skills including prioritizing, keeping track of information or work in-progress to meet deadlines, ensuring accuracy, multi-tasking as appropriate, and handling interruptions appropriately. Utilizes excellent time management, problem solving techniques, and effective, equity-center judgement in complex and sensitive situations.
To be considered for this position, applicants must:
Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this
Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. (Cover Letter)
Upload (attach) detailed resume of all educational and professional experience. (Resume)
Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position; however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education. Please upload current copies of your transcripts, if available. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and conferral date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: www.naces.org/members.html (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire). (Transcripts)
Upload (attach) a list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)
Provide a response to the following question:
How does this position impact the College's goal to support all students and to achieve racial and social equity in pursuit of mission?
Special Note: To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.
Terms of Employment:
This is a full-time (40 hours per week) classified, overtime-eligible position with Pierce College District. This position is permanent after serving a 6-month probationary period. The primary work location will be at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus. Occasional travel to Pierce College campuses or sites may occur. Work hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekend work, and occasional travel as required. This position may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites.
Salary & Benefits:
The starting salary of this position is $4,892.00 dependent upon qualifications, with periodic increments up to
$5,960.00 monthly. However, your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long-term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at: https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/hr- benefits
Physical Work Environment:
This position is required to work indoors in an open office environment, which requires visual concentration on detail, dexterity, precision, and is subject to frequent noise and interruptions.
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.
Screening & Interview Process:
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.
Please note: This is a competitive selection process. Your application materials will be reviewed and evaluated based on the minimum qualifications listed for the position. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the District's needs will be eligible for further consideration.
Conditions of Employment:
Pierce College is a "fully vaccinated campus" under the state's higher education guidance, which means that COVID-19 vaccination (or allowable exemption) will be required for all employees and students. More information can be found here: Vaccination Requirements.
Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington State Law RCW 288.112.080.
An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.
This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employee Association (WPEA).
The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.
For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at:
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.