Student Affairs

Executive Director of Student Advocacy and Multicultural Support


Tacoma Community College

Tacoma, WA United States

Priority Consideration Date: February 16, 2022

Who we are (TCC)

 Tacoma Community College is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 14,000 students.  We embrace our identity as a community college.  Our stated mission is to create meaningful and relevant learning, inspire greater equity, and celebrate success in our lives and in our communities. Tacoma Community College is committed to recruiting faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse community we serve. We know we can always do better in serving our students equitably and improving our students’ successes. We are specifically focusing on better supporting traditionally underserved populations at TCC, including Black and brown men, Native Americans, Veterans, and the LGBTQ+ community. To this end, the college seeks applicants who will intentionally support and promote efforts related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and who recognize and honor the important role that diversity brings to an educational community.

Position Overview

TCC is seeking an innovative and dynamic leader to be the next Executive Director of Student Advocacy and Multicultural Support.  Reporting to the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Executive Director of Student Advocacy and Multicultural Support serves as an integral member of the Student Affairs leadership team.  This individual will work to increase retention, help foster success, and build community for historically excluded and/or under resourced student populations.  The Executive Director has oversight for planning, coordinating, and implementing the College’s programs and services designed to meet the needs of students from historically excluded and under-resourced populations. The work produced by this position requires strong knowledge and experience in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, including anti-racist and social justice practices. This position provides leadership to staff in TCC’s Center for Academic Support and Achievement/Multi-Ethnic and Cultural Affairs (CASA/MECA), College Housing Assistant Program (CHAP), Max and Margi Harned Titan Food Pantry, Student Emergency Assistance Grant, and MDC Educational Opportunity Center.

Essential Functions


  • Lead and contribute to on-going efforts to create a culture of care that is supportive of all students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Model inclusivity  of all intersecting identities through mechanisms to assess and mitigate harassment.
  • Participate in the college’s retention and completion agenda by providing leadership through strategic planning, process development and accountability that reflects diversity, equity and inclusion to all aspects of the student support services within area of responsibility.
  • Monitor pertinent national, legal, regulatory, political and intellectual trends in higher education.
  • Recommend application and/or impact for the College and inform program and policy development.
  • Build strategic partnerships with community organization that support basic needs.
  • Represent the Vice President of Student Affairs at meetings and assist with special projects as needed.


  • Provide leadership and oversight in the hiring and staffing of various departments and programs within area of administrative responsibility.  
  • Hire, develop, supervise, and evaluate direct reports including the Associate Director of CASA/MECA, Titan Pantry Coordinator, MDC Educational Advisor, AmeriCorps Emergency Grant Coordinator, and the navigators for the College Housing Assistance program, Re-Entry, and Equity. 
  • Lead in the implementation and review of departmental policies and procedures. 
  • Prepare program budgets including analysis of individual program needs. 
  • Identify and develop grant relationships, including partnered opportunities, to further the mission of the division.
  • Ensure all departmental materials are up to date and accessible. 
  • Utilize institutional data to inform program development and effectiveness. 

Educational Development

  • Assist with the development and delivery of programs related to equity, accessibility, diversity, and related topics.
  • Provide guidance and information to the campus community on EEO, Title IX, and related responsibilities.
  • Develop content for print and digital media for dissemination to students and employees explaining policies and procedures, and the rights and responsibilities of parties.


  • Collaborate with the VP of Equity Diversity and Inclusion to support TCC’s EDI strategic objectives. 
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director for Human Resources, to support Title IX investigations.
  • Participate as an active member of the Student Affairs Leadership team (SALT) and the Student and Academic Services (SAS) team.
  • Participate as an active member of the Bias Incident Response team. 
  • Participate as an active member of the Behavioral Intervention Team. 
  • Collaborate with the Associate Director of Equity Diversity and Inclusion programming and support for students. 
  • Partner with colleagues in student engagement, athletics, human resources, academic affairs, campus safety, and with outside counsel to plan and guide the College’s efforts to foster an inclusive, safe, and supportive environment.
  • Advise and support student led clubs and organizations.
  • Act as a liaison between TCC and the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges as needed.
  • Attend and participate in professional association meetings at local and state levels. 
  • Foster support for programs from the campus community by collaborating with other departments/divisions such as instruction and Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Serve as consultant to Student Engagement in co-curricular engagement including high-impact practices that serve a diverse student body.
  • Support identified strategies to remove barriers faced by under-served students including those outlined in the College's Equity and Student Access and Success Plan.
  • Collaborate and partner with all College units, governance groups, student organizations and external partners to design programs under the strategies that result in improved student outcomes.
  • Participate and/or serve on key shared governance groups across all campus locations including but not limited to Diversity Council, Student Government Association, and Enrollment Management Committee. 
  • Participate and/or serve on external professional associations and community tasks forces as necessary to advance the College equity, diversity and inclusion strategy and student success.


Minimum Qualifications 

  • Master’s Degree in student services administration, counseling, educational administration, or closely related field.
  • Three to five years professional level experience working with program development, evaluation, budget management and personnel supervision. 
  • Demonstrated record using principles and practices of creating equitable access and an inclusive environment for students.
  • Broad thinking and perspective of current diversity, equity, and inclusion trends, and best practices that lead to transformational change. 
  • Experience in successfully planning, executing and evaluating programs and initiatives.
  • Experience managing, planning, administering, and monitoring multiple budgets.
  • Three years’ experience working with adults or non-traditional populations in a college or social service setting.

 Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience working at a comprehensive community college.

Required conditions of employment:

  • Successful completion of a criminal history background check
  • Proof of completed COVID-19 Vaccination is required upon hiring and employment at TCC.


Application Process
Complete application packages must include the following:  

  1. Tacoma Community College application.  
  2. Resume and cover letter. Indicate in your letter how your educational background and experience align with the qualifications for this position. 
  3. Unofficial (copies) transcripts for all colleges and universities attended 
  4. Tacoma Community College is committed to creating and supporting a multi-cultural climate that welcomes, fosters, respects, and celebrates diversity.   Please attach a statement (maximum two pages) describing your experiences with other cultures and communities, your level of cultural self-awareness and how you have integrated both experience and self-awareness into your living/working environment.

Required work schedule and work environment:
This is a full-time exempt professional position contracted on an annual basis. The salary range for this position is 85,000 - 90,000 DOE per year.  The salary will be prorated to reflect the actual number of contract days worked in the remainder of the year. Schedule is M-F 8:00am-5:00pm.  Must be available occasional evenings, nights, and weekends as needed.  Summer schedule may vary to four 10-hour days. Work location is Building 11 on the TCC main campus. Flexibility is required to meet the needs of the department. Schedule may include early mornings, evenings and weekend availability.  Degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and verified by National Student Clearinghouse.
 Tacoma Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Stephen Smith, Title VII and Title IX, 253-566-5055; the Section 504 Officer in Student Affairs.  Tacoma Community College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.  This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.  

  Tacoma Community College

Human Resources

6501 S 19th St Bldg. 14, Tacoma WA  98466


  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Master's Degree Preferred
  • Work Experience: 3 - 5 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

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