Student Affairs

Outreach and Recruitment Specialist for Adult and BIPOC Students


Tacoma Community College

Tacoma, WA United States

Priority Consideration Date: May 28 2024

Located in the scenic Puget Sound area with Mount Rainier in the distance, Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington State with a thriving and diverse community of over 200,000 residents. Tacoma Community College (TCC) was built on the ancestral territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Puyallup. The 1854 Medicine Creek Treaty forcibly removed them to the Puyallup Reservation to make way for settlers; we recognize the privilege of utilizing this land has come at great cost. We honor the resilience of the Puyallup people, who still live here, defend their rights, and contribute greatly to the well-being of this community.  Our institution aims to increase partnerships and community ties with the local indigenous populations. TCC is committed to increasing Native visibility by developing more culturally responsive curriculum.  
Moreover, TCC stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the Black community by further strengthening collaboration with the Black Student Union as well as community entities such as the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective, the Tacoma Urban League, and local black-owned businesses. We are committed to infusing and incorporating more educational content focused on the lives and experiences of the Black community into our curriculum. We are examining and revising our policies and practices with the stated goal of becoming an anti-racist institution.
 TCC is committed to developing and sustaining a vibrant educational environment where all students can thrive by providing educational opportunities such as learning communities, honors programming, undergraduate student research, bachelor of applied science degrees, and study abroad. TCC is committed to student success, and promotes innovation to help students. Designated a Military Friendly College®, TCC is proud to serve Pierce County’s military community. In fall 2018, the college opened a food pantry on campus to support students experiencing food insecurity and was recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School for its College Housing Assistance Program, a community partnership that helps students access affordable housing.  

Position Overview 
The MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Cohort Achievement Program (CAP) Coordinator is responsible for MESA student counseling and programming in support of the MESA Director. This position will work collaboratively with the MESA Director in coordinating and overseeing activities funded or sponsored by the MESA program and/or for the benefit of MESA students. The MESA program at Tacoma Community College primary objectives are the promotion of STEM careers, STEM education, and STEM programs to students of color and students of populations underrepresented in STEM fields; the recruitment of those students; and facilitating success, persistence, completion and transfer to baccalaureate programs of those students. This position for MESA is charged with helping the College achieve those objectives.




Essential Functions


  • Conduct needs assessments for participants; track and develop individualized plans to support retention and personal/academic success of MESA students.
  • Provide mentoring and advocacy support to assist participants in overcoming barriers or obstacles to persistence and retention. Assist students in accessing needed services.
  • Provide support and coordination of the MESA program, including training MESA personnel
  • Coordinate, plan and oversee recruitment/outreach activities, orientation activities, and events for MESA students, including counseling, programming, campus visits, transfer fairs, scholarship fairs, resume workshops, award ceremonies and graduation celebrations
  • Serve as a resource for MESA students –directing them to appropriate resources for tutoring, financial aid, advising, counseling and other services
  • Collaborate with faculty and advisors to support MESA students
  • Participate in staff development activities offered by Washington MESA or the national MESA organization and Tacoma Community College professional development
  • Support the MESA student center and foster a welcoming atmosphere for social and academic purposes to ensure that the center meets the needs of MESA students and facilitates cohort formation for the MESA-CAP Program
  • Collaborate with planning, developing and implementing initiatives to increase success, retention and completion of MESA students at Tacoma Community College, recruitment of students (especially students of color, women, and underserved students) to STEM programs and, in particular, STEM programs at Tacoma Community College
  • Interface with Marketing to create engaging materials promoting MESA activities and the MESA program for print and electronic distribution
  • Work with peers who oversee other student support programs on campus, such as Office of Student Engagement, Advising, Outreach, Marketing, and Student Learning Centers to develop, coordinate and integrate activities, including jointly sponsored activities and events
  • Coordinate, schedule, and publish tutoring materials for MESA students and coordinate advising for MESA students
  • Develop and promote student-to-student and student group study and mentorship within the MEAS-CAP Program
  • Collect data for student participation in MESA activities, transfer data, success data for MESA students •Provide clerical support for the MESA program
  • Demonstrate cultural competencies required to work with students from broadly different cultural backgrounds
  • Perform other related duties as assigned
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university or equivalent education/experience.
  • Experience in planning, organizing, and delivering academic support services•Ability to work in a multicultural environment with African American/Black, LatinX, Native American, and other minority undergraduate students pursuing degrees in STEM (science, technology engineering and math) fields, with an emphasis on promoting equity, diversity, & inclusion


  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree Preferred
  • Work Experience: 1 - 3 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

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