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Springfield Technical Community College
  • Position Number: 2386415
  • Location: Springfield, MA
  • Position Type: Multicultural Affairs and Affirmative Action

Activity Director, STEM Starter Academy Grant Project

Category: Administrative and Professional
Department: School of STEM
Locations: Springfield, MA
Posted: Jul 21, 2021
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: Full-time
Position ID:: 133941

About Springfield Technical Community College :

Located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and founded in 1967, Springfield Technical Community College is a major resource for the economic vitality of Western Massachusetts. As the only technical community college in Massachusetts, STCC offers a variety of career programs unequalled in the state. Digital Multimedia, IT Security, Nursing, Robotics, Sonography, Mechanical Engineering Technology (Advance Manufacturing) and dozens of other career programs produce potential employees each year. STCC's highly-regarded transfer programs in Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Science and Technology continue to provide the most economical option for students pursuing a four-year degree. With an annual enrollment of over 6,500, evening, weekend and online students, STCC is a vibrant campus rich in diversity and justifiably proud of our designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Respect, is one of the Core Values of the College and we strive to nurture mutual respect among faculty, staff and students. With respect, we embrace differences to create an inclusive environment for all. Together, we support students as they transform their lives through intellectual, cultural, and economic engagement while becoming thoughtful, committed and socially responsible graduates.

Job Description:


The STEM Starter Academy Director has historically lead the following activities:
  1. Summer Bridge Program
  2. Research Methods Class
  3. Sustainathon
  4. Citizen Science Program
  5. Virtual Create Event
  6. STEM Careers Symposium and Expo
  7. Coding and Robotics Workshops and Challenge
  8. Global Commons- STEM without Borders
  9. STEM Pre-Teaching Internships
  10. Two to Four Year Transfer Summer Bridge

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Case-management: Support and guide every SSA students by connecting with them frequently until graduation or transfer (50 to 60 students per semester). This is an intense student support model where you meet with the students every 2 weeks to check progress and advice as needed.
  • Building partnerships with faculty and staff at STCC and other institutions to create research experiences and STEM skill building experiences for students.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other institutions in order to facilitate pipeline programs for SSA students to transition into four-year programs at local colleges and universities.
  • Facilitation of tutoring, mentoring and coaching services for SSA students to support student success.
  • Utilize and manage cohort strategies among SSA students to efficiently overcome barriers thru field trips, events, and STEM competitions.
  • Organizing STEM guest lectures to diversify students' exposure to STEM fields of study.
  • Building collaborations with faculty of research institutions and community partners to create internship opportunities.
  • Recruitment: by outreach to local high schools to recruit STEM majors to our Summer Bridge Program. Recruit faculty, tutors, and assistants to run the summer bridge program. Plan STEM cohort building activities and events throughout the summer. Review applications and fielding questions from applicants.
  • Write grant proposals to sustain the program and several other small grants (Pre-teaching, 2-4-year Transfer, FIG) to augment the program.
  • Data collection, surveys, and submission to DHE every semester an intense part of the grant.
  • Offer student professional development opportunities as participation in conferences, STEM fairs, and expos.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree required (Master's degree preferred) in STEM and/or STEM related field.
  • A minimum of three years of teaching experience in either a formal or informal education setting
  • A minimum of two years of supervisory experience.
  • Evidence of strong written and verbal communication skills to support interactions with diverse academic and non-academic audiences
  • Understanding of educational learning theory, as well as tutoring theory and practice.
  • Understanding of and experience with cultural responsive teaching.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong report writing skills
  • Commitment to working in a culturally diverse, urban community college.

Additional Information:

SALARY: $55,000 - $65,00


WORK SCHEDULE: 37.5 hours/week


(one-year appointment with possibility for renewal)

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: All applicants must apply online by submitting a cover letter**, resume and three (3) professional **Cover letter must demonstrate how your education and experience qualifies you for this position.


STCC conducts a pre-employment screening. Initial and continued employment is dependent upon meeting National Background Check, Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and/or Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check and if applicable, Physical and Alcohol/Drug Testing requirements. Screening also includes verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history. Finalist(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment screening as a condition of employment.


The Board of Higher Education and the Boards of Trustees of the Community Colleges maintain and promote a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information maternity leave, military service and national origin ("protected class(s)/classification(s)." Further, this policy prohibits retaliation and incorporates by reference, and where applicable, the requirements of Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1968; Titles I and II of the Civil Rights Act of 1991; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its regulations found at 34 C.F.R. part 106; Equal Pay Act of 1963; Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Section 402 of the Vietnam-era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; Federal Executive Order 11246 of 1965, as amended by Executive Order 11375 of 1967; Federal Executive Order 12900 of 1994; Federal Executive Order 13145 of 2000; Federal Executive Order 13160 of 2000; Federal Executive Order 13166 of 2000; Massachusetts Civil Rights Act; Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 151B, 151C, and Chapter 149; directives of the BHE, the Boards of Trustees of the Community Colleges and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and other applicable local, state and federal constitutions, statutes, regulations and executive orders.


STCC's personnel and academic decisions, programs and policies are formulated and conducted in a manner, which will ensure equal access for all people and prevent discrimination. As part of this effort, a College will ensure that employment and academic decisions, programs and policies will be based solely on the individual eligibility, merit or fitness of applicants, employees and students without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, military service, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation or political or union affiliation.


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