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Pasadena City College
  • Position Number: 5058889
  • Location: Pasadena, CA
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services

Foster Youth Success Specialist

Pasadena City College

Salary: $72,703.32 - $80,155.44 AnnuallyCFT-50

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 05289

Location: Pasadena, CA

Department: Student Services

Closing: 3/11/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

This is a grant-funded position.
Schedule: Monday - Thursday, 9:30 .am. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Under general supervision, the position provides tailored retention and student success services for Foster Youth students and leads the activities of the Dr. Jeanette Mann Resource Center through strategic initiatives focused on academic success, well-being, inclusion, celebration, and graduation of Foster Youth students. The Dr. Jeanette Mann Resource Center primarily serves the needs of Foster Youth students under the EOP&S, CARE and Foster Youth Programs. The position assists the supervising manager by supporting services for Foster Youth students through case management (i.e. STARS Advisor) towards graduation/transfer, organizing services, developing workshops, trainings, and events, and coordinating centralized assessment of student success initiatives (i.e. Petersen Scholars) geared towards closing equity gaps and addressing campus climate.


  1. Supports student outreach, recruitment, career, retention, completion, and transfer efforts, in collaboration with other campus partners, with a special focus on Foster Youth students.
  2. Connects Foster Youth students to appropriate programs and services both on campus and off-campus to best assist them with issues affecting their retention, success, basic needs, safety, and wellbeing.
  3. Monitors equity-focused Foster Youth student involvement in on-campus support resources, including academic counseling, development of student educational plans, support services related to financial aid, scholarships, internships, transfer, including completion of transfer admission guarantees, and other campus services through a case management model.
  4. Develops events and services for the Dr. Jeanette Mann Resource Center to support the educational experience of Foster Youth students in collaboration with staff and faculty, including overseeing logistics and scheduling.
  5. Monitors responses and supports for Foster Youth-identified students Early Alerts submitted by faculty and staff through the establishment of goals centered in equity to promote success.
  6. Implements the operations of the Dr. Jeanette Mann Resource Center, including front-desk coverage, event calendar management and scheduling.
  7. Collaborates with academic and career counselors, success coaches, instructional/non-instructional faculty, staff, instructional aids, tutors, and managers to identify potential barriers to Foster Youth student persistence and develops culturally responsive strategies to address these barriers.
  8. Collaborate with retention specialists and success coaches to coordinate and align Foster Youth student success and retention efforts with District-wide retention efforts.
  9. Prepares and provides educational workshops and trainings for students, staff, and faculty, on topics related to inclusion, student experience, strengths of Foster Youth students, best practices for supporting Foster Youth student success, and services available for students through the Center which may include work after hours and on weekends.
  10. Leads, mentors, and evaluates performance for student interns/workers and volunteers from a strengths-based perspective, related to their program or projects, particularly those focused on Foster Youth student programs and services.
  11. Help identify and monitor progress on student-directed and student-driven goals that support self-sufficiency.
  12. Develops reports to assist the supervising manager with assessing/evaluating the programs, services, and retention efforts of the Dr. Jeanette Mann Resource Center, including program review, annual planning and development of student learning outcomes.
  13. Identifies goals of the Dr. Jeanette Mann Resource Center and resources necessary to assist the supervising manager to meet the changing needs of Foster Youth students.
  14. Monitors the Center budget to assist the supervising manager in budget administration, including requisitions, documentation, and databases.
  15. Collaborates with District staff to identify, hire and lead hourly staff.
  16. Develops work schedules for student workers and hourly staff of the center.
  17. Conducts Dr. Jeanette Mann Resource Center orientations to provide information of services.
  18. Assist in the development of culturally appropriate marketing and publicity materials such as flyers, emails, newsletters, posters, presentations, brochures, videos, websites, and social media platforms.
  19. Performs related duties as assigned.



  1. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in education, counseling, psychology, sociology, or closely related field
  2. Two (2) years of experience working with the Foster Youth community or diversity affairs, and
  3. Two (2) years of experience working in academic advising, retention, education, student services, non-profit, community organizing, mental health or related field.

  1. Master's Degree in education, counseling, psychology, sociology, or closely related field.
  2. Four (4) years of experience working in the field of student services and success, education, non-profit, community organizing, mental health, or related field.
  3. Experience selecting, training, and leading hourly staff

  • Knowledge and understanding of Foster Youth student experience in higher education, as well as knowledge of broader diversity in higher education and the ability to address these issues through retention programs and activities.
  • Knowledge and understanding specifically of emerging challenges, trends, and concerns within the Foster Youth community.
  • Experience with crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and responding to emergent needs.
  • Commitment to social change including working to end all forms of oppression: racism, heterosexism, trans oppression, ableism, sexism, classism, etc.
  • Ability to promote, organize and facilitate group meetings.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize multiple work priorities and organize various projects and to follow safety and confidentiality protocols.
  • Experience in creating, implementing, facilitating, and publicizing events for both student and employee stakeholders
  • Excellent cultural competency skills to engage with individuals from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience working with communities who have been traditionally underserved by higher education and experience in the pedagogy reflecting intersections of race, culture, class, ethnic, and queer communities.
  • Demonstrated skills in web marketing, design, and social media interactions.
  • Demonstrated experience in the following areas: recruitment, retention, or academic advising at the college level.
  • Excellent initiative, organization, attention to detail, resourcefulness and problem-solving.
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills (e.g. the ability to exercise tact, diplomacy, sensitivity in interacting with students, staff, & faculty and handling sensitive issues).
  • Ability to learn policies and procedures from both verbal and written sources; ability to apply and explain office policies and procedures with consistency.
  • Ability to prepare various documents including operations manuals and procedures, program and activity schedules, proposals, and monitor budgets.
  • Use general office software and equipment to develop training materials, develop work schedules, garner services for the Dr. Jeanette Mann Resource Center, generate reports, aggregate data, communicate with District staff and students.
  • Effectively address and resolve conflict.
  • Effectively assist the supervising manager in assessing the semester and annual goals for the Dr. Jeanette Mann Resource Center.
  • Effectively hire, train and lead student workers and hourly staff.
  • Ability to produce detailed reports and documents, analyze data, present findings, and suggest resolutions.


Pasadena City College (PCC) utilizes an online application process. Hard copy, e-mailed, or faxed resumes are not accepted. Job postings will not be reopened due to failure to submit an application before the closing date for any reason. You can apply for a position from any computer with Internet access. Please keep in mind the following:
  • If you do not follow the process or your application/resume is incomplete, your information will not be processed.
  • If you need to update any submitted information, you will need to reapply in full. When HR sees duplicate applications, we archive the oldest and the most recent application and materials are considered.
  • The selection advisory committee will review, evaluate, and consider applications and supporting materials received by the deadline. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a particular position does not assure the applicant an interview.
  • While the acceptance of the application packet is done through PCC's Applicant Tracking System (ATS), all hiring decisions are made by a hiring committee.
  • Once applications are submitted, they are final. Please carefully review your application and the documents which you are attaching to make sure that they are free from errors and complete. If you require assistance with your application, please refer to the application guide or you may contact NeoEd Customer Support at 855-524-5627. Customer Support is available Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. (PST).

All materials listed below may be required for your application packet to be considered complete:
  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter

After a review of applications received, the District may require the completion and submission of supplemental documents prior to the interview process.

  • Successful applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Successful completion of background check including Live Scan and Tuberculosis (TB) assessment/screening.
  • Pasadena Area Community College District will not sponsor any visa applications.
  • Applicants must be available for interviews at Pasadena City College at no cost to the District.
  • Applicants who have disabilities may request that accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process by contacting the Office of Human Resources directly at (626) 585-7388.
  • The Pasadena Area Community College District does not discriminate in the educational programs and activities operated by the District or in employment procedures and practices of the District. The Policies of Title IX as developed to date are available for inspection during normal business hours at the District office at 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106.
  • Crime awareness and campus security information are available from Campus Police. (Public Law 101-542).
  • The Pasadena Area Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. The District encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and the disabled.
  • An applicant, who attempts to contact individual Board members or members of the screening committee with the intent of influencing the decision of the committee or the Board, will be disqualified. General inquiries regarding the position and/or District employment should be directed to the Office of Human Resources.

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