Program Specialist, Vision Resource Center

Job Type

Full Time

Job Location

Sacramento, CA

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Job Description

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is on a mission to double its impact in the next 10 years. We are a group of relentless optimists and innovators in education, working collaboratively with public and private partners to help improve the student experience and expand pathways to economic and social mobility in communities across California. We are seeking a Program Specialist to join the Foundation in its mission of benefitting, supporting, and enhancing the California Community Colleges—the largest and most diverse system of higher education in the nation.

What You’ll Do

Under the direction of the Director of Professional Learning, in the Success Center, the Vision Resource Center Program Specialist is responsible for supporting both the agile processes of 4 cross functional teams and the triage of incoming support tickets from users of the VRC from throughout the CCC system. This position is joining the team as we transition from start-up (launched in fall 2018) to steady growth. A successful person in this position will support this fast paced, high functioning team performing like a well-oiled machine. An exceptional person for this position is someone who wants to ultimately serve the professional learning for all professionals across the California Community Colleges, in 116 colleges and 73 districts.

What you bring

  • Collaborates with 4 functional team leads and execute on tasks needed for managing all project work.
  • First point of contact for the support portal requests.
  • Works with whole to team (approx. 12 people) to resolve low level requests and ensure that more complex requests get to the right people for resolution.
  • Tracks and manages the submissions of survey results, requests for information, and formal signed agreements.
  • Performs project management duties on behalf of the VRC team and works directly with product owners (4) to track the work within platforms like Jira.
  • Participates in meetings with project leadership to ensure that strategies and tactics are planned for new work.
  • Coordinates activities of the cross functional project teams, ensuring that follow up activities and meetings are scheduled promptly and with the necessary people.
  • Tracks and manages project status in project management tools, JIRA and others, through the entire service delivery cycle.
  • Attends all project meetings with vendors, partners and funders to effectively follow up and ensure the cross functional teams have the time and resources they need.
  • Provides ad-hoc support for other Vision Resource Center-related project work.

Ideal Candidate Qualities

  • Natural and disciplined curiosity about the project, the Foundation and the CCC required.
  • Skill at learning new material, systems, processes and personalities.
  • Knowledge of learning management systems.
  • Exceptionally organized, able to support organizing needs of others on a team
  • Able to work across many different technical tools with a willingness to adopt new tools as needed.
  • Able to manage multiple projects, requests, priorities, in a fast-paced environment.
  • Customer service orientation toward support requests from internal teammates and external partners.
  • Excellent relationship management skills and the ability to work with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to communicate about technical information and processes in an easy-to-understand way.
  • Passionate about providing students with stronger pathways to education and building a more just and equitable California overall.
  • A self-starter and quick learner who is highly motivated and outcome-oriented, always seeking innovative approaches to project execution.
  • A commitment to continuous improvement and professional development.
  • A strategic and creative thinker who can problem-solve, working within and across teams to swiftly respond to needs identified across the California Community Colleges.
  • Practices ownership, takes accountability, and has the ability to manage own work, prioritize tasks, and deliver quality products on time with limited supervision.
  • Ability to work on a fast-paced team and build and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, the California Community College system and the Foundation’s mission.

What we Offer

You’ll join a group of mission-driven, passionate, equity-minded individuals with a strong desire to impact and change lives for the better through education. As the official nonprofit auxiliary to the Chancellor's Office, we aim to ensure our team reflects the diversity of the California Community Colleges and the 2.1 million students, campuses, and communities it serves. Individuals are hired for their deep understanding of each population’s unique needs and will join a collaborative environment where each team member plays an important role in helping Californians across all communities improve their social and economic mobility and build a better future for themselves and their families.

We operate from an office located in downtown Sacramento’s thriving R Street corridor. Our benefits include the CalPERS defined benefit retirement plan, generous medical, dental, and vision, tuition reimbursement, and more. We take a strategic and comprehensive approach to investing in our people, fostering an environment for employee growth, and providing diverse opportunities for continued learning, professional development, and advancement.

For immediate consideration, please submit a letter of interest and resume to