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Community Education Program Specialist P/T (One or More Positions)

South Orange County Community College District

Job Title: Community Education Program Specialist P/T (One or More Positions)
Job Location: Mission Viejo, CA
United States
Status: Part-Time/Adjunct/Online
Job Category: Grants, programs, research admin
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Community Education Program Specialist P/T (One or More Positions)

Saddleback College
South Orange County Community College District

Job Close Date: 01/18/2017

PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at

Under direction from the assigned administrator of the Community Education Department, performs a full range of administrative, programmatic, public and customer services, secretarial, and clerical assistance duties in support of the Community Education Department; plans, directs, and coordinates the operational activities of the Community Education program including to coordinate program development and contract administration processes; coordinates and publicizes programs and activities of the department; and provides highly complex staff assistance to the Community Education Department administrator.

Knowledge of:††

  • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of the functions, programs, and operations of the assigned Community Education program.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including applicable sections of the State Education Code and other legal requirements related to area of assignment.
  • Work organization and office management principles and practices.
  • General techniques used in public information, public relations, marketing, and advertising.
  • Principles and practices of desktop publishing.
  • File formats, file transfer protocols, file compression principles, and computer-to-plate technologies.
  • Printing quality control principles and practices.
  • Basic website development, design, and management principles and practices.
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Processes, procedures, and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles, practices, and procedures of business letter writing.
  • Principles and procedures used in complex, inter-related record keeping.
  • Principles and practices used to establish and maintain files and information retrieval systems.
  • Principles, practices and procedures of complex fiscal, statistical, and administrative research and report preparation.
  • Statistical procedures and mathematical concepts.
  • Principles and techniques used in public relations including methods and techniques of proper receptionist and telephone etiquette.
  • Principles and practices of providing training, work direction, and guidance to lower-level office staff and student workers.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.

Ability to:†††

  • Understand the organization and operation of the assigned Community Education program as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply administrative and office policies and procedures as well as pertinent laws, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Perform responsible and difficult administrative and programmatic duties involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.
  • Oversee and participate in the management of the administrative functions and operations of the assigned office.
  • Plan, organize, implement, and coordinate the logistics for a variety of Community Development courses, workshops, special events, and production of materials and brochures.
  • Establish, review, and revise office work priorities.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Submit publications to printers in various file formats.
  • Use sound judgment in recognizing scope of authority.
  • Exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality in maintaining critical and sensitive information, records, and reports.
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from students, staff, or the public; effectively present information in person or on the telephone to students, staff, or the public.
  • Type or enter data at a speed necessary for successful job performance.
  • Take and transcribe dictation, if required by the position, at a speed necessary for successful job performance.
  • Participate in the preparation and administration of assigned budgets.
  • Use correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • Research, compile, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Prepare a variety of clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
  • Implement and maintain filing systems.
  • Independently compose and prepare correspondence and memoranda.
  • Plan, schedule, direct, coordinate, and review the work and performance of assigned staff in a manner conducive to proficient performance and high morale.
  • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and changing deadlines.
  • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
  • Understand and use desktop publishing software in conjunction with word processing and graphic design layout to prepare Community Education publications.
  • Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.
  • Work under steady pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public contact by phone or in person.
  • Work independently and effectively in the absence of supervision.
  • Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Job Requirements

Education and Experience Guidelines:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

Education/Training:†† †
Equivalent to two years of college level course work or specialized training in communications, journalism, public relations, public administration, business administration, secretarial science, or a related field.

Three years of increasingly responsible experience as an administrative assistant or secretary, preferably in an educational environment, including some experience in a lead capacity.

Information and Application Process Instructions

To Apply:
Please visit the Districtís Employment Opportunities website at for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application. †

NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.†


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