LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
MENTORSHIP PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT
OPEN TO ALL ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES
Applications accepted between November 1, 2023 and March 1, 2024
Purpose of the Program
The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), comprised of nine area community colleges, offers Project MATCH as a program to prepare and recruit a diverse community college faculty who are sensitive to the needs of the students and community it serves. The goals of the program are to (1) improve the diversity of the faculty pool in the District, (2) mentor participants to serve as role models reflecting that diversity within the District, and (3) better reflect the diversity of the communities within the largest community college district in the nation.
The Program is open to all qualified applicants who:
- Are authorized to work in the USA;
- Meet Minimum Qualifications in the subject area to which they will be assigned as mentees. The subject area (either academic or vocational) must be one that is taught at one of the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District. The minimum qualifications requirements for academic and vocational teaching areas are set forth in the 2023 Chancellor's Office Minimum Qualifications Handbook which can be found in the Minimum Qualifications for faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges at: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf.
- Do not have any paid college (2 or 4 year) professional teaching experience prior to applying or during the course of the mentorship, except as listed below. Similar professional experience in counseling or library science will disqualify applicants applying as counseling interns or library mentees.
The following types of paid teaching experience will not disqualify an applicant from consideration: Preschool, K-12, Adult Education, Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA), Community-Based Courses, Not-for-College-Credit Courses, or Corporate Education.
Please note that the Program is not open to those who have previously completed the program, or those who have been dismissed and/or disqualified from the Program. Also, the Program cannot be used to supplement any course work or internship requirements at other educational or credential programs for any applicant who is currently enrolled in another “community college” mentorship program or “teaching certificate” program.
Project MATCH cannot provide equivalency to any participant.
Program Commitment and Structure
The Project MATCH mentorship is a multi-component program comprised of mandatory elements including the following*:
- The Program kick-off event and session held in late May, marking the beginning of the Summer Institute.
- The Summer Institute, held during the months of July and August, is designed to give mentees the fundamental theories and skills necessary to thrive in their community college mentorship. The Institute is on Saturday from 10:00am - 12:30pm.
- Successfully complete two Canvas certification courses (Introduction to Canvas and Online Teaching and Learning) a combined total of 8 weeks/80 hours.
- Follow-up sessions are held once a month on Thursday evenings from 5:00pm - 6:30pm in September, October, and November.
- Mock Interviews are held on an additional day in November.
- End of the year celebration held during an evening in December before the end of the fall semester.
Prior to the fall semester, each intern will be matched with a faculty mentor, who has applied and been accepted to Project MATCH. The participant will be assigned to work with the mentor generally a minimum of three hours per week for 15 consecutive weeks throughout the fall semester.
There are 9 colleges with the LACCD. Campus selection and mentor matching is at the sole discretion of the District and the Project MATCH Administrator.
Please note that Project MATCH mentees are expected to behave appropriately and professionally at all times. It is at the discretion of the District and Project MATCH Administrator to dismiss any mentee.
*Project MATCH Summer Institute and Fall sessions will be synchronously online. Fall mentorships will be in person or online dependent on faculty mentors’ teaching schedules. Accepted applicants will be notified if there are any changes or updates.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT COVID 19 VACCINATION:
Pursuant to LACCD Board of Trustee's Policy 2900, all students, employees, and volunteers must be fully vaccinated and complete a baseline test or have an approved exemption. LACCD employees are required to provide their vaccination status in compliance with the LACCD Board of Trustees’ policy. Newly hired employees will be required to provide their vaccination status prior to starting a position or, at the latest, by their position start date.
The terms of the mentorship provide a stipend of $800.00 for each participant. The stipend is conditional on attending all mandatory events and all fall semester classes, and is delivered in two payments ($400.00 each) at the end of October and at the end of December.
Each mentee will submit a LACCD Volunteer packet. Fail to complete the forms in the packet by the due date may result in no payment. The packet will be distributed during the Summer Institute.
How to Apply
Interested persons will be required to file the application using the LACCD's web-based software to create an applicant profile account, allowing documents to be saved and uploaded as attachments.
Please apply at the following website: https://laccd.csod.com/ats/careersite/search.aspx?site=6&c=laccd . Application materials are not accepted via facsimile transmission, email, or walk-in, portal, or express mail delivery. After review of the application materials by the selection committee, candidates will be contacted by email if selected for interviews. Applicants not selected will also be notified by email.
For consideration in the selection process, all applicants must submit the following documents as part of their online application:(Transcripts and Recommendation Letter can be uploaded as an “Other Document” in the application).
- A Letter of Interest specifically for the Project MATCH Program. In the letter include why you are interested in teaching, particularly within the LACCD and the communities it serves. Please indicate what disciplines(s) you feel you are eligible to teach in the LACCD. Project MATCH cannot provide equivalency to any participant, it is your responsibility to address the discipline in which California Commission on Teaching Credentialing you meet minimum requirements. Also, discuss why and how your educational experiences, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, have prepared you to teach at a community college.
- A current Resume with at least three professional references, one of the references needs to be from a current or former supervisor. Please include contact information for all references.
- College/University Transcript(s), including all higher education units attempted. Higher education includes all course work completed beyond high school. All degrees must be granted by an accredited college or university in the United States. Transcripts from a foreign institution must be submitted with an approved evaluation of equivalency from a foreign evaluation service approved by California Commission on Teaching Credentialing, (Uploaded as an “Other Document”),
- One signed Letter of Recommendation written within the last six months expressly for the Project MATCH Program application and from an individual (not a family member) who has provided post-secondary academic instruction to the applicant or who has working in a professional setting as a supervisor to the applicant, (Uploaded as an ‘Other Document”).
All these materials must be received by end of day on 4:30PM March 1, 2024. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed, so please be sure to submit all the documents listed above. All application materials become the property of LACCD and will not be returned to the applicant.
Due to the number of applications received we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they meet the minimum qualifications to teach at a community college.
If you require reasonable accommodation in the application process for this Program due to a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact: Betina Vallin by email at email@example.com or phone at (213) 891-2104.
The policy of the Los Angeles Community College District is to implement equal opportunity to all qualifying candidates for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, medical condition (cancer related), sexual orientation, or veteran status. Positive action will be taken to ensure that this policy is followed in all personnel practices including recruitment, hiring, placement, upgrading, transfer, demotion, and treatment during employment, rate of pay or other forms of compensation, selection for training, layoff or termination. A vigorous equal employment opportunity program will be maintained to ensure a diverse work force and to achieve expected representation of qualified members of the under-represented groups through the implementation of specific results-oriented plans and procedures (Board Rule 101301).
Los Angeles Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is strongly committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce.