Congratulations to Cecilia “Cece” Jones, named Santa Rosa Junior College’s (SRJC) Employee of the Month for April 2015. Cece’s more than nine years of service to the College began in 2006 as a student employee in the Human Resources department. She quickly moved up to be an STNC in the department, and then became permanent as an HR Technician in 2007. In 2009, she obtained her current position as Administrative Assistant (AA) III for the Dean of Business and Professional Studies (BPS).
Cece’s responsibilities include assisting Dean Josh Adams with gathering and analyzing data, managing his schedule, facilitating and recording minutes for the BPS cluster tech/curriculum meetings, and entering and tracking all curriculum. She also tracks and monitors various projects and budget accounts, and submits ideas and proposals to the Dean for approval.
Josh Adams, Dean II, Business & Professional Studies explains: “Cece is amazing. She knows every aspect of her job as well as the dean’s. She expertly keeps track of all the information between the departments and has a detail-oriented memory about everything from curriculum, advisory committees, budgets, evaluations, faculty load, scheduling, student completers, and 3.6 program evaluations, to keeping track of all the committees I serve on.”
Cece admits her greatest challenge at SRJC has been having four Deans in the past four years—each with a different style—but says “I wouldn’t trade the pearls of wisdom and knowledge I gleaned from them for anything.” She most appreciates having deans that support her continuing education efforts, provide her opportunities to take on projects, and to serve on district committees in order to grow professionally and personally.
Cece is also a Building Safety Coordinator volunteer, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Committee Monitor, an active member of the Retirement Reception committee, and the Enrollment Management System (EMS) Users Group. She served on the Classified Senate for three years, including one year as Vice President. For the past 3 years, Cece has volunteered to conduct mock job interviews with students in the BGN 112 (Marketing your Skills) class.
Aside from work, Cece enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, and indulging her love of shoes. She also spends her time as a test center supervisor for the SAT Program, executive secretary for DeVon Jackson Ministries (a local non-profit) and assists with her church’s youth group.
Born in San Francisco, Cece attended Santa Rosa Middle school and Santa Rosa High school for three years before graduating from Jefferson High School in Daly City, CA. She returned to Sonoma County in 2005, and received her AA in Human Resource Administration from SRJC. She is currently pursuing a BA in Business through Patten University.
Cece is described by her SRJC coworkers and supervisors (current and past) as compassionate, humorous, confident, committed and the “go-to-professional.”
“Cece [is] warm and friendly, willing to share her earned experience and knowledge. She is impressive with her mentor qualities, always looking for what is best for the student, faculty, coworkers, and administrators,” said Marianne Maimone, Administrative Assistant III in the Assessment office.
“As a new Dean, I would have been lost without Cece. I can depend on her to help organize the chaos and be the calming influence when everything is happening or is due at once. When I have a question, Cece either knows the answer already or connects me with the right person,” added Dean Adams.
Asked for her reaction upon being told of her employee of the month nomination, Cece responded, “I cried.” Cece celebrates this recognition with her 13 year old son and 11 year old daughter.