Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development Job at Stark State College

The Executive Director develops relationships and establishes linkages with business and industry to meet the needs of the College’s external stakeholders. The Executive Director (ED) leads, manages and coordinates the College’s continuous improvement of non-credit educational and training programs for business, industry and organizations in the region. In coordination with academic affairs, the ED plans, develops and implements innovative partnerships with business, industry, organizations and communities in the region to support workforce and economic development, in keeping with the College’s mission. Must manage budget and create new revenue for the College. Reports directly to the President and serves as a member of the President’s Executive Council.

Knowledge, Skills, Competencies

Strong organizational and collaborative leadership skills essential; ability to manage relationships with multiple College departments, coordinate non-credit offerings and grow the programs and services offered to business/industry and the community.

Proficient in the use of technology, including such as MS Office tools, Excel, customer relationship management ( CRM ) and other software to optimize effectiveness, efficiency, productivity and management of function.

Experience leading and managing business and industry sector workforce and economic development programs in a community college or business/organizational setting.

Ability to work with and communicate effectively with diverse internal and external stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, business and industry leaders, economic and workforce development leaders, and others.

Ability to speak to individuals and groups about noncredit programs.

Demonstrated skill in collaborating with and achieving actionable results through direct reports and others who are not direct reports.

Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

Represent President, as needed, on and off campus, effectively and among diverse stakeholders.

Job Responsibilities:

Coordinates with administration and faculty on the academic side of the College to develop, deliver, manage and evaluate noncredit educational and training programs that meet the needs of business and industry in the region and in compliance with all state, federal accreditation requirements.

Coordinates College outreach to business, industry and organizations to ensure consistent, effective, efficient and quality delivery of education and training programs and services.

Engages with marketing department to create awareness of credit and noncredit educational services for business/industry in conjunction with academic affairs.

Engages with Career Services director to meet regional talent needs by connecting business, industry and organizations to graduates; creating student internships, apprenticeships and work-based learning opportunities; working closely with the academic side of the College to ensure that credit and noncredit programs align with changing business and industry needs; sharing business/industry data and information; etc.

Collaborates with area economic development agencies and staff to meet business and industry talent needs; develops workforce programs and services; and supports business recruitment, retention and expansion strategies.

Develops and presents program proposals and grant applications by drawing from the College subject matter experts and in collaboration with the Provost, academic dean, department chair, program coordinator, as appropriate, to ensure compliance with state, federal, and accreditation requirements.

Negotiates contracts, Memoranda of Understanding and agreements with college clients to develop and implement education and training initiatives and partnerships. Works collaboratively with the Grants Office to process grant applications with federal, state, and local funding agencies.

Plans local, statewide and regional conferences, seminars, and special events related to workforce, professional, and economic development and the global economy.

Develops Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to measure performance and set goals.

Exercises fiscal accountability and stewardship. Develops non-credit instructional, operations, and fiscal reports to comply with College and regulatory/funding agency requirements; prepare annual report of workforce operations and accountability.

Assists President with other business, industry and organizational outreach.

Stark State College seeks a candidate with high energy, a collaborative spirit, experience, and the capability of managing growth, ensuring quality, supporting shared governance, exhibiting a positive demeanor, modelling professionalism, and with a manifest commitment to the Stark State College mission, vision and values including diversity, social equity, and student access and success.

Minimum of bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, education or related field from a regionally accredited institution. Master’s degree preferred.

A minimum of ten years sales and marketing experience preferably in the industrial sales in the technical or business fields. Must have the ability to work independently with excellent organizational, communication, collaboration and project management skills.

Employment Type: Permanent
Work Hours: Full Time

Pay: $58,197 to $78,568 USD
Pay Period: Annual


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