Chief Workforce Development Officer - Full-time, year-round, Non-Unit Professional position
About Greenfield Community College: Greenfield Community College is located in the beautiful and historic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, between the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains and the fertile farmland of the Connecticut River watershed. GCC is a public community college serving over 4,800 people annually in credit courses and credit-free workshops. Known for the caring and supportive attitude of the faculty and staff, and for the broad support it enjoys from the surrounding community, the college is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition to a strong Liberal Arts focus, the College offers a wide variety of innovative and successful programs including Gender and Women's Studies, Fine Arts, Nursing, Renewable Energy, and Outdoor Leadership, as well as varied learning environments, from traditional classrooms, to distance learning, peer tutoring, one-on-one faculty-student advising, workforce development, and learning communities that cater to specific needs and interests. Close to fifty percent of Greenfield Community College students transfer to four-year colleges, and it is Smith College's largest source of community college transfer students. Much of the College has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation that incorporates universal design principles to meet the needs of all our students. Greenfield Community College actively encourages and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
Reporting directly to the President and serving as a member of the senior leadership team, the Chief Workforce Development Officer (CWDO) is responsible for developing, scaling, and managing projects that are strategic and impact-focused, spanning key industries.
GCC is seeking an entrepreneurial, visionary, and innovative leader who can advance the community vision for inclusive innovation, workforce and economic growth, fueled by the region's diverse people and businesses and using a transdisciplinary approach. The right candidate will be an adaptive leader with knowledge of the changing higher education landscape and the future of work, as well as having the ability to evolve systems' programs to make them relevant. The CWDO must be a strong communicator and relationship builder who can strengthen the relationship between businesses and industries in the region, and Greenfield Community College.
The CWDO is responsible for directing the development and delivery of training for industry's current and emerging needs; directing the development and delivery of training for new and expanding business and industry; serving as an active team member of various workforce development boards and committees, actively pursuing grants and other funding resources, and managing the activities of all personnel involved in Workforce Development. The fastest growing population of residents in Franklin county is the Hispanic/Latinx population and local employers are seeking ways to diversify their workforce, increase cultural dexterity of their existing workforce, and help to make communities more welcoming to a wide range of ethnicities, cultures, and traditions.
The CWDO will work collaboratively to integrate systems, programs and workflows, as appropriate, with the academic side of the house to enhance student success, with a particular focus around career pathways. In addition, the CWDO will work with key internal and external stakeholders to develop programs that catalyze and sustain inclusive growth within the manufacturing, creative, innovation, and other critical industries in our region. The chosen candidate will work with key external stakeholders to support capabilities for these businesses to thrive, and build a strong base of future industry talent. Our external stakeholders include, entrepreneurs, businesses, chambers of commerce, community groups, businesses, state agencies, and local officials.
The position plays a key role in the design and delivery of non-credit educational programs to support business, agency and community development. The CWDO works collaboratively across the college in the design and implementation of unit activities; provides mentoring and supervision of staff; manages the budget; contributes to the development of program marketing; and is responsible for relevant grant development and implementation.
The CWDO also engages regularly with regional and statewide partners. The CWDO must have experience collaborating with stakeholders to identify market opportunities, and develop strategic programs across agencies to meet regional employment and skills training needs. The CWDO must be able to become familiar with the challenges and opportunities of urban and rural communities, and have a strong understanding of the populations we serve.
Job Description: KEY DUTIES:
In consultation with the President and the Senior Staff, The CWDO is responsible for aligning the workforce development strategic initiatives with the strategic initiatives of the college.
The CWDO's primary duties will be to provide overall leadership in the planning, organization, administration, evaluation, policy development, and implementation for the Economic and Workforce Development programs and initiatives for all key sectors serving the region.
Act as a liaison to state workforce development agencies, (list all relevant) and regional and local employment agencies, chambers of commerce, and workforce development agencies.
Seek grants and funding opportunities from public and private sources that will support the development and growth of workforce development programs for aligning the workforce development strategic initiatives with the strategic initiatives of the college.
Provide leadership of regional economic and workforce development areas to include: small business development, workforce services, continuing education, and all contract training. Hire and direct all Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WFCE) staff.
Ensure programs generate sufficient revenue to cover all expenses.
Directly and indirectly supervise the activities and performance of assigned staff of Workforce Development and Community Education Division (typically 6-10 staff members, depending on grant sponsored programming being conducted) and provide staff the opportunities for professional development and growth.
Leverage exceptional problem-solving skills to identify key issues/questions, develop and ensure follow through on comprehensive work plans (project scope, timelines, required analyses, individual responsibilities, etc.)
Develop a vision for the Workforce Development Office's underlying business model and financial structure to support existing and new initiatives/program with an eye towards creating a self-sustaining business model.
Develop responsive and sustainable model for community education.
Design, develop, and implement innovative programs that address specific sector challenges and opportunities.
Participate in municipal and regional strategies to advance workforce development goals; support small businesses, employer recruitment and competency, living wage career pathways, and entrepreneurship.
Cultivate new and expand existing relationships with local businesses and industries with those seeking training program delivery; Contributes to a positive reputation of the program and college in the community and with regional employers
Lead in helping industries work to foster inclusive communities or diversity across industries, and well as increasing access to workforce training programs and careers.
ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Oversee and/or manage assigned grants and develops applicable grant proposals and implementation;
Demonstrate mutual respect and comfort working with diverse groups;
Coordinate the development and administration of the Division budget;
Prepare timely reports, data, assessment, and grant documentation;
Use assessment data for program improvement;
Facilitate new applications of technology to enhance effectiveness of unit operations;
Assist in the marketing of Workforce/Community Education offerings;
Trouble-shoot daily operational issues associated with non-credit programming;
Meet regularly with programming boards, workforce and community partners for non-credit workshops and trainings;
Represent the College to varied community constituencies;
Attend statewide meetings to maintain currency in non-credit competency-based education trends;
Participate in strategic planning including enrollment management (non-credit) and sustainable budget management;
Maintain agreements with partner agencies, schools, professional licensure boards and others.
Requirements: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor's degree in education, business or related area;
Evidence of commitment to the community college mission, including access, excellence and social justice;
Five or more years of supervisory level program management experience, including budget management;
Elevated level of strategic thinking and strategy development skills with ability to see the big picture as well as having a strong grasp on data and details;
Demonstrated understanding of the regional entrepreneurial atmosphere and ecosystem, and its multiple economies, including manufacturing and creative sectors. Deep familiarity with research and analysis on industries and emerging trends in the region and Massachusetts overall;
Strong quantitative and problem-solving skills, comfort building financial models and conducting ROI analysis, and skill working with datasets;
Strong knowledge of funding sources and grant administration; demonstrated success applying for and managing grant programs.
Strong understanding of economic development issues, public-private partnerships, marketing, and/or business development.
Extensive project management experience; ability to set up the problem, prioritize among competing needs, manage projects against tight timelines, and proactive and collaborative style that works well in teams
Outstanding relationship management, communications (written and verbal) and presentations skills
Proactive self-starter and team player; able to work in collaborative, cross-functional teams
Experience designing and/or delivering credit-free or for-credit educational activities
Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
Must possess a valid driver's license.
Master's degree in business preferred
Expertise and knowledge of the tech sector (direct work experience in tech a big plus)
Teaching experience with adult learners;
Experience working in the context of collective bargaining agreements and processes.
Grant writing and management experience
5+ years of relevant work experience (e.g., private business, management consulting firm, investment banking, strategic planning, program design and execution, partnership management)
Additional Information: EQUIVALENCY STATEMENT: Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
Directly and indirectly supervises the activities and performance of assigned staff of Workforce Development and Community Education Division (typically 6-10 staff members, depending on grant sponsored programming being conducted)
Position will require frequent travel to and from events, meetings, etc.
SALARY: The College offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package
Start date: September 2019
Application Instructions: In order to be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online.
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Applications accepted up to and including June 30, 2019.
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