REPORTS TO: Dual Reporting Chicago Campus Executive Officer (CEO) & University Provost Office
JOB STATUS: Exempt (Salary), Full-time
PRIMARY PURPOSE/ POSITION SUMMARY: The goal of this role is to provide career opportunities to marginalized populations that will make a holistic impact on, not only the students, but to the surrounding communities they reside in. Under the direction of the Chicago Campus Executive Office (CEO), the Director of Workforce Development is responsible for communications and continuous improvement activities that support students.
Maintaining strong partnerships with internal and external partners, incumbent will demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness to identify and secure the necessary internal and external resources to ensure efficient and effective execution of all Workforce Development initiatives. This includes, but is not limited to: customized training for business and industry, nonprofit and government sectors; regional workforce development programs; professional/career certification programs; and adult education certification programs.
The Director of Workforce Development is responsible for designing professional education and non-traditional skill development responsive to the needs of the student body’s career goals. In partnership with our Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships, the Director of Workforce Development ensures that Dominican’s Chicago Campus is responsive to community workforce needs, centering on the development that is by this role will be key in the design and delivery of many trainings, workshops, and bringing credit and noncredit-based certificates to fruition.
Key responsibilities will include collaborating with the administration and faculty to develop joint ventures in workforce program development and supporting innovative partnerships with local businesses. Adult and Post Traditional Enrollment Coordinator, deans, faculty, and the Manager of Organizational Partnerships to ensure the completion of the university’s workforce development and alternative strategic credential priorities.
EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL DOMINICAN EMPLOYEES: To support the University's mission of preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.
JOB COMPONENTS/PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work collaboratively providing oversight and the design of professional development education programs for the Chicago Campus
Develop a working partnership with the Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships for the following:
Creating new workshops, and trainings to address the educational needs of individuals and organizations, collaborating with the administration and faculty to develop joint ventures in workforce program development, and support innovative partnerships with business and industry.
Strategically develop and maintain a multi-year credit and non-credit course workforce training program and lifelong learning catalog aligned with institutional and regional priorities.
Coordinate client-facing implementation plans, timelines and procurement of partners internal to Dominican University
Serve as a key liaison and thought partner to Dominican University campus deans and vice presidents for continuing professional education through the Chicago campus.
Working with shared governance and Deans and department chairs and externally to manage the logistics and support needed for training and course content design
Manage external design partner relationships
Provide leadership and direction for our university's Workforce Development Lab focused on training and community engagement along the following dimensions:
Corporate Workforce Development: Professional development for students while building lasting relationships and internship opportunities
Tech Equity Lab: Cybersecurity clinics, where students getting academic training in cybersecurity develop hands-on experience helping local businesses, nonprofit groups
Health Equity Lab: Provides students guided by experienced professors, hands on experience assessing structural and social community-based equity-based issues.
Urban Equity Lab: Pairs faculty fellows with students for semester-long research projects with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability. Pursue funding opportunities to support the lab's mission
Support market analysis research on trends in workforce development needs and labor market data analysis
Review and evaluate training materials and programs as part of our continuous improvement quality program
Research educational trends and best practices
A background screening is required.
Dominican University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff committed to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment. Dominican University believes that justice, equity, and inclusion are critical to our growth and development and seek to recruit, develop, and retain from a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.
If you need accommodations due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected] for assistance.
All qualifications are required unless otherwise indicated.
Master’s Degree in related field required
Minimum 4-6 years of experience in instructing, research, and service.
Knowledge of principles and methods for promoting programs and services
Knowledge and application of various instructional methodologies
Extensive experience in project management, program development, process improvement, employer relations, and strategic management
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Doctoral Degree in Education or related field
Previous experience with HSIs or minority serving institutions
Teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
Experience with the implementation and management of assessment and assurance of learning processes
High level of proficiency with data analysis, presentation, and communication
Familiarity with academic management including course scheduling, academic policy implementation, and career counseling
Familiarity with norms and expectations for academic scholarship and publication processes within business disciplines
Deep commitment to support and advocate for students
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a complex organizational environment
Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago. Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree-granting institution. It is highly regarded for its academic rigor and thoughtful accompaniment of students, its intentional affordability and values-based, relationship-centered learning environment. Dominican currently enrolls 3211 students, which includes 2136 undergraduates and 1075 graduate students. Sixty-six percent (66%) of our undergraduate students identify as Latinx, 5% are Black or African American, and 3% are Asian. Under-represented minority students, make up 74% of the DU undergraduate enrollment and 41% of the graduate enrollment. Over 90 percent receive some type of financial aid. About half of all undergraduates are first-generation college students; half are federal Pell Grant recipients, illustrating their families’ level of income; and more than half are eligible for low-income MAP grants from the State of Illinois. Recognized since 2011 as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a federal designation of th...e U.S. Department of Education, Dominican is committed to expanding and enhancing educational opportunities for Latinx students and all students from historically underrepresented groups.