Director of Workforce Development / Continuing Education

POSITION PURPOSE:

The Director of Workforce Development / Continuing Education is responsible for district-wide planning, managing, evaluating and expansion of the Navarro College Continuing Education Department. This position reports directly to the Executive Dean of Workforce, Career and Technical Education.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plans, directs and evaluates online, daytime, evening, weekend, summer, non-credit and/or credit courses and programs of the college to meet industry and community training needs and promote maximum student recruitment and retention.
  • Ensure consumer education, continuing education, corporate/agency education, customized instruction, and workforce training are provided by the Continuing Education Department.
  • Assist with business development initiatives to serve the community and industry partners.
  • Supervise Continuing Education Coordinators and support staff.
  • Develop and customize courses and programs based on industry growth and demand.
  • Develop budget, profit/cost analysis and manage variance reports.
  • Ensure that Continuing Education Department programs meet standards, guidelines, and regulations of governing agencies.
  • Market and promote continuing education programs/courses through the college’s Marketing Department, chamber, economic development boards and other organizations.
  • Develop professional relationships and attend meetings with community organizations, businesses, industries, and service organizations.
  • Identify higher education and workforce development grants and utilize grant-writing skills to secure funds for program implementation and expansion.
  • Initiate and assist in the coordination of the Skills Development Fund grant applications and programs.
  • Assist with development and implementation of Continuing Education programs that address economic development within the district.
  • Remain current on all policies, guidelines, and activities of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) related to continuing education and training. Maintain a positive line of communication with the THECB, and advise and take action as needed.
  • Maintain positive relations and communications on a regular basis with all Deans, Registrar and other key College personnel.
  • Recruit, select, and evaluate qualified part-time instructors to teach in the Continuing Education and workforce development programs.
  • Ensure the development of course schedules including course selection; coordination of facilities; and organization, production, and distribution of class schedules, brochures and various forms of advertisement to increase student enrollment.
  • Ensure that academic and instructional quality is maintained throughout all continuing education courses and programs.
  • Conduct follow-up studies with students who have completed continuing education courses.
  • Establish written procedures for evaluation systems for all areas of responsibility, and ensure institutional effectiveness within all areas.
  • Remain current on all SACSCOC criteria related to areas of responsibility and maintain compliance in all areas.
  • Recommend policies and policy revisions for areas of responsibility.
  • Ensure that course completion certificates and reporting of CEUs are handled in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that appropriate applications, performance records, and contact hour reports are submitted in a timely manner.
  • Maintain standards related to Continuing Education Unit (CEU) instruction, including course hour requirements.
  • Analyze and sustain the cost effectiveness of programs and courses.
  • Ensure that classroom/labs and instruction sites for classes are appropriately scheduled and have the appropriate supplies.
  • Conduct and interpret surveys to determine continuing education needs and develop new courses or revise existing courses to meet those needs.
  • Address problems and complaints within areas of responsibility.
  • Develop and evaluate long and short-range goals for all areas of responsibility.
  • Ensure that continuing education properly utilizes the Colleague System.
  • Advise the Executive Dean of Workforce, Career and Technical Education on all matters relating to areas of responsibility and keep him/her fully informed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Dean of Workforce, Career and Technical Education.

REQUIRED EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Minimum of three years in continuing education and/or workforce development.
  • Grant administration experience.
  • Management experience.
  • Three years of demonstrated responsible duties in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the duties of the job.

Preferred

  • Master’s Degree.
  • Five to seven years working in continuing education and/or workforce development.
  • Five to seven years of demonstrated responsible duties in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the duties of the job.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • An understanding of and commitment to the community college philosophy.
  • Commitment to quality education and professional development.
  • Knowledge of leadership and management; education and education administration; employment and workforce trends; budgeting; strategic planning; standards, guidelines, licensing, certification, laws and regulations governing Continuing Education.
  • A student-centered philosophy.
  • An innovative, enthusiastic approach to accomplishing goals and objectives.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing, and ability to work effectively with students, faculty, administrators, classified staff, and diverse community groups.
  • Commitment to the concepts of institutional effectiveness and the ability to provide leadership in planning and evaluation of continuing education programs.
  • Commitment to reaching extended markets for online programs, and using the technological resources to obtain positive results.
  • Possession of adequate computer skills and ability to use current software packages.
  • Commitment to maintaining positive industrial relations and contributing toward economic development.
  • Ability to write grant proposals and manage grants.
  • Ability to conduct focus groups, advisory committees and training assessments to assist in the planning and implementation of all types on continuing education and workforce training.
  • Skill in monitoring and evaluating professional and support staff; developing strategic plans; developing and administering budgets; solving problems; mediating conflicts; developing, implementing and evaluating services and/or programs and program curricula; giving presentations; and communicating and using interpersonal skills with co-workers, supervisors, and the public.
  • Knowledge of and experience with higher education grants.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Variances from regular working hours will be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Work flexible hours including daytime, evenings and weekends to observe courses, manage registration, and attend Navarro College meetings, courses, and special events.
  • Busy working environment with numerous interruptions.
  • The primary office location for this position is on the Waxahachie Campus, but travel within the district is routine and required.

REPORTS TO:  Executive Dean of Workforce, Career and Technical Education

SALARY:  Commensurate with Education and Experience  (This is a 12 month position to be paid over 12 months annually)

APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE:  Open Until Filled