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Assistant Director for the Workforce Education Center

Columbia Basin College
Washington, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jun 22, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Grants & Contracts, Student Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time
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Columbia Basin College ('CBC' or the 'College') seeks an Assistant Director for the Workforce Education Center who will provide support for the programs in the Workforce Education Center at CBC. These programs include Basic Food Education & Training (BFE&T), Worker Retraining (WRT), and the WorkFirst Program. The Assistant Director will work with the Director to improve the customer experience for all programs in the Workforce Education Center. Additionally, the Assistant Director has specific programmatic responsibility for implementation, administrative oversight, development of budgets, and meeting the goals and objectives for the Basic Food Education & Training (BFET) Grant.

The Assistant Director works closely with the financial aid office, outside agencies, Opportunity Grant and the Worker Retraining program to maximize currently available services and support for BFE&T eligible students. Decisions or actions brought forward that relate to observing policy, concern for setting college precedent, and issues that go beyond general program management are dealt with by the Vice President of Instruction. The Assistant Director for the Workforce Education Center reports to the Director for the Workforce Education Center.

This position is open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by July 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the Director for the Workforce Education Center in managing the daily activities of the Workforce Education Center programs and with the integration and co-enrollment efforts between all programs;
  • Support the Director for the Workforce Education Center in providing a quality customer experience;
  • Provide leadership in the implementation, administration, and direction of BFE&T Grant program at the College;
  • Responsible for quarterly, annual and/or special reports and documentation of grant activities and for program evaluation and assistance with future grant requests;
  • Attend campus, community and state meetings as appropriate;
  • Serve as liaison within the campus community and with external entities as appropriate;
  • Inform, recruit and select students that meet BFE&T guidelines; monitor and provide guidance to BFE&T students to assist them in overcoming barriers to their success, including student advising, program entry and orientation;
  • Develop “individual employment plans” for each BFE&T student and provide appropriate case management and retention strategies and maintain confidential documentation for each BFE&T student;
  • Oversee student BFE&T recipient financial assistance and compliance to grant requirements;
  • Serve as a point of contact for WorkFirst and low-income students;
  • Provide assistance to economically disadvantaged parents to access career and educational planning;
  • Support the Director of the Workforce Education Center in preparing quarterly reports for the Board of Trustees; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director for the Workforce Education Center.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an institutionally accredited college or university;
  • Three (3) years of experience coordinating community workforce and economic development programs and activities; and
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule as required.
  • Knowledge of BFET program implementation and compliance;
  • Experience in data mining, evaluation and reporting.


Departmental Management : Ability to effectively and efficiently manage a department including all related administrative and supervisory functions involving personnel and budget management;

Project Management : Manage projects by focusing attention on key priorities; valuate approaches, determine feasibility and adjust plan as needed; develop plans, coordinate projects and teams; communicate changes and progress; complete projects on time and on budget; perform well without direct supervision; do complex work independently; follow tasks through to completion;

Quality Management : Set clear quality requirements; measure key outcomes; improve processes, products and services;

Leadership : Lead by example, serve as an appropriate role model to colleagues; demonstrate confidence within area of expertise - promote a cooperative work environment; ability to appropriately apply leadership techniques to motivate, develop and guide employees;

Conceptual Thinking : Have the ability to understand a situation or problem by identifying patterns or connections and addressing key underlying issues; use past professional or technical training and experience, creativity, inductive reasoning and intuitive processes to find potential solutions or valuable alternatives that may not be obviously related or easily identified; think 'outside the box';

Oral & Written Communication : Speak clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings; structure and convey information clearly and effectively through both formal and informal documents; review and edit written work constructively; ability to tailor to audience in mind;

Student Centered : Attention, interest, activities and efforts are centered upon the best interest of students; create and support an environment that enables learners to achieve their personal, academic and professional goals; provide courteous and helpful responses to all customers, whether they be students, general public or employees from another department;

Support for Diversity : Support initiatives of the district, colleges and divisions to expand the human qualities that differentiate our workforce and workplace; exemplify tenants of tolerance, acceptance and interest in different viewpoints, cultures and backgrounds and demand similar conduct of assigned staff and department;

Accountability : Accountable for own actions, decisions, errors, mistakes and/or failures to act when appropriate; accept responsibility when given, understand what duties employee is responsible for and can be counted upon to carry out those responsibilities; and

Teamwork : Demonstrate a willingness to work with, and help others in completing job assignments, the ability to accept constructive criticism, and to cooperate with fellow employees and supervisors.

This is a twelve (12) month per year, full-time exempt position. The standard work hours will be Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; however, work hours may vary due to work demands and some evening and weekend work may be required. This position is overtime exempt.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of the College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students. This position is directly engaged in the performance of work on a federal contract or grant which requires compliance with the College's Drug Free Workplace Policy, as well as reporting requirements, as a condition of employment.

If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.

Columbia Basin College operates under an approved affirmative action plan and encourages applications from persons of color, women, veterans and persons of disability. The Human Resources Office is accessible to those with disabilities. If you need accommodation in application or employment, contact the Human Resources Office at (509) 542-4740.

Work normally takes place in an office environment with frequent (51-80%) use of a computer, telephone, and other office equipment. The noise level is typical of an office environment; the incumbent may encounter frequent interruptions throughout the workday.

The employee is frequently required to sit, talk, or hear; use repetitive hand motions; handle or feel; and to stand, walk, reach, bend, or lift up to five pounds regularly. Infrequently, moving materials up to 25 pounds may be required.

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