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Exec Director, Workforce Dev & Lifelong Lrng

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Classification Title: Executive Director, Workforce Development & Lifelong Learning

Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Department: Workforce Development & Lifelong Learning

Reports To: Vice President for External Affairs, Communication, and Advancement

FLSA Status: Exempt

Unit: Administrative

Opening Date: 4/11/2024

Closing Date: 5/2/2024 11:59 p.m.


Provides leadership and oversight of Middlesex College’s Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning areas, and ensures the College is well-positioned to respond to the workforce training needs of Middlesex County and the State of New Jersey.


Essential Functions:

  1. Engages extensively with external businesses, industries, workforce, and economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, and other community partners to better understand their existing and emerging workforce training needs and promotes the role of Middlesex College in meeting those challenges.
  2. Maintains regular contact with community leaders, agency heads, as well as school and governmental officials through membership on various Boards and other entities.
  3. Supervises the following departments and functions within the division: lifelong learning, career training center, summer youth programs, the Early Learning Center, corporate education and training, operations and systems management, and apprenticeship activities.
  4. Ensures that the department is meeting enrollment expectations and maintaining a cost-effective, revenue-generating operation.
  5. Serves as the College’s workforce development and lifelong learning representative at statewide initiatives and meetings and collaborates with other colleges and universities in consortium activities.
  6. Partners with the College’s division of Academic Affairs to ensure that non-credit offerings are aligned with credit offerings, creating stronger pathways from non-credit to credit programming.
  7. Utilizes research and data to guide decision making pertaining to new programming.
  8. Evaluates and assesses current non-credit offerings for effectiveness and makes recommendations related to program revisions and discontinuations.
  9. Develops, directs, and manages operational and capital budgets, including revenue-generating accounts and grant accounts.
  10. Develops pricing strategies and fee schedules for course and program offerings based on respective market values.
  11. Develops grant proposals in support of divisional goals and objectives.
  12. Seeks alternative funding sources actively in conjunction with the Grants department, the Middlesex College Foundation, Academic Affairs, and other College departments.
  13. Coordinates and develops a marketing strategy for promoting workforce development and lifelong learning programs in collaboration with the Marketing and Communications department.
  14. Develops long-term plans for the division, in alignment with the College’s Strategic Planning activities.
  15. Oversees a quality, comprehensive child care program for children of faculty, staff, students, and area residents.
  16. Oversees Middlesex County grants that include One-Stop Operator, Youth, and HSE programming.
  17. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Five (5) years’ administrative and supervisory experience in workforce development, lifelong learning, or a closely related field;
  • Three (3) years’ experience developing certification and training programs aligned to industry needs;
  • Supervisory experience; and
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills.


  • Master’s degree in workforce development, lifelong learning, adult education, or a related field;
  • Previous experience working in higher education;
  • Prior experience developing and implementing marketing and outreach strategies;
  • Experience in grant writing, seeking external funding, and managing grant-funded programs;
  • Knowledge of local, County, and state government;
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations; and
  • Ability to present comfortably and confidently to small and large groups.


The work is sedentary work which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:
  • Mental Acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.

SCHEDULE : Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Evenings and weekends as needed.

RETIREMENT : Pension Eligible

NJ First Act

Any Middlesex College employee hired after September 1, 2011 will have to meet the New Jersey residency law requirement.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Middlesex College is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, marital status, familial status, religion, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for service in the armed forces of the United States, or disability.

Affirmative Action and Compliance Statement

Middlesex College is firmly committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. The College will implement this policy to assure that the educational programs, activities, services, benefits and employment opportunities offered by the College are available to all persons regardless of sex, race, creed, national origin, ancestry, nationality, color, marital status, civil union or domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity, age, handicap (and/or disability), service in the armed forces, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic tests, or refusal to make available results of genetic tests, in accordance with State and Federal laws. All employees and students are expected to accept these principles and to reflect their spirit in everyday relationships with fellow employees and students. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer, Middlesex College, Chambers Hall, 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, New Jersey 08818-3050.


Middlesex College

Middlesex College is a place where everyone has equal access to opportunity and a chance to THRIVE… in education, exploration, growth and personal progress.

Our students are recent high school graduates looking to take the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree; others want to start a great career right after graduating from Middlesex College. Some may be adult students who have been out of school for a while, looking to upgrade their skills or start college. They are returning military veterans seeking an education. They are also recent immigrants looking to improve their English skills or participate in workplace training.

Less than an hour from New York City, our home county is strategically located near lucrative career opportunities in technology, healthcare and business, with employers like Johnson & Johnson and the fast-growing autonomous technology industry.

Our students hail from every town in Middlesex County, the most diverse county in the state according to the 2020 U.S. Census, and nearly 40 countries.

Thanks to scholarships and grants, we make it possible for anyone to afford Middlesex College without getting into debt. Students and families who make less than $65,000 are eligible for grants covering the entire cost of tuition.

Our caring faculty nurture students as they prepare to transfer to a four-year college or enter the world of work, providing career guidance and extending help beyond normal office hours.

Middlesex College is an inclusive workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives and lived experiences, and values each person's contributions.

Join our team in serving a diverse population of more than 12,000 students. The campus community, representing a variety of ages, races, ethnicities, interests, and backgrounds, all work together toward the common goal of providing access to a quality, affordable education to a diverse population.

We understand that total rewards play an important role when choosing where to work. Full-time employees enjoy work-life balance, competitive and equitable compensation, and a friendly, inclusive work environment.

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