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Director of Business and Community Education

Skagit Valley College
Skagit Valley College
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Administration, Marketing & Communications, Operations
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SALARY: $70,000 / year SUPERVISOR: Dean for Instruction, Program Development INCUMBENT: Vacant (CouriAnne Williams) POSITION #: 00009878

Position Summary: This position is responsible for the oversight of business and community education programming including contract training, customized training, community education, continuing education, and apprenticeship contracts.

Under the direction of the Dean for Instruction, the Director will work with the community and regional businesses to develop relevant programming, establish new partnerships and contracts, maintain the department budget and increase enrollment and revenue. The Director will be responsible for the quality of training delivery and will oversee the work of instructors and contractors in order to successfully plan, develop and implement programming for the college's community and continuing education and customized training and apprenticeship offerings. This includes directing the planning, assessment, marketing, client management, developing proposals, staffing, monitoring and quality control for community education and customized training programs across the service region. Continuation of this position depends upon revenue generated by community and continuing education and customized training.

** Duties and Responsibilities:** • Work with external stakeholders to assess client training needs and develop proposals for training solutions to provide customized training opportunities for business partners. • Work with internal stakeholders across the college district as well as external stakeholders to plan and offer new and existing community and continuing education classes and programs. • Manage existing, and develop new, apprenticeship partnerships. • Build and maintain relationships with external entities to identify areas of curriculum best suited for the college and to avoid duplication of efforts. • Continuously assess community and business needs to develop relevant programming. • Develop consistent policies and procedures for community education, continuing education, customized training, and contract training across the college district. • Direct the day to day programmatic operations including the identification, development, implementation, evaluation, and management of community education, continuing education, customized training, and contract training programs. • Maintain Community & Business Education website and software systems. • Maintain necessary course pre-registrations, registrations, payments, student evaluations, course information, files and records. • Research, price, generate and present training proposals and contracts in response to market demands and departmental revenue goals. • Secure and manage state grants and programs such as Job Skills Partnership Grants. • Recruit and contract with innovative and engaging course trainers, instructors, and facilitators. • Analyze situations and conditions by use of gap analysis, modeling, and Strengths/Weaknesses, Opportunities Threat analysis, and other methods. • Facilitate departmental strategic planning, budget management and program compliance with Skagit Valley College policies and procedures. • Develop a set of core outcomes for unit and measure and track annual performance against objectives. • Monitor training program quality including instructor qualifications, training design and delivery that is compatible for adult learners, current training methodologies and technologies, adequacy of facilities and tools, satisfaction and transfer of skills to the workplace. • Prepare periodic statistics, financial reports, and evaluation summaries. • Participate in community events such as fairs, tradeshows, career expos, home and garden shows, or special seasonal events as a representative of the college. • Act as SVC college representation on regional and state meetings and boards, as assigned. • Perform other duties as assigned by the Dean for Instruction- Program Development.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge or understanding of:

• Professional conduct that demonstrates commitment to the mission, values, and goals of Skagit Valley College. • Continuing and community education programming. • Washington state contract rules and regulations. • Regional industries, businesses, and economic development partners.

Skilled in:

• Leadership including the ability to make sound decisions and delegate appropriately; • Independent judgment and clearly communicating decisions consistently with individuals and groups within and outside the college; • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, especially in presenting technical information to employees, students and appropriate stakeholders; • Excellent computer skills with competency and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite software (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook); • Excellent writing skills, high level organizational skills, be. able to initiate and take projects to completion; • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills.

Ability to:

• Interact according to the guiding principles of collaboration, open and honest communication, integrity, respect, and compassion; • Develop, support and maintain collaborations and partnerships; • Work and interact effectively with colleagues, staff, students, administrators and others of various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds; • Work with individuals of varied ethnicity, ages, backgrounds, and abilities in an inclusive and participatory manner; • Work in a team environment and with others in close proximity, and be committed to building an atmosphere of trust, competence, confidentiality, and positive service to the College and community; • Work independently and collaboratively on multiple projects within close, overlapping and/or conflicting deadlines; • Meet deadlines and prioritize a variety of projects and assignments requiring a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail; • Work with a variety of working and leadership styles; • Adapt easily to changing business needs, conditions and work responsibilities.


Minimum Qualifications: • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Education, Marketing or a closely related field. • Two (2) years of progressively responsible full-time work experience in a supervisory and/or management position. • Three (3) years of experience in community education, educational programming, program development, or other related experience. OR • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience totaling four (4) years, sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job as listed.

Desired Qualifications: • Master’s Degree in Business, Education, Marketing or a closely related field. • 5 years’ experience in a business or education setting that includes the responsibility for training other employees. • Experience with community and continuing education. • Experience within the Washington State Community & Technical College system. • Familiar with the communities in Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties. • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Conditions of Employment:

• Prior to employment, the candidate must pass a criminal background check. • If hired you will be required to provide proof that you are either 1) a U.S. citizen, or 2) an immigrant whose status permits you to lawfully work in this country. • Completion of academic degree(s) will be verified through receipt of official transcripts at the time of hire.

• Per Proclamation 21-14, employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than date of hire. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes,

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