Position Summary: The Director of College and Career Readiness is responsible for the development, management, and continuous improvement of the college’s strategy to impact residents of Washtenaw County, with a special emphasis on the Eastern corridor, in increasing both educational and career exploration, enrollment and career attainment. This position has direct oversight of programming and service delivery at extension sites (e.g., Parkridge Community and Ellsworth Centers) including staff, facility, grant, and budget management. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: • Provide administrative leadership to the college’s strategy in supporting residents of Washtenaw County, with a special on the Eastern corridor, in the areas of College and Career readiness to include outreach, engagement, program development and special initiatives for targeted populations ranging from K-12 to adults. • Serve as the lead college administrator including staff supervision, facility oversight and compliance of assigned extension sites (e.g., Parkridge Community and Ellsworth Centers) • Develop, implement, and continuously enhance program and service offerings to assigned populations and groups with the aim of increasing educational and career attainment. • Create and submit annual operational plans in alignment with the strategic plans and initiatives of the Division and College. • Maintain and nurture relationships with education, community, governmental and public sector leaders, and their respective organization with the goal of enhancing the college’s position of providing access and ensuring success to education and career training. • Partner with the Department of Workforce Development, Center for Career Success, and external partners (e.g., Michigan Works! Southeast) to support career exploration, development and preparation through the offering of workshops, programs and various services. • Advocate for and refer potential students to appropriate college offices and departments in support of their pursuit of higher education and careers. • In partnership with the Office of Grant Development and Management, actively work to identify and assist with the development of grant proposals which support the work and goals of programs offered through the Department of College and Career Readiness. • Engage in professional development to maintain and/or develop skills assuring knowledge of research and best practices around college and career readiness. • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of College Access and Success or designee.
Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: • Master’s Degree in Education, Social Work or a related field required. • At least three (3) years of supervisory experience of full-time professional staff. • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant progressive leadership and professional experience in college access, community outreach and/or engagement. • Proven experience with grant writing and management, including budget (in excess of $200K annually), performance metrics and outcomes as well as the compilation of data and reports. • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic direction, administrative leadership, and operational management of a unit, including budget oversight and management, personnel management, workforce planning, and working with and motivating a diverse staff. • Proven interest and affinity for working at the grass-roots level in local communities as well as developing programs. • Strong written and oral communication skills and abilities.
For over 50 years, WCC's open-door admissions policy, affordable tuition rates, and high-quality classes have attracted students from local communities and around the world. More than 18,000 register for credit classes each year, and thousands more enroll in non-credit LifeLong Learning classes. WCC's diverse student body includes more than 1,000 students from over 100 foreign countries.WCC's small classes allow for lots of individual attention. The average class size is 22 students. That's a fraction of the size of many basic classes at four-year colleges and universities.WCC also emphasizes convenience. It offers classes seven days a week, at night, and online. And transferring is easy because WCC has agreements with four-year schools throughout Michigan.