Director of Economic and Workforce Development, Categorical

  • South Orange County Community College District
  • 5500 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Jul 22, 2022
Full time Deans & Directors Workforce Education

Job Description


Director of Economic and Workforce Development, Categorical

Job Category:

Classified Administrators and Managers

Job Opening Date:

July 21, 2022

Job Closing Date:

September 16, 2022


Irvine Valley College

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Work Days:

Monday - Friday

Work Hours:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Schedule and shift are subject to change in accordance with department needs)

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Percentage of Employment:


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Starting salary at $11,997 per month

Required Documents:

Resume and Cover Letter

Job Description:

Classified Manager District Management Team Salary Range 19

Application materials must be received by 11:59 pm on September 15, 2022

This position is categorically funded. Employment in this position is contingent upon funding by the Strong Workforce Program funds.


Serve as the primary external workforce and training representative for internships/apprenticeships of the College to agencies, consortia, partnerships, and regional workforce groups throughout the region; cultivate and promote positive and substantive relationships with local business and industry; develop fee-based and contract education programming to generate revenue that supports department goals; serve as a leader of and an advocate for the College within the external community; plan, develop, organize and implement the goals and objectives of assigned functions; prepare and administer annual budgets for assigned programs; coordinate the branding and marketing efforts for the corresponding College’s Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) program; work with Division Deans to coordinate contract education offerings (credit and non-credit); and provide responsible and complex administrative support to Administrative Leadership.

Foster a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, innovation, and continuous improvement throughout the district; lead by example; actively participate in and support district-wide participatory governance components and activities and other collaborative processes; encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.


Receives administrative direction from respective Administrative Leadership.

Exercises functional and technical supervision over assigned classified employees or other part-time, temporary or student workers as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provide leadership in the administration of all externally focused economic and workforce development programs and services of the College, including EWD personnel management, in accordance with laws, regulations, District policy and collective bargaining agreements; direct and evaluate assigned programs and services, which may include, but are not limited to: economic and workforce development and grant-funded projects.

Formulate, recommend, and implement long and short-range goals and strategic plans for area of assignment, requesting resources required through the College process; assure consistency of unit plans with other College and District plans; lead economic and workforce development assignment in alignment with College’s mission, goals and objectives.

Represent the College to business, industry and governmental agency-based organizations on local, state, and national committees and taskforces regarding economic and workforce development and training; establish and support an EWD advisory board made up of representatives of the community and local business and industry.

Contact and develop connections with local business and industry representatives; provide technical assistance to companies and facilitate related economic development activities in the region.

Conduct needs assessments and assist in the collection and analysis of significant data, which reflects existing needs of the local business community.

Implement and evaluate the College’s EWD plan and recommend and assist in the implementation/evaluation of goals and objectives for assigned services and functions.

Serve as a liaison between the College and business organizations, community and regional groups, other community colleges and four-year colleges and universities; interface with the community and external agencies in all matters of economic and workforce development, including, but not limited to, career technical training, basic skill development and proprietary training for businesses.

Foster innovation in economic and workforce development programs and services; work with the community, business, industry and other educational institutions to promote areas of assignment; contribute to the development and implementation of a coordinated outreach, marketing and public relations process.

Participate in the collection, compilation, and analysis of information from various sources on a variety of specialized topics related to business and/or program development; prepare reports that present and interpret data, identify options to address identified needs; and make and justify recommendations for business and/or program development.

Work with content experts to propose training programs that meet community, industry and government training needs.

Solicit and utilize feedback from employers, employees, faculty, students and other departments to develop fee-based and contract education-training solutions and make improvements in EWD operations.

Work collaboratively to develop partnerships/agreements with businesses, advisory boards, and professional associations; cultivate and promote positive and substantive relationships with local business and industry.

Plan, coordinate and direct customized programs and services that address the economic and workforce development needs in the region, including short- and long-term training programs, workshops, and seminars, to meet identified needs. Identify and expand economic development opportunities targeting local, regional, and international firms that strive to address training needs.

Attend workshops, professional conferences, and trade shows for program planning and development and marketing services; and serve on a variety of community and state committees.

Work with the Director of Marketing and Communications at the respective College to brand and market the EWD program, including creative solutions related to social media, website enhancement, press releases and collateral marketing pieces.

Serve on business, community and EWD boards to ensure the College has input and influence in the development of public policy on economic and workforce development. 

Seek appropriate funding opportunities for assigned programs and services through partnerships, fee-based activities, contracts and other alternative revenue sources to promote, grow, and expand future economic and workforce development projects and programs.

Negotiate, prepare and submit contracts for contract education and using approved process and templates for instructional service agreements, ensuring compliance with regulations, such as Title 5 requirements, and good business practices for credit and noncredit instruction, District policies and procedures.

Design and administer training and employment preparation programs in accordance with College policy and external funding provisions; direct the preparation, submission and maintenance of detailed and comprehensive reports, records and files regarding programs, services, personnel, facilities and activities as necessary; and process required data and reports in a timely manner.

Ensure the accurate and timely development, preparation, submittal, administration, and monitoring of annual budgets for assigned programs; provide administrative oversight of all assigned funds and budgets; monitor and control all such funds in a responsible manner; direct the maintenance of necessary records and controls to assure expenditures and operations remain within established budget limitations in conformance with District policy; monitor and approve purchase requisitions and prepare agenda items for Board approval as needed.

Participate in the selection of classified staff and temporary professional staff as necessary; train and supervise classified and contract employees; evaluate employees per contract.

Train, supervise and evaluate the performance of contract trainers in keeping with Board policies and administrative procedures; visit contracted work sites and observe and evaluate training methods and effectiveness; and administer employment contracts.

Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of students.

In cooperation and coordination with division deans, plan, coordinate, and direct contract education courses (credit or noncredit) and work with discipline faculty to review and facilitate development of credit curriculum requested for contract education; hire college faculty under contract to teach externally funded EWD Contract Education courses.

Cultivate internship opportunities for students and connect employers to the career placement office; and notify appropriate deans of internship opportunities identified for their programs. 

Act on opportunities to support and promote College career technical education programs and services to business and industry. Organize and manage events on campus for community, business, and industry representatives.

Organize, attend or chair a variety of administrative and staff meetings related to economic and workforce development; provide workshops on EWD topics as requested.

Keep current on related legislation, regulations and developments that could affect department operations; disseminate such information to appropriate personnel.

Work effectively within a participatory governance structure.

Participate in State, national, and international activities that promote economic and workforce development and provides assistance in the creation of high quality and innovative workforce training approaches.

Perform other related duties as assigned.



Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Bachelor's Degree in a discipline commonly taught at a community college from an accredited College or university; Master's Degree preferred.


A minimum of five years successful managerial and leadership experience in a post-secondary education/training environment and experience in successfully developing new programs and services, developing collaborative partnerships and project management experience.


Valid California driver's license.

Knowledge of:

A community college system and academic terminology.

Basic outcome metrics, data collection and analysis that demonstrates effectiveness of operation.

Budget preparation and administration, principles and processes, including budget development and meeting annual revenue and budget goals.

Community/public relations.

Computer systems and software applications related to area of assignment, including database management,
spreadsheets, word processing and specialized software/web based systems.

Effective business letter writing and report preparation.

Effective sales techniques.

Evidence of a working knowledge of local, regional and national workforce trends, legislation and related agencies.

Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of clients, faculty and staff.

Evidence of understanding and experience with the principles of collegial consultation.

Extensive knowledge of grant- and externally-funded programs and processes.

External resource development (e.g. grant writing, fundraising, contracting).

Familiarity with the Orange County business community and workforce development systems.

Financial record keeping.

High level business department, government, or industry organization related to EWD.

Management techniques that encourage creativity improve efficiency and increase productivity.

Marketing and public relations.

Oral and written communication skills, including correct English composition, grammar, spelling and vocabulary.

Organizational and management practices.

Planning and organizational skills.

Principles and practices of training, supervision, motivation, and evaluation of employees.

Principles of program evaluation, quality assurance and continuous quality improvement.

Proposal and budget development.

Website maintenance via a content management system.

Workforce development methodology, programs, resources, and providers.

Ability to:

Accomplish work through effective time management and direction of staff.

Administer budgets, personnel and facilities effectively and in compliance with State and Federal regulations and District policies and procedures.

Advocate for assigned programs.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Assess, manage, implement, and use technology in the management and delivery of training programs.

Build educational partnerships with business, industry, community or other educational institutions.

Collect, compile and analyze data, and prepare reports utilizing data.

Communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, using various means including written/oral communication and public speaking with diverse constituencies within and outside of the District.

Demonstrate commitment to professional excellence.

Demonstrate evidence of sensitivity, understanding, commitment and ability to effective with clients of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, physically challenged and ethnic backgrounds.

Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy.

Demonstrate success in obtaining external funding sources and developing and implementing innovative programs and follow-up reporting related to this funding.

Develop contract training programs for business and/or industry.

Develop markets and promotional strategies for services and projects.

Develop effective marketing strategies and recruit qualified workforce development trainers and consultants.

Embrace and work effectively within a participatory governance structure.

Encourage excellence within the EWD unit and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services. 

Establish and maintain effective, harmonious, and collaborative relationships with a diverse population of clients, staff and community.

Establish goals, identify data to be collected for their measurement, and meet/exceed annual objectives.

Exercise initiative and work independently.

Exercise judgment in choosing among possible actions (sometimes without clear precedents) and with concern for the consequences of the action.

Forecast current and future needs and costs affecting assigned programs and services.

Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.

Interact with and develop relationships with local business and industry representatives.

Interpret, analyze, apply and explain applicable, complex and technical District policies and procedures, local, State and Federal laws and regulations.

Lead, train, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff.

Learn District and College organization, operations, and objectives.

Maintain current knowledge of economic and workforce development.

Maintain written records and reports.

Manage and assess technology needs in a training environment.

Operate modern office equipment and computer applications and manage databases, documents and other software related to assigned unit.

Operate successfully in a political environment.

Perform job duties with tact, patience and sensitivity, and adherence to standards of ethical behavior and accountability.

Plan, develop, coordinate, implement, direct, supervise, evaluate and promote programs utilizing external funds for training, employment, and workforce development purposes.

Plan, organize, coordinate, manage and expedite assigned projects and activities related to assignment in a manner conducive to full performance and meeting deadlines.

Provide relevant facts and recommendation to supervisor.

Ability to:

Prepare oral and written reports and recommendations.

Represent the College at the community, state and national levels.

Research and apply applicable district policies, local, State and federal laws, codes and regulations concerning economic and workforce development for a California community college.

Resolve conflicts and solve problems.

Serve as an effective management team member.

Train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.

Understand and effectively and collaboratively work in a complicated multi-college environment, as well as within a system of community college districts.

Use email etiquette when using electronic communication.

Use independent judgment in the interpretation and application of rules, regulations, policies and procedures; check with assigned supervisor if there is not clarity regarding your understanding.

Work effectively and collaboratively with administration, classified management, and staff to achieve common goals.

Work effectively in a fast-paced environment with numerous interruptions.

Write grants, proposals, recommendations, contracts, reports and correspondence.


The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those required by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment

Standard office setting. Typically, duties are performed in an office environment while sitting at a desk or computer workstation. An incumbent frequently visits business and community sites and is subject to contact with others, frequent interruptions, noise from talking or office equipment and demanding legal timelines.

Physical Demands

The incumbent regularly sits for long periods, walks short distances on a regular basis, travels to various locations to visit instructional, business and community sites, attend meetings and conduct work; uses hands and fingers to operate an electronic keyboard or other office machines; reaches with hands and arms, speaks clearly and distinctly to answer telephones and to provide information; sees to read fine print and operate computer; hears and understands voices over telephone and in person; and lifts, carries, and/or moves objects weighing up to 10 pounds.


Interviews may be held in-person (following all necessary precautions) or in a virtual format. Employees must reside in California while employed with the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), even during remote work. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the SOCCCD.

The SOCCCD is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities it serves. The Board of Trustees voted to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, employees, and volunteers with allowances for medical exemptions and sincerely held religious beliefs as defined by law. More information can be found on our District website by visiting


The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.


A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.

Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS


If you require special accommodations in the application and/or selection process, please notify District Human Resources at least two (2) business days prior to the Job Close Date/Initial Screening Date, by either calling (949) 582-4850 or sending an e-mail to


Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.


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The South Orange County Community College District is committed to creating an academic and work environment that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion and equal opportunity for all, and ensures that students, faculty, management and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, included, supported, and safe. Our culture of belonging, openness, and inclusion, makes our district a unique and special place for individuals of all backgrounds.

Our District and our colleges are looking for equity and inclusion-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to the understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present within our community. When you join our District, you can expect to be part of an exciting, thriving, equity-focused, and inclusive community that approaches higher education with the lens of social justice and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position with our District, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our District’s mission and goals for EEO, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


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