ACT QUICKLY--Excellent opportunity for FT Director of Continuing Education in Northwest Montana!

Kalispell, Montana
$60,000 to $75,000 per year Depending on Experience
Apr 17, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

ACT QUICKLY - This position closes Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Midnight

Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) announces an excellent full-time opportunity to join its professional team and work family.  The Director of Continuing Education provides leadership and direction for Continuing Education, which includes non-credit classes, workforce development training, Kids’ College, Grandparents’ College, Small Business Development Center, and other special community programs. 

FVCC is located in beautiful Northwest Montana, just 30 miles from Glacier National Park and 60 miles from the U.S.-Canada border. With our main campus located in Kalispell and a second campus located in Libby, FVCC serves nearly 100,000 residents over a two-county region covering more than 5.6 million acres, an area larger than the state of Massachusetts.

FVCC provides high-quality academic programs taught by world-class faculty who have studied, taught, conducted research and volunteered across the globe. Our students go on to lead successful lives whether they transfer to four-year colleges and universities or take advantage of more than 50 career and technical programs that prepare them to enter into the workforce. FVCC also offers the Running Start program for eligible area high school students who want to get a jump start on their college education while saving a significant amount of money on tuition; online classes so students can learn anywhere at any time; classes taught via interactive television reaching students living in rural communities; select undergraduate and graduate degrees through partnerships with various Montana colleges and universities; customized workforce training for area businesses; and a wide variety of fun, enriching and affordable non-credit classes for all ages.

Our small class sizes, excellent student support services, diverse financial aid packages and scholarship opportunities along with the value of education we provide are just a few of the many reasons why students choose to attend FVCC. Not only do students have the opportunity to study in a state-of-the-art learning environment, they thrive in our friendly community. FVCC faculty and staff know our students by their names and truly care about helping every student succeed.

FVCC is a leader among community colleges in its approach to meeting student and community needs.  FVCC boasts a strong STEM program and hosts a weekly presentation and discussion of STEM research projects taking place in and affecting the Flathead Valley.  In 2015, FVCC introduced Montana’s first brewing science and brewery operations program to prepare individuals for entry-level careers in the rapidly growing craft beer industry.  As one of only a handful of these programs in the nation, FVCC’s program was developed with input from many local craft brewing business to meet the workforce needs at the local and national levels. On-campus housing for students is currently under construction and will be open for occupancy fall of 2017.  The housing units include single and double bedrooms or up to 124 students.

Besides working at a top-notch educational institution, FVCC staff and faculty live in one of the most magnificent places on Earth with endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. FVCC’s main campus is located 30 minutes from the entrance to Glacier National Park, offering some of the most scenic hiking and camping in the world. The Flathead Valley is nestled between two of Montana’s powder wonderlands, Whitefish Mountain Resort and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area, which combined offer more than 4,000 acres of terrain to explore. And just 12 miles down the road from the main campus is Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River and a haven for sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing.

We invite you to learn more about FVCC and the Director of Continuing Education position.

JOB TITLE:             Director, Continuing Education

DEPARTMENT:       Continuing Education

PAY RANGE:           $60,000 - $75,000 depending on experience; 12 mos. per year; benefit eligible

CLOSING DATE:     ACT QUICKLY--this position closes Sunday, April 23, 2017


Flathead Valley Community College is an outstanding public community college located on a beautiful campus in Kalispell, Montana with panoramic views of the northern Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Park.  Our vision is to improve lives through learning, and the trustees, faculty and staff are dedicated to values that foster and preserve the spirit of our college and promote and support the well-being and economic development of the communities we serve.  Anticipated start date of July 2017.


•             Provides leadership and direction for Continuing Education, which includes non-credit classes, workforce development training, Kids’ College, Grandparents’ College, Small Business Development Center, and other special community programs. 

•             Participates actively and with initiative in continuous improvement efforts to provide efficient and quality programs; provides strategic direction to facilitate innovation in class offerings to foster lifelong learning.

•             Networks and collaborates with local employers and community on workforce trends; establishes and maintains strong collegial relationships with staff, faculty, administrators, and community members; leads and serves on various committees.

•             Provides leadership, mentors and supervises staff; motivates and empowers staff to create environments that promote innovation; sets standards for excellent customer service.

•             Maintains up-to-date knowledge of current practices and trends in continuing education and workforce development.

•             Participates in institutional planning; coordinates areas of responsibility in support of the College’s strategic plan; provides related consultative services in support of academic and institutional decision making

•             Oversees area’s operations, budgeting and resource allocation; establishes long range planning mechanisms; prepares periodic reports; represents the department and establishes a collaborative relationship with other College departments.

•             Reports to the Vice-President

•             Performs other duties as assigned.


•             Bachelor’s degree in an educational or closely related field; AND,

•             A minimum of five years of progressively responsible leadership work experience.


•             Master’s degree in closely related field

•             Experience in a community college or public education administration

•             Comprehensive knowledge of role and mission of community colleges

•             Teaching and/or training work experience


•             Demonstrated ability to innovate

•             Expertise with budgetary process

•             Skill in hiring, evaluation, and managing employees

•             Demonstrated skill in effectively analyzing data for outcome-oriented results.

•             Ability to multi-task and manage multiple areas, individuals, projects and priorities

•             Ability and willingness to serve as a representative for the College by interacting appropriately with the public, donors, students, potential students and College community.

•             Ability to work within policies and procedures of FVCC.

•             Skill and ability to operate a variety of computer applications including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office and interactive television and extended learning programs.

•             Ability to work non-traditional schedules for events, including evenings, weekends, holidays etc.

•             Ability to maintain effective and positive professional relationships with staff, students, and public

•             Ability to follow and issue directions.

•             Skill, dedication, and aptitude for working with students.

•             Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills.

•             Ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

•             Ability to maintain regular and acceptable attendance levels.

•             This is a Medium Duty job, according to the Selected Characteristics of Occupations Defined in the Revised Dictionary of Occupational Titles, U.S. Department of Labor and Industry.    Medium Duty involves exertion of 20-50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10-25 pounds frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds continuously to move objects.

The above is intended to describe the key elements and requirements for the performance of this position. Employees may be required to perform other related duties and activities not specifically stated in this document.


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In order to be considered for this position, we ask that you submit the following application materials (please upload documents as attachments to the online application).

1. Letter of application indicating how you meet the minimum qualifications and detail your work experience as it relates to the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities;

2. A current, comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae; AND,

3. Names of three professional references with complete contact information (Name, Title, Organization, Day-Time Phone Number, Email, City and State)

NOTE:  As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will submit official transcripts for all degrees held to FVCC HR office prior to completing onboarding process.  Only transcripts from accredited institutions will be accepted.


Flathead Valley Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization. The College prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, political ideas, sex, age, marital status, veteran’s status, physical or mental disability, national origin or ancestry or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.  References not listed on the application may be contacted.

Flathead Valley Community College is unable to sponsor individuals seeking employment.

Flathead Valley Community College makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee's ability to perform the duties of the job. FVCC provides preference in employment in compliance with the Montana Veteran's Employment Preference Act. To claim veteran's/disability preference or request accommodation, contact the Office of Human Resources, 777 Grandview Drive, Kalispell, MT 59901 or call (406) 756-3841.  FVCC’s policies can be located on our website: