Director of Adult Education Transitions and Special Programs

Location
River Grove, Illinois
Salary
Annual salary of $56,486
Posted
Apr 28, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

The Director of Adult Education Transitions and Special Programs works to create and enhance a college and career focused culture where high expectations are the norm. This position serves as a key member of the Adult Education Leadership Team and is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing all aspects of the Department's transition, literacy and distance learning related initiatives. 

Responsibilities: 

1. Develop curriculum, programs and processes to assist AE students in their transition from adult education programs to college and careers. 
2. Responsible for coordination, communication, and operation of all Bridge to College Programs. 
3. Develop, implements, manages, and monitors existing and new scholarship programs that provide support for AE students. 
4. Coordinate workshops for students regarding the college admissions and financial aid processes. 
5. Undertake special projects related to retention, progression, and completion. 
6. In collaboration with the Director of Faculty and Instruction, create and execute professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to build their capacity to support college preparation and next steps. 
7. Develop and oversee system of tracking student course enrollment and completion for 18 months after exit from the program. 
8. Work collaboratively with campus colleagues in the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Academic Affairs to facilitate and enhance the resources and services provided to AE students related to their transition. 
9. Coordinate marketing and outreach efforts to ensure students are well informed of their options for next steps. Oversees work of AE marketing subcommittee. 
10. Coordinate off campus programming. 
11. Conduct outreach, develops partnerships with community. Serve as Chairperson of District 504 Area Planning Council. 
12. Serve on department, campus and district committees as needed. 
13. Supervise and evaluate the performance and duties of assigned staff. 
14. Other responsibilities as assigned.  

 

Education: 

1. Master's Degree in Education, Student Affairs, or related field preferred or equivalent experience 

Experience: 

1. A minimum of two years' experience working with adult learners from diverse backgrounds who face academic and socio-economic barriers. 
2. A minimum of two years' experience in instructional leadership. 
3. Experience developing and implementing transition programming designed to increase student engagement, retention and success. 
4. Experience with adult literacy programming. 
5. Experience developing and implementing distance learning programs. 
6. Experience developing and fostering relationships with community partners. 

Knowledge: 

1. Knowledge of college and career readiness programs (Bridge to College. I-Pathways, ICAPS.) 
2. Strong working knowledge of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) mandates. 
3. Knowledge of adult learning theory. 
4. Demonstrable understanding of best practices in literacy development. 
5. Familiarity with District 504. 

Skills: 

1. Strong leadership and collaboration skills. 
2. Strong presentation, facilitation, organizational, oral and written skills. 
3. Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. 
4. Strong interpersonal skills: ability to hold others to high standards while offering support and maintaining positive relationships. 
5. Well versed in analyzing and developing strategic responses to academic data. 
6. Ability to be flexible in adapting to demands of a developing role. 
7. Bilingual strongly preferred.