Director-Workforce Partnerships (Part Time and Grant Funded)

Daley College
May 03, 2019
Institution Type
Community College
Duties and Responsibilities



City Colleges of Chicago’s (“CCC”) Center of Excellence program forges partnerships between City Colleges and industry leaders to better align City Colleges’ curricula with the demand in growing fields. These partnerships provide City Colleges’ students access to real-world experience via teacher-practitioners, internships and top-notch facilities, and offer City Colleges’ students and graduates a first pass at job opportunities.   


The Director of Workforce Partnerships (Center of Excellence) supports the Dean and Associate Dean in assuring students secure employment or advance in careers that will make a material economic impact in the life of the student and the future of the city.  In this position, the Director of Workforce Partnerships (Center of Excellence) will also be responsible for directing outreach and opportunity creation at the College level for a specific Cluster, and responsible for relationship management, relevant correspondence and tracking of progress to assure that programs, partnerships, and strategy align with the shared interests of City Colleges' students and key regional and national employers.


  • Works with Dean and District Office staff to proactively assist in identifying local, regional and national opportunities for creating public/private partnerships to support current and future Center of Excellence students' employment and career advancement efforts and training to enable students to secure the jobs of today and the future.
  • Participates in comprehensive workforce education partnerships and strategic alliances with businesses by promoting City Colleges' for credit and non-credit offerings. Manages relationships with non-profits (e.g., community based organizations, other educational institutions, etc.) and government to support the Center of Excellence program efforts to secure employment or career advancement for students.
  • Researches and analyzes the education, non-profit, and industry landscapes to identify promising practices or other opportunities for the development and introduction of new programs, or changes to existing programs, to improve outcomes.
  • Supports the vision of the Center of Excellence program impact on regional and national workforce and economic development policy.  Supports the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of an integrated and effective workforce and economic development system and articulates City Colleges' role in a seamless system of workforce and economic development.
  • Align Daley College work-study and work opportunities with local, regional and City efforts to assure the best outcomes and assure that City Colleges is a national example of excellence in workforce and economic development, consistent with, or in the creation of, best practices.
  • Enhances partnerships with industry, government and community partners to maintain and improve the City Colleges’ position as a significant local resource for state-of-the-art training for businesses in the region.
  • Develop relationships and manages relationships in the implementation of the long-range plan and strategy for workforce and economic development for a Center of Excellence program. Develop and support workforce and economic development policies, procedures and standards and monitors outcomes and drivers of success for students in all workforce, occupational, and economic development programs.
  • Monitors and helps develop outcome tracking metrics that confirm the value of programs and partnerships over time to assure that students and partners are achieving the stated goals.
  • Identifies potential local, state, and federal funding sources for existing Center of Excellence programs and new program development and assesses impact and requirements while facilitating efforts to strategically secure the correct resources.
  • Represents the college at appropriate meetings, conferences, and events.
  • Collaborates with all College departments and offices for seamless integration of the programs offered through the Center of Excellence program.
  • Provides periodic assessment of project progress to the Dean, Center of Excellence. 


  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Economics, Public Administration,Sociology or a closely related field. 
  • Minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in academic/business/industry management. Some manufacturing industry, and apprenticeship experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in job creation through a role in private industry, government, education, or a community based organization. Deep understanding of private industry structure and staffing needs.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in managing projects and programs that enhance economic development and create jobs.
  • Ability to develop, lead and coordinate diverse program services with numerous agencies, business customers, educational institutions and participants simultaneously.
  • Strong verbal and written communication, analytical, interpersonal and presentation skills. Excellent negotiation and mediation skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in prior work experience. Ability to work with a diverse, energetic team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working in any aspect of advanced manufacturing is highly desirable.  Knowledge of student management programs a plus.
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekends.  In and out of District travel may be required.

We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Thank you for your interest in City Colleges!

Job: Workforce & Economic Development
Primary Location: Daley College
Job Posting: May 2, 2019, 10:36:41 AM

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