Director, Center of Excellence

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Job TitleDirector, Center of ExcellenceJob Description

Washington’s Centers of Excellence are flagship institutions that build and sustain the state’s competitive advantage through statewide leadership. Each Center focuses on a targeted industry that drives the state’s economy and is built upon a reputation for fast, flexible, quality education and training programs. A targeted industry is identified as one that is strategic to the economic growth of a region or state.

Centers of Excellence are guided by industry representatives to lead collaborative and coordinated statewide education and training efforts to build a competitive workforce in a global economy.

Centers will:

  • Maintain an institutional reputation for innovation and responsive education and training delivery to their targeted industry.
  • Act as a broker of information and resources related to their targeted industry for industry representatives, community-based organizations, economic development organizations, community and technical colleges, secondary education institutions, and four-year colleges and universities.
  • Translate industry research into best practices.
  • Provide system coordination, coaching, and mentoring to assist in building seamless educational and work-related systems.
  • Build a competitive workforce for driver industries in Washington State.
Essential Duties Summary

The Center of Excellence Director provides leadership in the promoting and maintaining the Centers of Excellence as a recognizable and highly valuable component in Washington’s economic and workforce development initiatives.

The Center Director serves as the primary liaison between business and industry, labor, Washington’s Community and Technical College system, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, economic and workforce development systems.

The responsibilities of the Center Director position include, but are not limited to, development of and/or participation in industry and workforce development partnerships development efforts on behalf of the Community and Technical College system; identifying and validating industry and occupational trends and the key workforce needs of Center sector (Clean Energy) in the state for use in decision-making by the colleges and workforce/economic development partners; the negotiation and implementation of the Center’s work plan objectives; monitoring and management of the Center budget and associated project budgets; and, assuring compliance/accountability through timely submission of reports, data, and work products to stakeholders.

Job Functions

  • Build and maintain essential partnership and stakeholder relationships at the national, state, regional, local, industry and college level.
  • Oversee all aspects of Center program development and initiatives in response to the needs of industry partners and the college system in the context of current and future workforce trends.
  • Inspire and lead all aspects of Center operations from strategic visioning and goal setting to resource management and staff development and use of technology and data systems.
  • Possess and nurture entrepreneurial, creative, innovation-driven approaches to serving the college system, industry and labor.
  • Implement rigorous and systematized approaches to market research, data collection and analysis in service of resource development and Center financial health.


  • Convenes critical stakeholders in partnership and acts as the ‘hub’ for information, meetings, best practices and advising.
  • Identifies industry sector workforce needs including current and emerging skills, workforce volume requirements, education and training.
  • Understands and leverages national and state policy as it relates to workforce development within a given sector.
  • Listens, observes and understands a variety of competing interests and deftly builds consensus, connectivity and productivity.
  • Establishes, facilitates and maintains a strong and engaged Advisory Board.
  • Represents the Center on a national stage by conducting research, speaking at conferences, and attending workshops and meetings.
  • Oversees a robust communications and marketing strategy, including maintaining a website, social media presence, marketing, and outreach materials.
  • Collaborates with college system to identify gaps in training and workforce needs, support/facilitate the design of curriculum/program content and delivery processes.
  • Adapts quickly to changing market conditions, workforce needs and educational demand, while juggling multiple projects and stakeholders simultaneously.
  • Demonstrates and oversees sound project management processes, methods and tools to ensure accurate, timely, in-budget deliverables.
  • Identifies grant and funding opportunities to support Center initiatives, oversees proposal writing and ensures contractual obligations are met.
Required Qualifications

•Bachelor’s degree in relevant field of study (i.e. Business, Management, Energy, etc.)
•Two years of relevant professional industry experience in energy, labor, or closely related
•Equivalent combination of education and experience

Preferred Qualifications

•Master’s degree in relevant field of study (i.e. Business Administration, Energy, etc.)
•Experience working with the energy industry, labor, Community & Technical College system, and/or other state agency

Physical DemandsSpecial Conditions for Eligibility

This is a full-time, administrative exempt position. The starting annual salary will be $75,000 – $82,000 depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

The state of Washington provides a comprehensive benefits package for state employees. The position may participate in the TIAA/CREF retirement system.

The Screening Committee will begin their review July 31, 2019. Position is open until filled but for priority consideration, submit your application no later than July 30, 2019.

If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

EEO Statement

Centralia College has a strong institutional commitment to the principles of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we strongly urge all qualified applicants, especially people of color, persons of disability, women, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans, to apply. Centralia College is an Equal Opportunity employer.

It is the policy of Centralia College to assure equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age (over 40), religion, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.

Centralia College does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Designated Title II, VI, VII, IX, Section 504, ADA compliance officer: Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Hanson Hall Room 101, Centralia College, 600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia WA 98531-4099, (360)623-8943.

The Human Resources Office is accessible for persons with disabilities. Those who need disability accommodation in the application/employment process, please call (360)623-8943.

FLSASalary GradeDOQ/DOESalary$75,000 - $82,000 Posting Detail Information

Posting NumberAS220POpen Date07/03/2019Close DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions to ApplicantsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
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    • 7+
  2. * Please describe the attributes that will make you a strong candidate for this position

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  3. * We strive to employ individuals who possess the skills necessary to effectively interact with a diverse population of students and staff at Centralia College. Our effort is to create a climate that recognizes, respects, and celebrates differences. Describe what diversity means to you?

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Documents Needed To ApplyRequired Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts
  2. Letter of Recommendation 1
  3. Letter of Recommendation 2
  4. Letter of Recommendation 3




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Posted: 8/7/2019
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