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Executive Director-Workforce Equity Initiative-Grant Funded

City Colleges of Chicago
Kennedy King College

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Duties and ResponsibilitiesExecutive Director - Workforce Equity Initiative Grant FundedKennedy King College
Reporting to the President, the Executive Director – Workforce Equity Initiative will lead the successful development, implementation and operation of the Workforce Equity grant at Kennedy King College. The Executive Director - Workforce Equity Initiative is responsible for overseeing all components of this grant, including but not limited to the case management, procurement, outcome reporting, contract management and day-to-day management of the program. 
This position is grant funded through September 2020, with the possibility to be renewed
• Launches, operates and continuously manages the grant activities and deliverables at Kennedy King College to ensure outcomes are met in grant. Creates and implements effective performance metrics to measure the success of programs. Leads the implementation and ongoing collection of data to manage performance, understand the needs of the workforce and inform future program design. • Develops targeted outreach, marketing and recruitment plans to attract participants for the grant. Plans and anticipates outreach to recruit applicants. • Manages and supports college staff to deliver on the program's vision. Coordinates efforts across different areas of the college, inside and outside of direct reporting lines, to deliver a unified and comprehensive program. • Oversees operations including participant recruitment, budgeting, service delivery and curriculum delivery. Ensures the high quality service delivery and tight integration of the academic, wrap around services and mentoring components. • Leads the continuous development and improvement of innovative and practical solutions to address the needs of improving workforce equity in at-risk communities in the realm of trainings, services, technical assistance and job placement. • Adheres to CCC Customer Service Excellence standards. • Performs other duties as assigned.

•Master’s degree in Student Affairs, CTE, Workforce Development,Adult Education, Sociology, Education, Public Administration, or a related field from an accredited college or university. •Minimum of five years of senior management experience with a track record of progressive responsibility, preferably in the private sector or a community organization. •An equivalent combination of education and training or experience will be taken into consideration as determined by management. Experience in project management, implementation, performance metrics, and operations. •Demonstrated experience and strong background in building teams and working across departments to deliver on outcomes. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with working with communities of color and with groups of adults who have experienced, historically, barriers to educational attainment. Demonstrated commitment to educational and career equity for communities of color and other underserved people. Demonstrated excellent supervisory, administrative, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills. • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills. • Ability to work within a culturally diverse environment. • Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships and strategic partnerships with key stakeholders and a wide range of business, industry, and community partners. 
Kennedy-King College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, won the first-ever Aspen “Rising Star” award for rapid improvement in completion. Kennedy-King College, was selected from more than 1,100 community colleges nationwide for this award. The City of Chicago could not be prouder of Kennedy-King College for being the first-ever recipient of the Rising Star Award by the Aspen Institute. This recognition is a testament to the hard work of the students and the tireless commitment of the faculty to constantly raise the bar of the education that Kennedy-King provides. 
Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within 6 months of hire. 
We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Thank you for your interest in City Colleges of Chicago!

Job: Workforce & Economic Development
Primary Location: Kennedy King College
Job Posting: Oct 30, 2019, 3:20:58 PM



The City Colleges of Chicago is a network of seven Colleges. Through our seven colleges, we deliver exceptional learning opportunities and educational services for diverse student populations in city_colleges_of_chicago1.jpgChicago. We enhance knowledge, understanding, skills, collaboration, community service and life-long learning by providing a broad range of quality, affordable courses, programs, and services to prepare students for success in a technologically advanced and increasingly interdependent global society. We work to eliminate barriers to employment and to address and overcome inequality of access and graduation in higher education.

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Our Vision is to transform the City Colleges of Chicago into a world-class institution. We do that by ensuring student success. It is the centerpiece of our Reinvention effort. What we mean by student success is making sure our students are prepared to move into higher education and that they have the skills for jobs in the 21st Century. We believe there is no other institution better positioned to become an economic engine for the City of Chicago.

city_colleges_of_chicago3.jpgWe have a proud history of providing life-changing opportunities and education to residents of Chicago’s most underserved communities. However, far too many students are not meeting their goals today. And that’s why we’ve launched this ambitious plan to reinvent the City Colleges.

Our work and our vision will not be complete until we make sure every one of our students leaves with the tools they need to achieve their goals. Success is going to look different for each student. In the end, we envision an institution which will do four things very well:

  • Increase the number of students earning college credentials of economic value
  • Increase the rate of transfer to Bachelor’s degree programs following CCC graduation
  • Drastically improve outcomes for students needing remediation
  • Increase number and share of ABE/GED/ESL students who advance to and succeed in college-level courses

Accomplishing these goals will benefit not only our students, but also our faculty and staff, four-year colleges, Chicago area employers, the Chicago Public Schools and communities...and help transform us into a world-class institution.


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