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Dean of Workforce Education

Yakima Valley College
Yakima, Washington State
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Jun 16, 2021

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Are you passionate about working at an institution whose focus is student success? Do you want to work with a dynamic team that is leading the national conversation on increasing retention and completion? Can you envision yourself challenging and being challenged to find innovative ways to address persistent service gaps? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining the executive ranks at Yakima Valley College (YVC), an innovative and equity-focused designated Hispanic Serving Institution dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals 

Yakima Valley College is accepting applications for the position of Dean of Workforce Education who is committed to community college students and their success. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position, with an anticipated start of July 1, 2021 

Under the direction of the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, this position is responsible for providing leadership, administration, and supervision for the division of Workforce Education and associated programs and departments. The division offers an array of professional technical certificates, Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees as well as AAS Transfer degrees. This position supports the mission and strategic plan of the college through planning, evaluating, maintaining, and implementing instruction and related services in compliance with established guidelines.

The successful candidate must be able to develop equity-minded practices within an educational environment. 

Essential Tasks

Identify, create, and sustain partnerships that promote access to and success in workforce education:

  • Respond to students' needs and the workforce needs of the Yakima Valley College service district
  • Strengthen relationships with industry, business, and civic leaders to promote local and state initiatives that will improve students' success
  • Facilitate collaborations between workforce faculty and employers as well as transfer institution faculty to ensure that program learning outcomes align with workforce and/or transfer institution priorities
  • Collaborate with Dean of College and Career Readiness to develop and support existing I- BEST programs and create new I-BEST programs
  • Ensure college-wide practices equitably support student success, and students experience seamless support between academic affairs and student services
  • In collaboration with workforce staff and faculty, organize and respond to feedback from external advisory committees
  • Provide leadership, support, and advocacy:
  • Be responsive to changes in the environment for new career/employment opportunities
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and staff to implement new workforce programs that meet student and community needs
  • Work in partnership with the Director of BAS programs and faculty to identify new opportunities for designing and delivering BAS programs 
  • Conduct regular program reviews with an equity lens to close equity gaps and increase completions overall
  • Provide leadership for Program Directors, Chairs, and Coordinators to identify and address enrollment, retention, and completion trends in workforce programs
  • Facilitate the development, implementation, and assessment of inclusive practices within workforce programs 
  • Collaborate with college leadership as a member of the instructional leadership team
  • Promote and support full-time and adjunct faculty's involvement in professional development opportunities tied to increasing student completions, including focused work on advising
  • Manage workforce programs:
  • Work closely with the Budget Director to facilitate the development of budgets for departments and programs
  • Collaborate with and provide leadership for Program Directors, Chair, and Coordinators to create and maintain a schedule for workforce programs 
  • Serve as Yakima Valley College's representative to the statewide workforce council (WEC) and other workforce-related committees
  • Serve as Yakima Valley College's workforce liaison to the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) regarding workforce programs, policy, and funding
  • Develop inter-agency and contractual agreements with other educational and industry organizations
  • Reinforce ongoing efforts to increase ABE/ELA Transitions, supporting collaboration between College and Career Readiness and professional technical faculty for transfer advising and I-BEST program development
  • Supervise professional-technical faculty and staff
  • Support institutional and program-specific accreditation efforts; maintain program-specific accreditations and associated regulatory compliance
  • Participate in developing marketing strategies for professional-technical programs, informed by Yakima Valley College's Guided Pathways work plan
  • Advise, coordinate, and provide leadership to Administrative Council and Instruction Council on professional technical related matters
  • Write and manage federal and state grants and workforce allocations
  • Establish and coordinate appropriate technical program advisory committees
  • Initiates and coordinates appropriate program improvements in response to technical advisory committee guidance




  • Federal, State, or other external workforce development funding sources, including key regulatory, fiscal, and outcomes management issues


  • Work with and commitment to equity in working with students, communities, and colleagues from diverse backgrounds, identities, and intersection
  • Collaborate with instructional and student services deans and the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services to build strong partnerships with local school districts 
  • Work with data to report to funders and for program improvement and decision-making
  • Work collaboratively with instruction, administration, and student services programs
  • Maintain and facilitate strong communication and partnership with student services 


  • Master's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Two or more years college-level teaching experience in a professional-technical/workforce program 
  • Two or more years of administrative leadership or management experience


  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence through program innovations and student success efforts
  • Evidence of partnership development with agencies including business and industry, the workforce system, high schools, and universities
  • Experience managing grant-funded projects
  • Experience working with faculty and industry to develop and deliver CTE or workforce development programs


Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:
To apply for this position you MUST submit a complete YVC Online Employment Application, and include the following REQUIRED attachments:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (a generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume (a resume will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the online application).
  • Three (3) professional references (personal references do not count as professional).
  • Unofficial transcripts for confirmation of degree (if minimum qualifications require a degree). The successful candidate will be required to submit official transcripts at the time of hire.
  • Certifications/Credentials as required for the fulfillment of the minimum qualifications.
  • Supplemental Question(s): The college requires a Leadership Philosophy and Diversity and Inclusion response as part of its application materials. The statements are found in the supplemental questions area of the application. Please respond (NO MORE than one page in length) in the text box area provided, or upload the document to your application as an attachment.

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above. E-mailed documents will not be accepted after the closing of the recruitment or in lieu of attaching your documents to the online application.

Supplemental Information: 
Please visit the Dean of Workforce Education search page for specific details and timelines.

Candidates selected for interviews will be required to participate in an open forum.
Candidates may be subject to a Criminal History Background Check as a condition for consideration of employment.
 "In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire."
Yakima Valley College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, genetic information, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services, and activities, or in employment.  All inquiries regarding compliance should be directed to the Director of Human Resource Services, YVC, South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA  98902; or call 509.574.4670. Click here for the full nondiscrimination statement. 
Yakima Valley College's Annual Safety and Fire Report is available online at, containing mandated information about current campus policies concerning safety and security issues, required statistics, and other related information for the past three calendar years. To obtain a paper copy of the report, please call 509.574.4610.
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible.
All positions are subject to funding.  

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