Operations Manager

Cedar Rapids, IA
Jun 09, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.


The Manager, Operations of Skills-to-Employment is responsible for the financial management, compliance and operations management activities in the Skills-to-Employment division. This includes the administration of all federal and state grant funds including fiscal, regulatory compliance, monitoring and operational support. This individual works with federal and state procurement officers, operations team, and college staff to manage accounting functions, day-to-day operations, process issues, and budget planning. The manager ensures program compliance and authorizes allowable expenditures.


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.

  • Manages financial budgets, grant funds, and all compliance reporting.
  • Directs data collection and reporting of activities and services of Skills-to-Employment.
  • Prepares projections, annual budget and fiscal reporting.
  • Maintains required records on Skills-to-Employment programs and activities.
  • Directs and evaluate activities of the operations staff, including staff allocations, workload coverage for division, and facilities management.
  • Monitor and track division statistics, performance, and benchmarks for growth.
  • Monitor federal and state legislation and fiscal policy and its impact on Skills-to-Employment and other state/federal grants.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.

  • Demonstrate a high degree of independent judgment, initiative, organization, and problem-solving skills for the successful operation of programs and services.
  • Be a creative, energetic, and self-motivated individual who demonstrates leadership and collaborative work habits within the department and in active participation in college committees.
  • Assume responsibility; deal effectively with problems and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Be able to express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form.
  • Possess initiative and independent judgment in non-routine matters.
  • Must be able to work effectively in an environment where interruptions of work in progress occur frequently, where work on multiple projects is common, and where timelines on project completion are tight.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.
  • The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


    Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.


    Experience in accounting, budgeting or fiscal planning.Experience in administration of grant-funded programs, employment and training program. Any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.


    Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Administration, or closely related field.


    Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy, please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572, Email: [email protected] or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: 312-730-1560, Fax: 312-730-1576, Email: [email protected]

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