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Full-Time Executive Director of the Center for Adult Education

Northern Essex Community College
Lawrence, MA

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Category:: Student Services and Support
Department:: Lawrence Campus - 4002
Locations:: Lawrence, MA
Posted:: Sep 1, 2023
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 286326
Position ID:: 167030

Job Description:

POSITION: Full-Time Executive Director of the Center for Adult Education: Director; Center for Adult Education; Lawrence Campus (420 Common St); 37.5 hours/week, Non-Unit Professional Position

SUMMARY: The Executive Director (ED) serves as a member of the senior leadership team within the Center for Adult Education (CAE), reporting to the Vice President of Lawrence Campus and Community Relations. The ED is responsible for overseeing the effective project planning, financial and grant management, and administration of adult education initiatives, ensuring compliance with funding requirements, and promoting all duties and operations for educational programming within the CAE, including Essex County Corrections, to ensure effective planning, management, and administration of adult basic education initiatives. The successful candidate will possess strong organizational, managerial, project management, financial and collaborative skills, and develop and implement long-term strategies to achieve the Center's mission and goals. The Director of Essex County Sheriff's Corrections Educational Programs will report directly to the Executive Director.


  • Develop and implement long-term strategies to achieve NECC's mission and goals for Adult Education program policies, procedures, and documentation in compliance with state and federal regulations, including identifying systems for efficient program administration, record-keeping, data management, financial management, grant management, and reporting for English Language Learner workforce training programs to make data-driven decisions to continuously improve program effectiveness and student outcomes.
  • Ensure compliance with legal, regulatory, and ethical standards and provide regular updates to the VP related to adult education and funding requirements. Identify potential risks and challenges to program success and develop strategies to mitigate them. Implement appropriate policies and procedures to minimize program risks and ensure the safety and well-being of participants and staff.
  • Lead the writing and programmatic and budget content development for all managed proposals, working in collaboration with the Grant Office and Finance, with a focus on securing DESE grants. Identify new funding sources to support adult learners in pursuit of college preparation, career readiness, and advancement toward employment.
  • Provide Corrections and DESE staff supervision, make hiring decisions, and offer ongoing coaching, professional development, and performance evaluations for program staff. Collaborate with coordinators and staff to develop and implement a cohesive plan of professional development activities within all programs. Coordinate mandated DESE professional development and other growth opportunities for all staff.
  • In collaboration with the Provost and his leadership team, help develop and oversee a transition plan for Center for Adult Education students interested in continuing their education at Northern Essex Community College academic programs. Work closely with academic deans, academic advisors, faculty and staff to design educational programs and support services for adult learners.
  • Represent the CAE's interests and advocate for adult education and ESOL workforce training programs through collaboration with community organizations, agencies, and businesses and develop a continuum of educational and career opportunities that align with needs. Establish and maintain strong relationships with community organizations to enhance program effectiveness and expand opportunities for adult learners.
  • Develop and maintain monthly grant/program status reports mechanisms for the Vice President.
  • Design, project manage, and implement program and grant initiatives, ensuring effective delivery of all educational programs run by the CAE, with a focus on DESE-funded programs: Adult Basic Education programs, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), High School Equivalency (HSE), Mass Step, and Transition to College.
  • Provide overall leadership, mentoring, professional development, and performance evaluations for all managed staff. Collaborate with coordinators and staff to develop and implement a cohesive plan of professional development activities within all grants/programs. Coordinate mandated DESE professional development activities within all grants/programs. Foster a positive and collaborative work environment that supports staff growth and engagement through teamwork, excellence, innovation, and collaboration. Set clear expectations and goals for the team and ensure their successful implementation. Advocate for quality working conditions to ensure the success of the Lawrence Campus and Community Relations.



  • Bachelor's degree in Education, Administration, or a related field, with a minimum of five years' experience as a teacher/counselor or program/grant manager.
  • Proven ability to fiscally and administratively manage grants with complex state and or federal requirements.
  • Experience managing Adult Education programs, preferably funded by MA DESE or other state/federal agencies, with strong knowledge of adult education principles, instructional methodologies, and curriculum development.
  • Proven experience in staff supervision, performance management, and professional development.
  • Proven project management director success.
  • Excellent organizational, leadership, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication abilities.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and reporting.


  • Master's degree in Education, Administration, or a related field
  • At least 5 years of experience working in Adult Basic Education programs or grants, or working in the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) system, with strong knowledge of instructional methodologies and curriculum development.
  • Familiarity with state and federal regulations governing adult education programs, including MA-ELPS and the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE), FERPA, and ADA laws
  • Experience working with and supporting a culturally diverse population in a Hispanic-Serving Institution.
  • Experience using LACES.
  • Knowledge of TABE CLAS-E and Accuplacer testing.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)
  • Experience working with and supporting a culturally diverse population

BACKGROUND CHECK: Candidates will be required to pass a CORI and SORI check as a condition of employment.

Additional Information:

SALARY: Anticipated starting salary range is $105,000 - $115,000 annually with complete fringe benefit package including competitive health insurance, dental insurance, basic life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid sick, vacation and personal leave, educational benefits for employee/spouse/dependents, and excellent retirement benefits.


Application Instructions:

TO APPLY: To be considered for this position click on the "Apply Now" button, you will be prompted to setup a new account or login to an existing account. You will be able to upload the following required documents for consideration:

  • Cover Letter, describing your qualifications and experience
  • Resume/CV

Review of applications will begin 5 business days from the posting date and will continue until the position is filled.

**Please note that finalist candidates will be asked to provide contact information for three (3) professional references.

Northern Essex Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statues and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Elizabete Trelegan (Assistant Director of Human Resources, B-219,978-556-3928/, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. Northern Essex Community College will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Prospective employees are encouraged to review the College's Annual Security Report (ASR), in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which can be found on the disclosure page of the College's website at:


Working at NECC

NECC enjoys initiative and innovation from all employees and seeks to identify and develop the strengths in our faculty and staff. We are committed to using evidence-based planning and decision-making. These values are reflected in our work using Appreciative Inquiry to guide our focus.

Professional development is important to NECC. Employees are encouraged to participate in the NECC Leadership Academy in addition to a variety of professional conferences and training workshops. All new hires receive CliftonStrengths assessments as part of the on-boarding process. Our Center for Professional Development offers a robust calendar of training opportunities, including access to LinkedIn Learning.

NECC serves students on two campuses located in the beautiful, historic Merrimack Valley region of northeast Massachusetts. We are  committed to the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. With over 40% Hispanic students, NECC was the first federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in New England. We seek leaders who are committed to the community college mission, actively engaged in promoting diversity, and prepared to use their unique strengths and innovation with the goal of student success.

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