Director of Workforce and Economic Development

Charleston, Kanawha County
Mar 20, 2014
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This position serves the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education (“Council”) whose offices are located at 1018 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.

Position Title           Director of Workforce and Economic Development

Classification           Full Time, Non-Classified, Exempt, Benefits-Eligible

                                    Three Year Grant Funded position -


Duties and responsibilities.  Reports to the Chancellor. Responsible for directing regional, sector-based workforce and Learn and Earn cooperative education development strategies for all institutions in the West Virginia Community and Technical College system under the West Virginia Bridging the Gap Consortium's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program.  The Workforce Development Coordinator will research and recommend policy and develop programs to improve sector-based workforce  and cooperative education program development; organize and provide professional training and development to community college workforce staff about sector-based economic development strategies and developing cooperative education programs; organize and facilitate meetings between community colleges, employers, Workforce Investment Boards, non-profit groups and state agencies; and serve as lead contact and liaison for community and technical colleges and other state agencies in developing and executing sector-based workforce development strategies. The incumbent will coordinate activities and programs with the grant project manager to ensure accomplishment of and compliance with grant initiatives.

Knowledge, skills and abilities.   Candidate must be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of workforce and economic development.  Candidates must possess ability to organize and conduct training programs; conduct research on workforce needs; ability to manage projects; strong organizational skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office software; attention to detail; and ability to manage competing demands.

Education and experience. Position requires Bachelors in Business, Economics, Engineering or related technical field and five years experience in development and delivery of training programs, or related types of work; OR a Master's degree in Business, Economics, Engineering or other technical field with three years of described experience.  However, any acceptable combination of education, knowledge, and experience that provides the applicant with requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job will be considered.

Salary.   Commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Closing date.  Position is opened until filled. Priority consideration will be given to application materials received on or before 12:00 noon on Monday, March 24, 2014.

Application process.  Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, a current resume, and the names, titles, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Finalist candidates are subject to employment and credential verification, reference and background checks.  Submit all information electronically via e-mail with “Director of Workforce and Economic Development” in the subject line to:


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia are equal opportunity employers. To that end, we endeavor to provide equal treatment in employment and provision of services to applicants, employees and those we serve without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, disability or veteran status.  The commission and council provide a collegial, respectful and inclusive environment that values the diversity, creativity and contributions of its staff.