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Executive Director of Career Coaching and Employer Connections

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Work type: Full Time Administrative
Location: East Chicago, IN, Lake County, IN
Categories: Administrative/Professional

General Description of Position:

The Executive Director of Career Coaching and Employer Connections (CCEC) serves as the primary advisor to the Chancellor regarding career development of students and in fulfilling training, education, work-and-learn, and placement needs of employers in the campus service area. This position is responsible for leading all aspects of the CCEC campus organization, including other members of the workforce and career team to advance strategies for a self-sustaining organization with related performance measures. This position is also responsible for implementing the CCEC strategy and overseeing ongoing support of campus team members. The Executive Director leads training initiatives, provides coaching and consultation to the campus CCEC team members, serving as a strategic partner to develop strategies and plans to assist students and employers.

Major Responsibilities:

Oversees and manages campus CCEC team and operations.

Guides the daily activities of Employer Consultant, Career Coach, and Career Experiences Specialist to drive outcomes tied to students’ Career Action Plans (CAP), work-and-learn experiences for students and employers, placement of students in jobs upon graduation, and fulfillment of training, education, and talent pipelines for employers.

Partners with Systems Office Vice President of Career Coaching and Employer Connections and Executive Directors of Consulting, Career Coaching, and Career Experiences to build out and plan to meet and exceed related campus goals.

Partners with campus Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs, Student Success, and Enrollment Services in developing strategies and initiatives to successfully implement elements of the CCEC.

Develops and maintains a culture for the CCEC campus team that is student- and employer-centric, based upon demand-driven, voice-of-the-customer, data-oriented solutions leveraged at the campus service area level.

Acts alongside the Chancellor as a key strategic representative to many external agencies, consortia, partnerships, and workforce groups throughout the campus service area in matters related to student career coaching, work-and-learn constructs, apprenticeships, placement frameworks, and employer workforce needs.

Leads the campus as it seeks to fulfill and expand the training, education, and career development partnership opportunities with business, industry, government, and community members.

Assists in creating and maintaining strategic alliances and building long-term relationships with economic development entities, corporations, community groups, local agencies, local K-12s, etc.

Works alongside the Chancellor and Resource Development staff to identify and attract public and private funding opportunities to support the current and ongoing financial needs of the CCEC.

Works collaboratively with the Chancellor and other campus leaders to successfully implement initiatives and meet or exceed metrics tied to the CCEC.

Works with Systems Office Executive Director of Career Coaching to provide training, tools, and other resources to campus Career Coach(es) to ensure they are working effectively with students in preparation and tracking of CAPs, attainment of work-and-learn experiences, career placement, and other related career preparation needs.

Works with Systems Office Executive Director of Employer Consulting to provide training, tools, and other resources to campus consultants to ensure they are working effectively with employers in the fulfillment of training, education, work-and-learn, and placement needs.

Works with Systems Office Executive Director of Career Experiences to ensure work-and-learn, placement, and other career opportunities are available to students and employers.
This is not to be construed as an exhaustive list. Other duties logically associated with this position may be assigned. All responsibilities will be conducted within the parameters of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), other applicable regulatory requirements, and professional standards.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree

A minimum of five (5) years related experience required.

Must demonstrate ability to promote an inclusive environment that reflects the broad diversity and backgrounds represented by our students and employees and which every individual feels respected and valued.

Demonstrated skills and abilities to concurrently manage numerous tasks, some with conflicting priorities required.

Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills required.

Commitment to student learning outcomes, staff development, and diversity required.

Must be able and willing to travel to and from campuses and professional development activities.

Must have ability to work within an entrepreneurial framework and scale a large project

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree

Other Requirements:

Selected candidate for employment will be subject to pre-employment background checks, including criminal history check, and any offer of employment will be contingent upon that outcome.

Work Hours:

M-F; 8:00am - 5:00pm

Hiring Range:

$75,000 - $80,000

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Attach a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references (names, address, phone number).

Copies of transcripts may be required at time of interview.  Original hard copies of transcripts will be required at time of hire.

This position is initially funded through start-up grant funding as CCEC is launched statewide. Sustainable funding is actively being secured to activate upon the expiration of the grants to financially support the role. If sustainable funding is not secured upon the expiration of these grants, there will be no guarantee of continued employment in this position.



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