Detailed Job Description
Manages the work-based learning experiences, which focuses on enhancing student accomplishment by expanding opportunities for paid and non-paid internships and other work-based learning opportunities. The Director of Work-Based Learning is responsible for increasing and enhancing opportunities for work-based experiences, in close collaboration and partnership with key stakeholders, employers, college faculty and deans, staff, and other partners with the purpose of creating a sustainable, scalable, work-based learning experience for students.
Essential Job Functions
1. Plans, organizes, coordinates, enhances, and manages college-wide comprehensive work-based learning experiences for students in all disciplines including work place site development, placement of students, and assessment processes.
2. Supervises Coordinators of work-based learning at all campuses to ensure consistency, maximum capacity, and excellent work-based learning opportunities for students.
3. Demonstrates subject matter expertise and resourcefulness in effective work-based learning experiences and employer engagement opportunities.
4. Works collaboratively with members of divisions of the College to select and prepare faculty and staff members to assist in the supervision of on-site work experience programs designed to bring relevance to the students' curriculum and to enhance program related retention by connecting the experiences in the workplace to career preparation.
5. Develops and implements a college wide information system for electronic delivery of work-based experiences to all campuses and oversees processes for data collection and records management for work-based learning reporting.
6. Assists faculty in developing approaches for delivery of information related to workplace opportunities to help students gain an understanding of and experience in their chosen careers.
7. Provides academic and career advisement while recommending intervention strategies to maximize the students' time spent "in the field."
8. Works with the campus Career Centers to develop and implement required multi-media programs for all student participants including, but not limited to, career assessment, goal setting, resume writing, interviewing skills, and work expectations.
9. Works closely with businesses, agencies and professional organizations to develop a comprehensive database of on-site work-based learning opportunities available for students to fill positions.
10. Oversees records of all work-based learning contracts/agreements between employers and student participants.
11. Assists faculty and staff in establishing and maintaining a system for awarding of military credit and experiential learning related to work-based learning.
12. Participates in college, state, regional, and national professional development activities and meetings to enhance effectiveness of Career Pathways programs and opportunities.
13. Other duties as assigned.
1. Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in human resources management, educational administration, counseling, or a related field (required).
2. Experience in higher education administration including career/student counseling, career and technical education, work-based education, strategic planning, program development and evaluation and the use of computer technology to enhance services to students and to assess progress of the work-based programs.
3. Administrative and/or management experience.
4. Experience with database development and computer-based instructional methodologies.
5. Ability to work independently, initiate, develop, and implement programs.
6. A demonstrated commitment to diversity.
7. Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
Knowledge Skills Abilities
1. Ability to manage and lead others.
2. Ability to effectively communicate interpersonally, orally, and in writing.
3. Understanding of and commitment to the mission of the comprehensive community college.
4. Ability to be active in the community and professional organizations.
5. Ability to cultivate partnerships.
6. Ability to collaborate with other departments in order to resolve issues to full resolution.
7. Skill in the use of personal computers and general office software.
8. Ability to work effectively in a diverse community and meet the needs of diverse student populations.
Equal Employment and Preference-Eligibility
Valencia College provides equal opportunity for equal opportunity for employment and educational services to all individuals as it relates to admission to the College or to programs, any aid, benefit, or service to students or wages and other terms, conditions or privileges of employment, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information and any other factor prohibited under applicable federal, state, and local civil rights laws, rules and regulations.
Valencia College extends preference in employment for eligible veterans in accordance to Florida State Statute 295.07.
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