Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development
KCTCS - Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Location: Versailles, Kentucky
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 78621
Reporting to the President of KCTCS, the Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development is a self-motivated, experienced, data-guided, and results-driven executive officer and member of the President's Cabinet. The Vice President receives general direction and supervision from the President. The successful candidate will have experience leading entrepreneurial programs or units focused on economic and workforce development.
This is a highly visible administrative position, providing vision, leadership, and direction for the development, expansion, and delivery of business, industry, and community services to companies, organizations, and agencies in the college's service area. They provide oversite, management, and presence at KCTCS and off-site locations where workforce training courses are offered. The Vice President establishes strong relationships with military, K-12, business, industrial, government, and economic development officials, in the promotion of the college's workforce and outreach efforts.
The VP directs the activities of the Workforce and Economic Development department by providing leadership and guidance on planning, developing, and implementing programming, courses, seminars, workshops, conferences, teleconferences, and consulting services provided to business, industry, government, school systems, medical centers, non-profit and professional organizations, and groups. Evaluates programs and services offered to the requisite constituency to determine effectiveness, satisfaction, and the need for revisions. Establishes strategic plans for meeting regional workforce development programs and determines program budgets for implementation and operation. Supervises Workforce and Economic Development team, offices, off-site locations, and continuing education program delivery. Develops and manages departmental revenues and expenses, projects revenues, and develops reports of all workforce development activities in keeping with KCTCS and Presidential goals and objectives.
The Vice President participates in state and national programs and organizations relative to workforce training initiatives. They serve as the primary point of contact for college involvement and interaction in industrial and business recruitment initiated by the state as well as local and private economic development agencies.
The Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development is both responsive and predictive of local workforce needs. The VP will lead workforce and economic development efforts for the KCTCS. Develop partnerships with State Cabinet, CPE, and Organization leadership and represent KCTCS. Develop relationships with business and industry. Research, develop, and oversee workforce and economic development strategies to meet KCTCS strategic plan goals. Support College faculty and staff in their community and regional efforts and help lead state efforts in these areas. Develop and oversee grant and other external resource development to support KCTCS initiatives.
The Vice President will direct and manage the Workforce and Economic Development division and collaborate with key constituents from the Commonwealth to develop education and training solutions, that meet the needs of local learners and employers – at the pace that business demands.
The Workforce and Economic Development VP will oversee a portfolio of work focused on improving lives and careers across the full employment cycle and finding opportunities to connect the work across workforce development-related fields to build new opportunities. This position will oversee a full range of research and technical assistance projects, with a keen appreciation for both and the ability to effectively bridge research and practice. The topics covered within and adjacent to the Workforce and Economic Development department are diverse and interrelated, spanning adult learning; postsecondary education; and workforce readiness, and training.
Reporting to the KCTCS President the VP will be responsible for the people, projects, and pursuits in the Workforce and Economic Development department. This includes talent development, client service, business development, quality assurance, and the efficient operation of their team.
Leads a Program Area including the execution and management of business pursuits, projects, and staff.
Contributes to the development of annual budgets and strategic and operational plans for the Division in support of Workforce and Economic Development overall strategic direction. Implements budgets and plans for the Program Area.
Represents KCTCS and serves as a visible leader in meetings with clients, staff, partners, and stakeholders, as appropriate.
Develops and implements new business plans and strategies or the department and identifies business development opportunities and builds a robust new business pipeline in collaboration with team members.
Supports achievement of financial goals (revenue, profitability, sold time, growth) and business development goals (win rate, backlog, return on investment).
Serves as technical and/or content expert in one or more areas under the Workforce and Economic Development and helps to facilitate communities of practice around cross-cutting key topics and methods.
Enhances Workforce and Economic Development's external reputation in collaboration with Marketing and Communications.
Leverages relationships to bring in new opportunities.
Collaborates with the Chancellor's office to seek synergies and partnerships between workforce and degree-seeking programs, including areas of student support such as enrollment, financial aid, and advising. In partnership with marketing and communications provides leadership, guidance, and supervision on planning, developing, and implementing a comprehensive informational and awareness program for all Workforce programs and successes.
Serves as the primary point of contact relative to employment issues, recruitment services and workforce pre-employment, start-up training, and retraining efforts. Monitors local and regional employment market data to ascertain the currency and responsiveness of college offerings and to implement continuous improvement and quality assurance measures to ensure the full satisfaction of the customers of the College.
Directs and supervises the college's lifelong learning, continuing education, and community enrichment programs, encompassing credit courses, non-credit open enrollment courses, workshops, and seminars.
Directs the operations of workforce and economic development services and continuing education programs at KCTCS – other remote sites as needed.
Master's degree in Adult Education, Business, Higher Education, Education Leadership and Administration, or Workforce Education and Development from an accredited institution.
Significant experience leading entrepreneurial programs/units focused on economic and workforce development with a minimum of 5 years in a leadership role.
Proven ability to develop and manage operational budgets and business contracts.
Evidence of successful grant writing and grant management.
Demonstrated track record for increased ROI of non-credit program offerings.
Experience reporting directly to or working with an institutional CEO.
Possess highly developed analytical skills, writing and presentation skills, and communication skills that allow for effective communication with stakeholders.
Demonstrated track record for writing, receiving, and managing multi-million-dollar grants.
Experience in designing and successfully leading multiple complex implementation projects, training/technical assistance projects, and/or research/evaluation projects in one or more of the Program Area's focal topic areas.
Professional services industry knowledge with business development experience in Federal and/or state government contracting, and/or with foundations.
Proven program leadership and high-level management experience, with a documented record of delivering results.
Excellent planning skills, analytic and process orientation, and a disciplined approach to managing programs.
Ability to demonstrate a commitment to both the institution's mission and financial viability.
Demonstrated ability to guide business development activities.
Experience developing and implementing strategic direction and assessing progress and performance against defined objectives.
Demonstrated ability to develop rapport with and lead mission-driven teams with both internal (staff) members and external (subcontractor and consultant) members.
Experience integrating teams and leading through times of transition.
Experience championing, enabling, and developing internal talent.
Demonstrated capabilities in working with diverse leaders and personalities.
High emotional intelligence to lead and collaborate in a complex organization.
Flexibility and ability to manage change and adapt to changing circumstances and needs.
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to listen and understand concerns as well as the ability to communicate clearly with a variety of audiences, both internal and external.
KY law requires state and national pre-employment background checks as a condition of employment.
For full consideration please apply by September 26, 2022 - Application review will begin immediately - Applicants will be notified if selected for an interview
About KCTCS - Kentucky Community and Technical College System
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is the newest postsecondary education institution in the Commonwealth. KCTCS was created by the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997 (House Bill 1). Our 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses are deeply rooted in the educational history and tradition of Kentucky.