Workforce Project Director
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East Peoria, IL 61635
Responsible for the overall daily operational coordination and effective management of a Workforce Grant Project. This includes having authority to manage and coordinate the project according to the approved project plan for college consortium members. Provides operational oversight of the Workforce Project, drafts effective administrative compliance procedures and progress reports for approval by the President, monitors resource expenditures and regulatory compliance, and maintains grant systems. Performs reporting, which contributes to the implementation/analysis of the project’s workforce initiatives and supports the day-to-day operations of the grant project. Assists the President in providing high-level strategic coordination and professional guidance to all grant colleges supporting student success and other project initiatives to advance the grant goals. Extensive travel throughout the state of Illinois is required. (Note: This is a grant-funded position, expected to conclude on September 30, 2020 – renewable.)
This position will regularly be required to travel throughout the State of Illinois. Overnight travel may be occasionally required.
Screening of candidates will begin September 9, 2019.
This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1.Coordinate, manage, monitor, and facilitate the daily operation of the Workforce Project to ensure the accomplishment of grant objectives.
2.Effectively plan, prioritize, coordinate, manage, and direct multiple projects and activities with varied deadlines, requiring extensive follow-up and timely completion.
3.With direction from the ICC President, share administrative control of grant activity with institutional counterparts to not only assure the operation of the project remains congruent with the established goals, but to also assure optimal alignment between colleges.
4.Approve and track expenditures and monitor the budget per the project plan, and propose adjustments as needed to the President.
5.Coordinate activities of Workforce Project consultants.
6.Exercise initiative and sound judgment in making decisions, interpreting and applying internal policies and governmental regulations, delegating responsibilities, and planning and analyzing the Workforce Project services.
7.Work with Illinois Black Caucus and other Illinois legislators to communicate activities and progress.
8.Develop effective compliance procedures to ensure project operation in compliance with state, U.S. Department of Education regulations, ICC grant policies, and institutional development goals.
9.Accountable for ensuring internal/external college satisfaction of the Workforce Project initiatives through effective implementation and coordination of the project activities and budget, interpersonal relationships, and continuous quality improvement.
10.Research and analyze the effectiveness of grant project operations to arrive at: valid conclusions related to their impact at ICC, recommendations, and plans of action. Additionally, guide modifications and improvements as approved by the College President.
11.Collaborate with the Institutional Research Officers and external evaluators on project evaluation.
12.Draft reports on the activities, status, impact/outcomes, and expenditures of the grant project for distribution to internal and external stakeholders, including ICCB and legislators.
13.Recommend system enhancements that promote continuous improvement in support of grant initiatives designed to increase student success.
14.Directs ongoing meetings with College grant managers to align efforts, provide support and ensure progress.
15.Know, understand, and act in accordance with Illinois Central College’s Cougar CARE Principles, including connects with students, owns the situation, uses opportunities to build relationships, goes the extra mile, acts promptly and professionally and remembers to work as a team.
16.Perform related duties as required.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities.
1.Bachelor’s Degree in Education Administration, Management, Educational Technology, social sciences, or related field and organizational level project management experience impacting multiple departments/divisions in a medium to large size organization OR Master’s Degree in Education Administration, Management, Educational Technology, social sciences, or related field and departmental level project management experience in a medium to large size organization.
2.Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills.
3.Strong change management skills.
4.Evidence of ability to steer project initiatives and propel them forward across institutions.
5.Evidence of ability to analyze data.
6.Evidence of ability to manage budgets effectively.
1.Experience managing grant projects.
2.Experience working in Higher Education.
3.Experience managing projects that involved integration of human processes and information technologies.
4.Prior experience working with disadvantaged and/or underrepresented students.
5.Experience with multi-institution project management