Program Director – Adult Education Programs

Website Golden West College

Golden West College

Program Director – Adult Education Programs

Job# GM-005-21

Salary: $95,391.00 – $126,775.00 Annually

Deadline: 4/19/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Full job description and OFFICIAL application available ONLY at:


Plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates adult education, noncredit, and related programs that meet program requirements. Establishes program goals along with curriculum and programs to serve targeted adult learner populations by working with a consortium of regional providers of adult education services.

Distinguishing Career Features

The Program Director – Adult Education Program (AEP) is a mid-management position having reporting relationship to the college Vice Presidents of Instruction and, at the District level, to the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Technology. The Director will be accountable for developing, sustaining, and expanding Adult Education and noncredit programs including, but not limited to, career technical education, apprenticeship, high school diploma and GED, English language learning, citizenship, adult with disabilities, and older adults.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Specific duties may vary among departments and jobs.  Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following kinds of duties:

  • Works with and participates in the development of plans for the Coast Adult Education Consortium members to implement a comprehensive program by integrating member programs and services and facilitating transitions into postsecondary education and to the workforce. Recommends strategies and goals, and develops and implements annual plans for the AEP. Ensures consistency of plans with the AEP requirements and other College and District plans and monitors implementation to ensure the evaluation of their effectiveness. Works with, assists and coordinates with the other Adult Education Program Directors and district office staff in terms of program activities and reports. Provides leadership for continuous planning and implementation for expanding programs and services consistent with the AEP objectives. Regularly attends the meetings of the Coast Adult Education Consortium.
  • Establishes standards of service delivery, specific goals, and performance measures. Supervises, advises, trains, motivates, and assists program employees to accomplish established goals in order to provide and improve all aspects of the program for the community consistent with approved plans and provide high quality of service.
  • Provides leadership for the development and implementation of career preparation and college readiness (enhanced) noncredit courses and certificates consistent with the AEP defined program areas. Directs and oversees adult education noncredit instructional programs.
  • Develops class schedules and site selection to maximize student access.  In collaboration with other administrators, assigns personnel, monitors enrollment and class size, and determines continuation or cancellation of classes based on enrollment and cost considerations. Recommends course offerings based on community needs, funds, instructor availability and consistent with AEP objectives.
  • Organizes, attends, or chairs a variety of administrative and staff meetings, as required. Serves on college and District committees and special projects, as assigned. Works cooperatively and provides leadership as a member of administrative leadership team, consistent with the mission and functions of the college and District. Coordinates programs and services, as appropriate, with other District and college personnel.
  • Supports and coordinates activities and projects between faculty and representatives of local adult education schools, continuation schools, regional occupational programs, and the local community for AEP defined programs.
  • Develops marketing strategies and methods to promote the Coast Adult Education Consortium programs and services, including, but not limited to, presentations at businesses, schools, and agencies within the community.
  • Oversees a marketing plan for adult education programs, develops marketing strategies and methods to promote courses and programs.
  • Oversees and collaborates with advertising and marketing services to conduct needs assessments, enhance visibility of programs, and recruit students. Develops, facilitates, and attends applicable events and activities.
  • Maintains current knowledge of instructional theories and new technologies pertinent to assigned projects; learns and applies emerging technologies and advances (e.g., computer software applications) as necessary to perform duties in an efficient, organized, and timely manner. Maintains up-to-date knowledge and skills related to pertinent legislation, emerging trends in adult education, and the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Develops and monitors budgets and maximizes financial resources. Supervises the administration of projects funded by AEP and other contracts, agreements, and grants.
  • Directs the preparation and maintenance of detailed and comprehensive records, reports and files related to the consortium personnel, facilities and activities; ensures the collection, recording and reporting of required enrollment and performance data. Collaborates with Research and Institutional Effectiveness to plan, collect, and assess data to support college program review and state reporting requirements. Works with college and District personnel to prepare and submit timely and accurate reports to meet state and federal requirements.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned that support the objectives of the position.

Qualifications and Physical Demands

Knowledge and Skills

The position requires knowledge of Adult Education including the theories, concepts, and prevailing practice in delivering adult education. Requires in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of a culturally and economically diverse community, its education and retraining needs. Requires knowledge of budget preparation, managing, and reporting. Requires knowledge of grant writing and grant administration. Requires knowledge and understanding of the philosophy and objectives of the community college. Requires proficiency with computer skills including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, email, and databases. Requires knowledge of advertising and marketing methods and techniques. Requires knowledge of designing, developing, and implementing effective, integrated programs and services. Requires knowledge of personnel management, supervision, and evaluation. Requires well-developed oral and written language skills to prepare reports and professional correspondence. Requires well-developed human relations skills to conduct performance reviews, deliver presentations, and convey technical information to a variety of audiences.


Requires the ability to plan, organize, and supervise programs and operations of the Adult Education Program. Requires the ability to effectively manage resources. Requires the ability to prepare, manage, and report budgets, including grant reporting compliance. Requires the ability to learn, interpret, and apply State Education Code, Government Code, Title 5, and other federal and state regulations as related to the responsibilities of the position. Requires the ability to lead and direct the work of others to create a team atmosphere. Requires the ability to liaison and work closely with all relevant segments of the community, program staff, and administration in respect to promoting, furthering, continuing, and maintaining the program. Requires the ability to exhibit tact, courtesy, and patience in those relationships. Requires the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, while giving presentations, instructions, and explanations to individuals, and small or large groups notably when connecting to improve the skills of the community. Requires understanding of, sensitivity, and commitment to meeting the needs of the individuals from diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds. Requires the ability to work cooperatively and productively with internal and external constituencies. Requires the ability to advocate for collegiality, staff cohesiveness and the other core values of the institution.

Physical Abilities

The position requires the ability to sit at a desk for extended periods of time and move about to multiple locations to accomplish work. Requires manual and finger dexterity to use a personal computer keyboard at speed, pointing device, projection equipment, and other common office equipment. Requires sufficient visual acuity to read, recognize printed materials, and view a computer screen. Requires speech and hearing ability to project voice to small and large audiences, carry on telephone conversations, and hear and grasp verbal communications and equipment prompts. Requires the ability to work during off-hours.

As defined by Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), the District shall engage in a timely, good faith interactive process with employees or employment applicants who are requesting or are in need of reasonable accommodations and, provide reasonable accommodations for employees or employment applicants who, because of their disability, are limited in or unable to perform one or more of the essential functions of their job in accordance with applicable state and federal law.

Education and Experience

This position typically requires a Master’s degree and one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Two years of experience managing grant or categorically funded programs
  • Three years of management experience
  • Bilingual (Spanish or Vietnamese)
  • Assist with campus enrollment efforts
  • May have variable hours to support recruitment events

Licenses and Certificates

May require a valid driver license.


To apply for this job please visit