Director, Career Services and Industry Relations

  • Director
  • Fremont, CA
  • October 2, 2022

Website Ohlone College

Director, Career Services and Industry Relations

Ohlone College

Ideal Candidate Statement: The ideal candidate is passionate about advancing students and their community. The candidate is familiar with workforce and career development and is experienced in administering Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act programs. This person must be goal-oriented and able to lead the Career Center at an institutional and regional level. The successful candidate is comfortable speaking with campus students, key stakeholders, grant partners, funders, and employers in public and private settings.

The ideal candidate embraces innovation and creativity to meet the region’s workforce needs and has the ability to generate revenue for the department through various funding sources. The successful candidate possesses the ability to create meaningful partnerships across the College and the greater Bay Area region.

The ideal candidate must embrace the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion for students, community members, and industry partners. The successful candidate must be committed to the values of the College and lead with integrity.

Job Description Summary: Under general direction of the Executive Director, Foundation, Marketing, and Community Relations, manage and direct the activities and operations of Career Centers and Special Programs/Services such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and other grant funded programs. The incumbent is responsible for integrating services into centers in multiple locations, coordinating assigned activities with other divisions, student organizations, outside agencies and the general public, and provide highly responsible and complex staff assistance to management. Position requires evenings, weekends and off-campus assignments.

Essential Duties: 

  • Manage and direct the organization, staffing, fiscal, and operational activities for the Ohlone College Career Center (Career Center) located at the Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology and satellite office space located at the Ohlone College Fremont campus.
  • Develop and oversee the annual budget for assigned programs including monthly billing, the finalization and submission of annual closeout documents and assistance with audits.
  • Write grant proposals, generate non-apportionment revenue, and establish cooperative linkages and partnerships within the campus and regional community to foster the importance of integrating education and employment training systems.
  • Serve as regional administrator over a network of WIOA career service providers located throughout the East Bay region and serve as a resource and lead to site managers/directors at other career centers.
  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the Career Center and other grant funded programs with a focus on serving stakeholders that includes students, alumni, community members, employers and entrepreneurs.
  • Oversee staff who provide career development services to students and/or program participants, including career coaching and advising job search workshops and assessments (i.e. Strong, MBTI, Choices, SOS, TABE)
  • Coordinate and implement special events including employer forums, on-site recruitment activities, job fairs, employer information sessions, and dislocated worker rapid response activities.
  • Work with academic divisions to develop innovative programs and courses to increase student enrollment and stay consistent with the needs of the current labor market.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of workforce development and career services in higher education institutions.
  • Manage Handshake and CalJOBS Career Services Management (CSM) platforms, intake, tracking and case management systems. Maintain and administer components of the Career Center websites and utilize project management tools that include and systems.
  • Serve as Career Center liaison with funders, faculty, community agencies and other colleges and universities to develop and maintain strong community partnerships.
  • Support the College’s Community and Corporate Education programs through collaborative marketing, business outreach and the development of customized training programs designed to upgrade the skills of the local workforce; coordinate and provide oversight of sub-contracted business consultants.
  • Identify opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures; review with appropriate management staff and implement improvements.
  • Collaborate with student service areas such as the Transfer Center, Counseling, CalWORKs, CARE, EOPS, Financial Aid, Veteran Resource Center, Student Life, Multicultural Center, and the Tutoring Center on projects designed to expand outreach and recruitment, share resources and serve students seeking jobs and internships in a coordinated program design.
  • Provide leadership with institutional planning and coordinate the development of strategic plans, program evaluation processes and program reviews.
  • Direct, support and assist faculty, administrative and classified staff in clearly understanding their responsibilities and assignments, obtaining the tools/skills/resources needed, and in successfully meeting goals/performance.
  • Prepare staff assignments, oversee scheduling, complete performance evaluations, approve conference requests, and support staff development activities.
  • Resolve discipline and grievance issues for non-students and follow due process for college students. Inform appropriate college officials of incidents and cases.
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity while engaging with a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of faculty, staff, and students with physical and learning disabilities.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: KNOWLEDGE OF:

  •  Operational characteristics of WIOA funded career centers and all aspects of relevant legislative requirements.
  • Career development theory and models to support student growth, retention, and graduation.
  • Fundraising and revenue generation concepts and approaches.
  • Prominent national and regional professional associations that include the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers (MPACE), and California Workforce Association (CWA) .
  • Community service agencies and resources.
  • Principles of budget preparation and management.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and procedures of report preparation.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Pertinent Federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations.


  •  Conceptualize career services that integrates hybrid (virtual/in-person) approaches to serving key stakeholders.
  • Utilize database and software systems.
  • Source funding opportunities and identify potential revenue streams.
  • Establish, build, and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships.
  • Manage multiple projects with competing priorities.
  • Interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Operate a computer, assigned office equipment, and computer software.
  • Prepare comprehensive narrative and statistical reports. ABILITY TO:
  • Manage and coordinate the work of management, professional, technical and clerical personnel.
  • Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
  • Interpret and explain District, and grant related policies and procedures.
  • Prepare clear and concise narrative and statistical reports.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Adapt to changing procedural requirements.
  • Maintain confidentiality.

Education and Experience: Any combination equivalent to: Master’s degree in public administration, business, guidance counseling, educational counseling, social work, career development, or related field and three years of management experience related to the assigned program areas;


Commitment to community college goals/objectives of being an equity-based and anti-racist institution, and providing quality programs and services for culturally, socio-economically, ethnically, and academically diverse students and students with disabilities; personal qualities to work effectively and with sensitivity in a multicultural environment; awareness of and commitment to the needs of non-traditional and/or re-entry students with diverse abilities and interests;


Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge and understanding of the diverse academic socioeconomic, gender, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the students we serve and sensitivity to and knowledge and understanding of groups historically underrepresented and groups who may have experienced discrimination.

Salary Range:

Range 228 – Management Salary Schedule ($134,188 – $171,265 Annually)

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Close Date:


Foreign Transcripts:

Transcripts issued outside the United States require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached with the application and submitted by the filing deadline.

Benefits Statement:

Ohlone offers a competitive benefits package. Below is a list of some of our offerings:

  • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, EAP and LTD.
  • Membership in Public Employees’ Retirement System. Candidates hired on or after January 1, 2013 are subject to restrictions imposed by PEPRA.
  • Contribution to O.A.S.D.I. (Social Security).
  • Paid vacation.
  • Paid sick leave.
  • Paid holidays and district-paid floating personal days.
  • Summer 4/10 schedule.
  • Longevity pay increase based on years of service.
  • IRS Section 125 Flexible Medical Spending Plan
  • 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (employee contributes).
  • 403(b) Tax Shelter Annuity Plan (employee contributes).
  • Enrollment fee waiver program.

*Benefits will be prorated for positions less than 100%

Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986:

Applicants selected for positions will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.”

District Statement:

A multi-campus single community college district, Ohlone College is located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California; serving 12,000 students per year. The District has a main campus in the City of Fremont and a Center in the City of Newark. Ohlone College is an ethnically diverse institution that promotes innovation and continuous improvement in departments and divisions. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded. The Fremont campus is located just south of the historical Mission. The Newark Center is located near Interstate 880 and emphasizes programs in health, environment, and technology.

EEO Statement Summary:

The District is strongly committed to the principles of equal opportunity and to hiring qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our community. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age (40 or over), medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy/childbirth/breastfeeding or related medical condition or any other protected basis in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The college encourages applications from all qualified applicants.

If you have a disability and are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call the Human Resources office at: (510) 659-6088.

Conditions of Employment: Offers of employment are contingent upon Governing Board approval. Employment with Ohlone Community College is not complete or official until applicants meet all pre-employment requirements. All new employees are required to submit official transcripts, proof of freedom from tuberculosis and proof of vaccination from COVID-19. In addition, you will be required to provide identification and employment eligibility as outlined in the federal “Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.” Pre-employment tests and/or medical examinations may be required. Ohlone Community College does not sponsor H1B visas. Employees must sign the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and submit fingerprints for CA Department of Justice clearance. Employees must be California residents on their date of hire and for the duration of their employment with Ohlone Community College District.

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