Director of Workforce Development

Website San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number 20141706S
Position Title Director of Workforce Development
Location Cañada College
Department Business & Workforce CAÑ (DEPT)
Position Number 3FT017
Percentage of Full Time 100%
FLSA Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year other
If other, please specify This is a temporary position funded by the Menlo Park Redevelopment funds and Strong Workforce funds until the expiration of funding.
Min Salary $128,820 (annual)
Max Salary $163,152 (annual)
Position Type Administrative/Supervisory Positions
Who We Are
The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our San Mateo County Community College District team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty and classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District
Cañada College is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as both a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), enrolling approximately 10,000 students each academic year. Cañada College has a diverse student population that reflects the communities that it serves. For more than 50 years, Cañada College has provided enriching educational opportunities for the residents of San Mateo County. With the support and guidance from award-winning faculty and staff, residents can pursue certificates and degrees for career training or for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Cañada College offers hundreds of day, evening, and weekend courses in more than 40 quality instructional programs with a variety of innovative student support services. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on Cañada College’s Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIEwebsite.

Who We Want
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position
The Director of Workforce Development is a full-time 12-month position that will provide academic leadership, direction, and support to Career and Technical Education programs. The Director is responsible for visioning, planning, and directing career and workforce education programming; reviewing grant opportunities and facilitating the writing of appropriate grants; coordinating and monitoring projects to ensure completion within budget; monitoring and reviewing expenditures for conformance with grant objectives, contract terms, and conditions and ensuring compliance within regulatory requirements; and performing related work as required/ assigned. The Director will be joining a leadership team that is expected to uphold values of social justice and equity.

Duties and Responsibilities
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.
  1. Plans, directs, organizes, and manages the administration of high-quality workforce education
  2. Aligns and coordinates the efforts of other career education, career exploration, work-based learning, and employer engagement efforts at the College in order to scale and clearly communicate work and work-based learning opportunities for students
  3. Serves as the college lead with respect to the Strong Workforce Program and related local and regional plans. Represents the College vis-à-vis the Bay Area Community College Consortium (BACCC)
  4. In collaboration with the PRIE Office, establishes and maintains shared data systems to facilitate information sharing and employer relationship management across college career-related programs and services at the College
  5. Develops and solicits grants and external funding sources; administers grant funding
  6. Develops systems and processes for the management and implementation of daily operations of grant-funded projects
  7. Initiates and supports the development of career and workforce programs by working with College faculty and staff, business and industry, advisory groups, and other appropriate organizations
  8. Meets with faculty, administrators, support staff, other college personnel, and grant collaborators on a regular basis to review new grant opportunities and reviews progress towards meeting grant objectives in existing grants
  9. Serves as a college liaison to career and technical education groups and develops partnerships with external agencies, including business and industry, high schools and universities, and other appropriate organizations
  10. Implements District rules and regulations, California Education Code, Title 5, and collective bargaining agreements as required
  11. Manages Strong Workforce Program and CTE (Carl Perkins) funds and ensures compliance with Federal and State regulations, ensures that funds are managed in compliance with guidelines, procedures, and within deadlines
  12. Serves as an active member of the College administrative team to address college-wide issues, concerns, and planning, including facilities restructuring and development
  13. Directs, coordinates, and participates in short-range and long-range planning; conducts research and surveys to determine current effectiveness and future needs; prepares related reports and plans and shares with the College community
  14. Analyzes business and industry trends to identify key local and regional workforce needs
  15. Promotes career and workforce development through presentations, brochures, correspondence, and other materials
  16. Participates in a variety of committee and staff meetings in support of economic development programs and activities; and other related committee assignments as required, both on and off campus
  17. Performs related duties as required or assigned
Minimum Qualifications
  • Possession of a Master’s degree or above from an accredited institution in a field related to career and technical education, educational administration/leadership, public administration, non-profit leadership, or a related field OR the equivalent
  • One year of formal training or leadership experience reasonably related to community college career and technical education, grant writing and development and management of budgets
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  1. Knowledge of community college career and technical education and workforce education practices
  2. Knowledge of and experience in program development, management, and supervision
  3. Ability to think innovatively and to recognize, respond to, and encourage faculty and staff innovation
  4. Ability to learn, interpret, and successfully apply District policies, procedures, rules, and regulations
  5. Skill in the development, implementation, and assessment of program outcomes that lead to student success
  6. Demonstrated ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, and problem-solve effectively with District and College administrators, faculty, staff, students, and the public
  7. Ability to elicit and coordinate the expressed recommendations from faculty and staff, and ability to advocate effectively the program recommendations and its goals at College and District levels
  8. Commitment to providing career services and internship opportunities that enhance Cañada College students’ transition into the 21st-century workforce
  9. Advocate for enhanced and innovative technology systems, locally and District-wide, which support the work of Career and Technical Education and are aligned with the goals of Student Services and Instruction in support of the mission, vision, and values of the College
  10. Proficiency in the use of a variety of computer software to format, compose, and prepare statistical, financial, and narrative reports, presentations, and other written materials
  11. Understanding of and commitment to the role and purpose of the community college
  12. Knowledge of and/or experience with federal regulations, Title 5/Education Code, California regulatory agencies, accreditation, and collective bargaining
  13. Knowledge of basic research and planning methods
  14. Experience in training, supervising, directing, and evaluating the work of others
  15. Classroom teaching experience
Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Academic employees participate in the State Teachers’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California (no contributions to Social Security). Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date 12/14/2023
First Review Date 02/16/2024
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary
Required Application Materials All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:
SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax: (650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
Foreign Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs in order for it to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S.-based credentials evaluation service. The District currently accepts evaluations from agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.
Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form
Annual Security Report
San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2022 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2022 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2022 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2022 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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