Director, Grant Funded Projects – AgTEC

  • Director
  • Reedley, CA
  • February 27, 2023

Website State Center Community College District

Director, Grant Funded Projects – AgTEC (Full-Time) Reedley College

State Center Community College District

Closing Date: 2/27/2023 at 11:55 PM

Campus Location: Reedley College

Start Date: 01/09/2023

Essential Functions:

GENERAL PURPOSE

Under the general direction of the college President, plans, organizes, directs and serves as the program manager for District-wide coordination and project administration of the program and budget; Manages the implementation of externally funded programs; provides oversight of Innovation Centers intended to support upskills for incumbent workers and incoming college students through an Agriculture Systems Certificate throughout the District; works with faculty to develop curriculum; ensures grant-funded positions and activities meet funders’ established goals, objectives and reporting guidelines; manages the implementation of programs and services; acts as a liaison with other educational institu­tions and community resources; cultivates local and regional partnerships; and performs related duties as assigned.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The District Director, Grant Funded Projects – Agrifood Technology & Engineering Collaborative (AgTEC) is distinguished from other directors by its responsibility for the development, implementation, tracking, and reporting of District grant funded program resources and oversight of the Innovation Centers. Incumbents will have broad management responsibilities requiring advanced knowledge of instructional services and grant development.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this position.

1. Plans, organizes, directs, controls, integrates, and evaluates the work of the grant funded program staff and faculty; with employees, develops, implements and monitors work plans to achieve program goals and objectives; contributes to the development of and monitors performance of the program deliverables against the program goals; manages and directs the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, work processes, systems and procedures to achieve annual program goals, objectives and work standards.

2. Participates in the selection of full-time and part-time faculty in coordination with the department, selection advisory committees, and the Human Resources Department; conducts and/or facilitates new employee orientations; encourages faculty in their continuing pro­fessional development; works to promote and maintain a collegial environment; serves as a mediator in adjudicating faculty, staff, student and community conflict-resolution and grievance processes.

3. Directs and manages the performance of assigned employees; participates in the selection of employees; establishes performance requirements and professional develop­ment targets for direct reports; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for perform­ance improvement and development including timely performance evaluations; ensures accurate reporting of absence time; hears and acts on grievances; subject to concurrence by senior management and Human Resources, approves or takes disciplinary action, up to and including termination, to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, Human Resources procedures, Personnel Commission Rules, and collective bargaining agreements.

4. Provides day-to-day leadership and works with employees to ensure a high-performance, service-oriented work environment that supports achievement of the department’s and the District’s mission, objectives and values; promotes workplace diversity, inclusion, cultural competency and a positive work environ­ment.

5. Participates in the development and implementation of District and college strategic plans, goals and objectives; leads and directs department employees in the development and application of new methodologies, technologies and business process improvements to achieve higher efficiency, productivity and customer service in department work processes.

6. Plans, manages and directs the development, and execution of Innovation centers and programs; assesses budgetary decisions and keeps financial records; provides staff support in processes to evalu­ate and make decisions on grant allocation of funds based on strategic and funding priorities; establishes, maintains and amends sub-grant budgets and contracts; reviews project invoices to ensure conformance with grant contract terms and conditions; prepares and submits financial projections, analyses, financial state­ments and all required project reporting, including fiscal and tech­nical reports, to the U.S. Department of Education; works with internal/external auditors, briefs upper management on any compliance issues, and makes recommendations for resolution.

7. Plans, organizes and directs the implementation of AgTEC grant projects and initiatives; works with constituent groups and farmworker organizations to develop, promote and support instructional and student support programs and facilities that foster student success and are responsive to worker needs; collaborates with other regional directors to ensure programmatic and delivery alignment; develops networks with industry partners to support grant initiatives.

8. Coordinates with employees and external partners to solicit information needed to write funding proposals, generate budgets, delineate projected outcomes, and assemble required documentation; evaluates, reviews and edits narratives, program descriptions and budgets prepared for inclusion in grant proposals to ensure proper grammar, data accuracy, completeness and compliance with funder and District guidelines.

9. Creates and works with faculty and staff to maintain an assessment plan that measures program courses for student learning outcomes and serves as an equity lens into the instructional/training departments to improve student learning; leads and works with vice chancellor, deans and faculty in conducting curriculum and overall program review, eval­uation and planning to ensure the currency and relevance of curricu­lum in meeting student needs; identifies curriculum and service gaps and recommends development of needed training programs; integrates hands-on experiences for students into curriculum and that courses are in alignment with the provisions of the grants. Ensures curriculum leads to appropriate skill competencies and an Agriculture Systems Certificate as well as offering Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) and Competency Based Education (CBE).

10. Oversees operations of AgTEC Innovation Centers throughout Districts; ensures access to and integra­tion of instruction, student services and administrative services to enhance student equity and to improve student retention and program completion; works with Career Center counselors and job developers to ensure career services are aligned with the Guided Pathways Framework and are integrated with other disciplines; develops regional networks and secures opportunities to support workforce development and student job placement; and acts as a liaison to other support services throughout the college and community.

11. Makes presentations to diverse audiences, including the Board of Trustees and other board-level groups.

12. Recommends, develops, implements, and revises policies, procedures and operational guidelines to improve and/or clarify processes.

13. Interprets, applies and ensures compliance with all federal and state laws, applicable program policies, procedures, guidelines and reporting requirements; remains current on applicable legislative decisions and developments; ensures accuracy and validity of program tracking and data; develops, maintains and audits spreadsheets, databases and reports; utilizes third-party portals and databases to research and track student related outcomes data.

14. Serves on or leads committees, work groups and task forces, and represents the District at local, regional, state, workshops and training seminars; assists in the development of a regionwide AgTEC workforce council; attends community meetings and events and works at community and industry sites as necessary; and monitors the political land­scape impacting funding streams, program areas and strategic priorities.

OTHER DUTIES

1. Participates in participatory governance processes and initiatives.

2. Demonstrates sensitivity to and understanding of historically minoritized groups and participates in professional development activities to increase cultural competency to enhance equity-minded practices within the District.

3. Assists discipline faculty in the development of advisory committees and provides guidance to the committees.

4. Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Must have evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices.
A master’s degree from an accredited college or university; and one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment OR possession of a valid California Commun­ity College Supervisory Credential.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS

A valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the District’s vehicle insurance program.

Desirable Qualifications:

Experience and skill with addressing issues of equity; recent experience working with African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusions of these groups in higher education shape patterns of participation and outcomes; willingness to examine and remediate one’s relational practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized students; and a commitment to participatory governance, consensus building, and team approach to management.

Prior management experience, and related work experience in the areas of Credit for Prior Learning, Competency Based Education, grant management, and distance education.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

1. Principles, techniques and best practices for workforce development, training programs, budget development/man­agement and community outreach.

2. Regional, District and individual college goals, funding priorities and organizational resources.

3. Current and emerging technology platforms that relate directly to instruction and student services in higher education.

4. Online/Distance Education learning management systems.

5. New developments and innovations in community colleges and higher education as they relate to delivery of the program.

6. Principles, practices and methods of complex grant budget development, management, tracking and reporting in compliance with District, state and federal guidelines.

7. Federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies governing fiscal requirements of community colleges and educational institutions.

8. Principles, practices, methods and concepts used in public agency partnerships.

9. District/college student recordkeeping practices, procedures and systems for processing and main­taining student information.
10. Community college curriculum development process and procedures, organization, operations, policies and objectives.

11. District/college student recordkeeping practices, procedures and systems for processing and main­taining student information.

12. Principles and practices of sound business communication, including proper English usage, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

13. Principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing and maintaining public records.

14. Research methods and analysis techniques.

15. Principles and practices of effective management and supervision.

16. Principles and practices of strategic planning.

17. Basic principles and practices of organizational improvement and culture change.

18. Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work being performed, including those required in crisis or threat situations.

19. Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, Human Resources procedures, Personnel Commission Rules, and collective bargaining agreements.

20. District/Community college mission and goals.

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