Recruitment/Workforce Development Services, Staff/Administrative
The Experiential Learning and Employer Relations Manager is responsible for planning, administration and the effective execution of the college’s Experiential Learning and Apprenticeship Strategy in collaboration with industry by engaging regional employers and community partners, (i.e. Ann Arbor SPARK, Michigan Works! and others). The manager will collaborate with the Instructional Division to ensure alignment with existing academic programs. This is an Independent Staff position, Professional/Managerial classification, level 106, exempt status.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Administrative • Develops and maintains relationships with regional employers to identify employment opportunities. • Works in conjunction with Marketing to design and implements marketing strategies to identify, attract and involve students, employers, and faculty to integrate academic studies with work experience. • Responsible for the effective development and coordination of employer visits to the college and ensuring collaboration with appropriate departments across the institution. • Collaborate with Academic Divisions and the Workforce & Community Development Department to identify critical employer needs and provide solutions. • Develops a working understanding of the department’s Career Management software in order to utilize the software’s functions. • Coordinates additional activities including: site visits, fairs and other special programming for the department. • Serves on college committees and assist in planning and implementing special projects that support student success. • Maintains membership and involvement in related professional organizations to enhance professional development. • Involvement in annual strategic planning to meet requirements for year-round responsibilities as they relate to the department. • Provides support to Career Transitions department and staff as needed, in the areas of general student advisement, employer outreach and departmental coordination. • Responsible for tracking, monitoring and reporting of employer and student engagement activities and initiatives. • Supports students with Credit for Prior Learning portfolios and submissions. • Other duties as assigned by the Director or designee.
Experiential Learning • Responsible for identifying, developing and maintaining internship, co-op, and all other EL activities, appropriate to Washtenaw Community College majors and training programs, while also maintaining positive relationships with employers. • Develops an effective recruitment strategy and assists students interested in completing an Internship/Cooperative Experience. • Works with academics, employers and business partners to build pipelines to employment, based on current employer needs.
Apprenticeship • Provides leadership for both pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs at the college in response to industry needs for growing the talent pipeline within the Greater Ann Arbor region. • Ensures both pre-apprenticeship and/or apprenticeship programs meet the necessary standards for recognition and registration with the US Department of Labor and other entities. • Collaborates with a wide variety of business, industry, governmental, social service, and community organizations to recruit potential apprentices. • Oversee the development and facilitation of information and orientation sessions that inform apprentices about the details and expectations of specific pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships • Identify, schedule and work with Academic Deans to assign faculty to provide instruction and offer academic support to apprentices.
Minimum Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred. • Three (3) years of relevant work experience strongly preferred (occupational or career counseling, job placement services, etc., in a college setting). • Must have excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, demonstrate initiative and be student success focused • Experience in, presenting workshops and/or working with students in in an academic setting highly desirable. • Experience in higher education a plus.
Excellent organizational skills. • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. • Ability to meet and work with community college students with identified additional needs. • Ability to research and quickly develop knowledge of employer strategies, job market trends, and occupational information sources. • Ability to research and develop knowledge of career development trends, markets, and issues. • Ability to design and deliver workshops.
Additional Salary Information: Current Washtenaw Community College Employees Salary is determined by BOT Policy 5005***
An Administrative Group employee whose job has been reclassified or who is promoted to a new position shall have his/her salary set at the new salary range minimum or at 10% above current salary, whichever is greater. Starting rate/salary is determined based on education and work history listed on application.
About Washtenaw Community College - WCC
For over 50 years, WCC's open-door admissions policy, affordable tuition rates, and high-quality classes have attracted students from local communities and around the world. More than 18,000 register for credit classes each year, and thousands more enroll in non-credit LifeLong Learning classes. WCC's diverse student body includes more than 1,000 students from over 100 foreign countries.WCC's small classes allow for lots of individual attention. The average class size is 22 students. That's a fraction of the size of many basic classes at four-year colleges and universities.WCC also emphasizes convenience. It offers classes seven days a week, at night, and online. And transferring is easy because WCC has agreements with four-year schools throughout Michigan.