Director, Cradle Through Career Partnership

Location: Topeka, KS
Date Posted: 12-22-2017
Company: Greater Topeka Partnership
Position: Director, Cradle Through Career Partnership
Job Classification: Exempt, Full-time
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, with some evening and weekend hours

Primary Accountabilities:
The Director of the Cradle Through Career Partnership (CTC) facilitates community-wide collaborative action to prepare every child for success in school and life.  Partner organizations are to formulate and implement evidence-based, collaborative action plans to improve student success on one or more of the measurable outcomes identified in the cradle through career roadmap.  The partners should also collect and share data on local practices to identify successful practices and amplify and extend those practices in the community.

The Director will oversee the CTC partnership programs and initiatives and work in conjunction with the Vice President of Workforce and Education to initiate, support and coordinate mutual efforts to improve cradle through career education and workforce programming in the community.
 
Major Duties:
  • Focuses on substantive programs that produce results in cradle through career initiatives; creates collaborative initiatives that produce impactful results for education and talent growth in the community.
  • Initiates, fosters and nurtures close working relationships with identified key partners.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of programs and initiatives to support cradle through career programming with partners.
  • Develops and maintains regular records, information and data related to correspondence, communication and meetings.
  • Develops expertise in cradle through career initiatives, serving as a subject matter expert.
  • Provides direct assistance to the Vice President of Workforce and Education. Develops, in concert with the Vice President, early childhood, elementary, secondary and post-secondary education programming that support talent and workforce growth in the community.
  • Assists in other areas as necessary, and carries out other assignments as may be directed by the President and CEO.
  • Complies with the policies of the organization.
  • Complies with the Ethics Policy of the International Economic Development Council.
 
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university is required, with a preference for a degree in education, or related discipline. A combination of education and experience may be considered by the organization in lieu of a degree.
  • Experience in early childhood, elementary, secondary or post-secondary education or workforce and talent attraction experience within business and industry.
  • Ability to inspire a shared vision and communicate that vision to the partners and the community.
  • Understanding of the changing dynamics of business and what is required in workforce development to attract businesses to a community in such an environment.
  • Demonstrated reporting, data analysis and research skills.
  • Ability to gather large amounts of data, analyze, evaluate and disseminate in a succinct and effective manner.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; the ability to build and sustain relationships with targeted professionals.
  • Ability to effectively work in a high pressure, fast-paced environment and be held accountable for results.
  • Strong attention to accuracy and detail but with the ability to expedite materials in a fast-paced environment.
  • Creative, innovative and strategic-thinking abilities.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple projects.
  • Professional attitude and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and various databases essential to analyze targets and program. Ability to employee various forms of Social Media that supports the Attraction Program.
  • Complies with the policies of the organization. Complies with the Ethics Policy of the International Economic Development Council.
  • Ability to travel, regionally, nationally and internationally with overnight travel.
  • Valid driver’s license and passport required.
 
Physical Demands:
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to read computer screens and mail, talk on the phone.
  • Ability to unpack and move supplies up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends and attend events required.
 
Work Environment:
  • Professional and deadline-oriented environment in an office setting.
  • Interaction with staff and customers.
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