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Director of Community Education Center, Helena College

Helena College University of Montana
Job Location:
Helena, 59601
Economic and Business Development
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Job Description

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Helena College University of Montana a comprehensive two-year college, provides access to and support of high quality lifelong educational opportunities for our diverse community. Helena College is seeking qualified applicants who wish to become part of a dynamic and creative team for a full-time position as a Director of Community Education Center.

Duties and Responsibilities

The mission of Helena College is to support our diverse community by providing the paths and tools necessary to assist learners in achieving their educational and career goals. The Community Education Center serves an important role in fulfilling our mission through hosting of community enrichment courses, non-credit workforce training programs, customized employer trainings, the statewide Montana Motorcycle Rider Safety program and the regional Small Business Development Center office.

The Community Education Center is a self-supporting auxiliary unit of Helena College with primary responsibility for overseeing the development, planning and assessment of the following program areas: enrichment programs for life-long learning, professional development, contract training, industry specific professional certificates, customized trainings, Small Business Development Center, workforce development, testing center, and the Montana Motorcycle Rider Safety Program. Duties of the Director include maintaining and developing program budgets, hiring adjunct faculty members and staff, as well as insuring quality within these program areas. This position plays a significant role in coordinating and facilitating relationships between Helena College and local and regional industry to tailor programs to meet the educational needs of their employees. This position reports directly to the Dean/CEO of Helena College.

Provide direction and supervision of the Community Education Center program and staff including the Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center, CEC Program Director, Program Coordinator II, Testing Center proctors, CDL Director and educational and testing staff, MMRS Program Director and all Rider Coaches and safety staff and administration, Licensed Massage Therapy Director and all associated instructors and staff, Certification Program employees (ie, phlebotomy, Clinical Medical Assistant and Pharmacy Technician instructors), Continuing Education Program adjunct faculty and Temporary employees and additional work study and temporary staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of work experience with a focus in continuing education, adult learning, or a related field. The equivalent combination of work experience and education will be considered. A degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or related field is preferred.
    ? An employment history that effectively demonstrates knowledge and ability to:
    ? Direct, lead, manage, and market client-based programs,
    ? Apply business management principles and techniques,
    ? Design education & training programs,
    ? Identify issues within a small business and propose resolutions,
    ? Develop outreach assistance programs,
    ? Leverage outside public and private sector resources,
    ? Use quantitative and qualitative data to measure, analyze and evaluate impact of program delivery and facilitate continuous process and program improvements, is required.
    Additional Core Competencies:
    • Business Planning & Development and Market Analysis, Planning & Research Skills
    • Business Consulting & Client Based Counseling Techniques
    • Commercial Lending Knowledge & Business Valuation Skills
    • Workforce Development, Customized Education & Training Program Development and Delivery Skills
    • Ability to Build Strategic Relationships with Diverse Internal & External Partners and Stakeholders
    • Administrative & Program Management Skills
    • Budgetary/Financial Management & Analysis Skills
    • Human Resource Management Skills
    • Strong Ability to Supervise & Coordinate the Work of Others including Mentoring & Motivating Performance
    • Strong Interpersonal, Problem-Solving, and Listening Skills.
    • Excellent Oral & Written Communication, Customer Service & Public Speaking Skills
    • Strong Organizational & Time Management Skills
    • Demonstrated Ability to Work in a Collaborative Environment with a Diverse Population.
    • Proficient Technology Skills with Ability to Use a CRM and Other Software Applications for Tracking, Reporting & Evaluating Program Performance Outcomes & Supporting Continuous Program & Process Improvements

Knowledge and Abilities:
• Considerable knowledge of business financing practices and procedures
• Knowledge of loan programs and loan guarantees for business; Venture Capital investing, business taxation and business incentives.
• Proficiency in preparing and presenting accurate written and oral summaries of financial analyses.
• Ability to manage portfolios of a variety of projects involving technical, administrative, management, and personnel support.
• Knowledge and experience in preparation of annual performance measures and program goals.
• Ability to design and develop education and outreach programs.
• Ability to plan, design, implement, evaluate and continuously improve workforce development & outreach programs intended to serve business and community needs, growth and workforce development needs.
• Ability to analyze and synthesize data from diverse data sources and produce reports to display information in a variety of forms.
• Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods for improving program, management, and system process effectiveness.
• Ability to direct, manage, and market a program to a geographically dispersed client base.

Preferred Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
? An MBA from an accredited institution or other Master’s degree in a business-related field is preferred.
? Experience in the design, development, delivery, management, and evaluation of self-supporting programs and services and workforce development.
? At least five years of directly-related experience in lending, public accounting, business consulting, workforce training & development, and/or business management is required. Experience in small business, workforce, community, and/or economic development organizations may be considered in lieu of education.
? Demonstrated successful experience with facilitating and establishing annual, quarterly and monthly industry driven and employer focused workforce development & training programs. Development of budget & marketing plans and conducting regular programmatic review and evaluations to guide evaluation, continuous improvement and strategic expansion of related programs.

Salary and Benefits Information

$70,000 annual salary.
 Benefits include a comprehensive and competitive group benefits package including medical and life Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, full tuition waiver for employee, partial tuition waiver for dependents, professional development, and wellness program.

How to Apply

Priority Application Date:  Monday, February 19, 2024 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time) Review of applications will begin after date above and continue until the position is filled.
Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration.
Please submit the following application materials** via the Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button. Please do not apply through*

A complete application Includes:
1. Letter of Interest –
addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable
2. Detailed Resume
listing education and describing work experience
3. Three (3) professional references -
names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Incomplete applications may not be considered. New employees must be eligible to work lawfully in the United States. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

*Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application. Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.
**Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. 

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference - Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References - *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing - Individual hiring departments at Helena College may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility - All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

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