Foundation for California Community Colleges,

Senior Specialist, Workforce Development

13 days ago
Employment type
California (remote)
Closing date

About this organization

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the statewide non-profit supporting the California Community College system, the largest system of higher education in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation serves as the official auxiliary to the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors and the systemwide Chancellor’s Office.

The Foundation is the trusted partner of the California Community Colleges— facilitating collaboration, accelerating innovation, and increasing systemwide resources.

About this job

This position represents an exciting opportunity to help shape and lead the Community of Practice (CoP) and technical assistance related activities for initiatives that focus on the expansion of new and innovative pre-apprenticeships and registered apprenticeships as pathways for low-wage workers to secure middle-skill jobs in California and addressing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in the labor market. The Sr. Specialist will lead technical assistance activities to support the Grow Apprenticeship California project and the Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative.

Roles & responsibilities

● Lead all aspects of the development and implementation of the CoP and related technical assistance activities (e.g. virtual convenings, informational calls, peer learning circles, conference presentations, in-person convenings) for the Grow Apprenticeship California project and Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative.

● Work collaboratively with the team to conduct research, including data collection, monitoring, analysis, and reporting, to increase understanding of apprenticeship and other program area impact.

● Lead efforts to develop toolkits, reports, and resources to benefit and highlight insights from our CoP and technical assistance.

● Serve as the primary point of contact for the CCCCO, James Irvine Foundation, and other implementation partners and stakeholders.

● Build and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

● Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and historically marginalized populations through project design and implementation.

● Participate in team-wide development activities and apply knowledge and experience to support other WDD projects.


● Excellent project management skills with ability to balance details and timelines, verify progress on deliverables, prioritize tasks, and strategic priorities across multiple projects.

● Strong group facilitation and technical skills, with an ability to prioritize tasks and deliver quality products within agreed upon timeframes, with limited supervision.

● Demonstrated ability to research (qualitative and quantitative), analyze, synthesize, and communicate complex workforce topics to non-experts in various formats (e.g., toolkits, reports, graphic displays, presentations, newsletter articles).

● Exceptional ability to build and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

● Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with a proven ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences, from C-suite professionals to inexperienced youth.

● Must be a self-starter, quick learner, problem solver, highly motivated, and able to work on a fast-paced team.

● Passionate about providing students with stronger pathways to education and building a more just and equitable California overall.

● A self-starter and quick learner who is highly motivated and outcome-oriented, always seeking innovative approaches to project execution.

● A strategic and creative thinker who can problem-solve, working within and across teams to swiftly respond to needs identified across the California Community Colleges.

● Practices ownership, takes accountability, and has the ability to project manage, prioritize tasks, and deliver quality products on time with limited supervision.

● Ability to work on a fast-paced team and build and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

● Knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, the California Community College system and the Foundation’s mission.

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