The Foundation for California Community Colleges is on a mission to double its impact in the next 10 years. We are a group of relentless optimists and innovators in education, working collaboratively with public and private partners to help improve the student experience and expand pathways to economic and social mobility in communities across California. We are seeking a Senior Specialist to join the Foundation in its mission of benefitting, supporting, and enhancing the California Community Colleges—the largest and most diverse system of higher education in the nation.
What You’ll Do
This position represents an exciting opportunity to help shape and lead the day-to-day implementation of the Apprenticeship Expansion Project (AEP) which focuses on cross-sector understanding and coordination among statewide and regional partners including workforce, education, and community organizations, to drive expansion of new and innovative pre-apprenticeships, enhanced on-the-job training, and registered apprenticeships as pathways for low-wage workers to secure middle-skill jobs in California.
What you bring
- Provide support for the technical assistance services of the Apprenticeship Expansion and California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI), Apprenticeship Support Network Projects including new content and educational resources to promote basic knowledge about new and innovative apprenticeships, partner agencies, and roles and responsibilities.
- Serve as primary liaison to internal and external partners to create New & Innovative Apprenticeships 101 content for monthly webinars and newsletters.
- Lead efforts to develop toolkits outlining definitions of pre-apprenticeship, enhanced OJT, and New & Innovative Apprenticeship (including differences, similarities, formal linkages, and funding mechanisms that support each model).
- Work collaboratively with the technical assistance team to plan, design, staff, and facilitate six in-person Apprenticeship Learning Labs each year.
- Manage and moderate the CAI Hub Forum (online community of practice).
- Represent the Apprenticeship Expansion Project and present effective practices at key state meetings and conferences (California Apprenticeship Council, California Conference on Apprenticeship, California Apprenticeship Taskforce, ETP, Meeting of the Minds, CCCAOE, etc.).
Ideal Candidate Qualities
- Relevant BA/BS, equivalent work experience, or a combination of both.
- Minimum of five (5) + years of related work experience in workforce development, apprenticeship/ pre-apprenticeship, higher education.
- Minimum of two (2) + years of experience in an education or non-profit environment preferred.
- Advanced knowledge of New & Innovative apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship, and enhanced OJT concepts required.
- Excellent project management, 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 a variety of formats (e.g. toolkits, reports, graphic displays, presentations, newsletter articles).
- Proven ability to manage by influence and ability to build and maintain credibility
- 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.
- 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 able 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
What we Offer
You’ll join a group of mission-driven, passionate, equity-minded individuals with a strong desire to impact and change lives for the better through education. As the official nonprofit auxiliary to the Chancellor's Office, we aim to ensure our team reflects the diversity of the California Community Colleges and the 2.1 million students, campuses, and communities it serves. Individuals are hired for their deep understanding of each population’s unique needs, and will join a collaborative environment where each team member plays an important role in helping Californians across all communities improve their social and economic mobility and build a better future for themselves and their families.
We operate from an office located in downtown Sacramento’s thriving R Street corridor. Our benefits include the CalPERS defined benefit retirement plan, generous medical, dental, and vision, tuition reimbursement, and more. We take a strategic and comprehensive approach to investing in our people, fostering an environment for employee growth, and providing diverse opportunities for continued learning, professional development, and advancement.
To learn more about the position, read the full job description > Senior Specialist, Education to Work Partnerships, Workforce Development