Dean, Lifelong Learning & Workforce Development

Posted: 02/16/2023

The Position:
The Dean is responsible for the development and administration of innovative and entrepreneurial lifelong learning and workforce development programs across the region that meet the college’s goals and strategic priorities.
The Dean leads efforts to maintain and enhance the college’s role as the region’s premier provider of choice for workforce training as well as personal enrichment and professional development programs.  
Through collaborating with economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, and other career-focused organizations, the Dean promotes the development and delivery of innovative training programs for new and/or existing businesses in the region.

SCF’s programmatic development has included: • Customized training with employers such as Chris Craft Boat Manufacturers to deliver onsite training for new employees (40-hour basic manufacturing skills training). • In partnership with SCF Nursing Programs, the first certified nursing assistant program (CNA), a non-credit program in response to the needs of local medical providers. • In partnership with Sarasota County Government, the Community Emergency Response Training program (CERT), being offered free of charge for residents of Sarasota County. • A Comprehensive Testing Center offering industry certification testing for nurse practitioners, mail carriers, insurance agents, manufacturing technicians, and additional jobs requiring specific certification. • Leadership training for the Tampa Bay Rays. • Workforce Development services to over 50 local businesses in the form of employee training opportunities in online, in-person, and hybrid formats.  

The Dean also serves as lead administrator of the Traffic Safety Institute, the SCF Coding Academy, and other grant and externally supported programs. Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean manages five direct reports and is responsible for developing, directing, and managing budgets which include both revenue-generating accounts and grant accounts.  

Responsibilities: • Ensures close collaboration with academic affairs in the development of lifelong learning and workforce training programs to ensure the articulation of these programs with the College’s academic degree and certificate programs whenever possible. • Leads the development and implementation of high-stakes industry certifications, in close collaboration with academic affairs to support Workforce Development programs across the region. • Serves as the administrator of workforce-related grants including but not limited to Quick Response Training grants; coordinating grant implementation and insuring compliance, budget tracking, and submission of grant applications and amendments. • Seeks alternative funding resources in conjunction with resource development, institutional research and effectiveness, the SCF Foundation, and other internal and external stakeholders. • Develops strategic partnerships with organizations to promote internships, training, workshops, and events. • Provides input on recruitment, hiring, supervision, training, and evaluation of all assigned staff. • Coordinates the development of a marketing strategy for promoting Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development programs in conjunction with Communications and Marketing and other internal constituents including collateral materials, marketing campaigns, and special events. • Supports the recruitment and development of a diverse group of instructors and trainers, participating in adjunct fairs and other recruitment activities. • Supports the Executive Vice President & Provost and Provost’s Council in special projects. • Serves as a lead administrator on the assigned campus, serving as the campus liaison to various College departments and officials, including but not limited to, Academic Affairs, Student Services, Facilities, Business and Finance, and Planning, Institutional Effectiveness and Research, ensuring programs and services are effectively delivered on the campus. • Serves as a member of the Critical Incident Management Team (CIMT) and the CIMT Quick Response Team (QRT) and is responsible for coordinating the necessary efforts on behalf of the campus and ensuring administrative campus coverage in their absence. • Represents and promotes the College in local, state, and national business, governmental, and civic organizations. Develops strong partnerships with community stakeholders in support of College programming and the campus, and hosts community events as appropriate. • Performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Vice President and Provost.   Qualifications: Required: • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university. • Five or more years of related experience; some additional formal leadership training programs may be considered for related experience. • A demonstrated understanding of the higher education sector and the operations of the function. • Five or more years of direct supervisory experience including responsibility for hiring, firing, performance management, training, and coaching is required. • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to technical questions and/or complaints from College leadership, customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the community. • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to work with formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc. • Working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, database, e-mail, and reports retrieval software.  

Preferred: • An earned Master’s degree from an accredited university. • Related experience in a higher education institution.   About the Institution: Established in 1957, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is an integral part of the community and a vital resource for students and their families in Manatee, Sarasota, and surrounding counties. SCF is the region's first and largest public college, serving 11,000 college credit students annually at campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, and through online classes. An additional 10,000 participants annually attend professional development and personal enrichment classes.   Formerly known as Manatee Junior College/Manatee Community College, SCF has expanded its degree offerings to include workforce baccalaureate degrees while continuing to focus on highly respected associate degrees that prepare graduates for university transfer and professional careers. SCF offers a complete college experience that includes intercollegiate athletics, more than 35 student clubs and organizations, honors programs, and student-centered academics. SCF's flagship programs in health sciences are supported by state-of-the-art technology, including patient simulators, electronic medical records, drug recognition system, and medication-dispensing devices.  

State College of Florida is a member of the Association of Florida Colleges and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.  

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