The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has a department specifically focused on workforce and economic development that aims to align AACC’s membership of approximately 1200 community colleges and their respective education and training activities with industry pipelines. This work is coordinated with national and local workforce boards, economic development entities, labor market intermediaries, and other community organizations. The department’s activities include approximately 15 different initiatives at any given moment in production or design phase. These initiatives are funded by federal agencies, foundations and industry partners to test-bed innovative practices and identify measures that can scale across communities and systems to streamline talent pipelines into various industry sectors. The department coordinates extensively with industry associations, AACC’s affiliated councils, and various economic development groups connected to AACC. The department pays particular attention to represent the full type and range of member college in every project (highly isolated rural to large-scale urban) so that the strategies and solutions can be relevant to multiple situations and environments in both local and global marketplaces. Every year, the best practices are showcased at AACC’s annual Workforce Development Institute (WDI) which convenes approximately 700 community college economic development leaders from individual campuses and interested industry, government, and foundation partners.
The department for Workforce and Economic Development is seeking a Project Manager for a federal grant-funded position to start in January 2018 and conclude April 30, 2019.
The Project Manager will report to the Senior Vice president for Workforce and Economic Development and will support the department for all work specific to a federal grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor through Jobs for the Future (JFF) to support the documentation of effective practices and strategies, lessons learned and scalable opportunities related to the technical assistance that was provided to all TAACCCT grantees over the last several years. This work requires collaborating with multiple national entities that were mobilized by JFF and the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as detailed research including online and phone discussions with sites across the country. In addition, project manager will be expected to review grantee reports and other project materials to identify common themes and strategies that can be called out, documented and scaled across the partnerships. AACC has provided extensive technical assistance to a network of community colleges with TAACCCT grants across the country and has served as a subject matter expert to JFF during the grant period. Community colleges engaged have struggled with consortium management, collective evaluation, workforce and economic development alignment strategies with their respective partners ranging from local to state federal agencies, foundations or industries. Sustainability planning and industry partnerships are of particular importance.
Please note that this position will be for a total of three (3) days a week at 7-hours a day each week for the duration of the period of performance and will be conducted at the AACC headquarters in Washington, DC.
Qualified candidates must provide no less than three samples of writing and should have a minimum of 5 to 7 years of professional experience. Experience working on a project with national scope and scale involving multiple stakeholders a plus. History with generating newsletters and written summaries of success stories, phone interviews and other writing tasks including generating and copyediting is required. Attention to detail and proficiency in oral & written communications, specifically case studies, webinars and social media will be required. He/she must have critical thinking & problem solving, flexibility, interpersonal communication, and effective time-management while multi-tasking skills, also required. Community college experience and knowledge of workforce development issues and approaches is preferred.
We offer paid health & dental benefits for employees and their dependents, 12 days of vacation/year and a 10% retirement contribution
Additional Salary Information: Hourly rate is $43 to $46
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation's community colleges representing more than 1,100 associate degree-granting institutions and over 12 million students. Conveniently located at Dupont Circle, AACC offers execellent benefits and a congenial, team-oriented work environment. AACC has 43 employees.