Job Title: Program Director, L.A. College Promise Works
Location: Hybrid (Remote and Los Angeles City Hall)
L.A. COLLEGE PROMISE WORKS
L.A. College Promise Works (LACP Works) is an initiative that connects community college students to career coaching, skills training, and paid employment opportunities. This program is the product of a close partnership between the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the L.A. Community College District (LACCD), the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, and the City’s Workforce Development System. LACP Works aims to build a sustainable, equity-driven employment pipeline that connects College Promise students to high-quality jobs and career pathways in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. The program allocates career coaches for all nine LACCD campuses to help students navigate campus resources, offer career advice, provide wrap-around training, and find paid internships and permanent positions. LACP Works builds on the success of L.A. College Promise, an effort first announced in 2016 by Mayor Garcetti and LACCD to provide all L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) graduates with free tuition at L.A.’s community colleges. This landmark program provides students with additional academic support services, free laptops, and free passes on the City’s DASH buses. The L.A. College Promise is one of the largest citywide free community college programs in the nation, having served more than 20,000 students to date. The city’s effort became one of the models for the California College Promise Program, a statewide initiative to make higher education more accessible and affordable.
ABOUT THE ROLE:
The Program Director will facilitate the implementation of L.A. College Promise Works. The program has a team of Employment Specialists, who will serve as both job developers and system navigators to help students find meaningful employment and connect to supportive services to ensure their success. The Employment Specialists facilitate work readiness training
and certification for participating students and engage local businesses and City agencies to place them in jobs and paid internships. The Program Director will supervise the activities of the Employment Specialists and support the team members on a day-to-day basis. The individual will work closely with the Mayor’s Office and the City’s Workforce Development System, and LACCD to ensure the specialists reach the program’s employment training and placement outcomes in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Responsibilities for the position include, but are not limited to:
Managing a team of Employment Specialists and serving as their point person and daily support system
Ensuring consistency in the implementation of core program components across multiple worksites and partners
Creating an adaptable strategic plan, and developing and implementing proven strategies that maximize efficient job placements in accordance with the plan
Collecting and sharing best practices with specialists who will be co-located in different areas throughout Los Angeles
Developing and monitoring metrics and ensuring the quality and integrity of the data to assess program impact and effectiveness
Tracking program implementation and furnishing reports required by grant funders
Providing technical assistance and tools to the specialists to assist them in the production of their own individual progress reports
Monitoring budgets and updating them as needed throughout the program implementation
Crafting, supporting, and delivering internal and external visual, oral, and written messaging that captures and communicates program successes.
Managing multiple and competing priorities, projects, and deliverables seamlessly, effectively, and responsibly
Performing other related duties as assigned
The ideal candidate possesses a passion for making meaningful, sustainable change in the lives of college students and is ready to work in a high-energy, fast-paced, and collaborative work environment. The ideal candidate is a focused, self-starting, empathetic, and culturally
sensitive individual who has the ability to design and implement interventions that lead to improved career outcomes for diverse college student populations. As a core member of the L.A. College Promise Works leadership team, the Program Director will be responsible for consistently refining and improving the program model. The work of the individual will promote government program excellence in connecting participants to meaningful full-time and part-time employment that aligns with their academic field of study. The candidate must also demonstrate the following personal attributes and characteristics for the position. Importantly, the candidate must also have significant familiarity with community college systems.
Ability to provide direction to a team and propose solutions that remedy issues and remove barriers
Ability to use diplomacy in working relationships to effectively and efficiently deal with conflict and to arbitrate solutions so that impacted parties buy into the initiative
Ability to build and maintain professional relationships and consensus with diverse workgroups and stakeholders
Ability to translate program objectives into effective program design solutions
Track record of delivering results in high-pressure environments with multiple work streams, and a passion for public service and making a difference in the lives of residents
Ability to thoughtfully communicate with and respectfully engage diverse partners around a shared vision for achieving results
Ability to bring together public, private, and non-profit workforce organizations
Ability to navigate ambiguous environments with excitement and enthusiasm
Experienced in dealing with senior government officials and business people
3-5 years of responsible experience in career development and college advising
Knowledge and skill in program management with emphasis on job placement
Excellent organizational and time-keeping skills
Effective in exercising sound judgment and must possess good analytical skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience with public speaking
Ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative and to manage multiple projects and tasks at a time
An advanced degree may be substituted on a year for year basis, for all but two years of the required experience
Experience managing and leading a team for at least three years
Hybrid. The position will start as a remote work opportunity. As government offices begin to reopen, the position will transition to in-person work.
Steve, Zimmer, Senior Education Advisor, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Full-time position with a salary that is commensurate with experience
This is an exempt, at-will position contingent on grant funding. The individual appointed to this position will not accrue any civil service tenure, contractual employment rights, or due process rights. The incumbent may be removed, without any finding of cause, by the hiring authority.Learn more about the L.A. College Promise Works: http://lacollegepromise.org/lacpworks.html
To apply for the position, please email your resume and a cover letter to Ramon Covarrubias at email@example.com.