Associate Vice President, Workforce and Economic Development
Company: Commonwealth of Kentucky
Posted on: February 25, 2021
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Vice President, Workforce and Economic Development Title of
Position: Associate Vice President, Workforce and Economic
Period: Full-time state government non-merit position
Starting Date: Open until filled
Location: Frankfort, KY; may require some limited travel
Compensation: Competitive salary and state benefits Overview As an
integral member of the President's leadership team, the Associate
Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development provides
leadership and support to the CPE President, Chief of Staff and
Executive Team. The Associate Vice President will develop and
coordinate efforts to align postsecondary programs and policies to
the state's workforce and economic development efforts. The AVP
also will contribute to the development and execution of CPE's
strategic agenda. Duties and Responsibilities
- Serve as a member of the President's Executive Team, and a
chief advisor to the President and senior staff on workforce and
economic development issues, programs and policies.
- Lead the development and execution of the Council's Education
to Work agenda, a comprehensive statewide effort to improve career
outcomes, respond to Kentucky's workforce needs, and streamline
pathways between education and work for Kentucky's public college
and university graduates.
- Serve as the primary liaison between the CPE and business and
industry representatives within the state. Coordinate with the
respective government and nonprofit organizations on Kentucky's
efforts to leverage higher education as a critical resource to
advance the state's workforce and economic development
- Develop and maintain relationships with state and national
organizations focused on the intersection between higher education
and the workforce. Identify opportunities to position Kentucky and
CPE as a state leader in this area.
- Serve as CPE's primary liaison with campus career services
personnel and facilitate regular statewide conversations about
career development and strategies to successfully transition
students from college to work.
- Serve as CPE's primary liaison with campuses on issues related
to economic development, including small business services,
entrepreneurship training, and tech-transfer.
- Monitor and review regional, state and national workforce and
economic development activities and liaison with the Cabinet for
Education and Workforce, Labor Cabinet, and Cabinet for Economic
Development as needed.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the President and Chief of
- A minimum of 12 years of professional experience developing and
leading workforce and/or economic development efforts in a
state-level education, workforce, or economic development agency or
organization, a postsecondary institution, or a national
- At least a master's degree in public policy, education policy,
or related fields, or an equivalent level of knowledge and
- Knowledge of (and ideally experience in) efforts to increase
student readiness for in-demand, high-skill, high-wage employment,
including building and aligning pathways between K-12 and higher
education, and expanding work-based learning and industry
- An understanding of the legislative and policy-making processes
that lead to effective state and local implementation of career
- Strong research, analysis, writing, facilitation, public
speaking and project management skills.
- Excellent organizational skills and keen attention to detail.
Candidates should have demonstrated experience and ability to
prioritize work and manage time on multiple projects and tasks to
- Demonstrated ability to work both independently and
collaboratively. Candidates should be self-motivated and
comfortable within a largely virtual working environment, but also
enthusiastic team players open to feedback and collaboration.
- Well-rounded interpersonal skill set, with the presence and
capacity to build relationships, work effectively in teams, and
facilitate joint problem solving with businesses and industry
representatives, government agencies, and postsecondary
- A solutions first mindset, with a strong appetite for problem
solving, relationship building, and follow through.
- Curiosity, eagerness, and ability to develop new knowledge and
skills. Contact Information Interested applicants should send a
letter of application specifically addressing the responsibilities
and qualifications of the position, a resume, and the names,
titles, and contact information for at least three professional
references to: Rae Smith, Human Resources
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Dr., Ste. 320
Frankfort, KY 40601
Rae.firstname.lastname@example.org The Council on Postsecondary Education is an equal
opportunity employer. The Council on Postsecondary Education
coordinates change and improvement in Kentucky's postsecondary
education system as directed by the Kentucky Postsecondary
Education Improvement Act of 1997. The Council is a statewide
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