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Program Director, Johnson County Adult Education

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Work type: Full-time Salaried
Location: Overland Park Main Campus
Categories: Administrative Professional

Position, Department: Program Director, Johnson County Adult Education, Continuing Education & Workforce Development

Type of Position: Full-time Salaried, Exempt

Work Schedule, Hours per week: 40 hours per week

Pay Range:  $ 73,851.00 - $ 92,314.00 and determined based on relevant years of work experience.

Pay Grade: 59.59

Opportunity for hybrid schedule: Yes

Benefits Category: Full-time Benefits 

Position Summary: Establish, maintain, promote, and continuously improve Johnson County Adult Education (JCAE) programs to meet the needs of adult students and the local workforce. Program components include Adult Basic Education, General Education Development (GED) Test Preparation, Career Technical Education, English language skills including knowledge of U.S. civics and culture, digital literacy, and general college and workforce/career readiness. Most programs are grant funded, some with government grants and others with foundation and other private grants; each grant carries different requirements, obligations, agency relationships, and accountabilities, which are continuously evolving. Collectively, adult education programs serve on average about 1400 students per year at six primary program locations as well as at ancillary locations (employer locations, Corrections, etc.). The position is responsible for approximately 70 instructional and office staff members and about 150 classroom volunteers.

Required Qualifications:

• Master’s degree
• 5 years’ experience in adult education/training
• Demonstrated success in managing programs of increasing scope and complexity
• Demonstrated success in grant writing and administration
• Financial and budget management
• Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
• Strong communication and writing skills
• Ability to use Microsoft Office and other systems applications
• Valid driver’s license

To be considered for this position we will require an application, resume, and cover letter.

Position Details: Job duties include but are not limited to:

SET PROGRAM VISION, MISSION, GOALS, STRATEGIES, CULTURE, AND CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS (CSFs) – Establish and communicate to all stakeholder audiences the need for adult education, the purpose of JCAE programs, and value of services delivered. This objective requires a commitment to continuous program improvement and staying current on best practices for addressing workforce needs and the needs of students to achieve college, career, and life success. Performance is acceptable when:

a. Key stakeholder groups (JCAE staff, the JCCC community, the larger community and grantors) remain current on program need, purpose, value, and how to access services.

b. Trends and community needs are monitored, and program services are continuously refined to improve effectiveness in meeting the needs of students and employers.

c. Future program needs are anticipated and strategies are defined and executed to develop long-term relationships that can leverage influence and mission-critical resources (e.g., Workforce, MARC, Area Transportation Authority, United Community Services, grantors, government agencies, and social service agencies)

d. New opportunities for collaboration are sought out and cultivated, and obstacles are assessed and addressed in a manner that supports program vision. e. Goals and metrics targets are challenging but achievable.

f. Programs remain compliant with JCCC and grantor requirements and expectations.

g. The organization operates with high levels of student focus, engagement, integrity, and positivity. 

DIRECT PROGRAM OPERATIONS – Oversee the scheduling and conduct of classes at six primary locations and the operation of all JCAE programs and services (including but not limited to ABE/GED, English Connections, ESL, CTE credentials for ESL students, Accelerating Opportunity-Kansas, Transition Coaching and Bridge classes for underprepared college students) to assure quality and timeliness of results. Operational responsibility includes management of volunteers and activity at six public program sites (on campus, Olathe Center, Center of Grace, West Park, Antioch Library, and Gardner Library) as well as at other community locations as needed. Performance is acceptable when:

a. Schedules are accurate, well communicated, and meet the needs of the students for whom the programs were designed.

b. Instruction and other program services are effective as demonstrated by positive outcomes established for each program component.

c. Marketing events are timely and effective in generating desired levels of participation from students, volunteers, donors, and community leaders. d. Volunteers are available in sufficient number and with appropriate skills to help students master expected knowledge, skills, and abilities.

e. Transition Coaches facilitate successful assimilation of JCAE students into postsecondary studies, new employment, and/or improved employment.

f. Processes are effective and efficient, and technology is leveraged to improve efficiency and outcomes.

g. Facilities are safe, attractive, and functional, and facilities issues are resolved in a proactive and timely manner so that program operations are not adversely affected.

h. Required reports are timely, accurate, and complete. 

MANAGE BUDGETS TO OPTIMIZE VALUE, AND TO COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENT OF EACH FUNDING SOURCE - Demonstrate high value (significant outcomes) for each dollar spent, and compliance with requirements of each fund source. Performance is acceptable when:

a. Outcomes per dollar spent fall within the top quartile among peer programs managed by the Kansas Board of Regents. b. Grant awards are received and renewed.

b. Purchases of materials, equipment, supplies and services follow established procurement protocol and are cost-effective.

c. No expenditures are deemed “non-compliant” by funding sources. 

DIRECT PROGRAM STAFF – Oversee hiring, training, development, and performance of approximately 60 instructors, 10 office staff members, and ~125-150 volunteer tutors. Create and maintain a culture of high engagement, productivity, and respect. Performance is acceptable when:

a. Staff job performance meets or exceeds the standards set for each role, and staff engagement is high.

b. Student and peer feedback regarding instructor and volunteer effectiveness is positive, and student outcomes demonstrate expected levels of achievement.

c. Staff understands and complies with all JCCC and other applicable policies, procedures, and requirements.

d. Performance issues are actively managed in a timely manner to resolve deficiencies. 

MANAGE COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS – Communicate and collaborate with local and state agencies (KBOR, JCCC business and academic representatives, JC Library, local school districts, social service agencies, funding donors, etc.) to further program and community goals and to meet identified needs. Performance is acceptable when:

a. JCAE maintains a high level of credibility as an effective provider of adult education services.

b. Partner agencies seek out JCAE involvement in relevant initiatives.

c. Synergies are identified and exploited for the benefit of JCCC, the partnering agencies and the students/clients we serve.

d. Donors perceive JCAE as worthy of their financial and in-kind contributions. 

SERVE AS A CAMPUS SECURITY AUTHORITY (CSA) BY - reporting crimes to the designated JCCC Clery Act Officer in accordance with applicable laws, policies and procedures. Performance is acceptable when:

a. Completing training at least annually on campus safety and crime reporting issues;

b. Assisting in the issuance of timely emergency warnings.

c. Serving as a resource to students, employees and others regarding crime prevention, reporting and victim assistance; and

d. Collaborating with the Clery Act Officer, Title IX Team, Clery Act Team and Emergency Preparedness Manager on various campus compliance issues.

*Duties and responsibilities, as required by business necessity, may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing. Scheduling, shift assignments and work location may be changed at any time, as required by business necessity.

Diversity Statement: Here at Johnson County Community College, we seek to inspire positive change for our students, faculty, and staff through promoting growth and development of all individuals. We aim to create a sense of belonging, accepting all values, life experiences, and perspectives on our campus. We are seeking individuals who will bring their true, authentic selves to JCCC so we can broaden perspectives with innovative ideas, interests, and passions, while fostering and promoting our diversity commitments to our community. We believe that engaging all of our unique employees is the key to students’ success. You belong here.

About JCCC: Established in 1969, Johnson County Community College is dedicated to transforming lives and strengthening communities through learning. Located in Overland Park, Kansas, JCCC has enjoyed a national reputation for educational excellence and student success for more than 50 years. That's five decades dedicated to smaller class sizes, more resources and a thriving campus culture – not to mention our competitive tuition rates and extracurricular experiences that transcend the norm.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johnson County Community College (JCCC) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. JCCC provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

Disclosure:  If you need any assistance throughout the search process, please reach out to the HR Generalist for this position. In accordance with the college policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. Individual hiring departments at JCCC may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions as part of the applicant selection/hiring process. Many departments require those selected for hire to submit a certified transcript for all degrees obtained. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the review date listed in posting.

If you are an applicant requesting assistance or a reasonable accommodation in the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 913-469-3877, or email


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