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The strategy director for community college workforce education and training leads a portfolio designed to increase the number of occupational short-term credential and AA degree programs. In an era of growing demand for work-integrated learning, there is a need to expand the supply of high-quality career preparation programs that are tightly linked to local employers and economic development opportunities. The flexibility, affordability, and workforce focus of these programs respond to the interests of both traditional-age and older students seeking alternatives to traditional degrees. Employer interest in work-aligned credentials is also growing. A decade of sustained economic growth, low unemployment, and rising demands for skills has generated innovative partnerships between community colleges and employers across many different regions and industry sectors. Increasingly, employers are seeking local solutions to their talent development needs that are customized to their needs – and playing a more direct role in developing and financing those programs.
The director will have an opportunity to develop and implement Lumina’s strategy, approach, and grantee portfolio in this field. In addition to experience with occupational short-term credential and AA degree programs, the director should be knowledgeable about employer-community college partnerships, labor market information, and financing of community college programs, as well as the institutional, state, and federal and policy context in which community colleges operate. The director should also have insight into the current array of strategies and reforms that address equity, quality, scale, and innovation that can dramatically increase the enrollment, persistence, and completion of postsecondary credentials, particularly for learners of color and adults.
This position works in a collaborative and integrated manner within the Learning and Work division as well as across all other areas of the foundation to ensure that the goals of Lumina’s Strategic Plan are realized, and to assist the nation in making significant improvements in credential attainment.
This description is only a summary of the typical job functions, not an exhaustive list of all possible responsibilities, and may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.
Lumina is working with partners to design a learning system that gives every person—regardless of race and ethnicity, income, or other socioeconomic factors—the opportunities that only education and training after high school can provide. To achieve our mission, we work with governmental, nonprofit, and private-sector organizations to bring about widespread change. Our work relies on strategic communication, empowering leaders who can bring about change, policy outreach to state and federal officials, investments in proven and promising practices, and targeted efforts to measure and evaluate progress.
Lumina Foundation has a passionate and committed staff and is among the nation’s top private foundations with an endowment in excess of $1.2 billion.
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