Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is conducting a national search for the position of:
Job # 9542
KCTCS System Office provides leadership, support and service for the operations and management of the entire system including community and technical colleges throughout the state. KCTCS is the largest provider of post-secondary education and workforce training in the Commonwealth. The open position, outlined below, is located in Versailles, Kentucky.
About Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC) National Science Foundation’s National Center for Excellence in Advanced Automotive Manufacturing
The Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded National Center for Excellence in Advanced Automotive Manufacturing collaboration of community and technical colleges and industry partners from across the United States working together to promote postsecondary education and high-school career choices in advanced manufacturing, and skills development to better prepare highly skilled technicians and manufacturing engineers for work in automobile manufacturing and advanced manufacturing technology to be globally competitive.
In response to industry demands AMTEC offers:
- Industry-endorsed maintenance certification assessments;
- Industry-endorsed and validated college curriculum aligned to industry-endorsed skills standards;
- Shared best practices and educational models among colleges and industry partners; and
- Flexible career pathways to fit the unique needs of students (K-12 & postsecondary), employees, and employers.
AMTEC partners look forward to the challenge of working together in preparing the high-skilled globally competitive automotive and advanced manufacturing workforce of tomorrow.
This is a grant-funded position and will be responsible for leading the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Excellence in Advanced Automotive Manufacturing, which administers the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Reporting to the KCTCS Chancellor, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation Advanced Technical Education (NSF ATE) Program Manager, the Executive Director oversees the operation of the National Center for Excellence in Advanced Automotive Manufacturing and AMTEC, assuring the efficient and effective collaboration of colleges and industry partners in the Center goals for current and prospective students while promoting AMTEC on a state, national, and global level. The Executive Director will also help shape new collaborative strategies that will lead to state and national scaling of the initiative.
The Executive Director provides leadership and direction in developing and implementing AMTEC goals, objectives, and strategies, and identifies the resources needed to achieve them. He/she establishes policies and procedures as needed to carry out AMTEC’s mission and program of activities; ensures a robust technical infrastructure; develops and monitors the AMTEC budget; maintains sound fiscal practices in the establishment and execution of AMTEC business functions.
The Executive Director is responsible for implementing an organizational structure that supports the mission of the initiative. He/she will provide leadership to a staff of 4 fulltime System Office employees while providing leadership, guidance and support to industry and college partners. He/she will also work closely with the AMTEC staff to create a culture of customer service, excellence, and collaboration.
The Executive Director interacts regularly with state, national, and global education leaders, auto manufacturing companies, organized labor, and educational and industry associations; represents AMTEC in state, national, and global venues; and oversees negotiations with vendors, agencies, industry, and other entities. In addition, the Executive Director provides reports, information, and support as requested to the NSF, industry and college partners, the AMTEC Strategy Board, the National Visiting Committee (NVC), and the KCTCS Chancellor.
KCTCS offers a competitive benefits package and an attractive work environment that supports excellence, innovation, and creativity. Positions with the KCTCS System Office are term-contract positions, with the expectancy of continuance based on grant funding (if applicable) and performance.
• Oversees the operation of AMTEC; Interacts regularly with the automotive manufacturing industry, education leaders, educational entities, NSF ATE centers, and industry regarding issues pertaining to education and training for STEM technicians and incumbent workers of the auto manufacturing industry;
• Provides leadership and direction in developing and implementing AMTEC’s goals, strategies, and objectives; develops appropriate plans and identifies the resources needed to achieve established goals. Establishes policies and procedures as needed to carry out AMTEC’s mission and program of activities; develops budgets and prepares fiscal reports as needed; maintains sound fiscal practices in the establishment and execution of AMTEC business functions.
• Provides leadership and direction in shaping new marketing strategies that will lead to national scaling and dissemination of the collaborative.
• Serves as AMTEC’s liaison for communications with KCTCS employees, industry and AMTEC college partners, the AMTEC Strategy Board, the NSF ATE leadership and community, the NVC, and the KCTCS Chancellor.
• Negotiates agreements with vendors, agencies, and other entities as required to advance AMTEC.
• Represents AMTEC at meetings and professional events as required; provides reports on AMTEC activities and implementation status as needed.
• Provides leadership and direct oversight of assigned staff; plans and approves workloads, follows-up with each employee to ensure they have the tools and skills to complete work assignments on time; prepares and carries through to completion the performance planning and evaluation process; participates in the hiring process; and manages overall performance of assigned staff.
• Ensures that the NSF grant deliverables are met and reported as required by NSF.
Master’s degree plus ten (10) years progressively responsible experience in teaching and administration within postsecondary institutions that deliver coursework in manufacturing-related programs; or in auto manufacturing companies with experience in teaching incumbent workers; or equivalent.
• Terminal degree
• Demonstrated leadership skills at different levels and ability to relate to various constituencies
• Knowledge of manufacturing industry
• Teaching experience in manufacturing-related programs
• Strong communication skills that include the ability to listen, understand, and act on what others are saying
• Ability to build collaboration
• Strong facilitation skills
• Demonstrated organizational/team building skills in leading a multi-partner initiative
• Strong political acumen—ability to navigate sensitive issues in a transparent environment
• Experience in organizational integration and melding of diverse cultural aspects
• Experience in postsecondary education administration
• Experience in leadership and supervision at the executive level
• Experience in strategic and operational planning
• Experience in personnel and financial management
• Experience with project management
• Experience in contract management/negotiation.
• Experience in teaching online and has a deep understanding of a learner-centered environment in an online setting.
Applicants will submit for review the following:
1. A current vita with cover letter addressing characteristics and qualifications.
2. A list of five professional references, including names and telephone numbers (both home and business).
The review of application packets will begin April 29, 2013. Nominations and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
All nominations and applications should be addressed to KCTCS, Office of Human Resources, Attention: Charlie Jane Weber, Human Resource Generalist, Job #9542, Ex Dir AMTEC, 300 North Main Street, Versailles, Kentucky 40383
KY law requires state and national pre-employment background checks as a condition of employment.
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KCTCS is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.
We actively encourage applications and/or nominations of persons of color, women,
veterans, persons with disabilities and other individuals.
KCTCS is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution.