Now Hiring: Director of MET Professional Academy

  • Job Summary: The director upholds the Peoria Unified MET Professional Academy vision by implementing a strategic plan for the program’s operation and growth including securing business and community partnerships.
    Essential Functions: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include, but are not limited to, the following tasks, duties, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents in this class.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
    Collaborate with stakeholders to manage a strategic plan to execute the program operations and vision of the Peoria Unified MET Professional Academy.
    Work with the MET Curriculum and Instruction Facilitator to ensure rigorous, aligned curriculum is delivered through best instructional practices.
    Strengthen professional partnerships to secure MET business partners and mentors.
    Manage a targeted list of partners for advising, assisting and advocating for MET.
    Recruit and oversee an Advisory Network of business, community and postsecondary education leaders to guide the vision of the program.
    Develop and implement a sponsorship program for the purpose of formally recognizing business education and community partners for their involvement and support.
    Research local, regional and national higher education, industry and workplace trends.
    Advance the MET brand as a key driver of workforce development in Arizona and the West Valley.
    Manage relationships and deliverables to ensure Peoria Unified and MET are represented at a national level within the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) Network.
    Work with the Peoria Unified Public Relations department to develop a strategic communications plan to be used when attracting community leaders, partners, media, parents and students to the program.
    Work with the Peoria Unified Public Relations department on website content, social media and marketing collateral.
    Coordinate and execute special events.
    Attend community events, deliver presentations and host site tours to promote the program to potential stakeholders – including business leaders, sponsors, parents and students.
    Develop university/community college articulation agreements through ongoing relationship management.
    Design and manage a MET Alumni Network for the purposes of developing longitudinal data, enhancing postsecondary affiliations, expansion of the mentoring/internship database, and potential gifting possibilities.
    Prepare and manage an annual program budget.
    Responsible and accountable for sound fiscal management and purchasing.
    Provide vision for other revenue generating ideas that will ensure financial sustainability.
    Manage the student application and enrollment process in partnership with high school guidance departments.
    Assure program compliance with district policies and state and federal laws.

    Serve as liaison for shared facility management, facility procedures and maintenance/construction.
    Discipline disruptive student behavior according to district policy and MET business ethics expectations.
    Facilitate parent discussions regarding academic and disciplinary procedures.
    Provide conflict resolution to address issues with students, parents and staff.
    Responsible for the selection and training of all program personnel.
    Engage in ongoing program evaluation and improvement.
    May perform other duties as assigned or required.
    KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
    Knowledge of applicable Federal, state, county and city statutes, rules, policies and procedures.
    Knowledge of applicable Peoria Unified School District and departmental policies and procedures.
    Knowledge of employment laws and practices.
    Knowledge of grants writing and management.
    Skill in project management.
    Skill in working collaboratively with a group.
    Skill in verbal and written communication and public speaking. The person must have the ability to present to a variety of stakeholders.
    Skill in team-building, managing, motivating and organizing a workforce.
    Skill in facilitation of training and other committee work.
    Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers, vendors, students, parents, the general public and other school district stakeholders.
    Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software applications.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s Degree AND 2 years of experience in a business development or marketing setting OR any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Experience in medical, engineering or technology field is recommended.

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
    Must be able to pass a fingerprint and background clearance check.
    May be required to work outside normal working hours.
    Must have, at the time of application, and must maintain a valid Arizona driver’s license.
    May be required to travel to perform work functions.

     

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