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Deputy Executive Director for Education

At Washington’s community and technical colleges, we know college is about more than just classes. It’s about teaching people from all walks of life what they need to succeed in life, at work, and in the world. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is looking for a deputy executive director for education whose vision and drive will help lead Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges as they serve our nearly 374,000 students.

Who are we looking for?

As the largest higher education system in Washington state, our colleges work with students from all walks of life as they achieve their goals of transferring to a university, entering the workforce, learning basic skills, or continuing their education. Our deputy executive director for education will:

  • Think and plan strategically
  • Support and empower staff
  • Build lasting relationships with peers and colleagues

The deputy executive director for education is responsible for a broad range of higher education academic areas. This position also provides vision, direction and inspiration to a team of smart, dedicated and talented SBCTC staff and college leadership.

As leaders in their field, qualified candidates should be prepared to show how their skill set will enrich the Washington’s community and technical college system’s mission and cultural inclusiveness.

Position Overview

Under your leadership, the Education Division: 

  • Deliver policy direction and guidance in instruction, student services, K-12 transitions, eLearning and open education, policy research, and accountability issues.
  • Administer $150 million annually in targeted state, federal, contract and private foundation funds.
  • Conduct state-level research on community and technical college students, staff, faculty and resources.
  • Develop and sustain collaborative partnerships with colleges, universities, K-12, business, labor, state agencies, national associations and philanthropic organizations to raise educational attainment and meet the education and training needs of the state’s economy.
  • Supports equity, diversity and inclusion efforts in the college system.
  • Works with college presidents, college and university administrators, state education and higher education agencies, the state Legislature, Governor’s office and other stakeholders on higher education policy issues.

Job #: 2018-28

Annual Salary: $160,000

Location: Olympia, WA

Opens: Monday, April 9, 2018

Closes: Monday, May 7, 2018

Recruitment and screening of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled. However, to ensure full consideration, return completed materials by 5 p.m. on the closing date. Note: Agency hiring authorities reserve the right — and may exercise the option — to make a hiring decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process.

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  • Work with the State Board members, college presidents and vice presidents, and external stakeholders to develop system policies and administrative procedures related to instruction, student services, equity and diversity, student transition and accountability issues.
  • Represent the community and technical college system on education policy issues to the state Legislature, colleges and universities, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Washington Student Achievement Council, state agencies and state-level business and labor organizations.
  • Provide leadership for and manage the Education Services division. Work with division staff to establish system and agency priorities in workforce education, adult literacy, academic transfer, K-12 articulation and transitions, equity and diversity, student services, eLearning, accountability and agency research.
  • Oversee division budgets. Supervise distribution of earmarked state, federal, contract and private grant funds. Pursue public and private funding for priority initiatives.
  • Manage, direct, mentor, and coach a division of nine directors who supervise approximately 60 professionals.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Five years of professional experience in a senior administrative capacity in a community and technical college, university or related business setting.
  • A master’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • Successful management, customer service and organizational change experience, excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Successful experience with developing partnerships and collaborative problem-solving.

This is a full-time, exempt position. The annual compensation for this position is listed above. Washington state has a generous benefit package including health, dental, life insurance, long-term disability, retirement, and two optional deferred compensation programs. For more information, see Employee Benefits.

This position supervises Education Division directors for workforce education, basic education for adults, transfer education, student services, eLearning, student success strategies, policy research, student information system support, and K-12 transitions.

Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following items:

  • Letter of formal application that addresses your interest in the position and ability to perform the responsibilities described in this announcement.
  • Detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience that demonstrates how you meet the qualifications.
  • List of at least three professional references with contact information. References are typically contacted after interviews.

Send application materials

Email is preferred, but you may send application materials by one of the following delivery methods:

Application tips

  • Make sure you clearly indicate the position you are applying for in your letter of interest and within your email and/or subject line – suggested subject line format:  Last name, First name – Position Title.
  • Include your name, address, current phone number, and email on the first page of each document you submit.


Ed McCallister
Human Resource Director

Submitted applications are the property of SBCTC and will not be returned.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) supports Executive Order 13-01 Veterans Transition Support and is an equal opportunity employer. SBCTC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Applicants needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources Office at 360-704-4301. A TDD relay service is available by dialing 800-833-6388 or voice 800-833-6384.

Employee Benefits

Your paycheck is just part of your total compensation. As an exempt employee, you will also have access to an outstanding employee benefits package worth about 30 percent of your salary.

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More Information

Contact the Human Resource Office at 360-704-4301 or visit the HR web page.

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