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Basic Education for Adults (BEdA) Policy Associate

Position Overview

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) seeks a Basic Education for Adults (BEdA) Policy Associate. Based in Olympia, Washington, this full-time, exempt position is responsible for diversity, equity and inclusion in BEdA and serves as a member of the policy leadership team to foster student success; especially for low-income students, students of color, and working adults. The policy associate provides statewide coordination, legislative and technical assistance for providers of Basic Education for Adults programs statewide.

This position functions as a collaborative member of the Basic Education for Adults team to promote development and implementation of a statewide program and professional development system to integrate the policies of the Washington State Adult Education 5-year Plan: Pathways to College and Careers for Washington’s Emerging Workforce, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Job #: 2016-35

Annual Salary: $83,900.16

Location: Olympia, WA

Opens: Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

Closes: Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 

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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  • Spearhead, guide and leverage as a resource the diversity and equity agendas for BEdA to enhance the learning for all students and promote institutional excellence.
  • Develop, train and lead diversity and equity initiatives in BEdA policies, programming and trainings.
  • Infuse diversity and equity into all aspects of the work of BEdA.
  • Guide efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture and cultivate diversity and equity as agency and educational resources.
  • Serve as a member of the BEdA policy group to develop and implement the program of work of the Adult Basic Education Office, professional development to the field, and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
  • Supervise Basic Education for Adults program administrators assigned to critical tasks in program development and expansion.
  • Respond to requests for information from the state legislature and U.S. Congress regarding BEdA policy development.
  • Provide policy analysis on inclusion across programs; communicate policy implications and provide technical support for implementation to all providers.
  • Serve as liaison to external partners in order to plan, develop and support policy implementation and procedures that promote the integration of adult basic skills initiatives in the systems of interagency partners and sectors.
  • Provide oversight for emerging diversity initiatives.
  • Assess progress towards improving completion outcomes for all students and closing the opportunity gap for students of color and low-income students.
  • Staff the Adult Education Advisory Council (AEAC).
  • Advocate on behalf of the community and technical college and community-based organizations (CBOs) Basic Education for Adults efforts, representing the 34 colleges and nine CBOs in a variety of settings.
  • Perform other related work as required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with students, staff and community from diverse backgrounds including those whose native language is not English.
  • Proven knowledge, skills and abilities in developing and guiding inclusive pedagogy in curriculum development and review, teaching philosophy, assignment design and classroom culture.
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, cultural diversity, organizational and policy development, resource management, social science, higher education administration, communications or related field. Master's degree preferred.
  • Experience with low-income students, students of color or working adult students.
  • Basic skills teaching or administration experience.
  • Knowledge of Washington’s community and technical college system.
  • Experience managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Proven written and oral communication skills and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be a self-starter and able to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Bilingual or multilingual preferred.

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 the BEdA Program Administrator and reports to the BEdA Director.

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:



Mail: Pamela Kelly, HRC
SBCTC Human Resource Office
PO Box 42495
Olympia, WA 98504-2495

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.



Pamela Kelly
Human Resource Consultant


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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