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Policy Associate (Workforce Education)

Position Overview

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) invites applications from qualified individuals interested in providing leadership and policy guidance for the operation of discrete applied baccalaureate and workforce education programs. This position supports the mission of SBCTC by providing for the program development, expansion, and operation of several of the state’s education policy areas including, but not limited to aerospace, healthcare, legal education, veterans initiatives, and applied baccalaureate degree programs.

SBCTC Vision and Mission

Our vision is to build strong communities, individuals and families, and achieve greater global competitiveness and prosperity for the state and its economy by raising the knowledge and skills of the state’s residents. We support and empower the Washington state community and technical colleges to increase higher education opportunities and student participation through advocacy, resources, information, leadership and accountability. Our values are focused on customer service, integrity, humor/exuberance,expertise and effective communication.

Job #: 2019-11

Annual Salary: $89,035.00

Location: Olympia, WA

Opens: Monday, April 22, 2019

Closes: Monday, May 6, 2019  

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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  • Provide statewide direction and technical leadership to a full-range of education programs and grants including the coordination and management of the resources involved.
  • Provide policy development, statewide planning, implementation, program operations, and oversight in assigned workforce education policy areas.
  • Provide comprehensive analysis of educational needs, interpretation of state and federal laws, policy and legislation recommendations, and program/policy evaluations. Utilize consideration of content, instructional processes, and resource generation and allocation within assigned policy areas.
  • Represent and/or provide staff support to various internal and external policy stakeholders, boards, commissions, and councils including the Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing Pipeline Advisory Committee, Baccalaureate Leadership Council, Health Workforce Council, Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, and others as necessary.
  • Provide technical assistance to colleges in all assigned policy areas. Technical assistance efforts should be designed to enable colleges to access funds to meet local need in a manner that is equitable, clear and easy to understand, strategic, flexible, and timely.
  • Meet state and federal legal and fiscal requirements for all assigned programs.
  • Conduct and/or coordinate statewide, regional, and local professional development and training activities including the annual applied baccalaureate conference among others.
  • Access, input, and analyze data from the SBCTC information systems and other workforce development databases and systems.
  • Other special projects and duties as assigned.  
  • The successful candidate must be able to work collaboratively, think creatively, act resourcefully, and exhibit excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Commitment to community college mission of serving diverse and underrepresented student populations
  • Three years’ experience in workforce education program administration or related professional experience.
  • Experience facilitating and conducting stakeholder meetings and related activities, which lead to new or revised program policies, procedures, and/or processes.
  • Experience with developing and/or implementing strategies that strengthen and expand program offerings, streamline processes for colleges, and/or develop strategic partnerships.
  • Knowledge of national, state and local workforce development trends to include the ability to analyze labor market information.
  • Experience with data analysis and trend identification to develop policy and programmatic recommendations.
  • Leadership skill related to coordinating, assisting, and/or implementing workforce education training programs and/or grant initiatives.
  • Knowledge of the Washington community and technical college system and governance structure.
  • Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent combination of related experience and/or education.
  • Must be available for travel both in-state and out-of-state.

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 has no supervisory responsibilities and reports to the Director of Workforce Education and Director of Transfer Education for the purpose of coordinating SBCTC’s applied baccalaureate degree programs.

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 or Recruitment #.
  • Include your name, address, current phone number, and email on the first page of each document you submit. 


Pamela Kelly
Human Resource Consultant 3


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 Washington 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 who need 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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