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Program Administrator (BEdA)

Position Overview

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) invites applications for Basic Education for Adults (BEdA) program administrator.

As a member of the BEdA team, this 15-month, grant-funded position has lead responsibility for successful implementation of the I-BEST @ Work initiative funded by Walmart.

This Program Administrator position will take the lead, under supervision of the I-BEST Policy Associate, to design and deliver the training and technical assistance activities needed to successfully launch and manage four I-BEST @ Work programs in Washington state, as well as provide I-BEST training and technical assistance to partner initiatives in Kansas and Rhode Island. This position will manage and meet all requirements of the grant, including reporting and evaluation, and work with the I-BEST Policy Associate to align I-BEST @ Work with broader equitable pathway programming under the Basic Education for Adults (BEdA) Vision, Mission, Values and Goals. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit SBCTC's web site ( to gain insight into the agency's mission.

Headquartered in Olympia, Washington, the program administrator will serve as the main point-of-contact for colleges, faculty, staff and relevant stakeholders involved in the initiatives set forth in the position description below.

Job #: 2019-01

Annual Salary: $76,190.24

Location: Olympia, WA

Opens: Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

Closes: Friday, Feb. 1, 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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  • Serve as a member of the BEdA team with lead responsibility for developing and implementing the I-BEST @ Work program through a Walmart Giving Grant.
  • Lead all I-BEST @ Work training and technical assistance to I-BEST @ Work programs in Washington state, Rhode Island, and Kansas.
  • Guide efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture and cultivate diversity/equity as an agency and educational resource in the development and implementation of I-BEST @ Work programming.
  • Work with research to provide Walmart Foundation with required updates, including a final evaluation.
  • Lead alignment of I-BEST @ Work competency evaluations with High School 21+ (HS 21+) requirements at colleges.
  • Broker articulation agreements with college-level programming for transition from I-BEST @ Work into a program of study.
  • Ensure alignment with BEdA pathway development under the Guided pathways initiative, in collaboration with the I-BEST Policy Associate.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with SBCTC Workforce Education, Research, and Grants & Contracts.
  • Attend and provide updates to quarterly Council for Basic Skills meetings.
  • Answer all questions and serve as a liaison to interested councils, commissions, and legislative hearings, including but not limited to the Council for Basic Skills, Workforce Education Council, and Adult Education Advisory Council.
  • Participate as needed in other professional development opportunities offered in state that align I-BEST @ Work with pathway development, including Rendezvous (biennial Adult Education conference), HS 21+ and I-BEST, and other ABE/ELA professional development requests.
  • Advocate on behalf of the community and technical college and community-based organizations (CBOs) Basic Education for Adults efforts, representing the 41 colleges and CBOs in a variety of settings.
  • Serve as a member of the BEdA policy group developing and implementing the program of work of the Adult Basic Education Office and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
  • Perform other related work as required for successful delivery of grant objectives.
  • Teaching and/or coordinating experience in I-BEST, Basic Education for Adults, Workforce, and/or Academic Transfer or equivalent combination of related experience.
  • Two years of related professional experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with students, staff and community from diverse backgrounds including low-income students, students of color, working adults and those whose native language is not English.
  • Experience as a trainer, event planner, and facilitator.
  • Experience managing multiple activities and programs to successful completion.
  • Basic knowledge of research techniques and using data for decision-making.
  • Available for frequent travel both in-state and out-of-state.
  • Proven knowledge, skills, and abilities in developing and guiding inclusive pedagogy in curriculum development, training, and review; standards implementation; teaching philosophy; assignment design and classroom culture.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of related experience and/or education; masters preferred.
  • Experience with low-income students, students of color or working adult students.
  • Knowledge of Washington's community and technical college system, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act federal requirements for high school completion, and guided pathways.
  • 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.

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 Policy Associate (BEdA).

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 resume 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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