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Program Administrator (Workforce Education - WorkFirst and BFET)

Position Overview

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) invites applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as a Program Administrator for Workforce Education. This position is based in the State Board’s office in Olympia and will support the agency mission by serving as a member of the workforce education team providing program support to colleges and community-based organizations in student support programs, including WorkFirst and BFET.

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 #: 2019-25

Annual Salary: $78,480

Location: Olympia, WA

Opens: Monday, July 29, 2019

Closes: Monday, August 12, 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 program administration, planning, implementation, operations, technical assistance, and oversight including coordination and management of the resources.
  • Support strategies to improve access to education and increase attainment of family sustaining employment for all students.
  • Administer oversight and support of the WorkFirst program:
    • Increase the efficiency, alignment, and benefit of processes, internally at the agency and externally with partners and providers.
    • Provide program guidance and technical assistance to WorkFirst colleges and community-based organizations (CBO).
    • Provide training to college and CBO staff that meets their needs for content and delivery modes.
    • Provide training to meet system and college/CBO staffing needs.
    • Facilitate state-wide college/CBO meetings and maintain ongoing communication with all program providers and partners.
    • Provide budget oversight and assistance to colleges and CBOs.
    • Support system budget management, including awarding and redistributing system funds in an informed and equitable manner.
    • Manage contract compliance monitoring of all SBCTC WorkFirst providers.
    • Manage the WorkFirst Delivery Agreement granting process.
  • Support the administration of the other programs including Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) to align and integrate programming efforts.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with partner agencies to advance the agency mission, programming, and support to students.
  • Collect data on a routine basis to develop and provide related reports to various stakeholders.
  • Provide technical assistance to colleges in all assigned program 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 coordinate statewide, regional, and local professional development and training activities.
  • Access, input, and analyze data from the SBCTC information systems and other workforce development databases and systems.
  • Perform 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.
  • One year 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 programs, streamline processes for colleges, and/or develop strategic partnerships.
  • Experience with data analysis and trend identification to develop programmatic recommendations.
  • Experience coordinating, assisting, and/or implementing workforce education training programs and/or grant initiatives.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of related experience and/or education.
  • Must be available for significant 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, but may mentor and guide the work of work-studies or interns. This position reports to the Policy Associate (Workforce Education).

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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