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Assistant Director of Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning

OSU - Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107
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OSU – Oklahoma City, located in the heart of Oklahoma City, is looking for a Assistant Director of Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning.



Job Summary:


The Assistant Director is responsible for workforce development initiatives (both programmatic and federal, state, and private grant-based) involving workforce development for the State of Oklahoma.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA) emphasis on Apprenticeship and work-based learning (on the job training, internships, job shadowing, etc.) creates a renewed focus on ways to help workers advance and help industry build and sustain a talent pipeline. We’re looking for a professional who wants to make a difference – and believes that we can close the skills gap and help all workers thrive in the 21st century economy. 

The individual will work with a variety of state agency leadership, prominent business leaders, and local stakeholders to coordinate workforce development system efforts, including
working with businesses and state agency staff to develop and maintain Registered Apprenticeship and other work-based learning initiatives. The individual will lead with the development of business and education partnerships in alignment with federal and state programs. This individual will be the liaison between the U.S. Department of Labor representative and the state to assist in the expansion and diversification of work-based learning opportunities in Oklahoma. Also, the individual will develop project timelines and monitoring of deadlines.   The Assistant Director supports and provides internal business continuity as appropriate.

This position requires extensive verbal and written communication skills, a mastery of multi-tasking and prioritizing, the ability to plan and facilitate various meetings, a willingness to travel, an interest in relationship building, and a passion for helping create better opportunities for job seekers and improved economic success for Oklahoma. 

This is a two-year term, grant-funded position.

Essential Job Functions: 

1.Facilitate partners and engage business leaders.

2. Actively pursue leads on work based learning sponsors and participants

3.Work with local areas on identifying solutions to barriers

4.Works with businesses to provide technical assistance

5.Acts as a liaison between the businesses, the state, and federal entities

6.Accountable to key performance indicators and outcomes

7.Responsible for policy identification, monitoring, development and interpretation of federal and/or state law and regulations.

8.Develops and maintains quality processes for the writing of state policy and guidance for implementation in the local workforce development areas.

The duties listed in this job description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


Work Experience

Experience working with federal, state, or private grants. Three years experience and demonstrated proficiency and supervising staff. Experience coordinating programs, statewide initiatives, gaining stakeholder input and interest. Experience in Workforce Development or related field.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Knowledge of:

· Communication (including Active Listening and being Audience-Centered, orally and in writing)

· Demonstrated Leadership and teambuilding experience

· Interpersonal skills and Relationship Building

· Facilitation and Negotiation (based on an understanding of each partner’s interests and priorities)

· Development and implementation of internal and external policy and process

· Visionary capabilities to overcome barriers to success

· state and federal regulations.

· ability to interpret federal law and translate, verbally and in writing, into actionable policy at the local level.

· Apprenticeship system, legislation and regulations respecting the apprenticeship programs and a working knowledge of postsecondary education –

· Apprenticeship model of training, accreditation policy/programs, and a working knowledge of state industry trends


Skill in:

· Project management and coordination.

· Presenting ideas effectively verbally and in writing through a variety of means

· Eliciting information and effectively listening.

· Networking

· Problem Solving

· Project Management

· Multi-tasking

· Counseling, training, and interviewing

· Record keeping and administration

· General computer applications

· Participatory management


Ability to:

· Gather, interpret, analyze, and evaluate data.

· Operate with a high degree of ethical and professional obligation.

· Identify ramifications of decisions, anticipate problems, and take proactive action.

· Establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, both internal and external to the organization.

· Work well in a team environment.

· Meet urgent deadlines with short-turnaround times in a highly political environment.

· Maintain relationships with a diverse range of individuals.

· Negotiate and develop Memorandums of Understanding

· Cultivate partnerships at the local, regional, and state levels.

· Follow-through.

· Be positive.

· Collaborate.

· Be willing to learn.

· Be willing to be open, equitable, and transparent.

· Work independently.

· Aggressively pursue leads to ensure outcomes.

· Ability to be accountable to key performance indicators and outcomes.

· Evidences a history of demonstrating ethical and professional behavior



Certifications &/or Licenses

Preferred: Facilitator Certification, Project Management Certification, Registered Apprenticeship



Registered Apprenticeship Certification, Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Preferred Qualifications.

Master’s Degree in communication, public policy, or a related field preferred.

Five year’s of experience working with federal, state, or private grants preferred.

Experience in implementing or participating in an Apprenticeship program preferred.

Working Conditions:

Normal office working environment; in-state travel required often, out-of-state travel for training and professional development also required on occasion.

Physical Requirements:

Normal office working environment.

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those required by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodations.

 Applications accepted online at http://jobs.okstate.edu. For further assistance or information, call 945-3206.


Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Oklahoma State University campuses are tobacco and vapor-free.

Oklahoma State University (OSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, OSU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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