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Education Program Specialist 2 (Adult Basic Skills Program Speci
SALEM OR 97309
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Education Program Specialist 2 (Adult Basic Skills Program Speci
Education Program Specialist 2 (Adult Basic Skills Program Specialist)



Education Program Specialist 2 (Adult Basic Skills Program Specialist)


$66,024.00 - $96,600.00 Annually


Salem, OR

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Higher Education Coordinating Commission - Office of Community Colleges & Workforce Development

Job Number



5/28/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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This position is with the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development.

+ There is one permanent, full-time position located in Salem, Oregon.

+ This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified applicants to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

+ This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The Agency

HECC COMMISSION VISION - The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is dedicated to fostering and sustaining high quality, rewarding pathways to opportunity and success for all Oregonians through an accessible, affordable and coordinated network for educational achievement beyond high school.

HECC AGENCY MISSION - By promoting collaboration and coordination between Oregon's education and workforce partners, as well as through our own programs and policy leadership, HECC staff ensure that Oregonians experience more access, equity, and success in completing their higher education, training, and career goals.

HECC AGENCY VALUES - Accountability, Collaboration, Equity, Integrity, Lifelong Learning, Transparency, Trust

STATE ENTERPRISE VALUES - Accountability, Equity, Excellence, Integrity

The Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is a fourteen (14) member, volunteer state board and associated state agency, dedicated to fostering pathways to opportunity and success for all Oregonians through an accessible, affordable and coordinated network for educational achievement beyond high school.

The agency is organized into eight (8) offices: Executive Director, Operations, Research and Data, Student Access and Completion (OSAC), University Coordination, Private Postsecondary (PPS), Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD), and Workforce Investments (OWI).

Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

The Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) contributes leadership and resources to increase the skills, knowledge and career opportunities of Oregonians. CCWD is the primary state support for local community colleges to achieve their comprehensive mission. The Education Division includes Career and Technical Education (CTE) (including Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act), Dual Credit, Career Pathways, Community College Program Approval, Distance Learning, Adult Basic Skills, General Educational Development (GED), English Language Learners, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for Adult Education.

For more information on the HECC, see

Duties & Responsibilities

The primary purpose of this position is to provide leadership, support and resources to local Adult Basic Skills (ABS) programs funded through Federal funds, Other funds and General Fund in order to increase the skills, knowledge and career opportunities of Oregonians and to meet the performance expectations for ABS programs included in State and Local Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) plans. In addition, the position will provide support to ABS faculty across the state through partnership and strategic direction and identify ways in which local ABS programs can help meet state education and workforce goals.

HECC Agency Staff Expectations:

+ Promote and maintain an inclusive, diverse and discrimination/harassment-free workplace.

+ Be knowledgeable of the agency's diversity and inclusion strategies and goals.

+ Contribute to a positive, respectful and productive work environment with an equity lens focus.

Position Duties Include:

Program Administration

+ Represent the agency and Title II program (Adult Basic Skills) with various stakeholder groups including but not limited to education entities, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners, Title II providers, including serving on applicable advisory or task forces as assigned.

+ Advise CCWD Deputy Director, CCWD Director, and HECC Leadership regarding the administration of WIOA Title II programs; ensure appropriate monitoring and performance related to administration, instruction, assessment, access, transition and other key elements.

+ Provide professional development and technical assistance to Title II providers.

+ Develop annual federal and state reports for WIOA Title II.

+ Prepare testimony for presentation to legislative committees.

+ Coordinate team development of Oregon Administrative Rules related to WIOA, as well as internal policies and procedures.

+ Analyze and evaluate statewide ABS program data from all Title II program providers, and the Department of Corrections, and recommend courses of action for improved program effectiveness to CCWD Deputy Director.

Program Coordination

+ Research, write and review relevant state and federal policy pertaining to Title II programs.

+ Provide leadership to support contract negotiations, grant and fiscal monitoring, federal reporting and program evaluation and monitoring.

+ Develop and implement the Title II budget, appropriate program plans, reporting calendar and other accountability measures.

+ Coordinate efforts by agency staff to respond to federal requests related to the WIOA State Plan.

+ Represent Agency on the Oregon Council of Adult Basic Skills Development; the Oregon Pathways Alliance; and other groups and councils as appropriate.

+ Coordinate efforts with State GED Administrator, Career Pathways Coordinator, and Adult High School Diploma program.

WIOA State Plan development, implementation, monitoring and modification.

+ Coordinate activities related to the successful implementation of WIOA, especially those activities related to Title II of the Act.

+ In collaboration with OCCWD Deputy Director, ensures Title II contracts and grants are managed and monitored appropriately.

+ Facilitate and/or participate in a variety of interagency, cross-functional workgroups to develop the necessary State policy, practice and capacity to meet the requirements of WIOA.


Typical office environment. Work is conducted in an open office environment with constant interruptions. Simultaneously working on multiple tasks on a continual basis. Daily team interactions. Requires extensive computer use. May require work in excess of normal scheduled hours to meet high-volume and/or time-sensitive workload and agency priorities. Requires remaining stationary for extended periods as well as movement to: access filing/storage cabinets; use and adjust office equipment; attend meetings. Required to travel in state and out of state for mandatory training and meetings. Additionally, this position is required to either possess and maintain a valid driver's license by the state of residence or provide an acceptable mode of alternative transportation, in order to travel to required meetings.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

The work experience section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications and the requested skills for this position. All answers to the supplemental questions will be verified using your application, cover letter and/or resume to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications. If your application, cover letter and resume does not support your answers, your application may be removed from further consideration.

To be considered for this position you must meet the following minimum qualifications (required skills):

+ Master's degree in Education or related field from an accredited college or university AND five years of education experience (e.g., classroom teacher, counselor, itinerant service provider), two years of which includes leadership experience (e.g., lead teacher, program coordinator or director, school administrator).

+ A Doctorate in Education or related field from an accredited university may substitute for two years of experience in the field of education, but not for the two years of leadership experience.

+ An Oregon Standard Administrative License (issued by Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission) may substitute for the two years of leadership experience.

Requested Skills (Desired Attributes):

+ Master's degree in Education or related field from an accredited college or university AND five years of experience in an organization delivering or administering education programs, three of which include leadership experience.

+ Experience in managing initiatives or programs that were highly collaborative in nature, demonstrating skill in developing and maintaining cross-functional/organizational partnerships.

+ Possess extensive communication and interpersonal skills.

+ Experience in teaching and/or training adults, with strong knowledge of adult learning principles.

+ Experience in program development, evaluation, monitoring and budgeting.

+ Knowledge of the processes and procedures of curriculum development, instructional strategies and research methods.

+ Excellent skills in facilitating diverse groups with varied aims toward specific products or outcomes.

+ Knowledge of contracting processes in public sector setting.

+ Ability to deal with shifting priorities and broad range of work demands.

+ Experience in using data-driven approaches for continuous program improvement.

+ Experience and knowledge of Title II, specifically administering programs related to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.


You must attach a current resume, which includes professional references, to your online application.

Cover Letter

You must attach, to your online application, a cover letter of not more than three (3) pages explaining:

1) Why you are interested in the position; AND

2) How you meet the desired attributes of the position.

Additional Information

How to Apply

+ To apply for this position, follow the "Apply" link above and complete the Oregon employment application online.

+ Attach a current resume to your online application that includes at least three (3) professional references.

+ Attach a cover letter of not more than four (4) pages addressing your background and experience as it relates to the requested skills of this position.

+ All application materials must be received by the closing date and time posted on this announcement.

Complete Application

The application must include work experience that supports how you meet the minimum qualifications and requested skills. A resume (attached or text) will not replace the work experience section of the application.

Work experience is based on a 40-hour workweek. (Example: 20 hours a week for one year would equal six-months of work experience.)

Criminal Records Check

Employment is contingent on the outcome of a criminal records check which may require fingerprints (FBI). Any history of criminal activity will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.

Work Authorization

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

Veterans' Preference

Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans' preference. To receive preference you MUST attach appropriate documentation as outlined by the Department of Administrative Services at the following website or you may call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at 1-800-692-9666.

Protect Your Confidential Information

To protect your confidential information, please redact (black out) your social security number on all documents before attaching them to your application.

Email Address

You must have a valid email address to apply for jobs with the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. All communication regarding your application and status will be done by email.

Contact Information

For additional information about this opening you may contact me at (503) 934-0956 or

If you need an alternate format in order to complete the application process, please contact me at (503) 934-0956 or Be prepared to describe the alternate format needed.

Special Information

+ Note: All application materials will be reviewed for communication at a professional level with attention to proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

+ Only candidates who meet the qualifications for this position and with work experience most closely meeting the desired attributes (requested skills) of this position will be invited to an interview.

+ Be sure to attach all required documentation listed above. Failure to attach the required documentation may result in your application being removed from further consideration.

+ The compensation on all announcements may change without notice.

+ Job posting reference number HECC18-017.

The HECC strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of the people we serve. The Agency fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, gender, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status or political affiliation.

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

+ Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

+ $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

+ Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

+ Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

+ Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

+ Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

+ 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

+ Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

+ Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

+ Long-term and short-term disability

+ Accidental Death and Dismemberment

+ Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

+ Flexible spending accounts

+ Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.

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