Hiram College seeks a founding Executive Director for the newly created Office of Workforce Development and Community Engagement. The office is grounded in the principle that student and institutional engagement in the community goes hand in hand with workforce development and economic health. We seek a creative, entrepreneurial individual who will lead current efforts in career development, internships, civic engagement, and industry partnerships as well as develop new initiatives in the creation of workforce pipelines, continuing education of the area’s workforce, and expansion of institutional and student engagement with the community. This position will report directly to the president of the College.

The Executive Director will work closely with multiple units across campus including Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Enrollment and Marketing, the Burton Morgan Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship, the Garfield Center for Public Leadership, and the College’s grants office. The Executive Director will also represent the College to external community partners including internship hosts, economic development organizations, state and national community engagement organizations, and current and potential funders for the College’s workforce development and community engagement initiatives. The initial funding for this position comes from a generous Congressional earmark; the incumbent will be responsible for working with the Office Development and Alumni Relations and the grants office to secure ongoing funding for this office and its initiatives. Applicants from inside and outside of higher education are welcome to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities*

  • Provide executive leadership and strategic direction for existing and new initiatives in workforce development and community engagement;
  • Work with academic departments in developing programs for area workforce education needs;
  • Work with the Center for Entrepreneurship on related initiatives, including a planned co-working/business incubator;
  • Nurture and develop partnerships with other educational institutions, including high schools and community colleges, to develop workforce pipelines and opportunities for community engagement;
  • Nurture and develop partnerships with businesses and other organizations to promote Hiram’s workforce development and community engagement initiatives;
  • Supervise the Director of the Career Center and other units that may eventually report to this office;
  • Supervise the buildout of physical space for this office in Gelbke Hall (a repurposed industrial building), in coordination with other activities in that space; and
  • Manage the office’s budget with support from other campus units.

*Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience in strategic planning;
  • Experience with data-informed practices in workforce development;
  • A record of success in connecting higher education with external partners;
  • An understanding of successful marketing practices and communication tools;
  • An understanding of workforce pipeline development inside and/or outside of higher education;
  • A commitment to the value of integrating workforce development and community engagement for students;
  • An entrepreneurial approach to designing creative solutions to difficult problems;
  • A record of success and a high comfort level in working with a diverse team of colleagues as well as diverse populations of stakeholders; and
  • A commitment to working with a diverse range of learners from traditional undergraduate students to working and aspiring professionals.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A master’s degree or other postgraduate credentials in a relevant field;
  • Experience with workforce pipeline issues and economic challenges of Northeast Ohio;
  • Experience with enabling students to engage in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors in this region; and
  • Experience with workforce development and community engagement at four-year or two-year colleges.

About Hiram College

Hiram College, established in 1850 as the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, is a nationally recognized, private, residential liberal arts college located 30 miles southeast of Cleveland in Ohio’s historic Western Reserve region. At Hiram, close student-faculty interactions and educational innovation are routine. The College’s distinctive academic calendar, the Hiram Plan, offers students the opportunity each semester to learn in both a 12-week format (usually taking 3 courses) and a 3-week intensive format (1 course). All students participate in experiential learning through study abroad/study away trips, internships, and/or research experiences as part of the Hiram Connect initiative.

The student population at Hiram College is diverse in many ways – economic background, ethnic heritage, and academic interests. We value experiential, interdisciplinary, and project-based learning that focuses on the enduring questions we have faced and the urgent challenges of our times. We strongly encourage applications from members of all under-represented groups in higher education.

Application Process

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply below.

Please include the following:

  • Cover letter addressing specific qualifications for this position;
  • Curriculum vitae or resume; and
  • The name, email address and telephone number for at least three professional references.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, applicants should submit materials by February 20, 2023.  Start date is flexible and will be determined upon hire.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dave Haney, President, at [email protected].

About Hiram College

Centrally positioned between Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown, Hiram College is a nationally recognized college in Ohio for excellence in higher education and commitment to helping students learn, grow, and succeed. As a private college, Hiram offers a distinctive learning environment that focuses on close student-faculty interactions and experiential learning opportunities.