Director, Arizona Workforce Education Partnerships

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 21 Oct 2022


Campus: Tempe


Job Description

The knowledge and skills that individuals need for success in the workforce are continually and rapidly evolving.  This means that the vast majority of the workforce will need to invest in learning throughout their careers in order to keep their skills fresh. Employers, now more than ever, see investing in talent development as a business imperative. 80% of CEOs rank the need to teach their workforce new skills as their biggest business challenge.  As the nation’s #1 university for innovation, ASU has launched CareerCatalyst, which is redefining skills education and knowledge acquisition for the future of work.

ASU’s CareerCatalyst serves as the umbrella organization for ASU’s professional and career education, across all schools and colleges. As the Director of Arizona Workforce Education Partnerships, you will build partnerships that prepare learners and organizations for the future of work through innovative workforce education solutions. You will serve as the team’s go-to expert for knowledge on Arizona industry and employer needs and serve as the department’s representative for regional workforce and economic development organizations.   

You will also support the development and execution of a proactive outreach plan to connect with Arizona employers and identify opportunities for ASU to educate learners across a broad spectrum of industries, skills and experience levels. You will promote ASU’s growing portfolio of career education offerings as well as the development of custom career education solutions. You will develop compelling proposals, negotiate, and close partnerships that will impact working learners from throughout the state.  While your primary focus will be expanding partnerships with Arizona employers, you will occasionally support the team in the development of national and global partnership proposals. 

You will serve as a key representative of CareerCatalyst within the Arizona workforce development ecosystem. As such, you will need to develop a keen understanding of ASU’s programs and resources to help align the right solutions to the needs of Arizona employers.  

Department Name

Learning Enterprise



VP Code

Learning Enterprise

Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$90,000 - $125,000 per year; DOE

Close Date


Essential Duties

In your first year, you will: 

Develop partnerships with Arizona employers that ASU can serve via workforce education programs 

  • Identify opportunities for CareerCatalyst to add value to existing and prospective partners’ workforce development priorities;
  • Develop compelling proposals that align CareerCatalyst products and services to employer talent development needs; and
  • Finalize multiple partnership deals for the provision of career education programs and services

Oversee and optimize partner success by ensuring that they have the resources needed to meet their goals:  

  • Maintain regular check-in’s with a portfolio of partners and ASU implementation teams; and 
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to optimize partner satisfaction and scale partnerships over time.

Serve as the team’s go-to expert for Arizona employer needs

  • Collect and share feedback regarding Arizona employer skill development priorities to inform employer engagement plans and future program development;  
  • Leverage available labor market information to help inform all stages of the business development cycle; and 
  • Build relationships with priority economic and workforce development boards and organizations. 

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND eight (8) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Twelve (12) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in strategic business development, including a track record of successful business development planning and rigorous management of a pipeline to achieve scaling goals; 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage corporate relationships to build long-term trust relationships, grow programs, and generate revenue; 
  • Experience demonstrating an obsession for partner satisfaction and seeking out win-win solutions; 
  • Evidence of a passion for making a difference by expanding access to career education. 
  • Ability to analyze and leverage labor market information (LMI) to inform program and/or partnership development.

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse.
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • May be required to perform tasks in the field within and/or across University campuses. 
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.

Department Statement

We believe that the rigid and linear design of traditional higher education is neither an effective ladder to social and economic opportunity for all learners nor is it responsive to rapidly evolving workforce needs. ASU has responded to these challenges with the creation of Learning Enterprise (LE). We are guided by the belief that everyone should have universal access to education and opportunity. At every stage of life.

LE re-imagines the role of universities in society and evolves the design of learning offerings. These products (LE’s learning offerings) are academically rigorous, tech-enabled, and outcomes-driven. They are stackable, accessible, and evidence-based — designed to respond to the needs of students and employers with the resources and values of the university.

LE‘s initial focus is on the following areas: foundational skills and mindsets, professional and technical career skills and personal development, cultural and civic learning.

At LE, we share a common set of values that guide our work and collaboration:

Scrappy. We are undaunted by challenges. We remain undeterred by anything that stands in the way of moving our vision forward. If we fall, we get up, over and over again. If it doesn’t exist, we create it. If something doesn’t work, we try something else.

Driven. We always push to be better for ourselves, for each other, and for our students. We are not defeated or guided by the status quo. We see what could be and relentlessly pursue it.

Intentional Architects. We know our attitude towards what we are doing will determine our success. We see the big picture and take deep pride in building every block that makes up our long-term vision. We are motivated by the potential of a transformed future while remaining firmly focused on tending to the tasks in front of us today.

Leading from the heart. We deeply care about people and their well-being. Everyone is unconditionally supported. We believe in human potential and invest in continuous growth.

Candid collaborators. We share ideas and feedback at all levels. We have strong opinions loosely held and intentionally engage in debate. We strive for clarity through direct and honest communication. We know our work is better for it.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Employment Verification Statement

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Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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