1+ months


Centralia College
Centralia, Washington 98531
  • Job Status
    Full Time

About Us

Centralia College is located on a 30-acre campus in the heart of Centralia, Washington and has been serving students in the Lewis County region since 1925. As a comprehensive community college, Centralia College offers academic transfer and workforce programs, as well as adult basic education, ELL, and personal enrichment classes. The college also offers four Bachelor of Applied Science degrees: Information Technology - Application Development, Diesel Technology, Applied Management (Business), and Teacher Education.

In addition to the main campus in Centralia, Centralia College East in Morton is a smaller site that serves the needs of students in east Lewis County. Since the college is committed to the success of all students, Centralia College also provides educational programs at two corrections centers in southwest Washington - Garrett Heyns Education Center located in Shelton, Washington and Cedar Creek Corrections Center located in Littlerock, Washington.  In total, the college serves more than 7,000 students annually. For more than 90 years, several generations of Lewis County residents have looked to Centralia College for their education and training needs.

For more information on Centralia College and what it can do for you, please call 360-736-9391 or visit www.centralia.edu.

Job Description

Washington’s Centers of Excellence are flagship institutions that build and sustain the state’s competitive advantage through statewide leadership. Each Center focuses on a targeted industry that drives the state’s economy and is built upon a reputation for fast, flexible, quality education and training programs. A targeted industry is identified as one that is strategic to the economic growth of a region or state.

Centers of Excellence are guided by industry representatives to lead collaborative and coordinated statewide education and training efforts to build a competitive workforce in a global economy. The Center Director serves as the primary liaison between business and industry, labor, Washington’s Community and Technical College system, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, economic and workforce development systems.

The PNW Center of Excellence for Clean Energy will:

  • Create opportunities with community and technical colleges for innovation and responsive education and training delivery to the Clean Energy industry.
  • Act as a broker of information and resources related to Clean Energy for industry representatives, community-based organizations, economic development organizations, community and technical colleges, secondary education institutions, and four-year colleges and universities.
  • Translate industry research into best practices.
  • Provide system coordination, coaching, and mentoring to assist in building seamless educational and work-related systems.
  • Build a competitive workforce for Clean Energy in Washington State.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Center of Excellence (CoE) Director reports to the Dean of Instruction, Industrial and Healthcare. The Center Director provides leadership in the promoting and maintaining of the center as a recognizable and highly valuable component in Washington’s economic and workforce development initiatives.

Job Functions

  • Build and maintain workforce development and industry partnerships and stakeholder relationships at the national, state, regional, local, industry and college level.
  • Oversee all aspects of Center program development and initiatives in response to the needs of industry partners and the college system in the context of current and future workforce trends.
  • Lead development efforts in the community and technical college system in response to large-scale workforce needs in Clean Energy; providing data and industry information to the colleges and other workforce/economic development partners to assist with their planning and decision-making.
  • Monitor and manage the Center’s budget and associated project budgets.
  • Inspire and lead all aspects of Center operations from strategic visioning and goal setting to resource management and staff development and the use of technology and data systems.
  • Negotiate and implement the Center’s annual work plan objectives;
  • Possess and nurture entrepreneurial, creative, innovation-driven approaches to serving the college system, industry and labor.
  • Implement rigorous and systematized approaches to market research, data collection and analysis in service of resource development and Center financial health.
  • Assure compliance and accountability through timely submission of reports, data, and work products to all stakeholders.


  • Convenes critical stakeholders in partnership and acts as the ‘hub’ for information, meetings, best practices and advising.
  • Identifies industry sector workforce needs including current and emerging skills, workforce volume requirements, education and training.
  • Understands and leverages national and state policy as it relates to workforce development within a given sector.
  • Understands human bias and how that relates to racism.  Actively seeks to grow their understanding of race issues related to the industry.
  • Listens, observes and understands a variety of competing interests and deftly builds consensus, connectivity and productivity.
  • Establishes, facilitates and maintains a strong and engaged Advisory Board.
  • Represents the Center on a national stage by conducting research, speaking at conferences, and attending workshops and meetings.
  • Oversees a robust communications and marketing strategy, including maintaining a website, social media presence, marketing, and outreach materials.
  • Collaborates with college system to identify gaps in training and workforce needs, supports and/or facilitates the design of curriculum/program content and delivery processes.
  • Adapts quickly to changing market conditions, workforce needs and educational demand, while juggling multiple projects and stakeholders simultaneously.
  • Demonstrates and oversees sound project management processes, methods and tools to ensure accurate, timely, in-budget deliverables.
  • Identifies grant and funding opportunities to support Center initiatives, oversees proposal writing and ensures contractual obligations are met.
  • Exhibits excellent organization, time management and office management skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field of study (examples; engineering, urban planning, community college leadership, sustainability, or journeyman status in an appropriate apprenticed trade) and
  • Two years of professional experience in energy production, public utilities, community college workforce development, or labor leadership in energy production
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in relevant field of study
  • Experience leading a division, department, or organization

Physical Requirements

Walking or ability to be mobile in a variety of settings, lifting of up to 40 pounds.

Conditions of Employment

This is a twelve (12) month per year, full-time administrative professional exempt position. The salary is $75,000 - 82,000 depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The state of Washington provides a comprehensive benefits package for state employees. The position may participate in the TIAA/CREF retirement system.

DEADLINE: The screening committee will begin priority review on April 20, 2021. Position is open until filled.


Annual Salary: $75,000 - 82,000 (DOQ/DOE)


Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following items:

  • Online Application
  • Cover Letter 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.

Eligibility to Work

If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.

Background Check

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

EEO Statement

Centralia College has a strong institutional commitment to the principles of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we strongly urge all qualified applicants, especially people of color, persons of disability, women, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans, to apply. Centralia College is an Equal Opportunity employer.

It is the policy of Centralia College to assure equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age (over 40), religion, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.

Centralia College does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Designated Title II, VI, VII, IX, Section 504, ADA compliance officer: Vice President for Human Resources and Equity, Hanson Hall Room 101, Centralia College, 600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia WA 98531-4099, (360)623-8943.

The Human Resources Office is accessible for persons with disabilities. Those who need disability accommodation in the application/employment process, please call (360)623-8943.

Jeanne Clery Statement

Notice of Availability of Annual Security Report—Centralia College's Annual Crime/Security Report is available here, containing mandated information about current campus policies concerning safety and security issues, required statistics, and other related information. To obtain a paper copy of the report, please call 360-623-8947

Title IX Statement

Centralia College is compliant with Title IX best practices. For more information visit, Title IX.


Posted: 2021-04-02 Expires: 2021-07-01

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