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District Director, Trade and Training
State Center Community College District

Date Posted Jul. 24, 2020
Title District Director, Trade and Training
University State Center Community College District
Fresno, CA, United States
Application Deadline 8/20/2020
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Administration - Other
    Administration - Executive

District Director, Trade and Training


$98,908.00 - $121,644.00 Annually


SCCCD District Office - Fresno, CA

Job Type



DO Educational Services & Institutional Effectiveness

Job Number



8/20/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

General Purpose

Under the administrative direction of the Vice Chancellor, Educational Services & Institutional Effectiveness and in accordance with the provision of the Education Code, the rules and regulations of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and the policies of the District, the District Director, Trade and Training provides leadership for the District's Training Institute and International Trade program and leads its efforts in business and trade development, both domestic and international, in order to increase, expand and/or enhance workforce training opportunities for students, faculty, and community members.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plans, organizes, directs, controls, integrates, and evaluates the work of assigned professional, technical and support staff; with management, faculty and staff, develops,implements and monitors work plans to achieve goals and objectives; contributes to the development of and monitors performance against the annual department budget; manages and directs the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, work processes,systems, and procedures to achieve annual goals, objectives and work standards.
  • Directs and manages the performance of team leads and staff; directs and oversees the selection of staff; establishes performance requirements and personal development targets for direct reports; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development, including timely performance evaluations; ensures accurate reporting of absence time; hears and acts on grievances; subject to concurrence by senior management and Human Resources, approves or takes disciplinary action, up to and including termination, to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with Boardpolicies, Administrative Regulations, Human Resources procedures, Personnel Commission Rules, and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Provides day-to-day leadership and works with staff to ensure a high-performance, service-oriented work environment that supports achievement of the department's and the District'smission, objectives and values; promotes workplace diversity, inclusion, cultural competency and a positive work environment.
  • Plans, organizes, controls, directs, and develops contract training programs, selected special programs, and operations of trade development; advises the District's leadership on international site development and contractual partnerships and establishes local and international initiatives; provides creativity, leadership and vision in the development of strategic plans and program development plans for the District's contract training programs and global and international programs, including marketing, recruitment and engagement strategies; conducts ongoing evaluation of programs and improvement efforts towards achieving program goals and objectives.
  • Plans, organizes and implements a variety of no-cost or low-cost programs and services forCalifornia-based food processing, agri-business and manufacturing industries; develops consultative training programs; advocates on behalf of the industry to increase trade;oversees program and grant application, implementation and tracking.
  • Leads and hosts international trade missions to match international buyers and importers with California buyers and exporters on behalf of various organizations and/or agencies such as the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA), the U.S.Agricultural Trade offices, U.S. Embassies, U.S. Department of Agriculture and/or private delegations.
  • Works in collaboration with the District administrators, International Education, all collegesites, and private industries to identify, provide, develop, and implement grant-funded and third party-funded trade and training programs for local and international initiatives to increase, expand and/or enhance training opportunities for the community.
  • Monitors and evaluates the department's not-for-credit and select non-credit programs in partnership with the colleges for quality, effectiveness, compliance, and student success;leads continuous improvement efforts for effective and efficient delivery of not-for-credittraining programs.
  • Manages the marketing, advertising and promotion of the District's trade and training programs; travels both domestically and internationally as needed in order to advance the District's programs.
  • Oversees all financial activities of the department, including budget development, budget monitoring and control, and expenditures; prepares timely, periodic reports as required bythe District; ensures grant and program compliance of operations through policies,procedures and program evaluations.
  • Serves as an advocate for District international trade activities that impact the region and its regional employers and acts as the primary point of contact for contract training activities for businesses, industries, governmental agencies, internal stakeholders, and international trade; develops partnerships and leverages resources to effectively serve the community.
  • Plans and facilitates meetings with community leaders, business owners and CEOs of local companies and develops region-wide associations with chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and other associations to strengthen the economic environment in local communities utilizing District programs and services.
  • Recommends, develops, implements, and revises policies, procedures and operational guidelines to improve and/or clarify processes.
  • Interprets, applies and ensures compliance with all international, federal and state laws, international import/export rules and regulations, applicable program policies, procedures, guidelines and reporting requirements; remains current on applicable legislative decisions and developments; ensures accuracy and validity of program tracking and data; develops, maintains and audits spreadsheets, databases and reports; utilizes third-party portals and databases to research and track student information.
  • Stays abreast of new trends and changes in international trade and contract training programs; researches and analyzes the trade and training needs of the local business community as well as high growth industries in the region, state, nationally, and internationally to provide information to students, staff, faculty, management, and the public.
  • Serves on or leads committees, workgroups and taskforces; represents the District and fosters local, state and international affiliation by participating in trade associations, program training and development, and professional group meetings as needed; makes presentations to various groups within the District, other educational institutions, businesses, community organizations, and governmental agencies.


  • Participates in shared governance processes and initiatives.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to and understanding of historically minoritized groups and participates in professional development activities to increase cultural competency to enhance equity-minded practices within the District.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Theories, principles, practices and techniques of training and education, particularly as related to adult development.
  • Methods and techniques for conducting needs assessments and designing training programs, including instructional system design methodology.
  • Changing United States trade, tariff and travel visa laws and regulations as they apply to theinternational trade program.
  • Methods of cultivating and managing client and partner relationships.
  • International trade principles and practices such as global logistics and supply chain, trade missions and shows and hosting foreign market delegations.
  • Principles, practices and techniques used in business counseling including business planning, management, financial analysis and access to both traditional and alternative forms of capital.
  • International and regional logistics, employment and training programs and partnerships.
  • Principles, practices, techniques and tools applicable to program planning processes including setting measurable objectives and organizational improvement analysis.
  • Vocational human service needs of the local labor market, including long-term unemployed persons.
  • Workforce Investment Act and related legislation.
  • Career Technical Education (CTE) and Noncredit Curriculum and Instructional Programs standards of the California Department of Education and California Community CollegeChancellor's Office.
  • Principles and practices of group facilitation.
  • Principles, methods and practices applicable to the design and implementation of public relations, community outreach and marketing programs.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and California State Education Code and Administrative Code provisions related to area of assignment.
  • International import/export rules and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing and maintaining public records.
  • Principles, practices and methods of grant budget development and management and grant tracking and monitoring.
  • Principles and practices of sound business communication.
  • Research, analytical and statistical methods used in assigned area.
  • Principles and practices of effective management and supervision.
  • Principles and practices of strategic planning.
  • Basic principles and practices of organizational improvement and culture change.
  • Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work being performed.
  • Personnel Commission Rules, Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, Human Resources procedures and collective bargaining agreements.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Plan and direct activities of assigned areas and staff.
  • Set strategic direction, design and implement effective training and trade programs, analyze and make sound recommendations on complex issues.
  • Assess training, development and organizational improvement needs and design cost-effective programs and approaches to meet needs.
  • Oversee the development of effective, pertinent training programs and modules based on labor market data and trade trends.
  • Work collaboratively with other district administrators and the community and provide expert advice and counsel to issues relating to trade and training.
  • Oversee the research and identification of grant and other funding opportunities for trade, professional development and other needs based on labor market data and submit comprehensive grant proposals.
  • Organize, set priorities and exercise expert, independent judgment within areas of responsibility and in accordance with laws, regulations, rules and policies.
  • Develop and maintain an inclusive work environment that fosters diversity, respect and engagement.
  • Develop and implement appropriate procedures and controls.
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, reports, studies and other written materials; oversee the preparation of visually appealing and accessible marketing and informational materials.
  • Anticipate and react responsibly to the needs of a workforce, student and business partner population and public that are ethically, socially, culturally and economically diverse.
  • Market training and services to colleges, industry groups, community partners and other audiences.
  • Effectively engage and support historically minoritized groups by addressing issues of equity and improving culturally responsive service-oriented practices.
  • Communicate information accurately and effectively, both orally and in writing with particular sensitivity to customers speaking a language other than English.
  • Understand, interpret, explain and apply applicable laws, codes and ordinances.
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Represent the District effectively in dealings with vendors, contractors, other educational institutions and other governmental officials.
  • Make presentations and present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively to diverse audiences.
  • Operate a computer and use standard business software.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.

Employment Standards / Minimum Qualifications


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree and at least seven years of increasingly responsible experience in international trade, global business administration, global logistics, foreign market research, grants management, or business and marketing plan development; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. A Master's degree is preferred and may be substituted for two years of experience.

The referenced experience would likely be gained working with domestic and international contract educational training programs, development, facilitation and management of not-for-credit and/or noncredit career development training programs, grant-funded program management, California industrial and agricultural commodities and international trade or experience living or working outside of the United States.

A background in community college education is preferred.


A valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the District's vehicle insurance program.

A valid passport and the ability to engage in international travel are required.


The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this position, employees are regularly required to sit; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; use hands repetitively to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; and reach with hands and arms. Employees are frequently required to walk and stand; and lift up to 10 pounds and occasionally up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands

While performing the duties of this position, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work; work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work with frequent interruptions; work under intensive deadlines; and interact with District managers, faculty, staff, the public and others encountered in the course of work.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee works under typical office conditions, and the noise level is usually quiet. The employee may be required to travel to locations other than assigned work site, including travel internationally, and to adjust to work schedule changes and requirements.

Assessment Process


To move forward in the selection process, you must complete an online application through our web site at attach to your application a copy of your transcripts (including when degree was awarded) or your application may be considered incomplete. Resumes may also be uploaded but cannot be used in lieu of a completed application.


When completing the application, please make sure you include ALL current and previous employment in the Work Experience section of the application and complete ALL fields, including the name and contact information for your supervisors. Experience that is included in the resume but not in the Work Experience section of the application may not be considered for the purpose of determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

All required documents must be submitted by the applicant. Personnel Commission staff will not upload your documents for you. The State Center Community College District does not accept letters of recommendation for classified positions. Please do not attempt to attach letters of recommendation to your application.


The application review process includes an evaluationof training and experience based on given application information and answers to supplemental questionnaire.Only the most qualified applicants, who pass the minimum qualifications review, will be invited to the assessment process.

The assessment process will include a competency assessment (40% weight) and an oral interview assessment (60% weight). Passing score is 75% out of 100% on each assessment section.


The assessment process / assessment dates are subject to change as needs dictate. All communication regarding this process will be delivered via email to the address listed on your application.


Candidates who attain a passing score on each part of the assessment will be placed in rank order on an Open-Competitive List. Using the same process, a separate Promotional List will be established and both Lists will be used concurrently.Unless otherwise indicated, the eligibility list will be used to fill current vacancies for at least one year.



Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the State Center Community College District Personnel Commission Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodations should document this request including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process.

State Center Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of State Center Community College District to provide all persons with equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, disability, medical condition, marital status, religion or similar factors as defined by law. We are a Title V employer.

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