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Specially Funded Program Director-CA Center for Climate Change Education

West Los Angeles College
California, Kentucky, US
Closing date
Dec 9, 2022
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Entrance Qualifications
Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

* A bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university, preferably with a major in business administration, public administration, sociology, psychology, counseling, or a related field AND four years of full-time, paid experience related to the assigned duties of the position


* A master's degree from a recognized college or university AND two years of full-time, paid experience related to the assigned duties of the position.

A valid Class "C" California driver's license is required.
Travel to locations throughout the District may be required.

Desired Qualifications
The College and the District desire to employ a Director of the California Center for Climate Change Education that has exhibited, through education, advocacy, and experience, a true commitment to
climate change awareness and education. It is expected that the successful candidate will have

* a demonstrated belief that climate change is fundamentally an issue of equity and social justice;
* an awareness of international, national, regional, and local political and advocacy efforts;
* a demonstrated ability to articulate his/her understanding of the impact of climate change on the world's most vulnerable populations;
* the demonstrated ability to work with and develop partnerships and collaborations with a wide variety of constituents, including community college faculty, students, and staff, as well as representatives from governmental entities, private industry, community advocacy groups, and public education institutions at both the K-12 and post-secondary levels;
* the business acumen necessary to manage a multi-year, $6.3 million grant ($5 million from the State, $1.3 million from a federal earmark) and a staff of three-four employees; and
* an understanding of and commitment to the role of the Center in actively promoting employment and career opportunities in the "green and blue" economy.

The most competitive candidate/s will hold a master's degree that has provided direct engagement in issues of climate change (e.g., the sciences, business, sociology, political science, economics). Ideally, the successful candidate will also exhibit experience in direct climate change work, be it in advocacy, education, or the private sector.

The Director of the California Center for Climate Change Education will be responsible to direct, coordinate, and manage the programs and initiatives of the Center. These responsibilities include

* Promotion of climate change education at West Los Angeles College, thus fostering a model for future Climate Change Education initiatives at all California community colleges;
* Development of partnerships with faculty to promote development of climate change-focused curriculum that can be used by all California community colleges;
* Development of partnerships with faculty to build a clear climate change pathway that leads to appropriate certificates, degrees, and employment opportunities;
* Development of partnerships with local and regional entities to support the workforce training needed in the "greening" of the energy grid and other industries;
* Development and management of faculty and student research grants;
* Exploration and expansion, in partnership with faculty and industry, of student internships, preapprenticeships, apprenticeships, and other work-based learning opportunities in the "green and blue economy;"
* Establishment with faculty of requirements of curriculum development grants;
* Establishment and management of a "visiting lecturers' program" of professional experts to provide information and educational opportunities to community colleges, K-12 education, and community advocacy groups;
* Enhancement of partnerships with nonprofit organizations through community outreach initiatives that encourage the development of student learning opportunities;
* Collaboration with WLAC and District sustainability committees;
* Development and sustainment of an annual urban climate change and sustainability conference;
* Supervision of staff of three-five subordinates; and
* Management of a specially-funded program budget.

Salary and Compensation
The maximum annual salary for the position of Director, depending on qualifications, is $133,776.96 plus a full benefits package provided by the Los Angeles Community College District.

Please note that the position of Director is funded through special appropriations and will continue through June 30, 2027. Ideally, additional grant funding will be procured to maintain the Center and its staffing after the State and Federal funding has ended.

A full resume and cover letter outlining alignment of credentials with expectations of the position should be emailed as PDF attachments directly to Dr. James M. Limbaugh, President, West Los Angeles College ( The deadline for submittal of applications is 11:59 pm PST Friday, January 6, 2023.

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