Director of STEM Employer Talent Pipeline (ETP)

Mid-Michigan Community College

Department Name: Technical Center

Reports To: Exec. Director Workforce & Economic Dev.

Pay Range: $60,000

Location: Technical Centers

Post End date: 1/2/2018


This is a two-year grant funded position. The position serves as a liaison between the college, educational partners and regional businesses and industries in the development of the Great Lakes Bay Regional STEM effort to implement a proposal to create and implement employer-driven experiential learning opportunities to build the talent pipeline. All travel related expenses will be the responsibility of the applicant.


  1. Champion and implement objectives of STEM experiential learning opportunities proposal and goals to create and implement employer-driven experiential learning opportunities across Prosperity Region 5.
  2. Works closely with other college STEM ETP Director(s) to fulfill program objectives including gathering baseline data from educators and business and identify best practices. And, identify and forecast unknown/misunderstood regional STEM occupations.
  3. Works closely with MMCC and other regional Internship Coordinators to coordinate student placement related efforts.
  4. Serves as a liaison with business and industry to identify and develop commitments for experiential learning opportunities for students on a regional basis covering, Gratiot, Isabella, Clare, Gladwin and Arenac, Saginaw, Bay and Midland counties.
  5. Develop systems, standard operating procedures to handle the logistics of engagement between employers, educators, and students, building upon the Employer Toolkit.
  6. Increase job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships, and co-ops for high school, 2-year and 4-year students.
  7. Increase work experiential program participation by employers and K-12 education.
  8. Acts as support agent for employers willing to offer experiential learning opportunities.
  9. Identify, catalog and share existing STEM experiences currently occurring in the Region, share and promote, and oversite of development of new MMCC web page.
  10. Coordinates with existing providers and develop a qualitative and comprehensive co-op placement service for area students on a regional basis. Increase job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships and co-op for high school, two-year and four-year students in identified region.
  11. Develop awareness of Work Based Learning Employer Toolkit.
  12. Develops new opportunities and implement externships for educators during academic breaks to refine STEM career knowledge including funding stream to support summer learning experience.
  13. Develops training workshops for employers and educators to learn how to become involved in work experience activities.
  14. Develops, coordinates and participates with agencies and career fairs/services to assist students with identifying job placement opportunities.
  15. Develops knowledge and shares student engagement opportunities in STEM –related work experiences, including school visits, summer camps, activity booths, STEM contests, career fairs, job shadows and formal internships.
  16. Connects funding resources to deliver STEM opportunities.
  17. Develop a reporting system including baseline and ongoing reporting of metrics.
  18. Maintains records and compiles data and reports for submission to document the effectiveness of efforts including goals outlined in STEM Proposal. Benchmark against established programs.
  19. Assists with the identification of available grants, grant writing and grant reporting activities.
  20. Assists in the development and implementation of departmental objectives, policies, procedures and standards; recommends changes to departmental procedures as necessary to improve the efficacy of the institution’s goals and initiatives.
  21. Participates in internal and external community events to develop, support and enhance relationships with various constituencies including evening hours.
  22. Attend and regularly report at STEM Network meetings.
  23. Work with Great Lakes Bay Regional STEM Coordinator to create STEM Network newsletter and on line copy.
  24. Supports and serves as a role model for our mission, vision, values, and customer service initiatives. Adheres to the organization’s policies & procedures, and compliance guidelines. Ensures compliance with all federal and state regulations guiding the function.
  25. Performs other duties as assigned.

Background and Job Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ability to lead and implement a broad range of programmatic initiatives outlined in the Proposal to Create an Employer Talent Pipeline across Prosperity Region 5.
  • Ability to initiate and develop effective working relationships with regional businesses and industries, educators at all levels as well as faculty, administrators, parents and students.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to effectively communicate, orally and in writing, with various constituents.
  • Computer skills and competency with Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of grant administration and ability to write and submit successful grant applications, and follow up reports.
  • Knowledge of web site maintenance and other marketing helpful.
  • Knowledge of job search and placement strategies, including Career Cruising Inspire / MiBright Future program helpful.
  • Ability to develop and monitor budgets, and perform data collection and analysis.
  • Analytical ability to identify and resolve a variety of issues or challenges in an effective and timely manner.
  • Mental ability to adapt and respond to multiple priorities and demands in a fast paced work environment, and deal effectively and timely with the concerns of varied constituencies.
  • Physical ability to sit/stand, and travel, for short – extended periods of time.
  • Frequent travel across prosperity region.   

Education, Certification, Licensure:

  • BS degree in business administration, management, or related field or equivalent combination of education and work experience, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Valid State of Michigan driver’s license is required.


  • Two to five years of professional/managerial experience.
  • Previous work experience in the area of community development, training, employment or job placement services, regional collaboration.
  • Successful record of achievement with building and maintaining relationships with community, educational and business leaders.

Working Environment:

  • The job responsibilities of this position are performed in an office environment which requires a professional image and demeanor, on-time attendance and reliability. The environment has little, if any discomfort due to heat, cold or dust. There is light noise within the environment.
  • There may be significant regional travel and to other college locations for meetings.
  • Duties are performed in an independent atmosphere without close direct supervision.
  • The job has intermittent periods during which continuous physical exertion is required, such as walking, standing, sitting, stooping, bending, climbing, lifting material or equipment, some of which may be heavy or awkward (5- 45 pounds).
  • Must meet reasonable and sometimes shifting deadlines, quotas, or demands for accuracy, and may be involved in some unpleasant situations.
  • Typical work schedule is 8:00am – 4:30pm with flexible or extended hours as needed by department demands.
  • Evening meetings and events.