Education Foundation Director

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POSITION TITLE: Education Foundation Director

REPORTS TO:      Chief of Staff

FLSA STATUS:        Exempt


The Education Foundation Director is responsible for strategic and operational leadership of the department, programs and associated committees.  This position develops, executes and supports the Association’s objectives for industry education, scholarship and worker opportunities.

Essential duties and responsibilities that include but are not limited to:


  • Develop 3-year strategic plan.
  • Execute and hold team accountable to the 3-year plan.
  • Lead the Architect Committee with developing standards for the Center of Excellence.
    • Develop and maintain the Architect Committee.
    • Manage Committee recruitment and orientation.
    • Coordinate Committee meetings, including scheduling, agendas, and communications.
    • Develop standards for Center of Excellence.
  • Function as the Institution Connector for work force development.
    • Identify statewide institutions that meet the program criteria.
    • Build relationships with the Directors of the institutions.
    • Develop the strategic vision in concert with Architects and Center of Excellence.
  • Function as the Resource Connector for eliminating work barriers.
    • Identify current barriers to workforce development.
    • Identify state resources that can assist with removing work barriers.
    • Partner with state agencies to assess additional needs.
    • Connect Architects to appropriate state agencies.
  • Function as the Institution Connector for providing apprenticeship opportunities.
    • Identify industry sector resources that can offer training and apprenticeship opportunities.
    • Connect state agencies with industry prospects.
    • Manage Pro-Start/AHLEI connections to the industry.
  • Oversee the Pro-Start program.
    • Review grant applications.
    • Assist with Pro-Start Invitational planning and budget.
    • Attend state and national Pro-Start Invitational.
    • Provide oversight for Pro-Start grant reporting.
  • Develop, train, mentor and supervise Education Foundation team.
    • Recruit and employ diverse team members that advocate the culture of the Association.
    • Ensure team and individual goals are developed and achieved.
    • Review team annually and recognize superior performance.
    • Engage in wage surveys to ensure competitive staff salaries.
    • Prepare and submit strategic budgets, adhere to allocated funds and develop a long term funding model.

Department and Other Support

  • Communicate with Board Chairs regularly and attend related committee meetings.
  • Active participation in all-team activities.
  • Provide collaboration with other Association teams as needed.

Skills and Requirements


  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills, including but not limited to: both written and oral, information gathering, data collection, analysis, talking points and messaging.
  • Passionate about education, improvement, and learning.
  • Produces high-quality work under pressure and meets deadlines.
  • Communicates effectively with groups and individuals.
  • Able to communicate complex information to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to build positive relationships with the Association staff, teams and members.
  • Works well with a variety of management styles and individuals.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with agencies, other associations, industry groups and media.
  • Is self-driven, detail oriented, organized and efficient.
  • Has excellent follow-through and is results focused.
  • Displays a commitment to quality in all work.
  • Maintains confidentiality when required.
  • Prioritizes work and projects to meet Association mission and vision.

Technical Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Excel experience to include power query, pivot tables and advanced formulas.
  • Database experience
  • Proficient with Zoom or other webinar programs.
  • Ability to work with a variety of electronics including laptop, smart phone, and tablet.


  • Bachelor’s degree or four years of equivalent experience working in a professional setting.
  • Four or more years of successfully leading and managing a team, including plan development.

Physical/Mental Environment

  • This position is based in the Association’s Olympia office. Not suitable for remote work.
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards.
  • Regularly required to stand, walk and sit; use hands to handle objects and feel controls; reach; climb stairs; stoop; crouch; talk; listen; and vision capabilities that enable reading and viewing a computer screen. Ability to lift up to 20 lbs.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards.

Pay Range

$119455.00 – $136299.00 / Year


The Association offers a competitive benefit package including PTO, Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, Life and 401K Retirement Plans. We also offer paid holidays and an Employee Assistance Program.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

The Association is an equal opportunity employer.  We believe every team member has the right to work in an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful discrimination.  Consistent with applicable laws, the Association makes all decisions involving any aspect of the employment relationship without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, creed, religion, age, marital or nursing mother status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, medical or genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.  Discrimination and/or harassment based on any of those factors are inconsistent with our philosophy of doing business and will not be tolerated.  This policy of non-discrimination applies to all aspects of recruiting and employment, including compensation, benefits, advancement, transfers, and reductions in force.

This is a summary of the essential job functions and level of work performance for this position. This is not a complete list of all job duties and management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as business needs require and shall not be construed as a promise or contract of employment or of any specific duties.