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21 Jul 2021

Full-Time Career Connections Program Manager A

Clark College – Posted by Vancouver, Washington, United States

Job Description

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, permanent, classified Career Connections Program Manager A position who reports to the Associate Director of Career Services and provides activities that engage students in work-based learning (WBL) such as informational interviews, job shadows, mentoring, class visits, internships, and jobs. Daily work includes face-to-face and online interaction with students/alumni (e.g., advising on internship search and preparation), faculty and administrators (e.g., support for WBL programming and supervision protocols), and employers (e.g., consultation on ethical best practices).

At Clark, we value equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to growing, learning, and supporting our employees. Our Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) supports individuals with their academic, personal, and professional development, as well as provides training and educational resources for all members of the college community around diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, social equity, and social justice. The college offers further professional development for our employees through opportunities such as Employee Resource Groups, Social Justice Leadership Institute, Cross Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship program, Administrators of Color Leadership Program, and Faculty and Staff of Color Conference.

Clark College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply.  Clark College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, vision and values of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance social equity on our campus and in our community. The college provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, and Affirmative Action: Yaju Dharmarajah, Employee & Labor Relations Manager and Interim Compliance Director, 360-992-2317,, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Baird 012, Vancouver, Washington 98663. Clark College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.  This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Work-Based Learning (WBL) Program Management:

  • With the Workforce and Student Engagement Liaison, collaborate with Instruction, Clark Foundation, and community partners to implement Clark’s work-based learning (WBL) program, including career connections such as informational interviews, job shadows and employer presentations as well as internships and jobs.
  • Lead campus-based partnerships, while the Workforce and Student Engagement Liaison leads employer-based partnerships; work in tandem to develop and fill internships, jobs and WBL activities.
  • Work in tandem with Career Advisors to implement MyPlan and access employer databases to engage students in career exploration activities such as informational interviews and job shadows.
  • Cultivate relationships with instructional deans and faculty to integrate WBL in curriculum; meet with faculty to help assess their students’ work-based learning needs.
  • Research strategies and tools that will contribute to internship search success and career advancement; implement new services; continuously assess effectiveness for quality improvements.
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase services for systemically non-dominant students and support their professional networking and relationship building.
  • Market, advertise and promote internship opportunities to Clark students through Penguin Jobs, faculty contacts, web, social media, outreach campaigns, on-campus student events and job/internship fairs.
  • Develop and maintain an employer internship training packet.

Employment Services:

  • Provide back-up services for the Workforce and Student Engagement Liaison
  • Provide individuals with resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile critiques, practice interviews, and job search plans and strategies.
  • Conduct workshops on topics relevant to job search success; customize presentations to the needs of specific faculty and groups.
  • Supervise, train, and mentor the Student Employment Specialist, and student employees.

Career Services General:

  • Maintain thorough and current understanding of Clark College programs of study and student services, labor market trends and community-based career and employment services; inform coworkers of changes, updates, and best practices in employment services.
  • Provide back-up services for the Student Employment Program within Career Services.
  • Participate in Career Services strategic planning activities to address the career, networking, and employment needs of Clark students; play a key role in developing innovative services and implementing new services for these populations.
  • Help organize and promote Career Days and other employment related events and workshops.

Position Requirements and Competencies:

Candidates will be evaluated based on application materials, including the supplemental questions and personal interview(s), and will be required to demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent education/experience.
  • Experience: two fulltime equivalent years of relevant experience in employment services, career development, higher education student services, or related area.
  • Computer Skills: Strong computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office 365, Internet search engines, as well as the ability to learn new data management and software systems; skills in using technology to facilitate the job search process.
  • Communication Skills: excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, including appropriate helping skills such as attending, listening, reflecting, and encouraging. Must have ability to make public presentations in small and large group settings.
  • Customer Service: ability to respond to changing needs, requirements, and information; must provide excellent customer service and function well in a busy, sometimes stressful environment.
  • Supervision: ability to direct the work of others and provide relevant coaching, support, and evaluation.
  • Coordination and Organization Skills: excellent organization skills and ability to effectively coordinate activities, services, and schedules to ensure smooth and efficient operations. Demonstrated success in achieving organizational and management goals.
  • Must have knowledge of educational institutions, current labor market trends, and job search techniques.
  • Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds, particularly low-income, first generation college students.

Job Readiness/Working Conditions:

  • The initial appointment will include a 6-month probationary period and the employee will earn permanent status after successfully completing probation.
  • This position is represented by Washington Public Employees Association.
  • 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.


Starting Salary: $3,792/month                         Range:    48                           Code:  107R

Benefits package includes insurance, retirement, annual and sick leave, disability, flexible spending account, and tuition waiver.


Application Deadline: 

Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., August 10, 2021.



  • Clark College online application
  • Current resume, with a minimum of three references listed
  • Cover letter describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position
  • Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process

Please apply online at

To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105.



Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360) 992-2105 or by video phone at (360) 991-0901.



The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on or near college property, and crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133 or The most recent Annual Security Report, written in compliance with the Clery Act, can be reviewed here:


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


Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.


Clark College Human Resources

July 20, 2021




Job Types: Full-Time.

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