Work-Based Learning Specialist
Position is responsible for supplementing and supporting the Work-Based Learning initiatives in the Career & Technical Education department. Position is responsible for assisting with the planning, organizing and facilitating the division's work-based learning experience opportunities and analyzing performance and work-based learning data. Position collaborates with the CTE Director to create high quality work-based learning opportunities for all Suffolk Public Schools students as well as facilitate partnerships and promote pathways programs with community businesses in the non-profit and private sectors.
Assists with planning, organizing, and facilitating meaningful work-based learning experience opportunities through business/industry and community resources.
Work with the Career and Technical Education Director to create high quality work-based learning opportunities for all SPS students to include in-person and virtual student simulations adhering to local and VDOE work-based learning guidelines.
Conduct student orientations to inform students participating in work-based learning experiences details of such experiences such as duties and responsibilities, compensation, benefits, schedules and working conditions.
Provide students with school-based opportunities to build their knowledge and skills.
Assess student interest in various career options and use this information to develop a career exploration curriculum.
Collect and analyze career pathways and workforce development data and report findings to community partners and stakeholders.
Review and analyze annual CTE performance reports and work-based learning data.
Maintain an employer/labor database to track student internship opportunities as well provide reports on program participants.
Coordinate and assist in facilitation of employment skills workshops such as job interviewing, job application and resume writing.
Assist in the application for appropriate grant opportunities for future funding of site-based school to career programs to support work-based learning activities.
Coordinate summer learning experiences.
Promote pathway programs to community, non-profit and private sectors.
Develop guides, brochures, and promotional materials to market career and technical education.
Maintain a Business Advisory Council; facilitate meetings with advisory council meetings quarterly.
Coordinate efforts between local businesses, community colleges, and the SPS middle and high school and leverage select partners to expand their reach within the school district's career pathways network. Lead the Cooperative Education (Co-op) teachers at the high schools to create and expand work-based learning opportunities.
Ensure all SPS students receive the necessary requirements for graduation as pertaining to College, Career & Citizen Readiness index, CTE and local and state indicators.
Assists with developing career pathways that are sequential and integrate academic and technical CTE instruction; provides preparation for a career field; leads to technical skill proficiency and an industry-recognized credential; and satisfies the requirements for a Virginia high school diploma and associate’s degree in a specific career field from a Virginia postsecondary program.
Models non discriminatory practices in all activities.
Performs other related tasks as assigned.
Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.
Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.
Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess demonstrated evidence of involvement in school activities and committees involving leadership responsibilities beyond those required in the classroom.
Must possess an in-depth knowledge of career & technical education curriculum, Carl D. Perkins Act, instructional best practices, and adult learning theory.
Must possess effective instructional delivery techniques and the ability to guide and train teachers in effective techniques and strategies.
Must possess excellent organizational and communication skills.
Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with teachers, administrators, community, students and others.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
Works in standard office and school building environments.
Must possess a current Virginia Teaching License with an endorsement in elementary, middle, or high school history (social studies).
Education and Experience
- Bachelors from an accredited college or university in related disciplines applicable to teaching assignments.
Must possess a Master’s degree.
Must hold or be eligible for a Virginia Teaching License with endorsements in Career & Technical Education.
3 Years teaching experience that includes experience in Career & Technical Education or similar.
Virginia License in administration and supervision preferred.
- Salary Range: Salary Scale $57,192 - $93,814
- Contract: 11 Months Employment
- Benefits: Employer Portion Paid Retirement, Life Insurance, Contribution to Medical Insurance, Personal and Sick Leave
FLSA Status: Exempt