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Job Opportunity

Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership Work-Based Learning Specialist

Working Title:  Policy Planning Specialist II - 19132
Role Title: Admin and Office Spec III - 19013
Pay Band: 05
Hiring Range: $40-50/hour
Unit/Location: Richmond (City) 760
Position Number: W0026
Job Type: Hourly/Wage
Closing Date: Open till filled

Job Description:

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is seeking a part-time Work-Based Learning (WBL) Specialist to support Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership or V-TOP (formerly the Innovative Internship Fund and Program). V-TOP is a collaborative effort between SCHEV, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and Virginia colleges and universities. This unique-in-the-nation program is focused on significantly increasing the number and quality of work-based learning opportunities for Virginia students (paid internships, co-ops, apprenticeships, project-based experiences, etc.).

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is the Commonwealth’s coordinating body for higher education. SCHEV was established by the Governor and General Assembly in 1956. Then as now, our mission, which is outlined in the Code of Virginia, is "to advocate and promote the development and operation of an educationally and economically sound, vigorous, progressive, and coordinated system of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and to lead state-level strategic planning and policy development and implementation based on research and analysis …. The Council shall also seek to facilitate collaboration among institutions of higher education that will enhance quality and create operational efficiencies and shall work with institutions of higher education and their boards on board development.”

About the Position:
The WBL Specialist will be a subject matter expert with deep knowledge of the practical application of policy, research and best practices to facilitate the readiness of employers, students and institutions to participate in work-based experiential learning. In this role, the WBL Specialist will apply their expertise to the full spectrum of activities currently under development and have the opportunity to influence additional program elements, thereby significantly impacting the future of work-based experiential learning in Virginia. For more information, please see the V-TOP website and the SCHEV website for this initiative.
The WBL Specialist will work remotely under the direction of the Associate for Research Investment who is administering the statewide program. The selected candidate will also work closely with six work groups that have already been convened, an instructional designer skilled in the development of engaging digital content, Virginia public and private institutions of higher education, regional chambers of commerce and other stakeholders.

Job Duties:
  • Develop curriculum to facilitate the readiness of employers to host evidence-based internship programs.
  • Develop curriculum to facilitate the readiness of students to participate in internships and other work-based learning opportunities.
  • Develop resources for students and employers to be used for a new model of internship designed specifically for college freshmen and sophomores focused on work-ready competencies.
  • Create resources for employers to demonstrate how internship best practices can be translated from in-person activities to remote experiences for interns.
  • Identify and validate existing materials or develop new materials for the professional development of practitioners at institutions and businesses.
  • Assist to design, convene and support regional collaborative partnerships of PK-12, colleges and universities, employers, industry groups, chambers of commerce, economic development partnership organizations, etc., to connect employers to students and significantly scale work-based learning in each region.
  • Identify, review and compare vendor products related to the delivery of work-based learning and make recommendations about potential procurements.
  • Other activities suggested by the selected candidate or developed collaboratively.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of university career and professional development services.
  • Experience demonstrating an extensive knowledge of Virginia public and private institutions of higher education and the landscape affecting higher education policy in Virginia.
  • Work experience demonstrating extensive knowledge of the practical application of policy, research and best practices to facilitate the readiness of employers, students and institutions to participate in work based experiential learning.
  • Extensive experience educating students about resume building, the interview process, job expectations and professionalism and otherwise preparing students for the work place, whether for internships or a permanent job.
  • Considerable experience, which demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate verbally to provide customer service/technical assistance, and make training presentations; and considerable work experience which demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate in writing to formulate policies, create technical assistance documents, and qualitative reports as needed.
  • Experience utilizing Microsoft Word to create written documents, Excel to create spreadsheets to compile data and information, and PowerPoint to create presentations.
Preferred Qualifications:
Considerable knowledge of the National Association of Colleges and Employer’s principles and practices of career planning, employment and recruitment. Experience and knowledge that demonstrates familiarity with strengths, values, and/or interests inventories. 
Cover letter, resume and short writing sample are required. Applicant may submit one or two additional samples of their work to demonstrate relevant skills.


Special Instructions to Applicants:
Time commitment: 10 to 20 hours per week from January 2021 to December 2021, with at least half the hours each week occurring between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. (Number of hours per week and days of the week will be negotiated with the selected candidate prior to start.) No benefits are associated with wage positions. Maximum of 1500 working hours allowed in a 12-month period from May 1 to April 30 for seasonal/wage positions.

State applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:59 pm on the closing date through the Recruitment Management System (RMS). Applications submitted via email, postal mail, fax, or in person will not be considered. Applicants are expected to fully represent qualifications and work history on the State applications and or in resumes. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided in the application, resume, or other relevant documents provided; therefore, it is essential for applicants to supply detailed information. Submitting an incomplete state application/resume, or a state application/resume lacking in detail, may impact your interview eligibility. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your RMS Account to check the status of your application for this position.

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