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State Director

Position Category Career and Technical Education
Position Type State Director
Posting Start Date
Posting End Date
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School District Oklahoma Department of CareerTech
City, State

Stillwater, OK
United States

Description

State Director, Oklahoma Career and Technology Education
The State Director serves as chief executive of Oklahoma Career and Technology Education and with the authority of the Board, the State Director is the face of Oklahoma CareerTech and provides leadership to the Oklahoma CareerTech system, a nationally recognized system of technology education and training that serves more than 500,000 Oklahomans annually through secondary and adult programs
No other Oklahoma educational system serves such diverse constituencies, either in age or occupational status and interest. The content taught in our programs changes regularly, driven by advancing technology, and the system remains highly responsive to the needs of business and industry.

The strength of Oklahoma's CareerTech system lies in its diversity. Its constituencies are many and varied: junior high school students, high school students, dropouts, unemployed adults, employed adults, senior citizens, prison inmates, Oklahoma's businesses and industries; the list goes on and on. Each of these constituencies has its champions; Oklahomans who have personally experienced what the system has done for them or who have witnessed that personal growth in others.

The successful candidate will have significant leadership experience in administration of educational systems; strong experience in team building, budgeting, managing, and supervising a major organization; proven ability to provide leadership in coordinating education and training programs with business and industry, strong knowledge of economic development engines that drive Oklahoma’s economy and the ability to represent the state’s Career Tech system to prospective business and industry; and knowledge of national CareerTech system with proven ability to represent Oklahoma on a national level.

Required Qualifications The Opportunity
The State Director serves as chief executive of Oklahoma Career and Technology Education and with the authority of the Board, the State Director is the face of Oklahoma CareerTech and provides leadership to the Oklahoma CareerTech system, a nationally recognized system of technology education and training that serves more than 500,000 Oklahomans annually through secondary and adult programs including agriculture; family and consumer sciences; health careers; business and information technology; marketing; technology engineering; trade and industrial; science, technology, engineering and math education; skill centers including Oklahoma Department of Corrections and Oklahoma Juvenile Authority; technology centers including full time, short term, and business and industry training. Specifically, these programs are related to career development, work and family studies, career readiness, career preparation, academic advancement, customized training, curriculum and assessment. These programs are operated within technology centers, common schools, businesses, Oklahoma Department of Correction sites and Office of Juvenile Affairs sites.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Provide exemplary leadership to Oklahoma’s CareerTech education system and serve as
the Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology
Education.
• Guide internal Senior Staff leadership in strategic planning to ensure effectiveness of major
programs and initiatives and assures major processes critical to system success are
performed.
• Work with the State Board to provide strategic leadership to the CareerTech education
system and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education by ensuring
that goals and systems are in place to achieve the mission.
• Establish collaborative relationships between the agency, and the CareerTech system, state
and federal legislators, the executive branch and other agencies and stakeholders
• Maintain and foster open communications between the state's CareerTech system, business
and industry, higher education, common education, and other stakeholders in the state’s
economic development efforts.
• Create strategic partnerships with common education, community colleges, universities, and
the business community.
• Gather and provide statewide input concerning technical education and training necessary
to meet the Oklahoma workforce needs.
• Keep the board informed on the condition of the CareerTech system and on all the important
factors influencing the system. In particular, provide reports on strategic purpose
performance and process quality performance.
• Work with the National Association of State CareerTech Directors, Association of Career and
Technical Education (ACTE), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and numerous
boards, commissions and committees for educational leadership, professional development
and services for the CareerTech staff and teachers.

Qualifications:
• Exemplary leadership skills with a vision for the future of Oklahoma's CareerTech system.
• Commitment to improving and advancing the mission of the Oklahoma CareerTech system.
• Experience in the educational system with an understanding of career and technology education.
• Ability to establish effective relationships with state and federal legislators, the executive branch and agencies, and other stakeholders.
• Proven experience in developing partnerships and working with education providers and business leaders.
• Exceptional communication skills, written and verbal, as well as professional image and presentation skills necessary to be a spokesperson for the system to media outlets, television reporters and the news media.
• Proven leadership ability to work with state legislature and state agencies.
• The ability to develop long-range plans and evaluate work accomplishments.

Education:
• It is preferred that Applicant hold a Master's Degree or a Doctorate. A Bachelor’s Degree is required.
• It is preferred that an Applicant have significant experience in administration and leadership of relevant educational systems.
• Possession of a valid Oklahoma Superintendent’s Certificate and a Career and Technology Center Administrator's Credential is preferred.

Management Responsibilities:
• Direct reports consisting of Senior Staff.
• Ability to delegate responsibilities as appropriate.

Experience: It is preferred that an Applicant have:
• Significant leadership experience in administration of educational systems.
• Deep understanding of systems design and continuous improvement.
• Proven ability as a CareerTech instructor and/or administrator is preferred.
• Knowledge and experience with the legislative process is preferred.
• Strong experience in team building, budgeting, managing and supervising a major organization.
• Proven ability to provide leadership in coordinating educational and training programs with business and industry needs.
• Strong knowledge of economic development engines that drive Oklahoma's economy and the ability to represent the state's CareerTech system to prospective business and industry.
• Knowledge of the national CareerTech system with proven ability to represent Oklahoma on a national level.

Communication Skills:
• Ability to read, analyze and interpret data and complex documents.
• Ability to listen and respond effectively to confidential and sensitive inquiries or complaints.
• Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.
• Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or board of directors.
• Ability to communicate extremely technical and complex concepts to top management and the board of directors.

Mathematical Skills:
Ability to apply moderately complex mathematical equations and budgetary calculations as applicable. (For example, calculating discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages and volume, and applying concepts of basic algebra and geometry.)

Reasoning Skills:
• Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
• Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and work with several abstract and concrete variables.
• Ability to prioritize and multi-task.

Licenses, Certificates, Registrations:
Valid driver’s license.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions:
Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. Maintains a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of executive management. Hours may be long and irregular. Normal office conditions will include extensive in-state travel. Travel and participation in national meetings as necessary.
Preferred Qualifications Experience: It is preferred that an Applicant have:
• Significant leadership experience in administration of educational systems.
• Deep understanding of systems design and continuous improvement.
• Proven ability as a CareerTech instructor and/or administrator is preferred.
• Knowledge and experience with the legislative process is preferred.
• Strong experience in team building, budgeting, managing and supervising a major organization.
• Proven ability to provide leadership in coordinating educational and training programs with business and industry needs.
• Strong knowledge of economic development engines that drive Oklahoma's economy and the ability to represent the state's CareerTech system to prospective business and industry.
• Knowledge of the national CareerTech system with proven ability to represent Oklahoma on a national level.
Include the following materials with your application: Cover Letter
Include the following materials with your application: Resume
Include the following materials with your application: Reference List
Application Instructions Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:

Jan Greenwood, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Greenwood/Asher & Associates, LLC
Vice President and Managing Partner, Kelly
Shelley Sullivan Feather, Senior Executive Search Consultant and Practice Leader, Library and Information Science
Email: jangreenwood@greenwoodsearch.com
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For more information on Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology, please visit https://oklahoma.gov/careertech.html

Equal Opportunity/Non Discrimination Statement
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex/gender, age, disability, or veteran status. Inquiries concerning application of this policy may be referred to the ODCTE Compliance Coordinator, 1500 W. 7th Ave. Stillwater, OK 74074-4364, or call 1-800 522-5810 or (405) 377-2000.
Contact Name Jan Greenwood, Ph.D.
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