Intermediary Connections Coordinator
Iowa Lakes Community College - Estherville, IA

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This is a grant-funded, full-time position located on the Emmetsburg Campus. Primary responsibilities include leading initiatives and projects that create robust partnerships with regional K12 school districts, businesses, industries, organizations, and other community partners in order to enhance career-awareness, work-site based learning opportunities, and early career connections within the college’s service area. Employment is contingent on continued and sufficient funding. Some evening and weekend duties required; moderate regional and state travel required.

CLASSIFICATION: Professional Support
DEPARTMENT: Secondary Programs
REPORT TO: Secondary Programs Director


Constant (67-100%)

  • Systematically collaborate with regional K12 school districts, businesses, industries, and organizations for the purpose of ascertaining and communicating requisite career and professional workplace skill expectations and needs.
  • Coordinate, lead, and oversee regular “Career Ticket” sessions designed to link secondary students, teachers, counselors, and staff to regional business, industry, and organization career opportunities.
  • Create, implement, and lead initiatives to offer workplace-based learning experiences to secondary students.
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and oversee regular “needs-alignment” work sessions in order to enhance collaboration among educators and businesses and industries and to ensure that educational programming remains aligned with business and industry needs and expectations.
  • Frequent (34-66%)

  • Identify, coordinate, lead, and oversee professional development sessions for K12 teachers, counselors, and staff that focus on advising skills relating to career exploration, career-interest alignment, career decision-making processes, and core curriculum planning strategies for secondary students.
  • Coordinate, lead, and oversee workplace-related strategies for K12 teachers, counselors, and staff for the purpose of expanding the career-readiness knowledge base of secondary instructors, counselors, and support staff.
  • Assist with the design and maintenance of a one-stop virtual career information website that contains information about workplace learning opportunities, business and industry skill expectations and needs, industry credentialing, salary and wage information, and other data and information to assist regional K12 teachers, counselors, and staff to properly advise secondary students.
  • Engage in relationship-building activities with regional K12 schools, businesses, industries, organizations, and agencies and other relevant internal and external stakeholders.
  • Form a cross-functional regional advisory council, and facilitate regional advisory council meetings on at least a quarterly basis. Ensure that the regional advisory council fulfills its assigned tasks.
  • Occasional (10-33%)

  • Lead and facilitate “Big Picture” initiatives with regional K12 school districts, businesses, industries, economic development corporations, workforce development, and other organizations to engage in reflective thought and discussions about labor market and economic development trends impacting northwest Iowa.
  • Identify, and collect data on, business and industry credentials awarded to secondary students.
  • Administer surveys to relevant internal and external stakeholders to assess program satisfaction and outcomes.
  • Timely and accurately collect and report the following program data, together with any additional information requested or required:
    • Number of schools/districts in region
    • Number of schools/district in region served
    • Number of secondary students in region
    • Number of concurrent enrollment students served
    • Number and types of work-based learning experiences (identify career cluster and targeted industry)
    • Number of internships (paid and unpaid)
    • Number of employers actively involved in partnerships and their specific role
    • Number of teachers/counselors involved in teachers-in-the-workplace experiences
    • Number of PACE/GAP program students served, if applicable
    • Number of college students served, if applicable

  • Represent the College in the most positive manner with prospective, former, and current students, staff and the community.
  • Assume responsibility; deal effectively with problems and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Establish and maintain good working relations with school districts, other College personnel and the communities.
  • Read, understand and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written communication.
  • Be a creative, energetic and self motivated individual with demonstrated leadership and organizational skills.
  • Ability to efficiently perform tasks in an environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to utilize a personal computer to access information, enters data, and develops reports.
  • Ability to effectively relate to diverse groups of students.
  • Ability to complete tasks within minimal supervision.

    Position as Intermediary Connections Specialist involves sitting most of the time and driving to local districts and businesses. Constant (67-100%) reaching, standing, walking, lifting, grasping, talking, hearing, repetitive motions and viewing various types of close visual work. Frequent (34-66%) stooping, crouching, pushing, pulling and carrying. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and 10 pounds of force frequently. Required to utilize personal vehicle for some travel. Must have valid driver’s license, good driving record and provide proof of insurance. Will require flexible hours including weekend and evenings and moderate travel.

    Employment with Iowa Lakes Community College is dependent upon successful passage of a criminal background check.

    The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions, job duties/responsibilities, and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree with two years of demonstrated successful, relevant experience in areas such as education, communications, business and/or project management, or program and resource development.

    SALARY: $35,542 260 day contract

    FRINGE BENEFITS: Paid sick leave and vacation. Employee life and disability insurance.

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