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Career Pathways Program Specialist

OFFICIAL TITLE: Career Pathways Program Sp CODE: 5176 SQ/OQ: Optimal Qualified
WORKING TITLE: Career Pathways Program Specialist GRADE: 23 MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Under direction of the Director of the Department of the Professional Growth System, this position will manage and implement the Career Pathways program for supporting services employees and ensure full implementation of this key component of the mission to develop supporting services staff through professional development of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) workforce. Ensures that employees seeking career advancement opportunities receive information and guidance to further pursue a career change by providing information about the available education, resources, and support to compete for opportunities and meet their career goals. The position collaborates with stakeholders in human resources, professional development, communications, technology, school and central office administrators to integrate existing programs and services to support the Career Pathways Program, and additionally, collaborates with external stakeholders such as Colleges, Universities and Trade Organizations. Advises and collaborates with school system leaders and administrators at all levels, and with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500 as a principal stakeholder to ensure an organizational culture that values MCPS being an employer of choice and understand and supports that advancing qualified and successful employees is an organizational priority.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of MCPS policies, procedures, and regulations, and the MCPS SEIU Local 500 contract. Thorough knowledge of professional development opportunities, such as mentoring and performance recognition. Ability to engage and advise administrative staff about the importance of creating a positive climate that motivates individuals to apply for support positions. Thorough knowledge of the SSPGS core competencies and performance criteria that reflect the high level of skills and commitment to excellence that is expected of all supporting services personnel and the resources available to improve employee performance. Knowledge of the Career Pathways program and its objectives; ability to collaborate with higher level administrators and key internal and external stakeholders and demonstrate best practices in a variety of basic and general supporting services skills. Ability and passion for helping others and work with people of all races, ages, and cultural backgrounds. Ability to inspire confidence and trustworthiness in staff and clients while maintaining highly ethical standards. Ability to demonstrate best practices in a variety of basic and general supporting services skills and model a repertoire of the core competencies. Ability to analyze issues and implement appropriate strategies to meet the needs of the job. Ability to write proficient, objective, and data-driven reports. Excellent communication and human relations skills.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors degree required from an accredited college/university in psychology, career counseling or vocational psychology preferred. Five years of MCPS work experience with a meets competencies for the most recent three years. Experience using web software, such as TRON, Dreamweaver, etc. Evidence of successful supervisory experience or comparable leadership role. Demonstrated training, conflict resolution, mentoring experience working with a variety of adults. Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience equivalent to a bachelor¿s degree, which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform effectively in the position, may be considered.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) None
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) May be required to work occasional evenings and weekends.


Note: (Incumbents may perform any combination of the essential functions shown below. This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, knowledge, or ability associated with this classification, but is intended to accurately reflect the core job elements.)

Maintains and routinely update the career pathways web site.

Regularly promotes the Career Pathways Program to employees.

Provides trainings and job fairs related to the Career Pathways Program.

Proactively meets and advises administrators on career pathways and the importance of proactively engaging with their employees and discussing their career goals no matter the direction of that goal.

Advises administrative staff on how to conduct initial fact-finding meetings with employees to determine the career goals and develop a plan on how to meet them.

Works with OHRD staffers, classification specialist and University partnerships to provide guidance and support to employees entering the Career Pathways Program.

Assists employees in locating and applying for jobs, by teaching those strategies to find openings and how to write a résumé.

Oversees the Supporting Services Mentoring Program and ensure its alignment with the Career Pathways Program.

Assists in aligning internal professional development opportunities to support employees seeking career advancement opportunities.

Promotes the MCPS Culture of Respect by building positive working relationships with stakeholders.

Assists in providing guidance on educational opportunities for employees seeking career advancement, including the development of additional cohort programs with area colleges and universities.

Coordinates and facilitates meetings with internal stakeholders: supervisors, administrators, employees, OHRD staff members, training coordinators, schools, offices, and departments and external stakeholders including but not limited to SEIU leadership, Montgomery College and other area colleges and universities.

Develops and conducts training/presentations on the Career Pathways Program for various audiences to include supporting services employees, supervisors, and administrators.

Networks inside and outside MCPS to obtain additional resources, as necessary.

Keeps current with MCPS initiatives and is knowledgeable about current training programs.

Participates in the planning and delivery of year-round orientation and training.

Performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position.

Class Established: 7/2017
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This description may be changed at any time.

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