Position Title:  Director of Education
Location:             Beltsville, MD
Reports To:  President/CEO
Classification:  Exempt 

To apply, send resume to Debbie Livingston -

Basic Function    
Establishes the strategic direction and delivery of relevant educational programming that meets the needs of the construction industry in the areas of apprenticeship, craft training and safety. 

Administrator for the ABC CraftMasters Training Trust (CTT) training Academy. Manages CTT’s profit and loss, budget, finance and operations and is responsible for the management, development and administrative efficiency of staff. 

Ensures compliance with all federal, state and local agencies governing registered apprenticeship programs.

Staff Liaison to  
Craft Training Committee
Safety Committee

Education Coordinator                                   
Administrative Assistant

Responsibilities and Duties    

Grow CraftMasters’ attendance and income:        
  • Develop and deliver world-class apprenticeship, craft training, safety and other skills training programs.
  • Maintain close dialogue with member companies to better understand their educational needs and work with appropriate staff and committees to align ABC’s offerings.        
  • Promote the association’s apprenticeship and craft training programs in a positive and professional manner to members and other stakeholders.        
  • Utilize existing pre-apprenticeship template to bring potential funders to CTT and workers to the industry.        
  • Master an understanding of federal and state registered apprenticeship regulations in order to effectively educate member company personnel.        
  • Collaborate with Director of Workforce Development, where appropriate, to advance ABC’s Careers in Construction efforts.          
  • Participate in the development and implementation of marketing strategies and plans designed to support and/or grow apprenticeship, craft training and safety programs.        
  • Obtain NCCER master trainer certification.  

  • General management and oversight of operations and finance:
  • Develop annual plan that addresses members’ training needs and achieves CTT’s financial goals.        
  • Prepare and manage annual budget and regularly provide benchmarking, status and forecasting reports.
  • Understand and facilitate billings and, when required, collections processes.        
  • Recruit, develop, supervise and evaluate ABC staff members assigned to CraftMasters. 
  • Develop administrative policies and procedures and monitor staff’s, instructors’, students’ and others’ compliance.  
  • Establish processes for, and maintain oversight of, accurate apprenticeship, OJT hours, grades and attendance records to meet jurisdictional requirements.        
  • Oversee instructor recruitment and retention efforts.        
  • Negotiate and review contracts before bringing to President for approval.

  • Serve as Staff Liaison to the Craft Training and Safety Committees:
  • Ensure that all record keeping of the committees is accurate and timely, including working with committee chairpersons in the preparation of meeting agendas and meeting minutes.        
  • Establish clear understanding of the committees’purpose and role in delivering educational solutions for members.
  • Standard staff responsibilities:
  • Pursue personal contact with members; including member visits, presentations and networking opportunities.
  • Represent the association in public and private presentations, at career fairs and elsewhere, which could necessitate hours beyond the normal business day. 

  • Ancillary Responsibilities: 
  • Serve as liaison to NCCER and sponsored schools to maintain accreditation.        
  • Attend ABC National conference(s), when/if assigned.        
  • Attend ABC’s monthly events and other chapter meetings and events as directed.
  • Attend CTT Board of Trustees meetings and ABC Board of Directors meetings.
  • Perform such other duties as assigned by the President.

  • Relationships
  • Chapter staff: Directly supervise, develop and evaluate staff members assigned to ABC CraftMasters. Maintain a professional and collaborative working relationship with other staff members that will help the Association achieve its objectives and ensure a productive work environment.        
  • Chapter committees: Maintain a professional and ethical relationship that will help the committee achieve its goals to the extent that staff and financial resources allow.          
  • Committee chairs: Establish and maintain rapport with committee chairs to ensure a smooth and productive working relationship.     
  • General membership: Respond professionally and promptly to inquiries or requests for help from members. Requests for services or assistance outside of the department’s resources should be referred to the appropriate department or the President. 

  • Minimum Requirements/Performance Standards
  • In-depth knowledge of the English language and grammar, including the ability to write comprehensive, legible sentences, correspondence and other written communication.           
  • Excellent financial and organizational management skills.
  • Strategic and long-term planning capabilities.
  • Excellent computer knowledge and skills in working on common computer programs such as Microsoft Office.       
  • Database management proficiency.
  • Excellent reading comprehension skills.           
  • Able to communicate (speaking and listening) to members, customers and the general public.           
  • Highly professional and able to work well with staff members, volunteers, instructors and the public.
  • Experience in managing people.
  • World-class customer service experience and skills.
  • Professional appearance during working hours.

  • Essential Functions
  • Talking on telephone
  • Speaking in public
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Operating computer
  • Operating basic office equipment
  • Planning and scheduling programs and personal schedule
  • Preparing and managing budgets and financial transactions
  • Handling customer relations
  • Working with volunteers and committees
  • Driving

  • Work Environment
    The work environment within the office has a low to moderate noise level in a temperature-controlled building. Flexibility in changing tasks is required in order to be responsive to immediate member needs as they enter the office, call or email their requests. The position requires driving in the local area and considerable time outside the office conducting meetings with members, schools, government agencies, business entities, and/or attending events. Driving responsibilities include negotiating city, highway and suburban roads year round.

    Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent experience
  • Construction experience/background helpful
  • Background in educational or association environment helpful

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.