San Jose, CA


The Center for Employment Training is searching for a Deputy Director, Program Operations to join the organization’s senior leadership team and direct operations of a large and complex multi-state job training, education and human development program which serves over 4,000 students annually.

The Center for Employment Training (CET) is an economic and community development organization located in San Jose, California. Its mission is to promote human development and education by training people in marketable skills while providing the supportive services that contribute to self-sufficiency. CET is dedicated to fighting poverty and dependence on public aid by making quality skill training available to a multi-cultural student body of adults of all educational levels and backgrounds, especially those most in need and hardest to serve. CET was founded in 1967 amidst a time of heightened political and socio-economic activism across the nation. In its early years, CET moved to serve migrant and seasonal farm workers who were suffering inhumane job conditions and low wages. Over time, CET gained a national reputation for exceptional outcomes. In comparison to other training programs, CET showed higher job placement rates, higher earnings gains, and higher retention rates. By 2012, CET had changed the lives of over 120,000 graduates, many of whom had faced multiple barriers to education and steady employment.

The organization currently has 17 centers in 5 states, with affiliate programs in 4 additional states, and 30 skill training options are offered throughout the centers. CET’s unique training and human development model has also succeeded as evidenced by centers opened in Belize and Chile. CET programs are funded, in whole or in part, by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Health & Human Services (CSBG), Silicon Valley United Way, Santa Clara County Women’s Policy and private individual, corporate and foundation donors. The current budget is $40 million with a staff of over 350.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Deputy Director provides leadership to the organization in its day-to-day operations while ensuring that recruitment, enrollment, training, retention, placements and budgetary goals are met through the effective and efficient management of staff and resources at the Regional Centers, consistent with contract, regulatory and statutory requirements.

The Deputy Director of Program Operations will be expected to build on CET’s successful 45-year record of providing education, training and vocational skills to low-income, unskilled adults. She/he will continue transitioning CET into becoming a more mature, tuition-based institution, widening its marketing scope and depending less on government funding.

The Deputy Director will share the core values of CET: integrity, honesty, accountability and compassion, preserving the program design and philosophy of no-screening of applicants, and giving all people every opportunity to succeed in learning skills and finding a well-paying job.

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