Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC)
Job Title: Internship Coordinator
Reports to: Executive Director
Program Objectives & Requirements
BDCC is looking for a candidate who will work under the day to day supervision of the Executive Director to coordinate the Cooperative Internship Program of BDCC. This program and the related position is a grant funded position working with regional educators, representing The Six Colleges Collaborative; the group will meet regularly to coordinate an internship program and other collaborations to be developed in the future.
The Six Colleges Collaborative Internship Program works with (1) local businesses, (2) post-secondary student(s) and (3) colleges both in and outside of Vermont. Any college student may apply as long as they intern at a Windham Region business. Currently, five higher education institutions are participating in the program:
Community College of Vermont
School for International Training (S.I.T.)
Vermont Technical College
The Internship Coordinator will work in conjunction with the Six Colleges Coordinating Council, which is comprised of the Academic Deans of the colleges, Windham Region businesses across a spectrum of industries, and prospective interns to provide clarity for all on the goals, processes, measurements, and outcomes for the specific funding mechanisms, ultimately providing for the program’s longevity and sustainability.
BDCC, is a private, nonprofit economic development organization that serves as a catalyst for industrial and commercial growth throughout Southeastern Vermont. The primary objective of the BDCC is to create and retain a flourishing business community that supports vibrant fiscal activity, and improves the quality of life of all of its residents. As such, all BDCC employees are integral in assisting the organization to reach its objectives. All staff are expected to participate in professional development activities led by the Executive Director as well as pursue opportunities individually. The organization relies on all staff to help attend community and business meetings across the county. Additionally, all staff are encouraged to publish professional papers establishing themselves, and the organization, as leaders in economic development in Southern Vermont. Participation in these activities by all BDCC staff is critical to the BDCCs success.
Position Duties and Responsibilities
- Work with each college’s liaison to fully understand existing internship policies.
- Develop paid internship positions (full time, part – time) with Windham County, Vermont employers in all sectors.
- Utilize best practices for internships and expertise of participating educational institutions.
- Work with employers to develop clear expectations of the intern position including job descriptions.
- Provide support to participating employers, as needed.
- Develop forms and surveys as needed for the program, and to include satisfaction surveys for interns and employers.
- Monitor the employer to assure all requirements are met.
- Seek feedback on the performance of the intern from the employer, and seek feedback from the interns on the performance of the employer.
- Trouble shoot program issues, as presented and when appropriate.
- Assist students in their research and selection of community work experience.
- Advise students in their pursuit of internships including resume, cover letter writing, and interviewing or professional skills.
- Market internship positions through intern listings, social media, web sites and local media outlets.
- Develop databases and input date for annual and longitudinal use.
- Prepare all relevant reports including but not limited to:
- Regular progress reports to the 6 College Coordinating Council.
- Quarterly progress reports to direct supervisor and program funding source (i.e. Vermont Department of Labor).
- Issue press releases as appropriate and/or participate in other new outlet formats, as appropriate.
- Management of Program Tracking Systems: Podio & Neoserra.
- Administratively support Workforce Projects (i.e. Fast Tracks, BDCC Roundtable Initiative).
- Represent the BDCC at business and community meetings throughout the year; meetings are often at night and located across the county.
- Maintain current understanding of organization’s activities and able to represent organization as needed.
- Participate in weekly staff meetings, professional development and community outreach.
- Publish commentary, opinion editorials, and blogs demonstrating personal and organizational growth.
- Bachelor’s Degree and four (4) years’ experience.
- Experience in an educational advising or human resources setting.
- Familiarity working with college students at varying levels of education process, including those with learning differences and those pursuing individualized graduate degrees.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Working knowledge of computer, database and/or Microsoft Applications.
- Experience developing surveys and evaluating program outcomes.
- Comfortable with business recruitment, including weekly cold – calling.
- Experience with Grant Writing & Reporting Preferred.
- Valid driver’s license and vehicle are required; Frequent Travel in Southern Vermont Region.
Work is generally performed in an office setting with frequent interruptions, multiple deadlines, applicant inquires, and peak workload periods. Position will require daily outreach to colleges and businesses, and consistent interaction with prospective interns, frequent travel throughout Southern Vermont, with some statewide travel, and may include attendance at night meetings.
Work may include prolonged sitting, as well as light to moderate lifting, reaching, stooping, pulling, pushing, manual dexterity, clear speech, visual and hearing acuity. The need to transport files, paper and documents weighing up to 25 pounds is also required.
Interested parties having the required qualification / experience should send a cover letter and their resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.