Ability to operate at an executive level, with the capacity tocommunicate and execute vision, strategy, program andorganizational design, operational and technology management, dataanalytics and team management.Understanding of the community college student specialpopulation.Ability to collaborate and drive results effectively in acommunity college setting.Monitor budgets and external funding sources.Understanding of current national best practices in SpecialPrograms and community college student support and retention.Experience with enrollment processes (including admissions,advising, registration and financial aid).Computer proficient in a PC environment, skilled in the use ofMicrosoft Office Suite products, databases, and enterprise systems(ie. Banner, PeopleSoft, Jenzar, .Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills fora team oriented and collaborative organizational culture.Ability to supervise, motivate staff and encourage productivityand change in a diverse environmentDemonstrate ability to create and realign policies, proceduresand practices.Ability to maintain confidentiality.Required QualificationsMaster’s degree required from an accredited college oruniversity, doctorate preferred.Experience in program design, implementation and evaluationutilizing data analytics and national best practices.Skill in the principles and practices of supervision,management, work planning and project management.Demonstrated comfort and ability to establish partnerships andwork with external publics.Strong oral and written communication and presentationskills.Possess evidence of membership in and appreciation forstudent-centered professional organizations.Minimum of 7 years leadership and supervisory Description/Job SummaryThe Director of Special Programs/Associate Director Admissions isresponsible to the Office of the President for providing leadershipand direction in the planning, development, implementation,evaluation and ongoing improvement of special programs such as (butnot limited to) the Mayor’s Scholars, International Students,Veterans, Near Completers, Promise Academy, and Articulation andRetention, including partnerships, activities and events on campusand within the larger community. The individual is responsible fordata collection, reporting and assessment working in collaborationwith the Director of Institutional Research. The individual shouldbring a sense about collegiality and shared governance in a highereducation setting and demonstrate creativity and innovation.Responsibilities/DutiesEssential Functions: Oversee Program staffs and collaborate with faculty and studentsupport areas to provide services and strategic opportunities forstudent success.Collaborate to develop and implement a model for aninstitutional enrollment management plan.Utilize technology and data to strengthen the operations,effectiveness and efficiencies of Programs.Seek external funding sources and grants for Program supportand student scholarships.Provide strategies to work with marketing team to promoteinstitutional identity for Programs.Perform related duties as assigned. Provide vision, leadership and management of Special Programsincluding:Program design and implementation that is student-centered andreflects best practices for student support, retention andcompletion.Use data to drive program design and program implementation, toassess progress and make improvements.Create high standards for program implementation througheffective work, planning, and project management.Lead regular internal cross-functional workgroup meetings. Knowledge and Abilities: Communicate and advance program goals, and outcomes to thePresident, Board of Trustees, and other stakeholders effectively inoral and written presentations and reports by:Advocating for Programs throughout the College andcollaborating with Cabinet and their staffs for the resources, dataand processes required for high-standard implementation.Participating in professional, community and civic activitiesand organizations that enhance the image and mission of the Collegeand promote Program performance and goals.Serving as the internal/external voice, representative andleadership for Special Programs.
Bakery retailer Greggs said this week that there was “growing excitement” in its 1,336-shop business as it experimented with innovative formats and ranges.MD Sir Michael Darrington told British Baker that Greggs was in a “learning phase” as it trialled ideas such as extended opening hours, range changes and new branding.The retailer revealed plans to overhaul its business in December to meet “growing demand for more aspirational products”.One of Greggs’ experiments is a Fresh to Go branded shop with healthy eating ranges, which opened in Lincoln last month.Three or four different trial store formats are currently being tested around the UK, Sir Michael revealed, of which the Lincoln outlet was the most radical. Greggs, the largest bakery retailer in the UK, will evaluate these trials during the year and incorporate successful ideas in the rest of the estate “in a gentle fashion”.Greggs was “very unlikely” to add a new sub-brand such as Fresh to Go to its business, added Sir Michael. Greggs was “experimenting in all areas” on range, he added, for example, trialling higher priced treat ranges, low-GI products and new cold drinks “as the mass market becomes more aspirational”.Sir Michael said that customers’ shopping habits were changing and so Greggs was experimenting with earlier and later trading hours to “satisfy demand for food on the go throughout the day”.Speaking this week as Greggs posted a drop in operating profit of 17.8% to £38.7m in the year to 30 December 2006 on sales of £551m, Sir Michael said 2006 was a challenging year, due to a fall in footfall and a £4.5m hike in energy costs.The closure of its Bakers Oven business in Scotland and the North cost it £3.5m.Sir Michael emphasised that Greggs was a “jolly good business” and that he had confidence in the future. Greggs had seen less reduction in footfall in the last three months and a 3.9% increase in like-for-like sales in the nine weeks to 3 March 2007.He commented: “I firmly believe that the group is embarking on an exciting period of change and progress for this year and beyond.” The group has also pledged to put more emphasis on refits and refurbishments in its estate this year.l Ian Gregg, the son of the founders of the business, will step down from the board of Greggs at its AGM in May this year.
The resting places of Major Alexander Henderson Soutar MC, Corps of Royal Engineers and Major Octavius Sidney Darby-Griffith MC, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, have been marked 100 years after their deaths in the great war. Two rededication services were held on Wednesday 30 May at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Jonchery-sur-Vesle British Cemetery and La Ville-aux-Bois British Cemetery, both near Reims in the Champagne region of France.The services, organised by the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), part of Defence Business Services, were conducted by the Reverend Andrew Earl CF, Senior Chaplain HQ NW & Chaplain 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.Rosie Barron, JCCC said: The Soutar family is extremely moved by the dedication of David Tattersfield and the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre of the British Ministry of Defence in locating the final resting place of our ancestor, Major Alexander (Alastair) Henderson Soutar. Major Soutar sacrificed his life for his country 100 years ago, and has lain here unrecognized ever since. It has been a privilege and an honour to organise these 2 rededication services today. Both Major Soutar and Major Darby-Griffith were killed during the Third Battle of the Aisne. It is important that these courageous men, who fought tirelessly to halt the German Spring Offensive in 1918, are remembered. We are all immensely grateful that we are able to come to France to pay him our respects and to thank him for his sacrifice. We are also relieved that his final resting place is now marked and may be known unto all who visit this beautiful place. We feel his soul is finally at peace. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a company which took over a sector of the line after an unsuccessful attack. He quickly reorganised the line, which contained large gaps, and steadied his men under constant shell fire. When, after being relieved, 2 of his platoons were caught by an enemy barrage he distributed them in shell holes, and by working from shell hole to shell hole, got them clear without many casualties. After getting them clear he returned through the barrage and attended to his wounded, remaining with them till the last had been evacuated. For almost a century Major Soutar and Major Darby-Griffith were commemorated on the Soissons Memorial to those with no known grave. They were both decorated officers who had served on the Western Front for more than 3 years and we are honoured to be able to acknowledge their sacrifice and re-dedicate their graves today. The Standard being lowered as the Last Post is played during the service for Major Darby-Griffith, Crown copyright, All rights reservedBoth Majors were casualties of the Third Battle of the Aisne, a now often forgotten battle in the late stages of the German Spring Offensive. With no known graves, they were both commemorated on the Soissons Memorial in Soissons, France.The final resting place of these 2 Majors came to light after a researcher, David Tattersfield, submitted evidence to the CWGC to suggest that they had been found. Further research by the MOD’s JCCC and the National Army Museum was undertaken to corroborate the evidence that Mr Tattersfield had provided, and the identification of the ‘Unknown Soldier’ graves were both confirmed by the JCCC.The service for Major Soutar was attended by 10 members of his extended family who had travelled from as far away as Canada, the USA and Hong Kong to pay their respects. Despite the limited information available, the JCCC traced Major Darby-Griffith’s 91 year old granddaughter. As she lives in British Columbia she was unable to make the journey.Members of the Corps of Royal Engineers and The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment were present at both services.Mel Donnelly, CWGC said: Two new headstones bearing Major Soutar’s and Major Darby-Griffith’s names have been provided by the CWGC, who will now care for their final resting place in perpetuity. Major Alexander Henderson Soutar MC, Copyright Soutar family, All rights reservedOn 28 May 1918 98th Field Company, Royal Engineers, were involved in fighting around Hermonville. They were forced to withdraw southwards but had to leave Major Soutar behind as he was wounded. It is believed that he succumbed to his wounds having been taken prisoner of war. He was 30 years old. Major Gary Turner from The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment laying a wreath for Major Darby-Griffith, Crown copyright, All rights reservedOn 27 March 1918 Major Darby-Griffith was killed whilst in command of 9th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was 46 years old. Members of the Soutar family with military representatives and local attendees, Crown copyright, All rights reservedJames Soutar, the great nephew of Major Soutar said: On 9 September 1914 Major Darby-Griffith was commissioned into The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was awarded the Military Cross, which was published in the London Gazette on 25 April 1918. His citation reads: It is a great privilege to be asked to rededicate the headstones of these 2 former comrades who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country and to see the ongoing work of the MOD’s JCCC. It is important that when we say ‘We will remember them’, it is more than words, it’s an ongoing commitment. May they both rest in peace. The Reverend Andrew Earl CF, said: