Classification Description

TITLE: Trades Coordinator

CLASS: Academic Professional




Responsible for the design, development, implementation, and coordination of services to individuals, employers, local apprenticeship committees, and community organizations for the purpose of increasing the number of women and people of color in Oregon apprenticeship occupations. The incumbent will market the program; act as liaison among schools, business, industry and labor; provide case management support for students currently enrolled in the program including, advising, career counseling and advocacy.


  1. Responsible for the successful implementation PCC/Trades/Pre-apprenticeship program including day-to-day program administration, communication and coordination with project partners to ensure goals and objectives are met.
  2. Analyzes PCC outreach needs, methods and results, and develops a strategic plan to enroll and support people of color and women in PCC Trades/Pre-apprenticeship programs.
  3. Leads conversations with area pre-apprenticeship programs, such as PCC, Constructing Hope, Oregon Tradeswoman Incorporated and Portland Youth Builders.  Ensures effective collaboration and optimum coordination of resources.
  4. Develops and/or participates in curriculum development to prepare students for entry into apprenticeship programs.  Works with instructors, training centers and industry partners to develop course objectives, course content guides and curricular or career pathways.
  5. Acts as liaison between pre-apprenticeship programs and PCC Bond project contractors, sharing ways to further diversify their workforces.
  6. Researches, initiates and coordinates the development of grant proposals and oversees implementation of grants awarded.
  7. Actively participates in professional organizations and committees at the local and state level as it relates to apprenticeship program recruitment and retention of women and people of color in the construction trades.
  8. Provides direct support for students in the pre-apprenticeship program, monitors student progress and offers referrals to other campus departments as needed.  Establishes and maintains regular contact with students.  Tracks student progress, compiles evaluation reports and ensures grant requirements are met.
  9. Creates outreach programs and coordinates efforts to maximize recruitment effectiveness.  Maintains program records.
  10. Evaluates program effectiveness and suggests areas for improvements.

Positions in this classification may perform all or some of the responsibilities above and all positions perform other related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in an office environment.  Occasional evening and weekend hours are required.  Physical exertion is not a normal requirement of this job.


Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Social Science, Communications or relevant field.  Experience performing the duties of this job may substitute for the degree requirement on a year for year basis.  Five years of experience in a trades related area.


Knowledge of:

  • Pre-apprenticeship programs and apprenticeship training centers
  • Current labor market trends
  • Equal Employment Opportunity laws and other local, state and federal laws pertaining to employment and assigned programs
  • Effective training techniques and adult learning theory
  • Community resources for appropriate referrals
  • Apprenticeship programs, guidelines, rules and regulations

Demonstrated Skill in:

  • Effective group facilitation
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and change priorities quickly and frequently
  • Ability to work with an ethnically and culturally diverse population
  • Effective communication in oral and written forms
  • Student outreach and support for underrepresented populations

Rev: 6/2013