Help Wanted: West Shore Comm. College Director of Manufacturing.



At West Shore Community College, we believe learning is a life-long journey. Our commitment to this philosophy shows itself in our individualized approach to each person’s educational experience.  West Shore offers a comprehensive general education curricula designed to meet the needs of students interested in occupational programs leading to immediate employment and students wishing to transfer to a senior institution. West Shore is located in a picturesque area offering year-round recreational activities and serves a multi-county district that includes Mason, Manistee, Lake, and Oceana counties.  Annual unduplicated student population is approximately 1,800.  The college offers a full benefit package, a competitive starting salary, and an exciting, challenging, and rewarding work environment.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Dean of Occupational Programs, the Director of Manufacturing provides leadership for current and future manufacturing programs and partnerships at West Shore Community College. This position builds and maintains effective working relationships with both internal and external constituents. The Director of Manufacturing provides leadership for scheduling; curriculum development; compliance with accreditation, regulatory, and credentialing standards; and internship/apprenticeship placements within the manufacturing division, which includes the disciplines of welding, electrical/electronics, mechatronics, manufacturing, mechanical, precision machine technologies, and other related technologies. This position develops, articulates, and facilitates a shared vision for quality education and program growth through collaboration with faculty, staff, and administrators. The Director of Manufacturing also aligns and sustains College strategic planning priorities with the mission, activities, and outcomes of the program, as well as the core values of the College and the needs and expectations of stakeholder employers in the College’s service area.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in relevant area of study (e.g. Manufacturing Technologies, Robotics, Engineering, Mechanical Design, Fabrication Welding, Industrial Technology, Mechatronics, or another discipline related to the duties of the position)
  • Minimum four years’ experience within a manufacturing-related position
  • Demonstrated leadership and management ability with a passion for the field of manufacturing
  • Demonstrated oral/written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills necessary for the position
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office programs
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external constituents

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in relevant area of study
  • Minimum six years’ experience within a manufacturing-related position
  • Documented industry training and/or certifications related to the position. Some examples of these may include LEAN and/or Six Sigma, automation equipment, production applications, etc.
  • Experience within a community college setting
  • Strong project management skills
  • Experience in management of plant production operations

To Apply –

Applicant screening will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Submit the following materials through the online portal and view a full position profile at

  • Completed Online Employment Application
  • Letter of Interest addressing areas of responsibility and required qualifications
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts required when offer of employment is accepted)

West Shore Community College is a drug-free employer and the final offer will be contingent on drug testing.

West Shore Community College is an equal opportunity employer. 

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