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MassHire Metro North Workforce Board Senior Director of Workforce Initiatives in Cambridge, Massachusetts

WHO WE ARE: The MassHire Metro North Workforce Board (MNWB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop partnerships, generate resources, and advocate for workforce solutions that result in a skilled workforce, prospering businesses, and equitable access to meaningful career pathways and quality employment for residents. The MNWB is one of 16 local Workforce Development Boards established in Massachusetts covering 20 cities and towns north of Boston. For more information, please visit POSITION SUMMARY: The Senior Director of Workforce Initiatives reports to the Vice President of Programs and is responsible for overseeing the organization's sector initiatives and employer engagement activities. This position will serve as the primary project manager for sector initiatives in advanced manufacturing and gaming/hospitality and supervise staff working on initiatives related to retail/customer service, construction/trades, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and general employer engagement. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES: ? Oversee the organization's sector-based initiatives, including, but not limited to, program operations, tracking project budgets, partnership management, and tracking/evaluating project performance. Current projects include: o Advanced Manufacturing (primary project point person) o Gaming and Hospitality (primary project point person) o Retail/Customer Service o Construction/Trades o Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) ? Oversee the organization's employer engagement activities, including coordination with the Career Center business services staff and Workforce Board's Youth team. ? Identify and develop opportunities for new projects in priority industries, including funding opportunities to support the organization's current and future priorities. ? Supervise sector project and employer engagement staff. ? Work with VP of Programs and other senior staff to implement organization?s new strategic plan. ? Identify, develop, and manage partnerships with key stakeholders, such as training partners, community-based organizations, and employers. ? Local/regional travel required (as COVID restrictions allow. See note below regarding current and future work arrangements). DESIRED SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES: ? Creative, forward-thinking, problem-solver with relationship-building skills. ? Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. ? Strong interpersonal skills and ability to take initiative. ? Highly organized with ability to manage multiple projects. ? Comfortable with public speaking and meeting facilitation. ? Understanding of sector initiatives, workforce development programs and policy. ? Experience with employer engagement. ? Experience with identifying, developing, and submitting grant proposals. ? Experience with motivating teams and providing staff supervision, along with essential technical expertise. ? Demonstrated creativity with respect to idea generation and solution implementation. ? Proven track record of partnership management. ? Strong data and reporting skills. EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Any combination of education and experience demonstrating sufficient competency to fulfill position duties and responsibilities. The MassHire Metro North Workforce Board values equity, justice, and opportunity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. As an organization which serves many communities of job seekers and employers, we are a diverse and inclusive workplace committed to reflecting these communities. We encourage culturally competent, qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.