2 Gen Workforce Director - United Way of Central Indiana
- 28-Sep-2020 to 27-Oct-2020
- - United Way of Central Indiana
- Indianapolis, IN, USA
- Low $70s
- Full Time
- Complete Benefits Package Available
Impact Team: Family Opportunity
United Way of Central Indiana recognizes that the key to success is a strong and cohesive team that works through shared values to achieve our mission. The Workforce Investment Director leads a portfolio of work related to the development, implementation, and scale of workforce development and talent pipeline initiatives for youth and adults, with emphasis on a two-generation (2Gen) approach. In collaboration with the Family Opportunity leadership team, the Director creates and advances pathways to employment and financial stability for parents and families in Central Indiana. This may include but not be limited to the development of neighborhood-talent pipelines, sector-specific workforce pathways, and skills-based training programs. The Director will also manage efforts to engage key stakeholders including but not limited to education institutions, government, workforce, and talent-related community-based organizations and other providers in support of connecting youth and adults to financial stability and economic opportunity. This position works in a collaborative and integrated manner within the Impact, Fundraising, and Marketing teams, as well as across all other areas of UWCI to ensure that the Impact Strategies are realized, and to assist Central Indiana in making significant progress toward meeting its poverty reduction goals.
Position Duties & Responsibilities
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
Strategy Conceptualization & Leadership: Draw from a keen and thorough understanding of the overarching, multi-faceted assigned content area to conceptualize and then lead the build-out of a body of related work. Therefore, the Director should be able to work independently with little-to-moderate oversight from the Senior Director, while ensuring that the Senior Director is consistently and completely informed and engaged. The Director will participate in joint efforts and represent UWCI on funding collaboratives, working groups, at meetings and conferences. The Director will initiate meetings or reports to respond to current and emerging needs in cooperation with nonprofit organizations, foundation collaborative groups, government agencies and others that foster shared problem solving and accomplish special projects.
Strategy Analysis and Synthesis: Analyze and synthesize information across a variety of sources, and then make recommendations to the Senior Director and executive team members. Likewise, the Director needs to have the critical thinking skills necessary to extract key lessons from past or current work, and to use those learnings to both shape and inform future work. Finally, the Director must be a strong writer who can both review and revise incoming material, as well as convey their thoughts and UWCI's key messages in a clear and articulate manner.
Integration and Collaboration: Collaborate in an intentional and forward-thinking way with colleagues within UWCI's Impact Team and across the organization to maximize the impact of the UWCI's resources.
Convene Partners and Elevate Thought-Leadership: Regularly convene and engage with community-based organizations, system-level partners, and other stakeholders to uplift best practices, identify new solutions, and inform and shape Family Opportunity strategy and impact.
Manage Grantmaking: Review and assess grant proposals to reflect UWCI values and impact priorities. Conduct site visits to grantees and potential grantees to assess program relevance, organizational integrity, and stability. Review and approve funded grantees' evaluation reports and monitor grantees' progress in achieving key objectives. Serve as primary contact for grantees. Provide technical assistance to grantees and potential grantees to develop strategic approaches to systemic issues.
Portfolio Design and Management: Responsible for leveraging existing relationships with trusted colleagues and cultivating new partnerships to develop a portfolio of grants, contracts, and programs or initiatives related to the assigned strand of work. The portfolio must either directly lead to an increased number of families moving out of poverty or facilitate a change in conditions that will likely lead to the increase number of families moving out of poverty.
Research and Evaluation: Constantly stay abreast of key issues, evidence-based best practices, and research to inform and shape current and future investments, initiatives, and programs that support workforce development and financial stability outcomes for individuals and families.
Performs special assignments and other work, on an as-needed basis.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the basic knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The individual in this role must display the highest level of integrity and confidentiality. United Way also values innovative thinking, and a successful candidate will be a self-starter who can work within the team to achieve goals and objectives. The individual should have effective communication skills, attention to detail and organization, and flexibility and adaptability. The individual will also maintain knowledge of trends in his/her area of responsibility and reviews literature to understand key issues.
Education and/or Experience
• Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred. Work experience may substitute for education requirements on a case by case basis.
• At least five (5) years of experience working a related field, including nonprofit management.
• Thorough and demonstrated knowledge of local and regional workforce development and financial stability efforts, as well as system-level stakeholders and constituents.
• Experience engaging in and leveraging workforce development and financial stability collaborations initiatives for systemic change.
• Experience using systems-level thinking to identify barriers and levers for change.
• Experience building and managing diverse networks and convening community-based organizations, stakeholders, and constituents.
• Ability to acquire a baseline level of knowledge about UWCI's other strategic priorities so workforce development and financial stability efforts can both build upon and contribute to the success of other areas.
• Project management skills with demonstrated ability to execute and follow through to achieve intended results, by following through on commitments, prioritizing work, and managing time and resources well.
• Ability to make decisions and advance work with incomplete information and to thrive in an outcomes oriented, continuously evolving work environment.
• Capable of applying adaptive problem-solving skills in response to unforeseen challenges and new assignments.
• Ability to prioritize a wide range of duties and responsibilities, organize tasks, and remain flexible to changing and multiple requests.
• Must possess excellent interpersonal, writing, and oral communication skills, as well as a sense of humor, diplomacy and discretion, critical thinking and judgment.
• Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate accurately, effectively, and in ways appropriate to different audiences.
• Strong writer, with the ability to review, revise and synthesize a variety of information and help connect UWCI's work to broader discussions within the relevant landscape.
• Ability to work collegially and diplomatically across the organization and audience groups.
• Knowledge of the Central Indiana region highly desirable.
The physical demands described here are general representations of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to touch and handle objects. The employee frequently stands or walks.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Office setting, with sustained use of a computer.
• Work-from-home, virtual office setting through at least 2020.
• The noise level in the work environment is minimal to moderate.
• Maintains personal/professional competency and works to create an environment of courtesy, respect, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude in all interactions both internal and external to the organization.
United Way of Central Indiana's team is evaluated on the following core competencies:
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