Workforce Development Director
Three Rivers Workforce Development Board
The Workforce Development Director plans, implements, and directs workforce development activities, carrying out the mission, vision, system principles, and strategic plan of the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board (TRWDB), and administering day to day activities and programs in accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and other applicable Federal and state laws, regulations, rules, and guidance. The Workforce Development Director’s role is to represent and advance the TRWDB’s position, cultivating strong working relationships with Chief Elected Officials, the general public, business and civic leaders, the media, private, public, community, and area partners and leaders in education, workforce development, and economic development to build consensus in the interest of developing a skilled workforce to meet the needs of the 10 county Three Rivers Workforce Development Area. The Workforce Development Director performs fiscal oversight and management of office and staff, including supervision of assigned employees; oversight of contractors; and management of resources to meet contracted performance. The Workforce Development Director reports to and takes policy guidance from the Board.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Duties and responsibilities listed below are provided both directly and through delegation and oversight as appropriate and necessary to maintain smooth operations.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The duties and responsibilities described above are the essential functions of the job. The qualifications below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Organize TRWDB development and strategic planning efforts; collaborate with the Chair to schedule TRWDB meetings, develop agendas, and disseminate meeting materials; inform membership of relevant issues; maintain TRWDB membership in accordance with legislation and bylaws; assist the TRWDB in fulfilling its legal and ethical obligations; and provide training to new TRWDB members.
- Work closely with TRWDB committee chairs to schedule meetings, plan agendas, and ensure assignments and expectations are carried out; coordinate other TRWDB committee work with staff to ensure implementation of TRWDB and committee policies and recommendations.
- Serve as official spokesperson for the TRWDB; serve as TRWDB liaison with local governments, organizations, businesses, and other entities with an interest in workforce development issues.
- Build collaborative partnerships with individuals and entities such as major employers, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, economic development groups, Chamber of Commerce representatives, and elected or appointed local, state, and Federal officials. Maintain at least quarterly contact with Chief Elected Officials within the board area.
- Lead efforts to implement innovative and effective workforce initiatives and services through the WIOA and other funding sources.
- Make presentations to public and civic groups on matters of significance to the TRWDB; participate in community meetings and other public events that advance the TRWDB’s leadership role in workforce development and economic development issues.
- Participate in state, regional, and national meetings, conferences, and training sessions designed to enhance professional knowledge and skills.
- Review relevant data and literature to keep abreast of current trends and developments in the field of workforce development and communicate key findings to appropriate individuals and organizations.
- Maintain knowledge of additional funding and grant opportunities and be in a position to successfully implement with little or no prior preparation time.
- Oversee production and distribution of public communications materials that identify the purpose, goals, and achievements of the TRWDB and those that market the WIOA, including news releases, Board strategic plans, annual reports, and other relevant public documents using website(s), various social media, press releases, and written publications.
- Develop broad policy guidance to direct area career, job training, and employment initiatives; assess and evaluate service delivery strategies and service provider outcomes; oversee performance measurements and standards as established by state and Federal regulations, contracts, and TRWDB policy; review contractors’ achievement of goals and report progress and discrepancies to the TRWDB; ensure all state and Federal program monitoring activities are successfully completed without findings; ensure preparation of operational and management reports for the Board concerning activities, budget, expenses, and other items affecting program services. Advocate and lead effort to build regional one-stop career center system.
- Prepare and implement the administrative and program budget; monitor expenditures of funds; ensure the fiscal audit is successfully completed without findings.
- Ensure proper procurement practices are followed; oversee contract negotiations, ensure proper contracting standards are followed, oversee implementation of contracts, grants, and programs; ensure that performance and obligations are met; ensure that proper fiscal processes are followed within parameters of contracts and grants.
- Direct and oversee department staff in assignment and conduct of their respective responsibilities to include hiring, training, coaching, evaluating, disciplining, and recommendation for change in status, including pay, promotion, demotion, suspension, and termination. Provide professional development opportunities to department staff to enhance and upgrade skills to meet current demands.
- Represent the TRWDB in a professional manner at all times.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands described here are representative 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.
- Requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, political science, or related field and extensive experience in leadership, project management, budget planning and oversight, policy and procedure development, and rules and regulations application.
- Requires at least five years of progressively responsible governmental management experience, including experience supervising employees, working with boards, commissions, and other policy-making officials.
- Prefer 10 years of governmental management experience at a department level or above with budgets of $2 million or greater.
- Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
- Effective written and oral communication abilities, including the ability to speak comfortably before large audiences and to engage in open dialogue.
- Ability to convey complex concepts accurately and succinctly to distinctly different audiences, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to build consensus among workforce system stakeholders.
- Knowledge and skill regarding administration of an entity with responsibility to oversee multi-million dollar programs, grants, and administrative processes.
- Strong commitment to improving employment and economic opportunities for all members of the community.
- Thorough knowledge of Federal and state workforce development and other pertinent legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures.
- Thorough knowledge of the state’s open meetings requirements.
- General knowledge of and ability to operate personal computers, associated software applications including but not limited to Microsoft and Adobe products, hardware, and peripheral equipment.
- Thorough understanding of and ability to effectively use social media and other 21st century communication tools to advance the goals of the Board.
- Demonstrated support for diversity within department and among contracted organizations.
- Commitment to teamwork; ability to delegate and hold others accountable.
- Action-oriented self starter with ability to work and manage effectively in dynamic and rapidly changing environment.
- Capable of multi-tasking in a complex organizational setting.
- Demonstrated professional and ethical behavior.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The range for out-of-office travel is 10-20%.
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