The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, is looking for a Senior Director of Workforce Initiatives to lead our rapidly expanding work in the apprenticeship field and support the overall growth of workforce solutions in the manufacturing sector in partnership with the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. You’ll be joining a team of entrepreneurial problem-solvers designing programs and creating partnerships to attract and prepare the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow and upskilling workers of today. This team works as part of a larger MI team to accomplish our mission of closing the skills gap and exciting, educating and empowering the workforce of today and tomorrow. A successful candidate will bring passion and ideas to solving our workforce challenges while also being focused on executing tasks and ensuring program deliverables and goals are met, while building partnerships and delivering a high quality experience.
Day to Day Responsibilities:
Manage the transition of responsibility to the MI of a multi-state, multi-employer apprenticeship program, including:
Build, manage and lead the process to transfer of knowledge from the current lead organization to the MI;
Organize all existing materials and assets into easily accessible, web-based format for use by current and new program participants;
Develop a schedule of events and training sessions to support the expansion of the program to new locations, as well as assist with the delivery of the current programming.
Manage the budget for this transition and assist in the finalization and implementation of a business plan to long-term sustainability of the program;
Assist in the growth of the program by recruiting, developing and supporting new companies and regions through start-up and implementation;
Create a benchmarking process to learn the best practices of individual components of the program as currently delivered, and deploy a process to regularly benchmark existing and new programs through an annual reporting system;
Identify the highest need assets and materials to increase employer and student participation in the apprenticeship program and support and manage the creation of those materials;
Support the expansion of this apprenticeship model to multiple occupations across manufacturing;
Lead and support the growth of the workforce solutions and partnerships including:
Connecting education and training opportunities to career exploration and promotion activities;
Determining the demand and effectiveness of industry-based credentials in education and training offerings;
Identifying effective new models of manufacturing education and training and incorporating those best practices into existing programs;
Prepare and deliver public presentations on the full range of workforce activities sponsored by the Manufacturing Institute;
Write public-facing project and program materials, reports and updates.
The above list of responsibilities is representative of the position and not intended to limit or preclude other responsibilities and tasks that may be associated with or added to the position.
Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a four-year college or university;
10-15 years related work experience, including experience and interest in:
Apprenticeship or earn and learn programs;
Engagement with community and technical colleges;
Industry recognized credentials and their use in education and the labor market
Experience managing multi-site programs with a broad range of partners;
Prior association experience preferred;
Ability to travel up to 30 percent.
Fluency in Word for Sharepoint, Windows, Excel, & PowerPoint.
Strong editing and proofreading skills; excellent communication, writing and interpersonal skills;
A team oriented, positive and problem solving approach to work passion for manufacturing and entrepreneurial outlook preferred.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
About National Association of Manufacturers
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States and one of the nation’s most influential advocates for manufacturing. By joining the NAM, you become part of a spirited and dynamic team that is driven to succeed. We recognize and reward our staff with competitive pay and annual performance-based bonus programs. We offer an outstanding benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance, life, short-term and long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, SmarTrip, and a 401(k) Salary Deferral plan with employer match and contributions, and ample vacation and sick leave. Become part of a fast-paced team passionate about keeping the United States the world leader in manufacturing.