The Manufacturing Institute (MI), the workforce and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), is looking for a Senior Director of Workforce Initiatives to manage the transition and operation of the FAME program and support the overall growth of workforce solutions in the manufacturing sector, in partnership with the MI Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and the MI Workforce team.
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 the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME), a multi-state, multi-employer apprenticeship program and manufacturing career pathway including:
Manage the process to transfer knowledge of FAME and FAME activities from Toyota to the MI;
Deliver presentations, trainings, and programs to external or FAME-only audiences to demonstrate the successful transition of knowledge and understanding of FAME;
Manage the budget for this transition and assist in the finalization and implementation of a business plan to long-term sustainability of the program;
Lead and support activities that drive the expansion of the FAME program including:
Assist in the growth of the program by recruiting, developing, and supporting new companies and regions through start-up and implementation;
Manage the outreach to companies through the MI and NAM networks to expand employer participation in existing FAME chapters;
Create and lead a process to develop and offer multiple occupational pathways within manufacturing under the FAME program;
Manage the ongoing operation of national FAME activities to support existing FAME chapters, including:
Develop a schedule of events and training sessions to support existing chapters and a strategy for delivering those events;
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 and lead the response to fund-raising opportunities to support FAME national activities and FAME chapters.
Lead and support the growth of the MI workforce solutions and partnerships including:
Connect education and training opportunities to career exploration and promotion activities;
Identify effective new models of manufacturing education and training and incorporating those best practices into existing programs;
Support the NAM Creators Wanted 2020 campaign and integrate MI programs, where possible.
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;
Prior experience with the FAME program preferred;
Prior association experience preferred;
Ability to travel up to 30 percent;
Fluency in Word for Sharepoint, Windows, Excel, & PowerPoint.
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.