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The Director, Workforce Initiatives, is a member- and public-facing position and is responsible for supporting Manufacturing Institute (MI) program activities in the Workforce portfolio of programs. The role will include managing and supporting key elements of the MI’s FAME program, assisting the MI’s work on credentialing and second chance hiring, and contributing to the creation of new programs and partnerships that address the manufacturing workforce shortage, the greatest challenge facing U.S. manufacturers. A successful candidate will want to work on creative solutions to this issue from a national scope. The candidate will be joining a small team of entrepreneurial problem-solvers designing programs and creating partnerships to attract and prepare the next generation of manufacturing workforce.
Day to Day Responsibilities:
Work in partnership with the Senior Director of Workforce Initiatives to manage and support all elements of the FAME program including:
Development and delivery of a FAME Academy to train program participants to successfully build and deliver the FAME model.
Promotion of the FAME model to companies, economic development organizations, and industry associations to support existing programs and recruit new regions into the FAME Academy.
Creation of systems, platforms, and resources to support operations of new and existing FAME chapters.
Contribute to the development and deployment of innovative solutions to increase the number of qualified applicants for open positions in manufacturing.
Manage program activities and partner relationships relative to activities under the MI Workforce portfolio.
Support the research and development of a manufacturing credential recognition system in partnership with the Workforce Team.
Assist in the growth and expansion of the MI Second Chance program.
Support the development of content to highlight the MI’s workforce development programs and partner with Communications and other teams on content delivery as needed. Examples of content would include program collateral, toolkits, social media content and other thought leadership including white papers and presentations.
Conduct research on workforce trends and best practices that will assist in the development and deployment of workforce programs.
Assist in planning and executing convenings, webinars and conferences pertaining to workforce programs on behalf of the Manufacturing Institute.
Communicate and collaborate with external partners, including partner non-profits, education institutions, and government agencies.
Develop and manage project plans, project budgets, reporting schedules and formats, and development and delivery of key deliverables.
Participate in public speaking engagements, representing all pillars of the MI.
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;
7-10 years related work experience, including experience and interest in:
Building a new training model for industry
Familiarity with third-party credentials
Familiarity with technical education system
Experience with coalition creation and management
Prior association or economic development experience preferred;
Excellent writing skills with experience writing for an organization;
Must be well organized and self-motivated, with the ability to work well under pressure and able to manage workload to meet deadlines;
Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, and perform multiple tasks using various software applications;
Strong editing and proofreading skills;
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
Comfort with and proficiency in public speaking;
Proficiency in Word for Windows, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and familiarity with or ability to learn web-based content management applications;
Team-oriented and customer service-focused with the ability to interact regularly with staff, executives, and other stakeholders.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 119
About National Association of Manufacturers
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of all private-sector research and development in the nation. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States.
The NAM’s world-class staff of policy experts provide unmatched access and information on the key issues affecting your business and bottom line. We are on the front lines of a wide range of policy battles, from immigration reform and labor relations, to energy and the environment, to trade policy and taxes. At every turn, we are working on behalf of manufacturers in America to advance policies that help manufacturers do what they do best: create economic strength and jobs.