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Managing Director of Workforce Development
|Location:||Chicago - North Side|
|# of Openings:||1|
Summary: The Managing Director of Workforce Development will be a key leader in formalizing and executing a vision for workforce programs to serves as a model for employment programming, with high impacts especially for those most impacted by extreme poverty, the COVID 19 pandemic and long-standing systemic racism. The Managing Director will ensure that employment programs successfully connect jobseekers overcoming barriers to unsubsidized employment so that they can attain economic security. Participants may be overcoming barriers including convictions in their background, low literacy or English-language skills, lack of employment history, homelessness, and populations served may include those who may be collecting public aid benefits in the form of food stamps or cash assistance, residents of public housing or newly arriving refugees. The successful candidate will manage multiple programs following organization and program/department policies and procedures, be responsible for program outcomes, reporting and utilizing best practices and Heartland Alliance’s Philosophy of Care. The Managing Director of Workforce Development will convene staff across programs that serve jobseekers, and support them in providing best practice coaching to participants and developing robust employer partnerships. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.
The Managing Director of Workforce Development works with external partners, Heartland Alliance READI leadership*, staff and employers to build a culture that is grounded on trauma-informed, strengths-based and restorative justice values. The Managing Director of Workforce Development reflects Heartland Alliance Philosophy of Care when engaging with internal and external partners.
*Heartland Alliance (HA) is coordinating READI (Rapid Employment and Development Initiative) Chicago, a network of community-based organizations on Chicago’s South and West Sides that will engage individuals at the highest risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of gun violence in an 12-month program combining wage-subsidized transitional job (TJ) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program, including follow-up case management and coaching support. The goals of READI Chicago are to: decrease shootings and homicides among those at highest risk of gun violence; create new opportunities for these same individuals to change their life trajectory and decrease their involvement with the criminal justice system; and help build an infrastructure at the community level to promote long-term safety and opportunity in Chicago’s most impoverished communities
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Manager Responsibilities: Manages staff and may manage subordinate supervisors who supervise employees within Workforce Development programs. Is responsible, with the Executive Director and HHCS Senior Leadership Team for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these units. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Position Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Leadership Competencies – In order to perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Physical Demands: 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.
Work Environment: 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.
Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.
Heartland Alliance , one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations, works in communities in the U.S. and abroad to serve those who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. It provides a comprehensive array of services in the areas of health, housing, jobs and justice – and leads state and national policy efforts, which target lasting change for individuals and society.
Work is performed through five companies — Heartland Alliance, Heartland Housing, Heartland Alliance Health, Heartland Human Care Services, and Heartland Alliance International. Our unique corporate structure provides a strategic approach to growth, providing financial flexibility, a diversified portfolio of services, and extensive opportunities to leverage our resources. As a company within the overall Alliance, Heartland Alliance itself is comprised of a robust Research and Policy department as well as two critical programs: the National Immigrant Justice Center and READI Chicago.
READI (Rapid Employment and Development Initiative) Chicago is an innovative program that connects individuals who are most at risk of gun violence with employment in paid transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy, and support services in order to decrease violence and create opportunities.
We have a job opening for a Managing Director, Workforce Development that reports into Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS) organization support the READI program efforts by ensuring that employment programs successfully connect job seekers overcoming barriers to unsubsidized employment so that they can attain economic security. Participants may be overcoming barriers including convictions in their background, low literacy or English-language skills, lack of employment history, homelessness, and populations served include those who may be collecting public aid benefits in the form of food stamps or cash assistance, residents of public housing or newly arriving refugees.
This is a critical hire for HHCS in that it will help shape the vision for workforce programming that executes high quality high return projects that serve individual and communities most impacted by extreme poverty, the COVID-19 pandemic and long-standing systemic racism.
The following highlights some of the key responsibilities of this role:
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