Associate Director, Community of Practice

Associate Director, Community of Practice

  • Full Time
  • Remote

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About JFF: 

Jobs for the Future (JFF) drives transformation of the American workforce and education systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all.

About the position: 

The Associate Director is a new position on the Work Unit team, responsible for leading and overseeing the development and implementation of an exciting, new large scale national initiative to build a community of practice (CoP) and offer technical assistance for regional sector partnerships and training systems..  This highly visible role will act as a subject matter expert on, and support the success of these and other regional workforce collaborations, working across a variety of key stakeholders including state and local governmental entities, workforce development boards, employers, education and training providers, community-based organizations (CBOs), labor unions, and sponsors of Registered Apprenticeship Programs.

In building this comprehensive CoP and offering related technical assistance, the Associate Director will lead a JFF team tasked with planning and implementing activities, such as interactive webinars, coaching, annual convenings, and regular peer-to-peer learning opportunities, over a multi-year period. The Associate Director will also have the opportunity to work on other projects that focus on the development and implementation of effective regional workforce collaborations which include employers and other key workforce stakeholders such as local and regional workforce boards, community colleges, and CBOs.

This position will report to an Associate Vice President within the Work Unit.

What you’ll do:  

Project Management and Leadership Oversee all aspects of the development and implementation of the CoP and related technical assistance, including a range of specific activities (e.g. webinars, peer-to-peer learning calls, coaching calls, annual convenings) as part of this large, complex and fast-moving project.
Lead a team and serve as the point of contact to funders, stakeholders and subject matter experts.
Strategic and Analytical ThinkingWorking with the funder, JFF Team, and regional sector partnerships and training systems, identify the most effective strategic and effective approaches for addressing sector partnerships’ and training systems’ project and workforce challenges.
Support program design and implementation of regional sector partnerships and training systems by helping them identify critical implementation challenges and sharing effective models and practices in areas such as employer engagement and fostering education and training partnerships.
Write reports, analysis, and technical assistance products, highlighting findings that showcase insights from the CoP and technical assistance work in a compelling manner.
Serve as a content expert on effective regional sector partnerships and workforce collaborations, such as governance, intermediaries, employer engagement, partnerships, performance, funding, and other key aspects and issues of these collaborations.
Relationship Building and Management Build and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, including the funder for the CoP and technical assistance project, staff from across JFF, and leads for regional sector partnerships and training systems.
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and historically underrepresented populations through project work and broader contributions to the organization.
Represent JFF in an internal and external capacity to provide advice and direction related to trends in workforce development and regional sector partnerships and workforce collaborations and generate buy-in and support for JFF’s strategy across a diverse set of stakeholders.
Growth and Learning Mindset Adapt the CoP and related technical assistance activities based on the needs of the regional sector partnerships and training systems, providing activities that reflect their needs.
Build the capacity of JFF staff to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into workforce development, project design and implementation.
Who you are:  

You have experience managing large complex workforce projects; experience with projects funded by federal resources is preferred, though experience with other types of large projects is also relevant.
You have at least 7 years of workforce development experience
You have demonstrated an ability to support a CoP and/or provide technical assistance to a variety of workforce stakeholders such as local or regional workforce development boards, community colleges, employers, and CBOs
You have strong demonstrated experience and expertise with regional sector partnerships
You have experience or familiarity with other types of regional workforce collaborations, such as Ready-to-Work and career pathways initiatives
You are a strong project manager, able to balance details and timelines within the larger strategic priorities of a complex project.
You have excellent communication skills – both written and spoken – and are able to translate complex ideas into accessible messaging for a wide range of audiences.
You are skilled at working effectively with high profile funders.
You are excellent at working both in teams and independently.
You have experience managing direct reports
You possess high energy and passion for JFF’s mission; ability to apply JFF’s core values to all areas of your work.
You model inclusive leadership, working effectively with diverse staff, and building and stewarding an organizational culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.
You build positive, effective, collaborative cultures and teams wherever you work.
You are a curious and adaptive learner, with a willingness to take in new information, perspectives and data to inform your work.
You demonstrate a growth mindset and a desire to continuously improve in your work and approach
You can travel up to 5% each year
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at JFF:

JFF is committed to sustaining a diverse community with a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and encouraging to all. JFF fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and cultivates diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience.  As part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, JFF strongly encourages people impacted by the criminal legal system to apply.

To apply:

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Applications submitted by that date will be reviewed and candidates will receive updates on their candidacy in a rolling basis.Positions at JFF are not eligible for employer-visa sponsorship or open to F-1 student visa holders.

All JFF employees are required to be fully up to date on their vaccinations against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption has been requested and a reasonable accommodation approved. 

JFF offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and skills. 

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