Business and Community Partnership Manager

City of Alexandria, VA - Alexandria, VA (30+ days ago)3.8

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Business and Community Partnership Manager position.

What we do and how we do it is driven by our 4 Guiding Principles:
Aligning the work we do with our strategic plan
Executing against our strategy and ensuring accountability for our results
Promoting and encouraging a culture of leadership and ownership at all levels of the organization
Promoting a culture of service excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship

An Overview
The Business and Community Partnership Manager is a highly visible position responsible for establishing and maintaining WDC as a strong and trusted partner of workforce development to Alexandria's business community. Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Director of the Center, the incumbent plays a vital role in strengthening and enhancing strategic workforce development partnerships involving public, private, and community based organizations. The incumbent is responsible for the achievement of annual and monthly goals of the center related to business and community engagement as well as job placement and work readiness services to unemployed and underemployed residents of Alexandria. The incumbent provides overall management and supervision to the Business and Community Partnership team and works with other program managers to facilitate effective coordination of work readiness workshops, career pathway training, job placement, work-based learning, and related activities.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate should have thorough knowledge of administrative practices and procedures; thorough knowledge of diverse cultures and customs; good knowledge of economics and sociology as applied to human services program planning; good knowledge of current social, economic and health assets, problems and trends of culturally diverse people and their communities; good knowledge of current social and economic assets; good knowledge of management information systems; ability to generate computer-based reports; good knowledge of community action, anti-poverty, homelessness, social services programs, and of Federal, State, and local government functions and operations; good knowledge of the block-grant concept and the methods of preparing grant applications; ability to work with residents and service agencies to achieve access to services for residents from multiple cultures; ability to perform research and analyze social and economic problems as they relate to low and moderate-income households; good knowledge of fiscal policy and the ability to plan, organize, and monitor a budget consisting of multiple funding sources; and the ability to plan and supervise the work of others.

The Opportunity

Plan and execute effective services to meet the needs of businesses by planning and holding hiring events, job fairs, sharing job leads, expanding the utilization of WDC job board, and other platforms;
Compile and analyze data from labor market surveys and WDC business transactions to identify trends in the local economy and proactively determine appropriate solutions to businesses;
Develop subsidized and unsubsidized employment opportunities for job seekers across the spectrum of skills and education, individuals with significant barriers to employment including those with disabilities, limited English language proficiency, youth, mature workers, and returning citizens;
Create, develop, and expand volunteer and internship opportunities to help with employment and career development interests of City residents;
Expand corporate sponsored and other opportunities for experienced professionals who would like to give back to the community through networking, mentoring, and other engagements;
Establish and maintain a list of viable sources and placement sites for volunteer work experience;
Continuously update the menu of career readiness workshops and information sessions offered through the traditional brick and mortar model and virtual platforms and ensure they are continuously informed by the most current labor market information;
Plan, coordinate and facilitate manager level and worker level regular partnership meetings to ensure there is meaningful and value adding engagement with all AJC and community based partners;
Develop marketing strategies that addresses WDC's need for greater visibility and usage of services among local and regional businesses;
Research and pursue grants and corporate sponsorships opportunities for targeted operational and targeted programmatic activities;
Provide leadership, ensure accountability, and facilitate team integration, of business service specialists on the team;
Implement strengths based approach to supervision and provide guidance and direction to business service specialists;
Serve as part of the WDC leadership team actively participating in office-wide initiatives to advance the overall missions of the center sustaining a healthy work environment and high performing organizational culture;
Represents the Director of WDC as designee and attend and lead meetings with high-level community leaders to provide public awareness regarding available programs and services;
Performs related work as required and assigned.

About the Department
The City of Alexandria's Workforce Development Center (WDC), a proud partner of the American Job Center (AJC) network, offers employment and training services to job seekers and staffing solutions to businesses. We support Alexandria's businesses by providing labor market information consultation as well as sourcing candidates who are skilled and ready to work. Job seeker services at WDC include access to a Career Center, career readiness workshops, career assessments and customized hiring events as well as eligibility based financial assistance for vocational training to earn industry recognized credentials in high demand occupations.

Four Year College Degree; Considerable professional experience in employment training and computerized, management-information systems for the positions in the Office of Employment and Training; considerable professional experience with human service programs; supervisory experience required; and completion of college-level courses in social work, sociology, planning, history, economics, and any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities; a Virginia Workforce Development Professional certification is preferred for positions working in the Centers for Economic Support and Adult Services.

One year of demonstrated supervisory experience in business development, public-private partnership, community outreach and partnership development activities; Considerable experience in securing corporate sponsorship, fund raising, grants, pro bono services for community level initiatives; Experience with federally funded workforce development programs such as Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the American Job Centers; Considerable experience in workforce development initiatives such as subsidized and unsubsidized employment opportunities, apprenticeships, career pathway training programs, and others that are designed to help unemployed and under employed individuals improve work skills; Experience analyzing emerging trends in local and regional economic development and labor market including drivers of economic success, the skill gap, work based learning, the challenges and opportunities presented by automation and artificial intelligence, cyber security and others.

Candidates for this position are expected to provide, along with their completed application, a cover letter and resume.

This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to: FBI/Federal Records Check; VA State Child Abuse/Neglect Registry; Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Database; Verification of education/certifications; and Driver's license.

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00AM – 5:00PM