C O M M U N I T Y D E V E L O P M E N T P R O J E C T
DIRECTOR OF TRAINING
The Organization: Greater West Town Community Development Project (GWTP) is a community-based local economic development initiative expanding employment and education opportunities for low-income residents of Chicago’s Humboldt Park, East and West Garfield Park, Austin, and North Lawndale community areas. GWTP provides highly effective programs targeting the critical education, training, and employment needs of youth and adults, including: The West Town Academy Alternative High School, Woodworking and Shipping & Receiving Training Programs, and comprehensive employment referral and placement services. GWTP is an aggressive and effective advocate for the educational needs of at-risk and dropout youth and the job training needs of low-income, unemployed community residents. For more information, visit us at www.gwtp.edu.
Job Description: The role of Director of Training is responsible for achieving Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Titles I & II contract performance measures, and public and private grants contractual employment, retention outcomes for state-certified, nationally accredited occupational skills training programs. The Director of Training supervises a professional staff of fifteen individuals to ensure delivery of high-impact, effective services to economically disadvantaged community residents. This role also oversees the implementation and continuous improvement of program functions, including student recruitment, education and training services, job placement, employer relations, grants management, and contract and regulatory compliance.
Key Responsibilities include:
Reviews weekly recruitment report, working with marketing/recruitment staff to create strategy and advertising to maximize applicant volume and achieve performance measures
Coordinates orientation, Test of Adult Basic Skills (TABE) administration, and class start dates with recruitment staff based on applicant pool and contractual obligations
Interviews with staff-selected program applicants to ensure suitability
Convenes staff meetings for applicant file review
Works with recruitment staff in developing and maintaining key referral partnerships
Convenes meetings of staff to evaluate participants at training periods’ third week, midterm, and post completion
Reviews curricula with technical and basic skills staff to ensure that instruction remains market relevant and funder compliant
Conducts, collaboratively with a curriculum consultant, the periodic review of instructional staff
With key staff, selects appropriate participants for contract enrollment
Convenes meetings with Job Developer(s) and technical training staff to ensure that appropriate job matches are made between training graduates and employer partners
Periodically visits key and new employer partners
Convenes employer Program Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings in conjunction with job developer at least twice a year
Writes monthly narrative and performance outcome reports for Board of Directors meetings
Meets monthly with management team to report Vocational Unit outcomes
Ensures that agreed upon funder outcomes are met, and reports to them as contractually required
Actively participates in Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) Area Planning Council and other ICCB Committees as requested
Qualifications: Qualified candidates should have a bachelor’s degree and approximately seven years of demonstrated, highly-successful experience in workforce development/vocational training leadership roles. Candidates should possess a commitment to community service and experience working with low-income, disadvantaged populations. Verifiable past employment information is required. Qualified candidates should also possess a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.
Salary and Benefits: This is a full time, permanent, career position. Salary for this position is commensurate with experience and education. The agency benefit package includes health, life, disability insurance; retirement plan, and bonus program.
To Apply: Qualified candidates should submit their resume, including salary history, and a detailed cover letter demonstrating how they meet or exceed each qualification, and describing generally their relevant special knowledge, skills, and abilities. Submit application materials via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or via mail to:
Human Resources Greater West Town Community Development Project 500 N Sacramento Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612
No phone calls, please.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and Benefits: This is a full time, permanent, career position. Salary for this position is commensurate with experience and education. The agency benefit package includes health, life, disability insurance; retirement plan, and bonus program.
Internal Number: 04232018
About Greater West Town Community Development Project
Greater West Town Community Development Project (GWTP) is a community-based economic development organization dedicated to expanding educational and employment opportunities in Chicago’s low-income communities. GWTP is a pro-active and effective advocate for unemployed community residents and at-risk and dropout youth in Chicago’s economically distressed neighborhoods. We provide practical, on-the-ground solutions to our communities’ complex challenges through hands-on vocational skills training, comprehensive job placement, and our West Town Academy Alternative High School that re-enrolls high-school dropouts. For over 25 years, GWTP has successfully linked expanded educational and employment service for community residents to community development initiatives and the needs of small-mid-size local employers. For more information, visit us at www.gwtp.org or www.gwtp.edu.