Overall function: This position will work closely with the Program Director to oversee the Technical Opportunities and Welding programs, including program planning and evaluation, fundraising and reporting, program coordination, and management of tracking and database systems. The Associate Program Director will represent the organization with stakeholders, manage partnerships and industry relationships and support program participants’ success.
Areas of responsibility include:
Work with the Program Director to lead program evaluation and planning and oversee all aspects of the Technical Opportunities and Welding programs.
Lead program fundraising, including identification of opportunities and preparation of proposals.
Revise existing and/or develop new curriculum to improve the effectiveness of training services, promote replicability, and launch new training initiatives.
Build relationships with construction and manufacturing industry stakeholders, as well as other potential partners.
Work with welding program staff to develop, implement and support case management, workplace readiness instruction, job placement and retention services.
Manage program contracts and budgets to ensure appropriate spending and compliance with funder requirements.
Manage internal and external databases, maintain required documentation, and complete program reports.
Guide and provide direct service to support participant success in entering and retaining nontraditional employment.
Competitive candidates will have:
Previous experience in providing workforce development or vocational training services, including building employer engagement and preparing/matching job seekers to opportunities, preferably in the construction or manufacturing sectors.
Knowledge of and experience in serving women in “nontraditional industries” (construction, manufacturing, transportation) is preferred.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Strong presentation skills.
Experience with excel and database programs (IWIDS, Career Connect, Apricot) as well as social media.
Commitment to gender and racial equity and inclusion.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on multiple projects and tasks.
Ability to build working relationships of tradeswomen, program participants and industry stakeholders.
Ability to work evenings and occasional weekends.
Ability to travel throughout the Chicagoland area.
A college degree is preferred and at least three years of related experience in workforce development services is required.
Additional Salary Information: CWIT offers a generous benefit package, including health, dental, life and disability insurance, and employer contributions to retirement plan.
Internal Number: 3129421444
About Chicago Women in Trades
Founded by tradeswomen in 1981, Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) exists to improve women's economic equity by increasing their participation high-wage, high-skill occupations traditionally held by men. To achieve this goal, CWIT provides direct services, including pre-apprenticeship and welding training programs; works to build industry capacity to recruit and retain women through training and technical assistance; and advocates for policies and practices the support women's careers in the trades.