Under the supervision of the Program Director, perform general and specialized placement and recruiting duties requiring judgment and knowledge of school and organizational practices. The Business Liaison is responsible for marketing, recruiting, assessing, and identifying job opportunities, determining the suitability of those opportunities, then recommending participants for interview and evaluation by those employers/businesses. This incorporates marketing of the training program to local employers/businesses, to sector-specific businesses, and also to WIA One-Stop Centers and Affiliates, as well as orienting potential employers/businesses to the benefits of each training program.
Position Responsibilities 1. Conduct Job Development for Trainees (50% of time)
Conduct community outreach, including electronics communications with and to businesses for the purpose of developing a pool of open positions to which IMF training and placement program completers may apply.
Develop and maintains relationships with firms in the industry sectors for which IMF currently offers training program to learn about job openings and manage the process of fitting trainees to available job openings.
Conduct a minimum of 40 clock hours of job readiness, resume preparation, job getting and job retention classes with trainees
Develop marketing materials for firms in the industry sectors for which IMF currently offers training programs to increase the visibility of IMF’s programs.
Interview training participants to select participants for referral that meet emploObtain and verify all participant qualifications prior to referral for interview.
Review participant work history, education and training; develop a one-paragraph profile of each participant for the purpose of marketing specific participants to employers.
Inform applicant about employment duties, responsibilities, hours and working conditions.
Refer selected applicants to interview with employers.
Keep for future references record of applicants not immediately selected.
2. Community Outreach (40% of Time)
Perform community outreach to One-Stop Centers, Affiliates of One-Stop Centers, local community organizations, governmental assistance offices, the SDA, and social service organizations for purposes of developing/recruiting a pool of eligible candidates for admission to IMF’s training and placement programs. After outreach, further develop and maintain relationships with One-Stop Center/Affiliate/Satellite staff and the media for the purpose of updating staff on trainee attendance and progress. Telephone, e-mail marketing, snail mail and personal contact are useful modes of developing and maintaining these relationships.
Conduct eligibility determination of individuals suitable for admission to IMF training and placement programs.
Conduct assessments of applicants to determine their interests, abilities, and goals; ascertain whether or not the training program can benefit the individual.
Maintain regular contact with staff and submit to the One-Stop
Centers/Affiliates/Satellites the requested information, reports and documents in a timely manner.
Complete an Employability Development Plan (EDP) to identify supportive services needed by the applicants (ie., transportation, counseling, etc.) and to develop a long range employment goal for each participant.
3. Work with Instructors and Other Staff (10% of time)
The Business Liaison/Job Developer works with Admissions Coordinator in scheduling applicants for orientation, assessments, scoring and recording additional skills, knowledge, abilities, interest and test results. The Business Liaison/Job Developer communicates and works with Instructors to prepare trainees for both general and specific employer requirements.
Five years experience in marketing and recruiting of economically disadvantaged individuals.
Ability to work effectively under pressure.
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with employers/businesses in the sectors in which IMF conducts training and placement programs and other organizations and the public.
Demonstrated commitment to IMF’s mission and objectives and to progressive technical/vocational training.
Ability to work effectively with a wide range of people including community organization representatives, public officials, employers, funders, consultants, etc.
Effective team leading and team building skills.
Excellent verbal and oral communications skills.
Excellent human relations skills.
High energy level; enthusiastic
Able to articulate the vision and mission of the training program.
Familiarity with written and spoken Spanish a plus
Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, Business Administration, Communications or equivalent.
Additional Salary Information: This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week
About Illinois Manufacturing Foundation
Illinois Manufacturing Foundation helps (1) unemployed northeastern Illinois residents secure access to technically skilled jobs with family-supporting wages through job training AND employers secure access to a pool of technically trained potential employees.
Illinois Manufacturing Foundation operates a precision machinist training and placement program at the Sheridan Correctional Center; placement of IMF Sheridan program graduates is the focus of the position. While the position is based in Chicago, the position requires 2-3 visits per month to the Sheridan Correctional Center in Sheridan, Illinois.