Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills) is a nonprofit public-private partnership driven to meet the talent demands of businesses, and to be a catalyst for systemic change and innovation. The force behind this drive is centered on our mission to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work. Skills has created a paradigm shift in the general supply-driven (job seeker first) approach to workforce development by instead starting with the hiring demand of employers and the jobs. The impact of this demand-driven approach can be seen through both the employers’ skilled and diverse workforce, and the economic mobility provided to the thousands of job seekers who are no longer unemployed / underemployed. Launched in 2012, Skills’ foundation is built on its strong employer partner relationships, dedicated Board of Directors, and funding support from both public and private donors. To date, Skills has directly impacted the lives of 7,500+ job seekers who were placed into employment and thousands more served via job readiness coaching and training.
For more information on Skills’ impact on the local business and economic landscape, and national thought leadership, please visit www.skillsforchicagoland.org.
Using a unique jobs-first model (demand-driven) and direct engagement with executive business leaders, Skills staff consult with employers to understand their hiring demands, secure formal commitments to hire, and develop direct placement and/or career pathway programs to fulfill this hiring need. The Skills model, designed and launched at Skills for Chicagoland’s Future in 2012 and successfully replicated at Skills for Rhode Island’s Future in 2016, has placed over 9,000 low-income individuals into jobs.
Skills’ effective and efficient approach is needed in areas across the country facing economic hardships and job/workforce disruptions. By intentionally scaling expansion in marginalized communities, Skills can replicate the model in dozens of locations nationally, putting thousands of under and unemployed individuals into meaningful employment in the future.
For additional information on the national expansion efforts, please visit www.skillsforamericasfuture.org
The Director of National Expansion is a new position that is established as part of a larger initiative within the organization to expand demand-driven principles across the nation, creating value to workforce ecosystems by implementing an agile rapid response solution to employers seeking talent. Utilizing a multi-year strategic plan for national expansion, the Director of National Expansion will be responsible for updating this strategic plan and executing against the vision for national expansion.
The Director of National Expansion will develop and implement the growth strategy for the Skills model in communities/regions around the country. They will lead the implementation of this strategy by identifying entities nation-wide that have the right ingredients to either incorporate the demand-driven model within their existing organization and/or take the steps to become a full-fledged affiliate. This person will utilize best practices, innovation and collaboration to deliver an efficient, effective, and financially sustainable delivery model.
Initially the Director of National Expansion will report to the President & CEO of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future.
Utilize best practices, innovation, and collaboration to deliver an efficient, effective, and financially sustainable delivery model.
Devise, implement, and oversee a multi-faceted revenue strategy that secures necessary capital for expansion efforts
Conduct preliminary assessment/feasibility studies with each potential community
Work with community leaders to garner champions in government and business
For stand-alone Skills sites, work with local leadership to establish an affiliate Skills site with their own business-led board of directors and executive director.
Engage with existing and potential expansion sites
Garner best practices from the multiple sites and provide opportunities for cross-sharing
Ensure operational efficiency
Proactively identify, react to inbound requests and evaluate opportunities for growth
Travel required, with position located at Skills for Chicagoland’s Future
Strict confidentiality will be maintained throughout the hiring process.
10+ years of experience of strategic planning, project management, or business development experience; experience with nonprofits a plus
Demonstrated experience managing projects from planning through execution
Proven leadership and strong interpersonal and presentation skills, and the ability to generate enthusiasm and confidence from others
Highly organized and experienced in managing multiple individuals and projects, with a broad set of goals
Proven track record of using data to drive decision making
Highly developed capacity for change – flexible and nimble, able to respond quickly to the evolving needs and demands of Skills’ stakeholders
Demonstrated ability to manage complex systems and tasks with superior technical and project management skills
A true understanding, belief, and passion for Skills’ mission and the people served
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills are required
Proficient Microsoft Office skills required, advanced skills preferred
About Skills for Chicagoland's Future
Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills) is a nonprofit organization that creates demand-driven solutions for employers to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work. We work to improve the trajectory and economic mobility of the under and unemployed by meeting the talent needs of employers.Launched in 2012, Skills has placed more than 5,600 unemployed and underemployed job seekers into employment through strong partnerships with nearly 50 local employers. Skills is chaired by Hoplamazian, CEO of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 22 chief executive and human resources officers from Chicago-area corporations. The public-private partnership is funded by the City of Chicago and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, as well as a wide range of foundations and corporations. For more information, please visit www.skillsforchicagolandsfuture.com.