Senior Program Manager Women in Apprenticeships and Non-Traditional Occupations
Vermont Works for Women (VWW) is expanding its programs and impact and is hiring new staff who believe passionately in advancing economic opportunities for women! The Senior Program Manager will be responsible for successful implementation of a new program to support women's entry into apprenticeships and non-traditional jobs as well as contributing to the development and implementation of new initiatives around the state.
Provide leadership to the Women's Program team and manage the integration of the non-traditional jobs program into the broader set of services VWW provides.
Serve as the primary liaison between VWW, the U.S. Department of Labor, and grant sub-recipients, partners, and other stakeholders for delivery of the women in non-traditional jobs program. The program components specifically include:
- Work with training partners to develop training programs for women in electrical, plumbing and construction, to include preparing them for work in male-dominated environments
- Development of networking and mentoring opportunities to support women’s retention in the training and in jobs in these fields
- Identification/delivery of training and technical assistance to unions, contractors and employers that facilitate policies, procedures and work environments to support the recruitment, retention and success of women in the workplace
- Manage outreach marketing efforts to increase awareness of the trades as viable work opportunities and support recruitment of women into training programs
- Support the placement of women into apprenticeships and non-traditional jobs
- Work with local partners to develop a business peer exchange program for manufacturing companies in Franklin County to support their ability to recruit and retain female employees.
- Develop and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, to facilitate program delivery, problem solving, and attainment of program and organizational objectives. Key partners and stakeholders include: International Brotherhood of Electrical Worker Local 300, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 693, Center for Technology at Essex, and Change the Story Vermont.
- Identify external consultants and lead the marketing and awareness building program to ensure potential participants, partners, and employers are aware of, engaged in, and supportive of the project.
- Recruit, train and manage the Technical Advisor to support implementation of the non-traditional jobs program.
- Develop detailed timeline and work plan for program implementation.
- Monitor progress towards performance targets and deliverables, recommending and overseeing adjustments to implementation strategy as needed to ensure targets are met.
- Work with partners and key businesses to develop mentoring opportunities for participants through the creation of program materials
- Oversee reporting to the donor by preparing and ensuring timely submission of required reports as well as updating partners on progress, challenges, and recommended adjustments.
- Work with closely with all VWW staff to ensure regular exchange of information and resources to facilitate program implementation and take advantage of existing in-house expertise.
- Actively participate in new program development and advancing the strategic direction of Vermont Works for Women.
- Model exemplary leadership skills and behaviors to program participants and staff
- Promote and represent this and all VWW programs and services to internal and external stakeholders.
- Participate in regular VWW staff meeting and support VWW operations as a member of the VWW program team
- Contribute to the development of future program and strategic initiatives that allow Vermont Works for Women to continue as an important state actor promoting economic opportunities for women in Vermont
Education & Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and/or applicable work experience relevant to position requirements
- Working knowledge of the workforce development programs and the workforce development landscape in Vermont, preferred
- 8+ years’ experience in developing, implementing, and managing community-based programs. Experience with U.S. government grant funded programs preferred but not required.
- Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of gender issues in the workplace and specific content area(s) represented in the program, preferred
- An intelligent and articulate individual who can relate to people at all levels and genuinely believes "we're all in this together"
- A well-organized, self-directed and extremely flexible team player.
- Proficient with basic data management systems and Microsoft Office programs
Success factors (i.e. personal characteristics that contribute to excelling in position):
- Strong commitment to and enthusiasm for VWW’s mission to support girls and women to explore, pursue and excel in work that leads to economic independence
- Enjoys the excitement of and is able to manage the ambiguity and changing priorities that often exist in an entrepreneurial, growing non-profit environment
- Models exemplary professional skills and behaviors to program participants and staff
- Excellent interpersonal and public-speaking skills
- Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
- Experience collaborating as part of a dynamic team