Technical Advisor - Women in Apprenticeships and Non-Traditional Jobs
Vermont Works for Women has been awarded a grant from the Women’s Bureau of the US Department of Labor to support women’s entry into apprenticeships and non-traditional occupations. The Technical Advisor, reporting to the Senior Program Manager, is a one-year grant funded position with high likelihood of continuation as a grant-funded or core-funded position. The Technical Advisor is responsible for working directly with program partners and participants to: 1) support recruitment and retention of female participants in training programs and 2) provide technical assistance to training providers, union members, and potential employers to improve the educational and employment environment to foster the success of women in non-traditional occupations.
- Participate in the development of VWW and partner work plans to meet grant objectives.
- Work with partners to develop recruitment strategies for female participation in training programs and apprenticeships
- Review resources and materials available through larger tradeswomen’s organizations to support recruitment of female participants, support female retention in the programs, and support educators and potential employers to better meet the needs of female employees. Develop new materials as necessary.
- Work with current VWW staff to identify existing training curricula that can be used/modified to support the program.
- Deliver training to potential employees, unions and training partners on issues related to women’s recruitment and retention, improving workplace gender sensitivity, and inclusive HR policies and practices
- Develop materials and deliver trainings to individual participants on life-skills and soft skills to enhance success of skills trainings and job placement
- Continuously monitor participants support needs to ensure full participation and success in the program; develop response strategies to emerging barriers and challenges to participants’ success
- Work with program partners to develop a mentorship program for individual participants as well as a peer to peer support network
- Support the creation and a Business Peer Exchange with manufacturing partners in Franklin County to provide information and share best practices around recruitment and retention of women in manufacturing
- Work with current VWW staff and local high schools to develop a job shadow program with high school girls in Franklin County.
- Assist the Program Manager to develop and roll out a marketing campaign for employers, participants, and partners around the project.
- Model exemplary leadership skills and behaviors to program participants and staff
- Represents VWW programs to the public, Board, and others stakeholders as necessary
- Promotes VWW programs and services in the community
- Other job-related duties as assigned
Education & experience:
- Bachelor’s degree or relevant work experience in gender issues, workforce development, human resource management and/or developing and delivering training and technical assistance
- 3+ years’ experience delivering community-based programs
- Experience with workforce development, case management, skilled trades, or working with women with barriers to employment preferred
- Experience developing and delivering training materials
- Experience implementing U.S. government-funded program a plus but not required
- An intelligent and articulate individual who can relate to people at all levels of an organization and possesses excellent communication skills
- Proficient using basic data management software and Microsoft Office programs.
Schedule and work environment:
- Standard business hours Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with some evening/weekend activities and options for flexible work hours
- Position based at VWW offices in Winooski with regular travel required to meet with partners and participants and to deliver training and technical assistance.
- Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license required
- Periodic statewide travel required
Success factors (i.e. personal characteristics that contribute to excelling in position):
- Strong commitment to and enthusiasm for VWW’s mission to help girls and women recognize their potential and explore, pursue and exceed in work that leads to economic independence.
- 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
- Ability to multi-task, set priorities, and accomplish goals
- A sense of humor, tact, and diplomacy
- A can-do attitude concerning all-things technology related
- Commitment to the value of diversity