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Women's Program Manager - Employment & Career Services

For Vermont Works for Women

Position summary

The Women’s Program Manager – Employment & Career Services is a core member of VWW’s Women’s Program team, working to provide career coaching and job search support to women through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and maintenance of an online classroom and career mentor network.  This includes cultivating and maintaining relationships with employers and community partners to ensure VWW is well-connected in the workforce development space. The Manager will help develop new programs and outreach methods to meet the rapidly changing employment landscape and to meet the needs of a wide-range of women.  The Manager uses their expertise to represent the needs and challenges of women in the workforce both internally to improve and create effective programming, and externally with donors, policy makers, community partners, and other stakeholders. 

Essential Functions

Program development, planning, implementation & evaluation                     50%

  • Support the development, planning and implementation of VWW’s employment & career services programs
  • Develop and implement recruitment efforts for VWW programs that serve women
  • Assess participant’s skill set, preferences, possible barriers to employment, and work history in order to determine short-term and long-term career goals
  • Provide one-on-one individualized employment coaching to participants including cover letters and resumes; job searches, connection to employers
  • Identify resources and/or provide referrals to ensure each woman has what she needs to succeed in a job, including connecting participants to transportation, housing, and childcare resources
  • Ensure case notes and employment data are recorded in the Apricot database in a timely manner and data is evaluated regularly for program improvements and reporting
  • Develop, plan and implement career and employment workshops for participants, partner organizations and the general public
  • Recruit, train, orient and support volunteer career mentors on how to provide high quality, relevant career services including coaching, resume and cover letter development, job search strategizing, and interview preparation
  • Ongoing development, evaluation and maintenance of VWW’s employment & career online classroom resources including updating curricula, researching resources, recording video lessons, etc. and regularly using and interfacing with the program software
  • Ongoing research and development of new ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of programs
  • Ongoing research and development of culturally sensitive programming to offer career support and services to Vermont women from a variety of socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds

 

Outreach, employer relations and external representation                         40%

  • Cultivate relationships with community partners that serve VWW’s target population, including VT DOL, Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) and other workforce development organizations and entities in VT
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with employers through phone calls, email, site visits, job fairs, social media networking, etc.
  • Facilitate connections between participants and employers – advocate for participants as job candidates, arrange informational interviews, job shadows, and tours
  • Attend job fairs and other networking events as needed
  • Represent the needs and challenges of women in the workforce with donors, policy makers, community partners, and other stakeholders, as requested.

 

Fiscal and program management                                                                            10%

  • Participate in budget and fiscal planning discussions related to employment and career services program needs annually
  • Manage contracted services and fee for service with external partners
  • Make recommendations to Director of Programs & Gender Equity accordingly to meet budget targets
  • Assess, mitigate, and advise Director of Programs & Gender Equity on operational program changes
  • Contribute to grant and funding proposals and reports as requested

 
Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Attendance at occasional evening & weekend meetings and necessary public events

 
Schedule and work environment

  • The schedule typically operates within standard business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with some evening/weekend activities. During COVID significant telework encouraged./li>
  • Some travel throughout Vermont required for off-site meetings and trainings
  • Primarily within an office environment
  • Must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 lbs.

 

Minimum Job Requirements

Education and Experience

  • High School diploma required; Bachelor’s degree or 4+ years relevant experience in delivery of social services and/or work with programs supporting girls and women preferred or a combination of relevant education and experience

 
Specialized Skills & Knowledge

  • Knowledge of generational poverty, criminal justice systems, substance use disorder, childcare challenges, trauma, the wage gap, and other factors significantly affecting the economic status of women in VT
  • Effective communicator with diverse populations and ability to build culturally-sensitive programming
  • Familiarity with workforce development issues in Vermont
  • Experience with one-on-one coaching
  • A well-organized, self-directed experienced manager with strong operations acumen and ability to work as part of a team, across teams, and independently
  • Experience with curriculum & program development and training delivery skills, with attention to gender–informed and trauma-informed programming
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook software and in using email and the resources of the internet
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass national background check 

 

Success Factors

  • Strong commitment to and enthusiasm for VWW’s mission
  • Excellent people skills, with experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills
  • A can-do attitude concerning all-things technology related
  • Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities, and accomplish goals
  • Commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems
  • Ability to deal with the public and staff in a friendly, pleasant and professional manner
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems
  • A sense of humor, tact and diplomacy

 

Vermont Works for Women is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment that represents the vibrant communities we serve. Candidates across all markers of identity and expressions (genders, sexualities, races, religions, ages, national origins, and abilities, etc.) are highly encouraged to apply to this position, especially those with marginalized identities.

Vermont Works for Women is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, VWW will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Cody Reed, info@vtworksforwomen.org, 802-655-8900 x100.

Jan 08, 2021
Will remain posted until filled
Women's Programs
See above in job description.
High School diploma required; Bachelor’s degree or 4+ years relevant experience in delivery of social services and/or work with programs supporting girls and women preferred or a combination of relevant education and experience.
Primarily within an office environment. During COVID-19, significant telework encouraged. The schedule typically operates within standard business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with some evening/weekend activities. Some travel throughout Vermont required for off-site meetings and trainings.
40 hours/week; full-time; non-exempt
$20/ hour with a comprehensive benefits package.
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter in PDF format to jobs@vtworksforwomen.org.