Director, Workforce Development Collaboration

Department Description: The Workforce Development Department is a new division within Far South CDC responsible for guiding and delivering initiatives that match job-seekers to positions at area businesses, facilitate training of community residents for jobs with Chicagoland employers, support worker upskilling and training, and, linking with Far South CDC’s other divisions, support creation of jobs in our region. The department links with education providers, government, business, and community organizations to facilitate innovative projects to serve residents and businesses.

Job Description: This position will be responsible to lead the day-to-day operations of the Workforce Development Department, which entails development of partner relationships with businesses, organized labor, community based organizations, workforce development intermediaries, educational institutions at all levels, and other entities. The position will directly manage a number of projects led by Far South CDC and serve as the organization’s staff to other projects led by partner institutions.


Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
Director, Workforce Development Collaboration

The position requires the Director’s primary activities to focus in the City of Chicago and immediate South suburbs, such as:

• Plan and coordinate programs and activities consistent with the goals and objectives of Far South CDC.

• Build and expand this new Department, with significant effort in building new relationships with existing workforce development, education and economic development entities

• Develop internal and external resources to accomplish program objectives including:

o Actively seeking additional funding resources for department and Far South CDC

o Research the employment situation in the Far South CDC region including direct research on local businesses, business growth, unemployment and underemployment data and qualitative information

o Collaborate with other Far South CDC staff in providing workshops and seminars to entrepreneurs, business owners and area residents.

o Maintain client control records and management information systems

o Develop, maintain and analyze data on program effectiveness

o Provide timely and accurate reports to Far South CDC and all funders

o Work with Marketing & Communications Department in establishing and implementing a marketing plan that will allow for high visibility of the Department

o Join local boards and committees

o Attend the following meetings: internal staff meetings, Dept. of Procurement meetings, OTHERS (as necessary)

• Develop ongoing working relationships and specific project partnerships with State and local workforce development, education and economic development entities including:

o Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

o Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership

o Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance

o Workforce Partners of Metropolitan Chicago

o City Colleges of Chicago

o Chicago Public Schools

o City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development

o World Business Chicago

o OTHERS (as necessary)

• Manage and set objectives for the Department in conjunction with other Far South CDC Departments.

• Ensure all aspects of the department’s work is completed, which includes setting and accomplishing goals of all existing programs and proposed/new programs

• An immediate role will be to serve as the Project Manager for the new Jobs that Move Logistics Industry partnership being led by Far South CDC with support from the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation.

• The position calls for a wide variety of management skills due to the diversity of clientele the department serves. In particular, the position requires experience and key work related to both industry (Transportation/Distribution/Logistics, Manufacturing, Retail and other sectors) and publicly funded workforce, economic development and education initiatives.



University degree in a related field

Professional designation:


Knowledge, skills and abilities:

• Budget and program management experience

• Expertise in areas of economic development, workforce development and education policy and program implementation

• Expertise in the Logistics, Manufacturing and Retail industries, with priority for expertise in Chicago’s Transportation/Distribution/Logistics sector

• Excellent communications skills, including public speaking

Proficiency in the use of computers for:

Microsoft Office Suite & Office 365

Financial Management

Project Management Software

Donor Software

Membership Software

Internet & Phone Apps

Reporting Tools

Personal characteristics

The Director, Workforce Development Collaboration should demonstrate competence in the following:

• Skilled in organizational development, personnel management, budget and resource development, and strategic planning.

• Excellent people skills, with an ability to partner with a dynamic leadership team.

• Possess personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to corporate mission.

• Flexible and able to multitask; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions; demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems.

2 or more years of providing business assistance experience

Job Benefits

Benefits Description:

50% – Medical and Dental Employer Coverage | 100% – Vision Employer Coverage | 401K Savings Account Setup | Flexible Work Schedule

Working Conditions:
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Software Used:

Office 365 | Adobe Products | QuickBooks | Project Management

Employee Handbook: (Attached)

Far South CDC PowerPoint – Description of Company: (Attached)

Goals for FY 2017 and FY 2018:

▪ Lead development of JPMorgan Chase Foundation funded TDL Initiative (Jobs that Move)

▪ Establish working relationships with key partners including Olive Harvey College, Calumet Area Industrial Commission, and other partners of the Jobs That Move project

▪ Lead efforts that will result in development of new job opportunities, training and placement of 75 low-income residents of the Far South CDC communities into employment in the Logistics industry.

▪ Support efforts to secure additional resources to continue the Jobs That Move project for future years.

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Position: Director, Workforce Development Collaboration

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Employment Type
Beginning of employment
March 16
Duration of employment
December 31, 2018
Workforce Development
Job Location
9923 S. Halsted St., 60628, Chicago, Far South Side
Base Salary
$ 55,000
Date posted
February 7, 2018