Workforce Development Manager - Columbus, GA
The Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce (the “Chamber”) is the lead business, marketing and economic growth organization in West Central Georgia. The Chamber is responsible for driving activities that coordinate business connectivity, attract new businesses and capital investment, foster a sense of place, and support a talented workforce.
The Workforce Development Manager, as a member of the economic development team, plays a critical role in supporting economic development initiatives by having a strong understanding of the workforce conditions in Columbus and by supporting and advancing partnerships and programs that advance workforce readiness and placement of individuals in roles with local and regional industry. This position also actively supports the internal and external mission of the Chamber to foster a positive environment and overall economic growth. The Workforce Development Manager will report directly to the Vice President of Economic Development and a have high degree of cross-departmental coordination and collaboration with the Columbus 2025 “Talented Educated People” action area.
- Actively participate in coordinating and achieving success on deliverables related to Columbus 2025 “Talented Educated People” action area.
- Manage and promote talent attraction platforms and tools; participate in implementation as needed.
- Obtain and develop data that accurately assesses the workforce environment in near-real time.
- Develop, track and concisely communicate workforce impact measures that will serve as benchmarks for future workforce development activities and annual goal setting.
- Assist employers with connectivity to talent resources.
- Support regional talent initiatives as required.
- Identify obstacles to talent attraction and develop and communicate strategies to overcome those obstacles; build partnerships where needed.
- Participate in and support Chamber and Development Authority events and initiatives to incorporate workforce components and awareness; plan engagement events as appropriate.
- Develop strong relationships with workforce partners (ex. WorkSource, technical colleges, universities, military entities, Muscogee County School District and others).
- Establish and lead applicable Chamber committees related to workforce and coordinate related volunteer activity.
- Manage information requests for education or workforce development information.
- Monitor, in partnership with internal government affairs colleague, local, state and federal issues and legislation concerning education and workforce.
- Work with local, regional and state-wide partners as well as federal funding to advance workforce training and engagement opportunities including the Partners In Education (PIE) program.
- Support and execute outreach to existing businesses that are located in Columbus and encountering workforce development challenges.
- Develop marketing materials specific to the client needs in a timely manner.
- Work with project team to ensure that website materials, research data and demographics are correct and support our ability to compete for opportunities.
- Identify and obtain applicable workforce development grants and revenue sources.
- Plan budget and participate in the management of related financials.
- Support and oversee workforce development activities that support immediate talent needs of local and regional industry.
- Promote the mission and core values of the Chamber and maintain a positive work environment.
- Prepare monthly Chamber and economic development updates for communication with stakeholders, boards, etc.
- Other duties as assigned.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field required.
- Masters of Business Administration, economic development industry certification or other related degree highly desirable.
- 4 – 6 years of relevant work experience (education, training and other credentials may compensate for lack of direct work experience).
- An understanding of workforce development and the connection between K-12 educational systems, postsecondary education systems, military and career technical programs strongly preferred.
- Self-motivated, high energy and organized with strong attention to detail.
- Proven ability to manage projects.
- Candidate must have the ability to travel as needed (10 – 15%).
- Proven ability to develop relationships with local business leaders.
- Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills, especially in the area of communicating with a variety of stakeholders (i.e., general public and the business community).
- Grant writing a plus.
- Computer and basic software skills (ex. Microsoft Office).
- Strong, persuasive communicator with excellent verbal presentation skills.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Joe Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.