Seeking Director of Workforce Solutions

The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council is searching for a Director of Workforce Solutions. This person will bring together community leaders, local business leaders, educational leaders, and media to execute a regional model of developing, recruiting, and retaining a skilled workforce in Greater Peoria. Application deadline is May 22nd.

This is a full-time, salaried, professional position responsible for implementing a strategic plan to address workforce issues in Greater Peoria, including creating a model for industry-led workforce development, recruitment, and retention. The Director of Workforce Solutions will report to the CEO of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council and will work in concert with our Workforce Alliance all other EDC volunteers and employees.

To apply send your resume and cover letter to Melissa Oliveri at moliveri@greaterpeoriaedc.org by May 22nd.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Connect Resources and Develop Strategies
– Connect talent, opportunity and education. Partner with all stakeholders to develop the overall strategy, as well as the individual tactics necessary to achieve specific and measurable objectives.
– Collaborate with fellow staff members along with existing business leaders, as needed, to identify and assist in anticipating and troubleshooting workforce-related issues.
– In cooperation with the CEO, develop and monitor an annual budget for Workforce Solutions.
– Attend appropriate workforce development related meetings, conferences and training sessions.
Coordinate Efforts to Align Existing Talent to Meet the Current and Future Workforce Needs of Local Employers
– Collaborate with educational partners to develop programs and tools to direct students from high school into vocational programs and employment opportunities with local businesses.
– Partner with regional universities, community colleges, trade schools, and high schools to provide the training and education needed to support the existing and emerging workforce needs of local employers.
– Actively support adults who wish to continue their education and training to build their skill-sets in order to elevate their career with companies throughout Greater Peoria.
– Work with local businesses to create and coordinate internships, job shadowing, co-op experiences, etc.
Coordinate Efforts to Recruit Needed Talent to Greater Peoria
– Define the roadmap to attract talent to Greater Peoria from outside the area to fill critical skill shortages.
– Recruit college graduates who have left the region to earn degrees back to Greater Peoria.
– Identify and communicate with individuals outside the area with ties to the region and interest in returning.
– Work with the state programs to recruit military veterans.
– Identify and define any obstacles to individuals relocating.
– Create and implement a plan to identify and promote factors that make Greater Peoria an attractive place to live and address any deficiencies.
– Establish strong working relationships with the Alumni and Career Placement offices at regional institutions of higher learning. Activities should include hosting networking events and speaking on campus, and advise local colleges regarding workforce development efforts.
Share Workforce Efforts with Regional Stakeholders
– Market the new workforce initiative to local employers in cooperation with all local media partners.
– Establish ongoing relationships with regional Human Resource professionals, elected officials, and other regional and state workforce development organizations, economic development professionals, labor organizations, supportive and interested third party organizations, etc.
Perform other such duties and functions as are necessary to the proper performance of this position.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an appropriately accredited four-year college or university and several (3-5) years related experience and / or training in a workforce-related field such as Human Resources, Economic Development, Education, Management, Communications, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have working knowledge of communication techniques and methods, as well as the ability to manage and maintain complex and dynamic business / political relationships.

ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS
– Ability to multi-task and organize relevant data, while adhering to multiple timelines.
– Ability to build and maintain relationships, as well as organize and host regular meetings with various stakeholder groups to include business, K-12 education, higher education, human resource professionals, labor organizations, young professional groups, regional municipalities / counties, local media, and economic development partners.

COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS
– Superb oral and written skills to communicate information and ideas.
– Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex information. Proficiency in writing reports and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in a customized format and respond to questions from groups of clients, investors, media, and the general public both orally and in writing.

REASONING ABILITY AND ANALYTICS
– Capable of recognizing, defining, and solving problems. Aptitude for collecting data, establishing facts, and drawing valid conclusions.
– Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
– Knowledge of Synchronist Database software
– Knowledge of leading website and social media platforms and ability to effectively utilize them

SALARY AND BENEFITS
$60,000 – $65,000 per year, benefit stipend, and retirement match.

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