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Director of Workforce Development

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations

BWI, in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation's ( Employment Center and other Brooklyn Workforce Collaboration partners will create new employer-customized training and job placement opportunities that will primarily serve the low-income communities (with a focus on public housing residents) surrounding the Navy Yard, matching a skilled-up labor force with 275 (and growing) employers at the Yard. BWI seeks a dynamic, experienced professional to lead workforce development collaboration activities. BWC partners include Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, Nontraditional Employment for Women and the Consortium for Worker Education.

The Director of Training will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of BWI’s Brooklyn Workforce Collaboration(BWC) program and activities. The BWC was recently formed to bring high-quality job training, adult education, career development and support services to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a quickly-growing industrial park in North Brooklyn. The Director will shepherd program development and launch and ensure that BWI and BWC meet training and job placement service goals. S/he will report to BWI’s Executive Director and work closely with program staff within BWI and at partnering agencies. The Director will primarily work from the BWC’s offices at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building 92.

Duties will include:

Oversee and coordinate all aspects and operations of BWI’s Brooklyn Workforce Collaboration.

Engage BNY employers and develop training plans for both sector clusters and specific employers.

Develop, direct, coordinate, supervise, implement, and promote customized training programs utilizing public and private funds for training.

Develop outreach materials and methods for recruiting sufficient number of qualified applicants.

Participate in interviewing, screening, and registering program candidates as needed.

Coordinate program activities and instruction, including lessons provided by partners and vendors. Help develop curricula and training materials. Lead classroom sessions as needed.

Provide and/or supervise job placement and job counseling to program participants, working closely with hiring partners to ensure timely and successful hires and job retention.

Coordinate organization’s linkages with network of educational, vocational and skills training providers. Supervise consultants and vendors as needed.

Ensure all program activities and data are tracked accurately. Produce reports as needed.

Assist in fundraising, communications and publicity efforts for BWI and the Collaboration.

Provide job placement services, including building linkages with the business community.

Minimum of five years of workforce development experience including at least two years of supervisory experience.

Leadership experience, both within organizations and within the field.

Experience developing and launching skills training programs highly preferred.

Program and curriculum development experience required, including project budgeting and experience responding to government RFPs.

Must be goal-driven and results-oriented with a friendly and professional demeanor.

Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as a member of a team, and with a wide variety of stakeholders, including government agencies and foundations.

Excellent communication and computer skills, well-organized, thorough, strong attention to detail, and motivated.

Ability to multi-task and exercise good judgment.

Enthusiasm and respect for working with low-income adults; strong commitment to the missions of BWI and BWC partner organizations.

Flexibility to work some evenings and/or weekends.

BWI serves a community with a widely diverse population. We will make every effort to ensure that our staff represent, to the greatest extent possible, the population of the community in every way, including income, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. BWI is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We encourage all to apply.

No phone calls, please. Email cover letter, resume, and salary history/requirement to Aaron Shiffman, Executive Director, Only applications with a cover letter, resume and salary requirement will be considered.

About Organization:
Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) helps jobless and working poor New Yorkers establish careers in sectors that offer good wages and opportunities for advancement (



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