Workforce Development Program Assistant
The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) is the city’s Workforce Development Board and school-to-career intermediary. The mission of the PIC is to strengthen Boston’s communities and its workforce by connecting youth and adults with education and employment opportunities that align with the needs of area employers.
As Boston’s MassHire Workforce Board, the PIC is responsible for developing and implementing industry sector partnerships that address the workforce needs of employers in the region and provide career opportunities for workforce development system participants in in-demand industry sectors or occupations. We fulfil this role by convening employers, workforce development organizations, educators, training providers and other key stakeholders to identify workforce skill needs and develop solutions to address them. The Workforce Development Program Assistant will support the efforts of the PIC to organize these collaborations on a local and regional level.
The Program Assistant will have a specific focus on the Governor’s Career and Technical Initiative (CTI) which aims to provide more Massachusetts residents access to career technical training using the state’s existing resources at vocational high schools, while simultaneously helping businesses grow by increasing the population of skilled workers able to be employed in trade and construction jobs.
The Workforce Development Program Assistant will work on the PIC’s Workforce Development team, under the supervision of the Sector Partnership Manager. The Program Assistant will coordinate and report on the Career and Technical Initiative (CTI) programming happening across the Greater Boston Region. The Program Assistant will work with the Sector Partnership Manager to collaborate with regional partners, including MassHire Workforce Boards and MassHire Career Centers who are engaged in similar work, to ensure alignment of program goals to the labor market, ensure effective employer engagement and to develop a long-term strategy to support the needs of the target industries. Additionally, this position will support the work of the PIC’s Workforce Development Team by assisting with team logistics, including but not limited to coordinating meetings, tracking training participants in various initiatives, and drafting and reviewing grant reports.
The Workforce Development Program Assistant works with businesses and regional partners to develop pipeline solutions in the Greater Boston region.
Coordination & Reporting on Greater Boston’s CTI Programming (75%):
• Engage regional CTI schools (both current and those planning for FY’22/’23) to strengthen employer engagement strategy
• Research and share real-time vacancy information with employers and other stakeholders
• Identify and engage businesses within the construction/trades and manufacturing to broker relationships with vocational schools implementing or seeking to implement CTI
• Understand business workforce needs and connect them with MassHire for pipeline development support
• Identify and engage community-based organizations within the region to support CTI awareness, recruitment, and activities
• Identify and engage with businesses within other identified high priority industries/occupations to identify existing pipelines of workers, determine need for new pipelines, and make appropriate referrals
• Leverage regional industry organizing structures to reach and serve participants across the Greater Boston region
• Participate in bi-weekly video/phone calls with funders
• Identify gaps in training and work collaboratively with regional partners and training providers to explore new pipelines
General Responsibilities (25%):
• Provide systematic, proactive communication internally to colleagues
• Ensure that data is inputted into applicable systems accurately and in a timely manner to support the PIC’s data and measurement efforts
• Other projects as assigned
• Bachelor’s Degree or 2-3 years of experience in workforce development, youth or adult career and technical education, employer relationship management or related field strongly preferred
• Effective time-management and strong organizational skills
• Strong communication and presentation skills
• Ability to navigate multiple environments and stakeholder groups
• Proficient computer skills and confidence reporting on data analysis
This is a grant-funded, contracted position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021 and anticipated end date of June 30, 2022. Extension or renewal of this position is contingent upon funding availability.
Please submit cover letter and resume to Ashley Hazleton McClafferty (Ashley.Hazleton@bostonpic.org) by July 30, 2021.
The Boston Private Industry Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.