The American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Workforce and Economic Development department helps community colleges better collaborate with workforce boards, economic development entities, labor market intermediaries, and other community organizations to improve the prosperity of workers, businesses, and communities. The Project Manager serves as a critical component of the team contributing on both programmatic content as well as logistic support for the vision and wellness of the unit. The position participates fully as a team member with senior staff, project team, member colleges, and project partners (including funders) to address and resolve complex challenges that the unit is aiming to address, and then scale successful findings to a wider audience. This position primarily focuses on two projects:
AACC is partnering with High Impact Partners (HIP) to deliver high caliber technical assistance and grants management support to the 23 recipients of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) America’s Promise Job-Driven Grant Program. This program is part of DOL efforts to accelerate regional workforce partnerships and provide a pipeline of skilled workers to key sectors. America’s Promise programs are focused on in-demand industries such as information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and financial services. The Project Manager will be responsible for technical assistance to an assigned cohort of grantees, coordination with other sub-grantees and coaches, monthly reporting, coordinating with HIP, and identification and development of content to support the grantees. Technical assistance topics that the project manager will need to deliver include accelerating the development of new and expanded regional partnerships, expanding employer engagements, using evidence-based design and leveraging resources.
AACC implements the BACK TO WORK 50+ (BTW 50+) Women’s Economic Stability Initiative (WESI) at five community colleges with support from AARP Foundation. The WESI program focuses on helping women 50+ overcome their specific barriers to employment. The colleges offer workshops, individual coaching sessions, computer training, and financial capability coaching to participants. The Project Manager is responsible for assisting the project lead and AACC executives, synthesizing common and successful strategies across the sites for scaling, as well as promotion to the wider community college network. This individual will also be working with project team members to promote employer engagement strategies and is responsible for coordinating regularly scheduled phone calls and webinars, assisting colleges with their reporting, providing regular AACC reporting to the funder, contributing to online project tools and the information warehouse, and other administrative tasks to support the project.
Qualified candidates must have at least a two-year degree. Community college experience is welcomed. Professional work experience of 5 years in workforce, economic development, community college networks or membership-based networks is encouraged. Experience with networks of 10 or more partners simultaneously working towards similar goals is required. Requires experience with grant and project management including development and maintenance of timelines, budgets, data evaluation systems, and contact spreadsheets. Must have ability to perform community-based research using the internet, interviews and site visits as needed. Should be comfortable reporting on grant status as a supporting writer for regular grant reports. Should be a competent writer who understands basic workforce development issues, or has a willingness to learn, to effectively take notes and enact decisions during planning meetings as well as write consistently and professionally to generate event documents (meeting agendas, participant lists, background materials). Qualified candidates must also have effective presentation and organizational skills as well as working knowledge in Microsoft Office, especially PowerPoint, Excel and Word. Candidate will have familiarity with online collaborative document management systems (e.g. Google Documents), shared document repositories (e.g. Basecamp), database entry for evaluation systems, and be comfortable deploying technology to coordinate large groups and various subgroups on a regular basis. Attention to detail, proficiency in oral and written communications, critical thinking and problem-solving, interpersonal, and multi-tasking skills, are also required.
We offer paid health & dental benefits for employees and their dependents, 20 days of vacation/year and a 10% retirement matching contribution. Apply on-line, by March 28, 2018, at https://www.aacc.nche.edu/about-us/work-for-aacc/
AACC is an equal opportunity employer.