Executive Director

Richmond, Virginia
Jun 05, 2021
Jul 10, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is seeking an Executive Director for its newly created Virginia Office of Education Economics (VOEE). VOEE was created by the Virginia General Assembly in early 2021 with the support of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and other groups. Working in collaboration with a variety of in-state stakeholders and leveraging the best available literature, the inaugural Executive Director will develop, launch, and lead the Virginia Office of Education Economics (VOEE).

Virginia is creating a first-in-the-nation office to be a lighthouse/exemplar for how to leverage analytics and collaboration to drive improved labor market outcomes for students, job seekers, and regions. VOEE is charged with two important, complementary functions: (1) Provide a unified, consistent source of analysis for policy development and implementation related to talent development; and (2) Offer resources and expertise related to education and labor market alignment. VOEE will be foundational in the implementation of a new learning ecosystem within Virginia, connecting traditional education institutions with custom workforce solutions and improving overall educational attainment within the state and enabling economic mobility for all job seekers within the state’s workforce.  The Virginia Office of Education Economics will be housed within VEDP. The Executive Director will be a member of VEDP’s executive team working closely with VEDP’s President and CEO, Managing Director of Strategic Talent Initiatives, and Sr. Vice President of Talent Solutions, as well as many other internal and external partners.

The Executive Director will be the point person for all activities tied to VOEE – spanning everything from guiding the organizational design, development, and overall strategy to designing and executing a meaningful research agenda in partnership with local, regional, state, and national entities. This Executive Director will manage a staff of at least two initially, with substantial potential for growth.

Deliverables may include:

  • Development of important new learning ecosystem elements, internally and/or in partnership with other organizations (e.g., improved navigation tools for individuals, new education financing mechanisms, policy initiatives to increase access to internships and/or apprenticeships)
  • Periodic special reports on important talent-related topics (e.g., an in-depth analysis of talent pipeline needs of the tech sector, healthcare, or education; identification of predictors of underemployment of college grads to improve employment outcomes; insights on interstate migration of talent)
  • Comprehensive, reliable analyses of labor market supply/demand balances – annual or quarterly, by region and for the Commonwealth as a whole
  • Policy evaluation and recommendations to address labor market supply/demand gaps (e.g., talent pipeline plans for strategic growth occupations) – on request and/or based on largest identified labor market supply/demand gaps
  • Benchmarking of promising education and workforce/talent development efforts in other states designed to meet important labor market demands.


  • Track record/experience in understanding employer talent and human resource needs
  • Subject matter expertise in education and labor market alignment research areas, including but not limited to the economics of education, unemployment, underemployment, navigational tools for jobseekers, industry credentials and certifications, and/or specific industry verticals (e.g., tech sector, healthcare sector)
  • Experience leading an organization or office, including representing the broader vision and mission of that organization with a wide array of national stakeholders
  • Track record and familiarity with philanthropic funding, grantmaking, and/or federal and state funding
  • Management of direct reports with a track record of developing people and building successful teams
  • Excellent strategic analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of and experience working with talent-related datasets, including but not limited to BLS, Emsi, Burning Glass, Census Bureau, etc.
  • At least three years of experience as an executive director or similar leadership level position for an organization involved in education and/or labor market alignment content is desired
  • Understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as an ability to convert findings and insights into accessible and executive-level communications is desired
  • Broad “T” experiences – not only in research, but in building an organization, piloting, innovation processes, raising/allocating funds, and an understanding of policy is desired

All candidates must apply through our website https://www.vedp.org/about-vedp. Candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply. A valid Virginia driver’s license is required. Application deadline: Open until filled.

VEDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or against otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities. It is VEDP’s intent that its employment and personnel policies and practices conform to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applicants requiring more information or requiring assistance may contact VEDP Human Resources at 1-804-545-5634 or vedphr@vedp.org. TDD 1-800-828-1120.

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