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Workforce Development Director

About LACI

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization creating an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation (through working with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies), transforming markets (through partnerships in transportation, energy and sustainable cities) and enhancing communities (through workforce development, pilots and other programs). Founded as an economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. In the past six years, LACI has helped 73 portfolio companies raise $184M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,700 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long term economic value. Learn more at laci.org.

Workforce Development Training is part of LACI’s multi-pronged approach towards empowering underrepresented groups to participate in the green job market. The La Kretz Innovation Campus is uniquely positioned to provide a centrally-located, comprehensive suite of cleantech entrepreneurship and workforce training opportunities to LA’s entrepreneurs, community colleges, universities, employers, nonprofits, and – in particular – community members.  

Position Summary:
Reporting to the SVP of Enhancing Communities, the Director of Workforce Development is ultimately responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of LACI’s workforce development initiatives. At present, this includes the APC Fellowship and Green Jobs study. Additionally, the Director will work with LACI leadership to strategically expand this work and build a pipeline of students and fellows for WD programs. Upon hire, this role will also be responsible for hiring and onboarding a Training Coordinator that they will supervise, and overseeing a consultant team conducting the Green Jobs study development.

In Spring 2019, LACI will launch our Advanced Prototyping Center (APC) Fellowship, a 3-month program which will provide 50 unemployed and underemployed participants with experiential training and direct connections with job opportunities at LACI’s Portfolio Companies and partner organizations. The Workforce Development Director will be responsible for the program design, evaluation and execution of the APC Fellowship, as well as the recruitment of program candidates, ensuring a diverse pool of underrepresented groups. 

What You’ll Do:

  • Program Strategy, Delivery & Oversight: Determines WD strategy, resources,  and funding opportunities; oversees operations and drives the results of the WD programs at LACI; interprets and applies current applicable federal, state and local regulations, grants, and LACI guidelines, policies and procedures to accomplish successful program delivery.
  • Program Management & Reporting: Manage WD programs, including California Workforce Development Grant; assure program performance is consistent with contract requirements by effective supervision of staff and contractors; manage program processes, analyze data and remain current with employment and business service trends; track, analyze, and use data to drive strategy and meet performance goals.
  • Partnership/Relationship Development: Work with leaders internally and across partner orgs to ensure appropriate collaboration, leveraging of services, and continuous quality improvement practices; cultivate and develop new partnerships to further WD goals.
  • Candidate Pipeline: Build a steady pipeline of candidates to funnel into the APC Fellowship and other WD programs at LACI; form strategic partnerships and relationships to get the right students, fellows and entrepreneurs in the door, especially from underrepresented communities. 
  • Budget Oversight: Plan, develop, establish and implement grant/program budgets; monitor program delivery and performance against program budgets, objectives, and outcomes; work to ensure timely fund expenditures; review and monitor program expenditures to ensure compliance with funding requirements and regulations.
  • Staff Development & Performance: Plans and evaluates the performance of assigned staff; establishes performance requirements and personal development targets; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development.

Why You’re Right for the Job

  • You’re a master planner and capacity builder. You love to build things. The idea of launching this new fellowship excites you! Plus, you know how to operationalize program strategy and develop the plans, processes and people to execute, ensuring the program runs smoothly and goals are met.
  • You know what’s happening in LA... in workforce development (among other things!). You’re an active member of the workforce development community in Los Angeles, so you know how the landscape works - from worksource centers to funders to community colleges. 
  • You’re mega-organized. You can’t handle a messy desk or a messy inbox. You’re not afraid to admit that you get excited about color-coded spreadsheets, and you’re likely to check out any new technology platform to better manage emails, projects or workflows.
  • You have a highly collaborative and inclusive approach to leadership. You naturally build strong relationships and establish credibility with a wide-range of leaders and employees across departments and communities as a trusted colleague and mentor.  You value difference.
  • Solving puzzles is fun for you. Others might not see how all the pieces fit together, but you do. You can take unclear or nebulous information and bring it into focus, so others can see and understand the big picture. Your words are a big part of your art, both in speaking and putting pen to paper.
  • If something needs doing, your response is, “Let’s do it!” It’s just intuitive to you to search for solutions when you see a need that needs meeting. You’re a go getter, who knows how to engage others proactively to find the best way to solve problems and maximize opportunities. 

Requirements

Basically, we want to know you can get the job done. This means you have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Experience in running successful Workforce Development programs and services in Los Angeles 
  • Demonstrated success in executing programs that will meet and exceed contract performance goals
  • Strong analytical skills; expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative analysis
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Strong project management skills and consultative skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, SharePoint, PowerPoint) and Google (Mail, Cal, Drive)
  • Experience working with individuals with diverse ethnic, social and educational backgrounds

Position Details

This is a full-time position, starting immediately. LACI operates out of the La Kretz Innovation Campus, in the bustling Downtown LA Arts District. Since we are rapidly growing, you will be getting in on the ground floor at LACI, with the opportunity to evolve with us and shape your future here. 

In addition to working on a campus with other innovators, we offer industry competitive benefits including:  paid holidays, vacation/sick time, 401(k) plan, and paid parking. We also support alternative transportation with a metro pass for every employee. Although we trust that you can do amazing work remote or from your home office, this is an in-house only position.

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