Youth Program Manager

East Cascades Works

Bend, OR, USA Remote


US$70-75k (annually)

Community and Social Services

Jul 30

Mission: East Cascades Works supports the talent needs of employers and maximizes and aligns  investments in the career goals of individuals to fuel a thriving economy. 

Vision: We envision an East Cascades region with thriving communities, where residents have access to  education and training which leads to living wage jobs, and businesses find the qualified talent they  need to succeed. 

Values: We are all East Cascades Works Ambassadors. We embrace equity and inclusion. We are trusted  experts in workforce development and rigorous stewards of public funds. We are collaborative neutral  conveners. We inspire a call to action. We are results-driven. We are innovative problem solvers.  

East Cascades Region: The East Cascades workforce region includes ten counties in rural Oregon: Hood  River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Jefferson, Wheeler, Deschutes, Crook, Klamath and Lake. This region  has three very distinct labor sheds: Columbia Gorge, Central Oregon, and Klamath Basin; home to over  300,000 people and spanning 30,000 square miles.  

EC Works Organizational Description:  

East Cascades Works (EC Works) is a non-profit organization that focuses efforts and investments in the  talent needs of employers and in providing equitable access to workforce services and training programs  for youth and adults throughout three unique rural labor sheds: Columbia Gorge, Central Oregon, and  the Klamath Basin; and includes both Warm Springs and Klamath Tribal communities. 

EC Works is primarily funded by the US Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity  Act (WIOA) as such the core function of our organization is to oversee the public workforce system,  locally branded as WorkSource, throughout the 10-county region we serve. This work focuses on funding  career services and ensuring equitable access to secondary and post-secondary education completion,  work-readiness training, and career placement for youth and jobseekers in our community. As the  public’s workforce system, our providers work with job seekers who are unemployed or underemployed  and we prioritize services to veterans, emergent workforce, individuals who are deficient in math and  reading, those living in poverty, justice system involved, English language learners, and those  experiencing disabilities. We make additional investments, both monetarily and by staff commitment to  work alongside members of these populations to understand and assess key issues and areas of inequity  and access to education and career services. We advocate with and/or on behalf of our core partners;  Oregon Employment Department, Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Oregon  Commission for the Blind, Central Oregon Community College, Columbia Gorge Community College,  Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, and Klamath Community College, at a state and local level to  implement programs and solutions that ultimately improves education and career outcomes. In doing  this, we’re simultaneously supporting the local economy, by expanding the labor pool to include often  untapped talent. 

Much like the priority populations that our board recognized, they have identified four high demand  industries that offer living wage occupations. Those sectors are Health Care, Technology, Construction  and Manufacturing. Our business support partners include the Oregon Employment Department, Youth  Career Connect, economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, industry associations, and business organizations that work in the four targeted sectors mentioned above.  

EC Works takes pride in developing innovative best practices, being good stewards of public funding  focusing on sustainability, strategic planning, budget management, fiscal and program compliance with  rigorous management of complex funding streams. 

EC Works is searching for a Youth Program Manager who: 

• Enthusiastically embraces the Mission, Vision and Values of EC Works 

• Thrives in a creative and collaborative team environment as well as independently  • Cultivates and fosters lasting partnerships with both new and existing stakeholders • Has a customer service mindset and uses feedback constructively to improve upon and  celebrate success 

• Bravely addresses and solves complex problems, resolves conflict, and inspires a call to action  • Remains calm and positive in high pressure or high stress situations 

• Is adaptable, flexible and takes initiative 

• Is a critical thinker and problem-solver with a growth mindset and has the ability to coach and  guide others in uncovering their own solutions  

• Has a willingness to travel 

• Unparalleled flexibility: stellar organizational skills and follow-through, ability to prioritize and  drive progress across multiple projects, adapts quickly and moves at the speed of business • Exemplary and engaging communication skills, especially around breaking down complex  structures into digestible and relevant points for a diverse set of client stakeholders – at all  levels; unicorn-like interpersonal abilities  

• Thrives in a highly dynamic, rapid-growth and demanding environment. Possesses a burning  desire to close deals 

Full Job Description:  

• Manage youth program contracts throughout the entire East Cascades region • Coordinate across programs and projects 

• Facilitate meetings with various key stakeholders, both in person and remotely via use of  technology 

• Serve as point of contact for youth services data system  

• Provide as well as participate in training and professional development activities to ensure most  up-to-date understanding of key programmatic elements of youth workforce activities  • Provide technical assistance when projects or programs are not meeting contract obligations • Assist in developing budgets and scopes of work for grants 

• Assist in preparing and presenting grant and board reports 

• Develop program standards and protocols that ensure continuous improvement and quality  youth workforce services

• Work with technology such as online meeting platforms, and working knowledge of Microsoft  Office programs: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint  

• Work with EC Works Director of Programs to identify risks and opportunities across multiple  programs, strategies and/or resources 

• Coordinate partnerships with other community youth stakeholder groups  

• Other duties as assigned  

Experience Preferred: 

• Experience in workforce development, economic development, education, public  administration, human resources, marketing, customer service management, and/or related  field 

• Experience in project and/or contracts management 

• Familiarity with Federal and state grant funds, including the ability to interpret and apply rules  and regulations to field operations 

Demonstrated ability to work well independently, and in a task-oriented, team environment • Jedi-like anticipation and awe-inspiring attention to detail 

• Consistent display of optimism, creativity, and self-confidence 

Benefits and Compensation: 

• 401 (k) 

• 401 (k) matching 

• Health insurance 

• Dental insurance 

• Vision insurance  

• Disability insurance 

• Life insurance 

• Employee assistance program 

• Paid time off 

• Hybrid-remote working environment 

• Wage range: $70,000 to $75,000 

Working Conditions:  

• While our main office is in Bend, Oregon, this position may work remotely within the one of the  10 EC Works counties as described above 

• The functions of this role are typically completed in an office setting with low to moderate physical  activity, and yes, your work will likely be interrupted as activities unfold throughout the day • Daytime and overnight travel may be required  

• Job type: full-time  

• Work culture description: We are an innovative, responsible risk-taking, strengths-based, highly  productive, and fun culture. We are team-oriented and thrive in a cooperative and collaborative  environment  

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