Youth Program Manager
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 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
• 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
Submit resume and cover letter to: Andrea.P.COLE@employ.oregon.gov
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