Summary: The Workforce Coordinator – Chicago FarmWorks will manage all workforce responsibilities identified in public and private grants to support the accomplishment of all workforce objectives. This position will manage all program related communications and coordination of meetings related to supporting workforce objectives with HA workforce initiatives, community building relationships with non-profit organizations, employer partners, and assist with farm operations. Responsible for submission of required monthly reports, assistance with development and implementation of participant program job readiness training curriculum, and program budget management. Provide training and supervision to transitional job participants in keeping with our philosophy of care, providing evaluation and instruction in a supported, authentic work environment. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objective, within the framework outlined below.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Ensures the implementation of organization and program/department policies and procedures (e.g. personnel, financial, client eligibility, Standards of Professional Conduct, etc.).
- Assist with the training, managing and evaluation of transitional job participants using in farm operations and workplace skills so that they can obtain and maintain unsubsidized employment following completion of the program
- Mange and evaluate assigned staff to support deliver of high quality workforce services
- Attend HA, CBOC, and specific grants workforce meetings, submits reports, and serves on assigned committees as required
- Coordinates farm site visits with Farm manager
- Audits participant workforce files for funding compliance
- Reviews all data entered into HHCS proprietary data system to ensure high quality program data collection
- Reviews all data entered into funders data system for accuracy and timely submission
- Develops workforce trainings to support the professional development needs of staff
- Develops with staff strategies to reduce barriers to unsubsidized employment for participants enrolled in services
- Develops and maintains employer relationships for participant’s subsidized and unsubsidized employment opportunities
- Develops and maintains relationships with local community organizations to assist with the recruitment of participants for workforce services
- Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders for program development and expansion.
- Attends internal and external meetings as required
- Reads and comprehends contract requirements
- Performs other duties as assigned
Competencies: to perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.
- Ability to identify and resolve problematic issues in a timely manner; demonstrated ability to problem solve and develop alternative, creative, and/or innovative solutions
- Ability to engage in conflict resolution and maintain confidentiality and objectiveness
- Demonstrated ability in presentation skills and leadership of group activities
- Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information
- Ability to read and comprehend contract and budgetary requirements and ensure program outcomes targets are met
- Adaptability to changes in the work environment management of competing demands; Ability to change approach or method to address and resolve scenarios; Ability to handle frequent change, delays, or unexpected events
- Responsive to management direction;
- Ability to involve others, coach for improvement, build quality, and provide developmental support
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
- Education and/or Experience: Associates degree and three years related experience required. May give credit towards years of experience if attained a degree higher than a Bachelor’s Degree. Documented workforce experience and program implementation, or management experience preferred.
- Other Qualifications: Must have valid Illinois Drives license, reliable transportation and be able to travel throughout Chicago. Must be able to provide meaningful workforce connections for individuals with barriers
- Language skills: excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated competency in public speaking and strong interpersonal skills required
- Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit walk
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to lift at least 35 pounds
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to grasp, pull, push and drag
Work Environment: The environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- The work environment is primarily indoors, but occasional requires staff to participate in farm related activities
- The work environment may not have electricity or other utilities
- The noise in work environment is moderate
Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions and operates all programs, services, and functions without regards to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled) unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization’s AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987