About Skillful and the Markle Foundation:
The Markle Foundation challenges itself and diverse partners to deploy their varied expertise to identify solutions to critical public problems and achieve systemic change. Today, as millions are unemployed and advanced technology and automation change the very nature of work, Markle’s current priority is advancing solutions toward a labor market that will enable workers in America to move into good jobs in the digital economy.
About the Rework America Alliance:
In response to the devastating impact of the pandemic, Markle launched the Rework America Alliance a nationwide collaboration of employers, non-profits, educators, government entities, and public and private organizations. The Alliance is working to open opportunities for millions of unemployed and low wage workers to move into good jobs, particularly people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the current economic crisis. Partners include National Urban League, NAACP, Unidos US, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Google, IBM, Microsoft, McKinsey & Company, North America’s Building Trades Unions, Workday and other leading businesses, labor unions, training, and workforce organizations.
About Rework America Networks and Skillful:
The Rework America Alliance builds on Markle’s previous work in this field. In 2013, Markle launched its Rework America initiative to help workers have greater market power and a stronger voice in decisions that impact their lives. The Rework America Task Force was focused on how to create more good jobs and how to prepare people for them, publishing the Norton press book America’s Moment in 2015.
This work inspired the development of Markle’s Skillful initiative in 2016 in Colorado - which expanded to Indiana in 2018. Skillful is part of Markle’s Rework America Alliance, working with employers, educators, non-profits, workforce leaders and others in Indiana to help people get good jobs based on the skills they have or the skills they can learn. Skillful is contributing resources to the Alliance as it aims to help unemployed people across the country return to the workforce in better jobs with greater career potential.
We are looking for a hard-working, dynamic team member who is passionate about making an impact on and serving the community. Given the entrepreneurial nature of Markle and Skillful, all team members execute a diverse portfolio of projects and contribute to the learning culture through execution of pilots, supporting multiple initiatives and collaborating across teams and partner organizations.
Job summary and responsibilities
The Associate, Training Programs reports to the Manager Digital Solutions and Training programs and Senior Manager for Policy and works cross functionally, with several key partners and stakeholders to execute multiple projects to reach the objectives of the training team and the policy team objectives below:
- Implement work to identify effective training programs in local Rework America Alliance delivery sites. The training team is responsible for working with delivery partners to identify effective training options for a high-priority list of jobs that are in demand, pay well, and are accessible to jobseekers without degrees. Examples of occupations of interest include IT support specialists, manufacturing production workers, and medical assistants.
- Based on workforce development knowledge and priorities of local delivery partners, support the training team in identifying jobs for which training is most important including by collecting and analyzing labor market data.
- Leverage available data sources to identify effective training programs
- Develop surveys of local partners and providers to get additional information on training program effectiveness
- Within the training validation process, prioritize collecting data and information to validate programs specifically for Black and Latinx jobseekers and jobseekers without a bachelor’s degree.
- Provide regular updates on progress and keep internal and external individuals apprised of project timelines and next steps
- Collect information on training gaps in local Rework America Alliance delivery sites and implement solutions agreed on by the training team.
- Communicate with partners in delivery sites to understand barriers to scale of effective training programs and access barriers for Black and Latinx jobseekers and jobseekers without a bachelor’s degree
- Get input from a range of national Alliance partners on how to fill gaps, including models in other locations that can be scaled
- Provide information to training and policy teams to support decision-making about how best to address training gaps for local delivery sites
- Communicate with worker-serving organizations, education institutions, employers, and other partners to facilitate local partnerships that could help to scale effective programs
- Educate local delivery partners on opportunities from federal and state programs to fill training gaps.
- Support the Senior Manager for Policy in providing policymakers with research and thought leadership to state policymakers about policy challenges and promising workforce models for states through the Rework America State Network and the Rework America Alliance.
- Write summaries for policy team on relevant workforce and education policy developments at the state and local level to support strategy of the policy team
- Draft content for state briefs that go in-depth on training topics of interest to states as well as materials involved in routine advising to states on workforce policy strategies.
- Support senior manager in prepping for any state meetings heavily focused on advising states about labor market reform to close racial, gender, and other persistent demographic economic disparities in employment and earnings.
- Write lessons learned from Rework America Alliance, especially training programs.
- Critical thinking and policy analysis: Demonstrated knowledge of workforce development, post- secondary education, and training policy issues. Ability to comment and write thoughtfully on these issues.
- Written and verbal communication: strong skills in written communication and editing that distills complex topics in compelling and digestible ways for internal and external audiences, including policymakers. Ability to produce written work quickly with attention to detail.
- Workforce policy research: Ability to conduct (primarily qualitative) research on complex economic and workforce topics
- Stakeholder engagement: Ability to communicate externally in a way that both facilitates active discussion and drives project plans forward.
- Project Management: Ability to proactively juggle multiple priorities and projects on tight deadlines and coordinate across multiple external partners and Markle staff from various workstreams.
- Understanding of the impact of systemic racism in the labor market: Understanding of the ways racism is built into the labor market and demonstrated commitment to addressing these issues.
- Nimble and strategic in the face of change: Comfortable in a fluid, changing startup environment. Capacity to deal with ambiguity and drive towards concrete solutions. Openness and willingness to learn, apply feedback, and improvise.
- State policy knowledge. Understanding of the priorities of state policy makers as well as tools available to state policy to advance change in the labor market.
- Experience using racial equity frameworks in policy and program design: Experience in applying racial equity frameworks to design programs and policies and/or experience in projects that are driven by voices of those from impacted communities.
- Comfort with labor market analytical tools. Ability to use tools for labor market analysis like EMSI or Burning Glass.
- Location: DC/CO (Currently remote through December 2021)
- Title: Associate Training Initiatives
- Reports to: Manager for Training and Senior Manager for Policy
- Term: Full-time
- Salary & Benefits: $55,000 – $75,000 base salary (depending on location and skill level), with generous benefits such as healthcare, retirement, and time off including parental leave.
- Travel: Ability to travel as needed and when permissible due to current ongoing pandemic. Post pandemic, travel requirements expected 10%.
- Applying: To apply, candidates should email a resume and two writing samples that describe complex economic or social policy issues to Careers@markle.org. The writing samples should be no more than 5 pages in length each, and can be sections from longer pieces. Writing samples could be drafts, final products, or an internal memo to brief colleagues that the candidate prepared. Applicants should also describe whether they were the sole author of the pieces.
Markle is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, domestic violence victim status, military status, or veteran's status.