Assistant Director, Workforce Field Building HUB

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.



Application Deadline



New York
New York
United States


About WPTI – Workforce Field Building HUB

Since its founding in 2004, the Workforce Professionals Training Institute (“WPTI”) has become the preeminent non-profit training and technical assistance intermediary for New York City’s workforce development community. The organization has trained thousands of workforce practitioners from over 350 programs and organizations that collectively serve over 500,000 jobseekers. As a standalone, non-political organization, WPTI provides an inclusive bridge among providers, funders and government agencies that contribute to building NYC’s workforce.

WPTI’s mission is to increase the effectiveness of people, programs, and organizations that are committed to generating pathways out of poverty through employment. This is accomplished this through a three-tiered approach which strengthens capacity at all levels of the workforce development system:

  1. Professional Training: Develop the skills and careers of practitioners;
  2. Organizational Consulting: Maximize productivity of programs and teams; and
  3. Systems Building: Create linkages, foster research and influence funding and best practice priorities

In 2016 the New York City Workforce Funders established under the auspices of WPTI, the Workforce Field Building Hub (“The Hub”) designed to unite and strengthen key stakeholders in the diverse and wide-reaching workforce development field. The Hub brings together key leaders from across the interdisciplinary and diverse New York City and national workforce community to identify common issues and solutions to build the field of workforce development. This work is funded through the NYC Workforce Funders, The New York Community Trust, The Fund for the City of New York, The Pinkerton Foundation, Altman foundation, Ira W. Decamp Foundation and The Clark Foundation.

The Opportunity

Due to its considerable impact to date and the diverse range of initiatives undertaken by The Hub, WPTI is now seeking a highly talented, keenly smart and experienced professional with a proven track record of achievement in the workforce development field who will report to and assist The Hub Managing Director in running the day to day operations of The Hub. The Assistant Director will have a key role in helping to coordinate relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders including funders, providers and government partners, in addition to shaping, managing and executing a diverse portfolio of projects and program initiatives.

Key/Essential Responsibilities

Project Management

  • Help design and take the lead in managing a diverse range of key project initiatives across the workforce development arena, including developing the goals, objectives, deliverables and benchmarks for evaluating impact and success
  • Assist in engaging and overseeing a network of project consultants and contractors engaged to implement a range of project deliverables related to execution of The Hub initiatives including coordinating their work plans and schedules
  • Establish a highly structured project management system to monitor all project budgets, activities and programs, expenditures, variances, invoicing and other administrative processes
  • Assist in managing and administering all grant funded projects and initiatives, including developing work plans, monitoring progress, and developing funding opportunities for new projects as applicable
  • Coordinate and provide key administrative support in coordinating Hub events, meetings, consulting engagements and other convenings among stakeholders
  • Assist in troubleshooting operational issues related to The Hub’s services and work with funders and supporters to provide key data and other relevant planning information
  • Prepare and submit reports to funders documenting program activities, progress toward overall program goals and fiscal issues related to the budget

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Work with The Hub Managing Director to convene funders, employers, community organizations and other stakeholders to aligned strategies and map out work plans and program initiatives
  • Participate in strategic meetings of The Hub stakeholders, work groups and providers and serve as liaison in coordinating various initiatives and activities run by The Hub; prepare meeting minutes of stakeholder meetings and progress reports
  • Represent The Hub at various advisory committee meetings and other public events
  • Collaborate with funders and other stakeholders to ensure their programming is aligned with the vision and strategy for The Hub and is responsive to their input, feedback and needs
  • Work with The Hub Director to raise the profile and messaging of The Hub

Research | Policy | Content Management

  • Conduct research on policy issues and best practices in the field and remain up to date on relevant information, data and emerging trends impacting the current and future planning of programs and initiatives intersecting the areas of workforce development and economic development
  • Contribute to the development, writing and preparation of various new funding applications, funding renewals and new initiatives
  • Coordinate and monitor research, content development and policy related projects to interns and monitor final work products

Administrative Coordination

  • Assist the Hub Director in developing a fundraising and sustainability plan for The Hub, including providing support in writing proposals and grant requests
  • Coordinate process for identifying and on-boarding graduate and undergraduate-level interns to support the work and activities of The Hub
  • Collaborate with Administrative & Operations Manager to coordinate social media posts, press releases promotion of events, and the production of other written collateral and published reports

Education | Experience

  • Either a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university plus 5-7 year’s professional experience managing workforce development initiatives for a nonprofit or public-sector organization; or a Master’s Degree plus three years’ workforce development experience
  • A deep understanding of the workforce development field, including best practices and emerging trends; public policy influencing the field; and the workforce development funding community
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite, including PowerPoint and Excel; and technology fluent to be able to work with automated project management software
  • Prior experience managing project and grants; tracking performance outcomes and measuring KPI and other data


Competencies | Personal Qualities

  • Self-motivated and performance driven personality with ability to adapt to a busy environment managing multiple priorities and project deadlines
  • A highly collaborative work style with a strong commitment to teamwork
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbally and written
  • Superior external relationship building skills and ability to manage multiple stakeholder partnerships
  • A strong commitment to the core mission and work of WPTI and The Hub

WPTI Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

WPTI is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment respecting for difference, and fairness, and guaranteeing the same rights to all its employees to ensure the fullest degree of success within the organization. WPTI provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religious creed, color, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics as may be protected by applicable law.


Benefits package includes health, dental, and a 401(K) match.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To express an interest in this opportunity, please forward a copy of your cover letter and resume to: No phone calls please.