Vice President, Workforce Development (EDGE) & Executive Director, Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACWorkforce)
The Economic Development Growth Engine Industrial Development Board of the City of Memphis and County of Shelby, TN ("EDGE") is a Tennessee industrial development board created in 2011 under Tennessee Code Annotated §7-53-101 et seq. EDGE functions as the economic development organization for the City of Memphis and Shelby County Government. EDGE also manages the Memphis & Shelby County Port Commission, the Industrial Development Board of Memphis & Shelby County, the Depot Redevelopment Corporation of Memphis & Shelby County, Foreign Trade Zone 77, and since 2017 the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACWorkforce).
Launched in 2015, GMACWorkforce is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to help address the Greater Memphis region’s workforce skills gap. GMACWorkforce does this by aligning training and education programs with employers’ needs, and connecting employers to cost-effective training and hiring support. GMACWorkforce manages a US Department of Labor grant to provide training for careers in the medical device industry, along with several industry councils.
The Vice President for Workforce Development is a highly visible leader in the community’s efforts to create the workforce required to support growth-oriented firms throughout the region. The VP will help develop new partnerships and programs, while also leading GMACWorkforce’s day-to-day activities. The VP will coordinate efforts with various government, education, training, business and economic development groups to create a unified and effective regional workforce development system.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop, in conjunction with the President, a workforce development plan for EDGE.
Organize and staff a business roundtable to identify community workforce needs.
Consult with education and training providers and help coordinate and expand their efforts.
Identify new projects, programs, and collaborations, including grant funding opportunities.
Lead the day-to-day operations of GMACWorkforce and its staff.
Develop relationships with the local Workforce Investment Network (TN Local Workforce Investment Area 13); other federal/state/local government agencies; local chambers of commerce; local and regional economic development organizations; business owners and associations; institutions of higher education, K-12 school systems, stand-alone training organizations, and others to improve the workforce throughout Shelby County and the region.
Maintain expert understanding of current best practices in local workforce development, including public and non-profit programs and policies.
Monitor and report metrics, and provide written analysis and commentary on current workforce conditions in the region
Assist in the development and implementation of marketing and communication strategies and materials.
Represent EDGE/GMACWorkforce with media, and at meetings and events, as required.
NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Participate in the creation of new economic development programs and initiatives.
Assist with board and industry meetings, and other events.
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 that do not cause EDGE undue hardship may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Master’s degree in public or business administration, public policy, or a related field, or equivalent work experience required.
Minimum of ten (10) years work-related experience required.
Valid driver’s license and some travel required.
Certification and/or awards related to human resource management and/or workforce development is preferred.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
History of ethical and honest behavior, demonstrating a commitment to integrity, respect and teamwork in professional and other activities.
Ability to interact effectively with local, state and federal government authorities; large and small business owners; education and training providers; and others.
Demonstrated ability to keep sensitive information confidential.
Strong analytical, problem solving, and negotiation skills.
Ability to plan, organize and successfully manage multiple activities simultaneously.
Exceptional communications skills, oral and written.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Ability to work before and after regular office hours on an as-needed basis.
Ability to travel to local, regional, and US destinations required.