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: Downtown Seattle


: Workforce Development

Employee Status

: Regular


: Full-time

Posting Expires

: Nov 15, 2021, 11:59:00 PM

Minimum Salary

: 81,262.00

Midpoint Salary

: 101,577.00 

Some of what you’ll be doing:

As the Workforce Development Program Manager, you will be implementing the external strategies and education programs to support the development of a skilled and diverse labor force for our industry partners in the Port related sectors of aviation, maritime, construction and green careers in accordance with Workforce Development Resolution #3776, as approved by the Port of Seattle Commission. 

  • You will manage the implementation of the Port’s external workforce development strategies and plans, as assigned, under the equity framework established in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI), and as described in the workforce development strategic plan.
  • You will be providing policy recommendations, managing the expansion of worker training opportunities, increasing awareness of careers and advancement opportunities, ensuring that support services are aligned with Port industry needs of a skilled workforce pipeline, supporting relevant training programs and career pathways for workers, expanding partnership support for job seekers and industry partners, contractors and Port hiring managers. 
  • You will develop and manage the annual budget associated with the assigned port sectors. 
  • You will expand the Port’s leadership role with key stakeholders including; industry leaders, youth training programs, high school internship program managers, regional colleges, training institutions, skills centers, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training organizations, regional industry and government agencies, and community-based organizations that serve youth and young adults, in particular working with underrepresented communities. 
  • You will ensure that the evaluation and analysis of programs performed by the assigned Port staff is conducted applying equity-based methods, using both qualitative and quantitative data to community-facing impacts and recommend and support course corrections and ongoing implementation of community impact analysis and implementation. 
  • You will develop, implement, manage, and support key relationships with industry leaders, community leaders and advocacy organizations in Port sectors ensuring that an open dialogue and feedback is maintained with partners, and that the Port programs support the pipeline of skilled workers. 
  • You will serve as liaison with the minority, immigrant and refugee communities and Port leaders ensuring timely and relevant exchanges that support the equity focus of the workforce development program. 
  • You will support, administer, and manage Request for Proposal (RFP) processes and contract development associated with the workforce development strategies, and will be responsible for contract management once awarded. 
  • You will participate and/or lead in special project specific workforce development priorities.

Who you are:

Two years of experience may be substituted for one year of education:

  • Experienced – You have five (5) years of experience in workforce development programs, career pathways, labor market, and/or community engagement environment.
  • Educated – You possess a Bachelor’s degree in business management, communications, public administration or related field.
  • Desired – We hope you have five (5) years of experience in the public sector with political strategies and government affairs in maritime, aviation, construction operations, green careers and associated issues.
  • Effective Communicator – You are very skilled in both verbal and written communication techniques and can effectively work with clients at all levels of the organization. 
  • Business/Political Acumen – You have a keen sense of the political realities and look at the bigger picture of a situation, weigh it carefully, and provide a sound recommendation that is in the best interests of the organization and the communities we support.
  • Collaborator – You are someone who can work with diverse internal and external stakeholders at various levels of the organization to build relationships and resolve problems while providing excellent guidance and customer service.
  • Leadership – You’re able to provide sound judgment and help create and lead successful solutions, while managing through conflict, change and a variety of leadership styles and priorities.

What else you need to know:

  • Driver’s License – You will need a valid Washington State Driver’s License, or the ability to obtain one, is required in order to travel locally.
  • Work Schedule – Your normal work schedule will be Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (40 hours per week). Slightly more flexible start and end times are available in this role. 
  • Work Environment – You will primarily work in an office environment.
  • Washington State Residency Requirement – Employees must establish a residence in Washington state within 30 days of their first day of employment and must maintain a residence in Washington State during their employment with the Port of Seattle. If a position is eligible to telework, work performed while teleworking must be performed in Washington State.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement – Effective, November 15, 2021, the Port of Seattle will require that at the time of hire, and as a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be able to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination status, as part of the hiring process. This is a condition of employment for all positions at the Port of Seattle. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Prior to employment, candidates may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
  • Security Requirements – As the successful candidate, you may be required pass a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check as well as a criminal history background check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Your employment will be contingent upon obtaining a Port of Seattle ID badge upon clearance.

Why you’ll love it here:

  • Healthcare – Medical, Dental and Vision Care with options that work for you and your family.
  • Paid Vacation – Just about four weeks per year that increases with tenure to rest and rejuvenate.
  • Holidays – More than ten days per year to celebrate with family and friends away from work.
  • Pension/Retirement Plans – A pension and additional savings plans to prepare for your future after the Port.
  • Getting to Work – From subsidized parking and a low-cost public transit card to alternative work arrangements giving you an opportunity to work from home.
  • Parental Leave – Six weeks of paid leave to spend with new additions to your immediate family.
  • Development – From tuition reimbursement, training, stretch assignments and internal internships, we support a learning culture.
  • Diversity – We foster opportunities for employees to contribute to our communities and business success in a way that celebrates a fully inclusive and engaged work environment.
  • Work-Life Balance – We provide the resources to help you create habits to be healthy and balanced.
  • Mission Driven – We are focused together in promoting economic opportunities and quality of life in the region by advancing trade, travel, commerce and job creation in an equitable, accountable and environmentally responsible manner.

Why the Port of Seattle:

Every role at the Port of Seattle is vital to our thriving community. We are a leader in moving people and cargo across the country and around the world. With facilities and property ranging in scope from a half-acre park to one of the largest airports and container terminals on the West Coast, we maximize the public assets in our portfolio with an eye toward best uses and environmental sustainability. Find out more here.

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