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NWDB Job Opening

The Northeastern Workforce Development Board (NWDB) is accepting applications for the following position:

Executive Director

The Northeastern Workforce Development Board (NWDB) is a group of community leaders appointed by local elected officials. The board serves five counties (Aroostook, Washington, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Hancock) in the northeast region of Maine.  The purpose of the board is to provide policy, planning, and oversight for the workforce development programs, and address workforce barriers as identified by businesses and our communities.  The board works to integrate services with local area businesses, education and community-based operations including recovery centers. 

The NWDB and its Chief Elected Officials (County Commissioners) are seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director. This is a full-time permanent position.  This position is responsible for the administration of all workforce contracts awarded to the NWDB.  Contracts are guided by the federal Workforce Opportunity Innovation Act (WIOA).  Most of the board’s funding comes from the United States Department of Labor (USDOL).  The Executive Director provides leadership and executive management for the NWDB and the workforce development system in the five counties named above.  Further, the Executive Director works with the Board to establish a strategic vision and acts as an advocate for the local area’s workforce system.  The Executive Director has broad authority to carry out the day-to-day operations of the Board and must follow local, state, and federal policies, laws, regulations, and bylaws adopted by the NWDB. 

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Northeastern Workforce Development Board (NWDB), in collaboration with the Chief Elected Officials (CEOs), the NWDB Executive Director will provide professional management and administrative services within the northeast region of Maine.  This position is responsible for the administration of all workforce contracts awarded to the NWDB.  Most contracts are guided by the federal Workforce Opportunity Innovation Act (WIOA).  To date most of the board’s funding comes from the United States Department of Labor (USDOL).

The Executive Director provides leadership and executive management for the NWDB and the workforce development system in the five counties of Aroostook, Washington, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Hancock. Further, the Executive Director works with the Board to establish a strategic vision and acts as an advocate for the local area’s workforce system. The Executive Director has broad authority to carry out the day-to-day operations of the Board and must follow local, state, and federal policies, laws, regulations, and bylaws adopted by the NWDB. 

This position is responsible for developing a budget including multiple funding sources.  These funds come from a wide variety of grants, contracts, and reimbursable agreements. Work includes developing recommendations for the NWDB in areas such as service strategy, program planning, design and operation, performance standards, corrective action measures, memoranda of understanding, technical assistance, evaluation and monitoring, and other duties needed as related to the workforce development needs of the northeastern region. The goals of the NWDB are articulated in a four-year strategic plan.

Representative Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provide policy and program oversight for all workforce contracts in Aroostook, Washington, Hancock, Penobscot, and Piscataquis Counties at the direction of the NWDB and the CEOs.
  2. Develop, design, and write a Local Area Plan for the delivery of comprehensive employment and training services in the Five-County area.  Follow up with plan modifications when appropriate (usually every two years).
  3. Negotiate, develop, and modify contracts and memoranda of understanding with provider agencies for the provision of employment and training services in the Five-County area.  Possess strong knowledge of WIOA Financial Regulations.
  4. Consult, confer, correspond, and facilitate communication with employers, clients, constituent groups, government officials, program delivery staff and public to resolve issues concerning the administration of employment and training programs, policies, and requirements.
  5. Hire, direct, and supervise employees involved in the administration of NWDB programs to ensure effective and efficient delivery of programs and services.
  6. Plan, conduct, and address meetings, seminars, and training sessions to disseminate program material, policy information, and NWDB goals and objectives.
  7. Develop and implement continuous process of program review, assessment remediation, and facilitation in the five-county area.
  8. Monitor service delivery within the five-county area.
  9. Attend meetings and conferences relating to employment and training programs to represent the NWDB and to provide information.
  10. Conduct outreach to inform, recruit, and maintain partners throughout the region. 

Job Requirements

  1. Master’s Degree preferred in a related field and 5 years of experience in Workforce Development, Economic Development, or Human Services fields with at least three years in a supervisory or management position.  A combination of education and experience equal to or greater than described above may also be accepted.
  2. Experience managing a non-profit entity or comparable organization operating in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  3. Ability to interpret rules and regulations in establishing and implementing WIOA program policy.
  4. Strong ability to lead, coach, and develop staff.
  5. Ability to oversee the work activities of professional, technical, and clerical employees.
  6. Ability to build partnerships with education, government, business, industry clusters and Board development.
  7. Ability to negotiate, develop, and administer contracts with public and private agencies.
  8. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  9. Knowledgeable in local economic conditions, educational and workforce trends, as well as local and state economic development policies and programs.
  10. Knowledge of research and analysis techniques.
  11. Knowledge of concepts, methods, and techniques of planning and their relationship to employment and training administration.
  12. Knowledge of WIOA legislation, regulations, and compliance requirements.
  13. Knowledge of the economic conditions of the five-county area.
  14. Knowledge of training resources, institutions, and techniques throughout the five-county area.
  15. Experience in grant writing and seeking other funding sources.
  16. Experience in budget development and financial management.
  17. Ability to work independently and with a large board of directors.
  18. Willing to work a flexible schedule and travel.
  19. Must have a valid driver’s license.
  20. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Criteria for Evaluations

  1. Agency Team Player
  2. Ability to meet key deadlines
  3. Effective supervision of staff and management of resources
  4. Successful program compliance with state and federal rules and regulation

SALARY RANGE The NWDB will negotiate a competitive salary and benefit package commensurate with the selected candidate’s skills and experience. Minimum salary: $70,000

Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and three references to: Joanna Russell at Jrussell@northeasternwdb.org no later than end of business, December 15, 2021.

The Northeastern Workforce Development Board Is an Equal Opportunity Employer