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Workforce Opportunities Officer

We offer a great benefits package including medical, dental, pension program, HSA, and generous time off. City residents will earn a 3% differential on top of the hourly pay range. Learn more and apply today!   

The City of Racine is seeking an experienced, collaborative, energetic, and innovative Workforce Opportunities Officer who will be responsible for overseeing, promoting, and strengthening the City’s efforts to connect City residents to careers in the trades and other family-supporting job opportunities. The City of Racine is a diverse community and a major goal of the Common Council and Mayor is to make sure more City residents have access to training programs and job opportunities to increase our residents’ economic mobility.

The City’s Workforce Opportunities Officer will be the City lead responsible for managing, strengthening, and promoting the Racine Works Program. The Workforce Opportunities Officer will also promote and recruit diverse groups of residents for workforce training opportunities; and build community partnerships that create pathways for residents to be trained, get Racine Works Certified, and be placed in family-supporting jobs. The City’s Workforce Opportunities Officer will also coordinate and implement strategies across City departments to provide City residents with meaningful work experience and create a pipeline of City residents for City jobs through mentoring, job shadowing, internships, and apprenticeships. Additionally, the Workforce Opportunities Officer will serve as the City’s lead in local, regional, statewide, and national workforce convening and partnerships, enhancing collaboration and bringing new ideas and best practices to the City of Racine. The Workforce Opportunities Officer will share our deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and have experience and passion around advancing practices, strategies, and policies that achieve equitable outcomes.
The Workforce Opportunities Officer will work in the Office of the Mayor and report to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff. The position is funded using federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars and authorized for up to 4 years as a limited term employee (LTE) or contracted services. Full-time LTE employees are fully benefitted employees, with access to the City’s health insurance, paid time off, Wisconsin Retirement System pension benefits, and more.

Compensation at $37.75 to $48.56

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:Essential Roles & Responsibilities
  • Serve as the City staff person responsible for overseeing, promoting, and strengthening our efforts to connect City residents to careers in the trades and other family-supporting job opportunities; 
  • Manage, strengthen, and promote the Racine Works Program, including overseeing contracted entities certifying residents, promoting/explaining the program and opportunities to community residents and contractors, and being responsible for oversight, reporting, and accountability for the Program; 
  • With the City’s Outreach & Communications Manager or similar assistance, design materials and details for both residents and contractors about the Racine Works Program, and serve as a central hub for questions from both groups about pathways into pre-apprenticeship training; 
  • Develop, monitor, and regularly report on metrics, including equity measures, of success in increasing the numbers of City residents accessing training and job-placement; 
  • Work with local pre-apprenticeship training providers to promote their programs to City residents; 
  • Partnering with the City’s Youth Employment Officer, the Human Resources Department, and City departments/divisions, coordinate and implement strategies across City departments to provide City residents with meaningful work experience and create a pipeline of City residents for City jobs through mentoring, job shadowing, internships, and apprenticeships.
  • With the Manager of Strategic Initiatives & Community Partnerships, oversee the deployment of ARPA funds for scholarships to City residents participating in qualified local pre-apprenticeship programs; 
  • Partner with local community groups and other key stakeholders (i.e. Gateway Technical College, Racine Unified School District, Racine County Workforce Solutions) to reach their participants and create a pipeline into pre-apprenticeship training opportunities; 
  • Determine the type(s) of supportive services City residents need for successful participation in pre-apprenticeship training and connect them to resources and supports as available; 
  • Participate in career fairs, open houses, career development opportunities, etc.; 
  • Work with other workforce agencies (county, state, etc..) to coordinate resources, grants, and training opportunities;
  • Develop and implement strategies with divisions/departments to build a diverse pipeline in the trades and into City jobs; 
  • Advise divisions/departments about opportunities related to workforce development and how to deliver results; 
  • Participate in regional, statewide, and national workforce learning opportunities and collaborations to coordinate workforce opportunities, and identify and bring best practices and innovations to the City of Racine; and 
  • Identify and assist in the preparation of workforce-related grants to bring in additional resources to strengthen the City’s workforce efforts. 

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Qualifications: 
  • Minimum of four (4) years of workforce development experience or the equivalent combination of education and/or relevant experience. Previous experience with construction trades, labor unions, and registered apprenticeship programs preferred; 
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with apprenticeship programs, non-profit workforce agencies, labor unions, faith leaders, educational and private sector agencies, and community members;
  • Skilled in the areas of program and/or project management; 
  • Demonstrated experience building community and resident partnerships to meet recruitment goals; 
  • Experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders and ability to understand and convey the value of racial equity within a workforce; 
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, high-profile environment; 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills; 
  • Clear understanding of the need to integrate equity principles into an organization’s hiring, retention, inclusion policies and practices; 
  • Experience using data and performance metrics to measure programs, projects and initiative at an organizational wide and departmental levels; 
  • Track record of building relationships with diverse employee populations; 
  • Skilled decision maker able to identify and understand issues, problems, and opportunities; 
  • Ability to communicate messages and presentations skillfully and effectively to stakeholders in a clear and concise manner; 
  • Demonstrated skills in group facilitation and experience working collaboratively and successfully with staff who hold divergent opinions or viewpoints; 
  • Ability to serve as an internal resource, working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders; 
  • Knowledge and ability to lead people through a change process; 
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and utilize data and provide clear, accessible reports; 
  • Strong attention to detail and high level of accuracy; 
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines; 
  • Basic proficiency with a variety of computer programs including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Google Docs, Excel, PowerPoint; 
  • Effectively manages multiple, concurrent priorities with minimal supervision; and 
  • Strong skills to successfully design, initiate, implement, and lead projects from inception through completion.