Workforce Development Manager


About The Role: There are 73,000 youth between ages of 16-24 in Los Angeles that are disconnected from both work and school. This population is referred to as “opportunity youth” because of their often untapped potential. The overwhelming majority of opportunity youth are identified as formerly incarcerated, foster youth, LGBTQ+ or having experienced/ currently experiencing homelessness. This program seeks to support this population through mentorship. 

The Workforce Development Manager will design and implement the Youth@Work Elevate volunteer mentorship program focused on mobilizing volunteers to participate in mentorship/training workshops for LA County youth ages 17-24. The program engages volunteers to serve youth in a 13-week job skills training and mentorship program where volunteers will guide the learning experience of participants in a 3:1 ratio. The Workforce Development Manager will lead in the design and implementation of the program: curriculum development; training development; workshop management; volunteer recruitment; and metrics reporting. This program will seek to increase the employability of opportunity youth and increase volunteer engagement in the workforce development arena. This role will manage all aspects of the program and lead all dedicated and non-dedicated staff members’ efforts.

**Applicants without previous nonprofit experience or knowledge are still encouraged to research the program and apply.**

Essential Job Functions: The list that follows is not intended to be comprehensive; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major responsibilities of the position. Incumbents may not be required to perform all roles listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

  • Augment and adapt existing curriculum to develop a 13-week job skills development and mentoring curriculum;
  • Oversee coordination of workshops for 5 cohorts of approximately 100 participants each, through 2-hour weekly group mentoring sessions, each cohort lasting 13 weeks;
  • Coordinate trainings of culturally sensitive, trauma-informed care and DEI principles;
  • Train and lead Workforce Development team which includes two additional coordinators;
  • Liaise with existing L.A. Works’ programs to create workforce recruitment plan;
  • Ensure appropriate metric measurements and timely reporting for all grant requirements; 
  • Collect & review data reports from participants prepared by coordinators.

Additional requirements

  • Meet baseline responsibilities and requirements within a set schedule;
  • Participate in L.A. Works’ large-scale Days of Service and other programming as appropriate;
  • Participate in an L.A. Works Task Force (an organization-wide, collaborative team);
  • Some evening and weekend commitments.

About You:

  • A minimum of two years progressively responsible management experience;
  • Drives results by managing a team towards success;
  • Outgoing, tech-savvy, self-motivated, and highly organized;
  • High attention to detail and commitment to high quality, timely work;
  • Ability to prioritize competing tasks and deadlines;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a customer service mindset;
  • Ability to connect with others and forge strong relationships;
  • Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Reporting: This position reports to the V.P. of External Affairs.

L.A. Works strives to model our vision of a just, vibrant, and inclusive Los Angeles. As an equal opportunity employer, all individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.

Time expectations and salary: This is a full-time, grant-funded position. Targeted hiring salary is $58,000. Salary commensurate with experience and internal equity. L.A. Works offers a competitive benefit package including health insurance, professional development opportunities, a non-match 401k, and generous time-off. This job description doesn't constitute a contract of employment and that the company may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

COVID-19 safety: L.A. Works requires its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to certain exceptions as required by law. New hires working at L.A. Works must be fully vaccinated no later than 60-days after hire. All employees are also required to submit to additional masking and social distancing requirements. 

To apply: please email a cover letter describing why you are a good fit for this role, along with your resume and a list of references, as a single PDF document to including the title of the position in the subject line.

Background Check: As a finalist for a job, you will be subject to a routine background check. The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with L.A. Works.