Reporting jointly to the City’s Managing Director’s Office and Commerce Department, the Office of Workforce Development was launched in March 2018 to foster systemic solutions to employers’ human capital challenges and strengthen Philadelphia’s career pathway ecosystem.
The Office of Workforce Development is responsible for implementation of Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Engine (FPTE), a citywide workforce development strategy aimed at addressing employers’ talent needs and preparing residents for careers in family-sustaining jobs. The strategy has three overarching goals:
- Prepare Philadelphians with the skills employers need for a world-class workforce.
- Address the barriers that prevent Philadelphians from accessing meaningful career opportunities.
- Build a workforce system that is more coordinated, innovative, and effective.
Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Engine — developed in partnership with stakeholders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors — will drive workforce development efforts in Philadelphia through 2020 and beyond.
The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Workforce Development is seeking a Workforce Partnerships Director who will play an essential role as the developer, convener and manager of key workforce development program partnerships, including industry partnerships. Along with the Executive Director, leadership team and staff of OWD, the Workforce Partnerships Director will work to enhance and implement the goals of the city-wide workforce development strategy.
In addition to program development and relationship management, a key responsibility of this role will be to serve as the arbiter of quality, ensuring that the systems created by OWD, working in partnership with Philadelphia Works Inc. and other workforce and training entities, meet expected outcomes and quality standards.
A successful candidate for this position is capable of operating effectively in a dynamic, fast paced government office; understands the power of team building internally and with cross sector partners; and has a passion for putting Philadelphians back to work. Strong attention to bottom line results is a must.
The Workforce Partnerships Director will plan, develop, oversee and evaluate workforce development programs for employers and individuals seeking employment. As OWD is a systems convener, not a practitioner, building cross functional leadership between systems is a key aspect of this work.