Manager, Education Business Coalitions

 

Position Overview

The Manager, Education Business Coalitions is primarily responsible for managing a variety of grant-funded initiatives that work to enhance workforce development and educational outcomes for chambers of commerce across the U.S. This position is designed for an individual with a background in workforce development and who is passionate about making an impact across a broad range of initiatives (e.g. early care & education, models for work-based learning, community safety, or employer talent strategies). This position is focused on supporting UNITE-LA’s Strategic Partnership team to advance the organizational mission through strategically cultivating and executing cross-sector partnerships across the country. The position will be primarily dedicated to supporting UNITE-LA's partnership with the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Foundation.*

Reports to: Senior Director, Education Business Coalitions

Direct Reports: None

 

About Us

Over the past 25 years, UNITE-LA has established itself as a trusted education and business intermediary, dedicated to improving the economic mobility and well-being of the region’s diverse rising workforce. Leveraging strategic cross-sector partnerships at local, statewide, and national levels, we advance policies, practices and systems that strengthen anti-racism and equitable education and workforce outcomes from cradle through career.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Project Management:
    • Translate concepts for programmatic initiatives (e.g. early care & education, models for work-based learning, community safety, or employer talent strategies) into actionable program curriculum, deliverables, and outcomes.
    • Oversee the design and implementation of grant-funded deliverables (e.g., curriculum, facilitation, programs, webinars, toolkits, reports, etc.).
    • Monitor program effectiveness and make data-informed adjustments to maximize impact.
    • Brief team at weekly meetings on deliverables, broader programmatic growth, and ACCE member communications
    • Enhance chamber of commerce engagement in issues by managing peer learning communities.
  • Communication:
    • Contribute to the development of grant reports, internal weekly updates and check-ins.
    • Research, draft and edit newsletters on workforce trends (e.g. apprenticeship programs, utilization of Workforce Investment Opportunity Act funding, employers engaging the justice involved population, etc.)
    • Create and deliver compelling presentations (in-person and virtually) that effectively communicate information, ideas and learning objectives.
    • Provide copyediting for grant reports, proposals, curriculum and communications.
    • Conduct consistent outreach to member chambers of commerce via e-mail and phone/video calls.

 

Skills for Success:

This position requires the following skills or competencies:

  • Multi-project management: Manages multiple projects with overlapping timelines and requirements to completion. Creates and executes complex project plans for new projects. Effectively manages personal workload.
  • Written and verbal communication: Articulates thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively for the appropriate audiences (e.g. funders, business community, etc.).
  • Collaboration: Proven track record of working effectively in cross-sector partnerships and team environments.
  • Customer service: Interacts with internal and external customers in a way that provides accurate, timely, professional, and effective information and service.
  • Problem-Solving: Ability to identify challenges and potential obstacles; formulates and implements solutions drawing on the expertise and input of others.
  • Attention to detail: Ensure delivery of high-quality work. Work products (e.g. reports, documents, files, etc.) are complete, accurate, timely and understandable.
  • Adaptability: Reprioritizes work based on feedback and changing demands; proactively seeks opportunities to be supportive of change, new ideas and different perspectives
  • Inclusion: Consistently seeks and engages diverse perspectives of various identities and experiences respectfully and effectively. Demonstrates self-awareness in behaviors and actions in engaging all stakeholders.

 

Preferred Skills and Competencies:

  • Knowledge of current trends and best practices in education reform and workforce development.
  • Familiarity with CRM and project management tools. (e.g. Fonteva, Salesforce, Asana, etc.).

 

Salary Range: The starting salary for this position is $61,150-$70,000 and the full salary range for a Manager level position is $61,150-$75,600, commensurate based on experience. Our competitive benefits package includes paid sick leave, vacation, and work-life harmony time, in addition to a robust paid holiday schedule; 401(k) participation with employer contribution; competitive health, vision and dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, and more. UNITE-LA promotes a culture of work-life harmony with flexible schedules and offers employee growth development plans to support career pathway development.

 

Job Location: This position can be performed from anywhere in the U.S. and is eligible for full-time remote work. Our team is mostly based in the Los Angeles region, where UNITE-LA's headquarters are located, working remotely with occasional meetings in the office. We also have staff working remotely from preferred locations in Illinois, New York, and Texas. Preference will be given to candidates residing in the Los Angeles region or these preferred states. Some travel will be required for this position. If located outside Los Angeles, required travel will range from 6-8 times per year.

 

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Please include Manager, Education Business Coalitions in the subject line of the email.

*Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Foundation is the professional society supporting and promoting chambers of commerce and similar private sector funded business and economic development organizations across the U.S. and around the world. ACCE's mission is to support and develop chamber professionals to lead businesses and their communities. Their membership includes more than 1,600 member organizations. UNITE-LA supports ACCE Foundation’s Education and Talent Development Division which supports chambers interested in advancing education and workforce efforts in their communities by providing them with informational resources, trend spotting, professional development, and access to a network of community leaders. More information can be found at www.acce.org.

UNITE-LA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to developing and sustaining a diverse workforce, because we believe that it makes our organization stronger. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

The hiring process will be conducted with a skills-based approach. Every candidate will be evaluated based on perceived levels of competency for the skills required for this role. For more information on skills-based hiring, please see this video.

 

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