Talent and Education Director

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce

Talent and Education Director Position Description

Reports To: President and CEO

Supervises: TBD

Agency Background:  The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) is a nonprofit organization with over 800 business and nonprofit members, serving the region of Broome County, New York. We help organizations of all sizes connect, collaborate, and succeed through education, advocacy, networking, and community involvement.  Our aim is to support the existing local business community and the attraction of new businesses to the region through member-driven programs and services, the development of strategic community partnerships and effective political advocacy.  We help to provide organizations with the tools, resources, and an environment for success, empowering growth.

Greater Binghamton Education Outreach (GBEOP) is a 501(c)3 affiliate with GBCC formed in 2008. GBEOP’s mission is connecting business and education within the Greater Binghamton community to develop and inspire a dynamic workforce. GBEOP recognizes that we need to continue to create a “talent pipeline” in our community through a business-education partnership. 

Position Overview:  The Talent and Education Director is a manager level position, responsible for the successful management and effective implementation of the GBCC and GBEOP’s workforce development initiatives and programs.  The goal is to support the development, retention and attraction of a qualified regional labor force to which leads to the success and growth of the regional economy.  The position works with employers, regional partners and education on developing strategies and programs to build and strengthen our current and future workforce.  

Performance Responsibilities:

 Plan, direct, and evaluate the operations of the Talent and Education department, including formulating and implementing short-term and long-term department goals and objectives. Design and administer workforce development programs and activities which further the skill set of the regional workforce.   Engage with region’s K-12 and college partners to promote career education, share employer training needs for their workforce and provide data on projected growth occupations and industries.   Foster and facilitate relationships between business, educators and students in Broome County through strategically developed programs such as internships, job shadowing, mentorships, career fairs, etc.  Establish ongoing partnerships and communication to make continual improvements to the talent supply chain in the county.  Educate and expose students to the available career path and job opportunities in Broome County.   Manage Talent and Education programs by ensuring they are properly staffed and funded and are operating as defined in the POW and grant applications.  Align department goals, programs and resources that align with Broome Talent Task Force workforce development strategic plan.  Assist in communication of the strategic plan highlights to key stakeholders and workforce pipeline providers.   Engage workforce-related committee and task force to define employer workforce needs, advocate on behalf of employers and assist job seekers in identifying employment opportunities.    Conduct workforce-related outreach to key stakeholders in region with emphasis on increasing the scope, breadth and diversity of participating employers.    Identify additional funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders and submitting proposals, including grant writing and donations.   Manage community requests for education and workforce development information and partnerships.  
 Monitor local, state and federal legislation concerning education and workforce issues; determine the impact on the business community and facilitate the development of policy.  Work with strategic partners to identify and develop programs regarding barriers to employment.   Prepare, monitor and control department budget and finances to conform to Chamber guidelines and funder stipulations and restrictions.   Develop and implement a communication strategy for all Talent and Education programs and initiatives, including website, articles, press releases and any other promotional materials.   Manage and direct all events and programs related to the Talent and Education mission, including but not limited to On the Job Training, Junior Achievement, Broome Leadership Institute, and STEAM Pathways.  Maintain appropriate policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations especially as they pertain to non-profit Charitable Organizations.  Identify, develop and coordinate volunteers for programs.   Provide leadership in developing GBEOP’s annual Program of Work (POW) and Development Plans.  Communicate regularly and keep the board and President informed on the condition of GBEOP and other important factors affecting the health of the organization.

Preferred Experience and Skills:  Bachelor’s degree required.  4-6 years relevant work experience (advanced education may compensate for some work experience)  Grant writing and donor communications experience preferred  An understanding of workforce development and the connection between K-12 educational systems, postsecondary education systems and career technical programs strongly preferred  Demonstrated ability to develop strategic plans and successfully implement tactics  Highly motivated and organized with strong attention to detail  Excellent written and verbal communications skills  Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and internet research   Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekend and/or evenings as required by events  Experience working with diverse groups of partners, donors and volunteers   Ability to manage multiple tasks and an ability to prioritize projects  Ability to professionally advocate on behalf of the Chamber and stated objectives

Position is full-time, salaried, includes company 401k contribution, paid holidays, personal time and vacation, also includes health insurance, dental insurance, long-term and short-term disability and life insurance.

To apply for the position, submit resume and cover letter via email Attn: Jennifer Conway, President and CEO, email: president@greaterbinghamtonchamber.com 

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