Executive Director

Posted 5 days ago

The Workforce Connection Inc.

The Workforce Board serving Boone, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties

Employer of Record: City of Rockford

Job Title: Executive Director

Reports To: Chair of The Workforce Connection Board

Position Profile:

This is the position summary for the Executive Director of The Workforce Connection Board (TWC). TWC is a private sector-led board that serves as the state and local workforce investment board for Boone, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties in Illinois, and as such, is the federally mandated oversight body responsible for approving the expenditure of and measuring the effectiveness of WIOA-funded programs. TWC is also responsible for advising the Mayor of the City of Rockford and the County Board Chairs on the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of an integrated and effective workforce investment system.

The Executive Director has responsibility for the overall leadership and implementation of the Board initiatives and activities. The Executive Director collaborates with partner organizations to identify and execute effective workforce development programs and initiatives in the region. The Executive Director is accountable for the strategic implementation of the Board policies and directives, as well as for day-to-day activities of the organization. The Executive Director will lead Board staff and provides oversight of service delivery providers to ensure continuing operations maximize returns on investments and increase productivity. The Executive Director reports to the Chairman of the Board and is evaluated by the Board’s Officers.

The Executive Director is dynamic and results-oriented individual who is a visionary for the community workforce development system, possesses strong financial and political acumen, formulating and executing strategic plans, building consensus and growing the impact of an organization.


Specific Responsibilities Include:

– Serve as primary liaison to TWC and the TWC Executive Committee; work closely with TWC chair; interface between TWC and the community; participate in and/or staff other community, government, and board committees as necessary.

– Strategic leadership and formulates short/long term plans that reflect an integrated workforce development system with operations focused on the assessed workforce and economic development needs; utilize knowledge of best practices in recommending system enhancements.

– Build partnerships with private sector leaders to gather information about current or projected hiring needs, collect employer feedback about existing workforce services, and broker the development of new initiatives to fill skill gaps, as needed.

– Develop regional workforce investment partnerships, interact with representatives from Illinois’ workforce development systems in establishing and reinforcing viable regional approaches to workforce development.

– Identify, recommend and pursue financial and other resources to assist TWC in the successful implementation of strategies.

– Develop criteria for evaluating systems and measurement of performance and effectiveness of existing and proposed workforce investment activities. Optimize performance of activities.

– Direct the development of labor market studies, surveys, analysis, and reports related to community employment and employer skills development needs.

– Directs the fiscal and reporting processes for federal, state, and private grants in accordance with applicable regulations and/or has the ability to appropriately delegate and oversee the successfully completion of those duties.

– Utilize data to help TWC Board to ensure that resources are targeted toward programs with the most positive outcomes.

– Make recommendations on the design, funding, and implementation of employment and training programs supported by WIOA that meet the needs of job seekers and employers and present them to TWC for approval.

– Manage the identification of eligible providers of adult and youth workforce development services in compliance with WIOA regulations; conduct monitoring and oversight of workforce investment programs; recommend system changes that will improve service quality.

– Monitor and direct the development of policy, procedure and record keeping systems necessary to assure program compliance with all applicable legislation and regulation including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; direct the resolution of audit or legal issues relative to program compliance; act as primary contact with DOL and outside government agencies; work with DCEO to modify grants as applicable; develop and modify policies and standard operating procedures to assure program compliance with regulatory requirements and changes.

– Keep TWC advised and informed of national, State and local activities that affect WIOA, TWC, and workforce development.

– Analyze existing and proposed legislation, regulations and directives for impact on program operations.

– Represent TWC at regional, national, and local meetings and conferences; make presentations on workforce development issues; serves as an expert on WIOA and workforce development policies and programs.

– Provides Board support, direction and education as needed and assures Board composition compliance with WIOA requirements.

– Directs, evaluates, mentors, and otherwise manages operations staff.



– Bachelor’s degree in public policy, business, urban planning, economics or a related field. An advanced degree is desired.

– Specialized background with expert knowledge regarding employment issues, workforce development, job training, strategic planning, policy and program development, and program evaluation.

– Knowledge regarding the principles, methods and procedures used in the design, planning and management of adult, youth, and dislocated worker job placement services and training programs targeting job-seekers with differing levels of skills and abilities.

– Knowledge of and experience with the development, maintenance and enhancement of One Stop Career Centers and other public workforce system strategies for the delivery of employment and training services. Knowledge of and experience with innovative workforce development strategies, such as sector initiatives, workforce intermediaries, career pathways, and contextualized occupational training.

– Knowledge of regional trends in the labor market and use of labor market information, including factors affecting labor supply and demand.

– Knowledge of federal and state employment and training legislation and regulations; primarily WIOA. Knowledge of Federal, State and local procurement guidelines.

– Knowledge of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative analysis and methods for gathering, evaluating, and interpreting information and data for the assessment and improvement of program performance. Knowledge of the principles used in automated management information systems as applied to employment and training operations.

– Expert knowledge of, and skill in, problem solving, negotiation strategies, and project management, including developing and adhering to program budgets and project timelines. Demonstrated experience in group facilitation and consensus building.

– Excellent oral and written communication skills sufficient to advise and consult with a variety of executives and managers, present findings and recommendations, negotiate agreements, and secure cooperation; and to speak and write convincingly to audiences including outside agencies, community representatives, and outside groups.

– Excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management officials and outside groups. Ability to work with a range of audiences and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds, demonstrated ability to exercise tact and discretion in dealing with persons at various levels and in various job categories.

– Knowledge of and experience with the principles and techniques of supervision, personnel management, and human resource planning and staffing. Previous supervisory experience is required. Private sector experience is desired.

– Ability to independently travel to public and private sector partner locations throughout the region in furtherance of TWC’s goals and otherwise in the completion of the position’s responsibilities.

– Must reside within the service area of Boone, Stephenson or Winnebago County, Illinois



To be considered for this position, please submit your resume, cover letter and career narrative to:

Cheryl Church

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