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Vice President, Workforce Development

The Vice President of Workforce Development is responsible for the development and management of the chamber’s workforce development program which represents the collective best interest of chamber membership. Program involves working with membership and regional partners on developing public policy, developing strategies to implement policies, developing relationships with strategic workforce partners in all levels, developing and implementing programmatic partnerships that further the chamber’s goals, such as, Oklahoma Scholars and College Access Career Readiness Coaches.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Advocates the chamber’s positions with elected officials statewide to create an education and workforce system that is attractive to potential residents, retains current residents and meets employers’ needs for a skilled and trained workforce.
  • Provides management oversight to the programs and partnerships in the workforce area that achieves the chambers’ goals for a talented workforce pipeline. Oversees the strategic direction, allocation of time and commitment of resources to this area on behalf of chamber leaders.  Helps secure additional community partners and support when appropriate.
  • Represents the chamber on community boards and committees that directly impact the work of the chamber, as requested and appropriate.
  • Exercises budgetary control over the workforce and development program. Defines division objectives; develops operating plan, including budget and manpower requirements, in compliance with Board decisions; develops divisional programs to comply with organization requirements. 
  • Provide leadership and promote the goals and objective of the entire chamber both internally with staff and externally with the membership, community and other organizations and individuals with which the chamber interacts.
  • Follows news reports, current events, outside task forces and other initiatives as they pertain to the Chamber’s workforce mission.
  • Responsible for achieving a satisfactory rating annually as it relates to approved annual objectives.
  • Accountable by assuring that all direct reporting staff, if applicable, has achieved their annual development goals.
  • Performs other incidental and related duties as required and assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education and Development or related field and years’ experience in workforce development
  • Advanced knowledge and interest in public policy issues and current events
  • Good negotiating and lobbying skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally; ability to motivate people
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with all levels of individuals
  • Working computer knowledge in Word, Excel, e-mail, and the internet
  • Capable to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at one time.
  • Detail oriented with strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, insight into group dynamics, and the ability to develop and foster relationships.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.

Work & Physical Requirements:

  • Work environment: Normally a typical office environment with people, with minimal exposure to excessive noise or adverse environmental issues, with occasional outdoor exposure to heat, cold, and environmental elements.
  • Physical demands: Manipulate, handle, feel, and control items or equipment. Able to read, write, and interpret written documents. Occasionally lift and move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

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