About Us

Curious about what it takes to get low-wage workers access to high paying jobs? So are we.

See how we do it

JOTF is hiring! We are seeking a full-time Director of Development to join our amazing team! The Director will solicit and secure public and private fundsto support organizational operations, and is responsible for crafting JOTF’s development campaign and strategies.

Policy & Advocacy

JOTF is a leading voice on workforce issues in Maryland, supporting a wide range of public policy initiatives and budget decisions, including increased investment in adult education and training, expanding the Earned Income Credit, reducing barriers to work for individuals with criminal justice involvement, and unemployment insurance reform.

Our Programs

JOTF designs programs that create career pathways for low-wage workers. Our programs help Marylanders reach higher-wage jobs in industries that need more skilled workers. We designed Project JumpStart, Baltimore's pre-apprenticeship program in the building trades, which helps participants become licensed electricians, plumbers, or carpenters. JumpStart trains 120 low-wage residents each year for careers that can pay more than $50,000 annually.

Research & Reports

JOTF conducts research to inform policymakers and the public, and to encourage the development of local programs based on best practices. Our research explores the impact of specific state and local policies on the workforce, and provides timely recommendations on how these policies can better serve Maryland's workers, families, employers, and the economy.

What's new at JOTF

JOTF Legislative Wrap-Up

The 2018 Maryland General Assembly came and went with full force during this election year,…

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Priced Out: Making College More Affordable for Low-Income Marylanders

By 2025, Maryland leaders want to ensure that at least 55 percent of state…

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Expanding Baltimore’s Black Middle Class: Workforce Strategies for Advancing Prosperity

June 2010: A Joint Issue Brief from the Job Opportunities Task Force and Associated…

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Mar 8, 2019

Caryn York testifies at the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

On Wednesday, March 6th, Caryn York, Executive Director of JOTF, was invited by US Senator Marco Rubio to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on the realities of the American Worker in 2019. Caryn testified… Read More

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Our Mission

About Job Opportunities Task Force

The road to meaningful employment is fraught with obstacles. When one seems to be conquered, another appears in its place. This is the incessant struggle for the low-wage workers in our communities.

Each day, JOTF works relentlessly to eliminate those obstacles to meaningful and stable employment through educational opportunities and effective policy reform and systems change. By doing so, we’re able to consistently help low-wage workers advance to high-paying jobs and create paths for workers from every possible background to thrive and prosper.

JOTF in the Media
Mar 8, 2019
The shine theory: How the growing voice of women in Annapolis are looking to uplift others

The Daily Record

Apr 3, 2018
Guest Opinion: Comprehensive crime bill will take us back decades

Maryland Reporter

Feb 22, 2018
Project JumpStart Saving Baltimore Lives By Teaching Trades

WJZ Baltimore

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