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Chief Executive Officer

Position Summary
This is a unique opportunity for a visionary leader to work with a deeply engaged board of directors, a high-performing and talented staff, and key partners to build job-training programs to create career pathways for low-income Marylanders.  The ideal candidate will have a record of success in policy advocacy, programs, and research and is committed to the JOTF mission.  They will bring empathy, compassion, and authenticity to the critical work of increasing economic mobility for low-wage Marylanders, often working against systemic racism.   They will inspire, motivate, and challenge staff, develop, implement organizational strategy, and provide day-to-day organizational oversight.  They will help animate and solidify the strong and committed JOTF team culture internally, with key partners, and in Annapolis as JOTF plays a key role in enacting policy change.

The Chief Executive Officer reports to a dedicated Board of Directors who collectively bring various experience, expertise, and deep institutional memory.  They will manage a team of five, which will grow over time as new positions are filled, and oversee a budget of nearly $1.5M.

Key Responsibilities

  • Vision and strategy: Lead JOTF’s strategic direction; collaborate with staff, Board, and key stakeholders to set clear goals and achieve the organization’s mission.
  • Operations and financial management:  Oversee the successful execution of JOTF’s day-to-day operations, including effective financial management, reporting, hiring, and compliance.
  • Policy:  Oversee the development and implementation of a public policy agenda at state and local levels to create and increase employment opportunities for low-wage workers and job seekers. Keep up to date on issues impacting low-wage workers and relevant policy trends. You are expected to spend time in Annapolis during the legislative session and may be expected to testify in Annapolis in support of the policy agenda.
  • Programs: Build on JOTF’s employment training initiatives and oversee implementation; oversee JOTF’s bail fund and other projects such as the expungement clinics.
  • Research:  Oversee a research agenda that explores a range of issues facing Maryland workers, identifies challenges, and recommends solutions; collaborate with staff to organize public forums and public education to engage the community on workforce and policy issues.
  • Partnership building:  Build strong relationships with key stakeholders, including funders, nonprofit partners, community members, government agencies, Baltimore City policymakers, and Board members; listen to and learn from residents, local businesses, and community groups most impacted by the policies we are working to shape.
  • Operations and financial management: Oversee the successful execution of JOTF’s day-to-day operations, including effective financial management, reporting, hiring, and compliance.
  • Communications:  Build and implement a robust communications strategy and serve as a persuasive advocate for JOTF, representing the organization in various media platforms.
  • Team leadership and culture: Promote a collaborative and inclusive culture and provide professional development and team-building opportunities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Minimum of five years in a leadership role with management experience in workforce development, public policy, economic development, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated commitment to issues facing underserved Marylanders, emphasizing meeting the employment-related challenges of low-skilled men and women, meeting the workforce needs of employers, and a deep understanding of structural racism.
  • Successful oversight of an organization’s talent, operations, and finances.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for building and cultivating solid relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Exceptional, persuasive public speaking and written communication skills, including communicating effectively with various audiences, including high stakeholders, community organizers, and low-income residents.
  • Demonstrated passion for JOTF’s mission as evidenced through similar professional or volunteer experience.
  • Strong understanding of policy-making processes and experience in advocating for policy reform.
  • Experience with program design, implementation, and evaluation.

Compensation and Benefits
The hiring salary is negotiable from $130,000, commensurate with experience. JOTF offers a generous benefits package including health insurance, matched 403(b), paid leave, and parking.

Additional information
The candidate will generally be expected to work out of the Baltimore downtown office; however, flexible work options will be considered, including some remote work.  We expect the CEO to attend periodic off-site meetings and occasional after-hours or weekend events and spend time as needed in Annapolis.

Applications are accepted until the position is filled. To apply, visit the LeaderFit website: www.leaderfit.org.

For more information about JOTF, please see our website: www.jotf.org.

 

 

Programs Manager

POSITION SUMMARY
The Programs Manager is a full-time employee responsible for directing and managing JOTF’s direct service programs, including the Community Bail Fund and job training programs. The Programs Manager will oversee the development of a job training program that increases the opportunities for low-income workers and job seekers, including those with prior contact with the criminal justice system. The Programs Manager will supervise and lead the Programs team, currently consisting of two (2) Case Managers and a Job Placement Coordinator. The Programs Manager will also manage the program budget and assist with fundraising for JOTF’s programs.

The ideal candidate will be a self-driven team player with an understanding of workforce development and a demonstrated ability to think and act strategically.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Development of a job training program that provides a realistic pathway to lasting work opportunities while addressing barriers to work. Supervision of two case managers and job placement coordinator.
  • Planning and coordination of community events, including, for example, Brake Light and Community Resource Clinics; Community Bail Out Days/Events.
  • Development and management of the programmatic budget.
  • Development and drafting of grant proposals and status reports.
  • Management of communication campaigns for programs (i.e., direct mail, email, social media, newsletters, and JOTF’s Programs web pages).
  • Evaluation of programs staff’s skill, experience, and professional development needs.
  • Coordination with JOTF’s Policy Advocacy and Research teams where appropriate and consistent with JOTF’s mission.

QUALIFICATIONS & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related fields required.
  • Extensive experience providing case management and/or job-training services to under-served populations of color may be substituted for the educational requirement. Trauma-informed training is a plus.
  • Experience with program development (either within an existing program or from inception).
  • Four plus (4+) years of related experience in program management, staffing, or workforce development with a strong knowledge of the job landscape.
  • At least two (2) years of supervisory experience plus an understanding of, and interest in, staff development.
  • Ability to utilize tools or design systems and processes to track data and monitor progress with Apricot (i.e., Social Solutions) or other data warehouse systems.
  • Familiarity with the educational and employment barriers facing low-income or low-skill workers and the workforce needs of employers.
  • A flexible schedule as programs and related events may occur in the evening and on weekends.
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable personal vehicle/transportation.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for JOTF’s mission.

POSITION DETAILS
Where safe and feasible, work will be based out of our downtown Baltimore office with regular visits to program locations in Baltimore City. As such, candidates who are local to Baltimore or the surrounding area (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) will be prioritized.

Parking at the Baltimore office and reimbursement for business travel are provided.

SALARY & BENEFITS

  • Full-time Position
  • Salary: $65,000 – $80,000 commensurate with education and experience.
  • Benefits Package: JOTF offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, matched 403(b), and paid leave.

Applications are accepted until the position is filled. To apply, visit the Baltimore Corps website: www.baltimorecorps.org.

For more information about JOTF, please see our website: www.jotf.org.

 

Public Policy Advocate

POSITION SUMMARY
The Policy Advocate is a member of the JOTF policy team that is responsible for developing and advancing JOTF’s policy agenda at the state and local levels. The policy agenda includes organizational priorities that 1.) urge investments in adult education and skills training, 2.) support for workplace benefits and supports, 3.) reducing the impact of incarceration on low-wage workers, 4.) access to affordable transportation options, and 5.) the elimination of policies that criminalize the poor.

The ideal candidate will be a self-driven team player with a keen ability to think and act boldly and strategically for the organization and its constituencies.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Advocacy
    • During the 90-day Legislative Session,
      • Draft written testimony that is poignant and well researched in support of the JOTF Policy Agenda
      • Provide live in-person oral testimony that is clear and precise in support of the JOTF Policy Agenda.
      • In-person on attendance at bill hearings, committee meetings and other legislative events to defend the historic policy-related stances of JOTF and anytime opposition arises during the 90-day Legislative Session.
      • Contact and lobby state legislators to gain support for the JOTF Policy Agenda, including by live meetings
      • Creating “floor sheets” for legislators and distributing them on the day of a floor vote on the House or Senate floor.
      • Provide a weekly newsletter update via MailChimp, explaining the progress of JOTF-related proposals and other legislation related to our mission.
        • Upload the Newsletter to the JOTF Website, JOTF Linktree, and all related JOTF social media.
      • Organize and maintain a database of legislative proposals announced during the Legislative Session and in key local jurisdictions.
        • Track legislative proposals via the MyMGA Website and actively update the JOTF Bill Tracker.
      • Contact and sign-up partners to testify on JOTF-specific proposals. Once signed up, ensure that witnesses are adequately equipped to testify on said proposals. (This may require the provision of transportation, parking, and directions once they arrive in Annapolis).
      • Craft and monitor a “vote tally” sheet to track ongoing legislator support for specific policy proposals.
    • After the 90-day Legislative Session,
      • Work with the Senior Policy Advocate and Policy Team to produce workshops, webinars, videos, podcasts, social media posts, presentations, et. al. to inform partners, community members, funders, and elected officials about our legislative wins and promote the implementation of said victories. These responsibilities include live-in-person meetings where the COO and Senior Policy Advocate determine live presence is necessary.
      • In addition to the aforementioned task, alert the same parties about our legislative losses and what next steps need to be taken to turn these losses into victories for the next legislative session.
      • Assist with the creation and implementation of the Policy Agenda for the upcoming legislative session by:
        • Drafting legislation in support of policy proposals
        • Creating fact sheets explaining policy proposals
        • Producing infographics surrounding policy proposals
        • Publicizing research surrounding policy proposals
        • Convening partners to educate and support policy proposals
        • Creating “strike forces,” i.e., specified coalitions to actively lobby legislators to support policy proposals
      • Establish, lead, and support alliances, coalitions, and partnerships with third-party groups and others that effectively support and advance organizational policy priorities
  • Research & Public Education
    • Stay up-to-date with current events around the state that would influence previous and future JOTF Policy Agendas. This includes, but is not limited to, 1.) investments in adult education and skills training, 2.) support for workplace benefits and supports, 3.) reducing the impact of incarceration on low-wage workers, 4.) access to affordable transportation options, and 5.) policies that criminalize the poor.
    • Research and craft policy solutions to ongoing barriers to employment including, but not limited to housing, childcare, lack of skills training, criminal records, transportation, and legal issues.
    • Produce a weekly column via Mailchimp educating constituents on how a current event, law, or issue impacts their lives, JOTF’s stance on the issue, and what policy proposal JOTF is recommending to resolve said issue.
      • Columns can also come in the form of videos, podcasts, short-form interviews, or other mediums effective for reaching JOTF’s constituency of lower-income workers.
    • Produce a weekly newsletter with job opportunities, skills training, and other resources available throughout the state, specifically in Baltimore City, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Baltimore County.
  • Networking
    • In-person on attendance at legislative or political events throughout the largest four Maryland counties, including Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City.
    • Build partnerships through live meetings and other contact communications with potential parties affected by the work of our policy agenda including workforce development agencies, community development agencies, elected officials, and any possible parties who serve or are in concert with lower-income communities around the state.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Support the administrative, programs, and research teams as directed.
    • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Two plus (2+) years of public policy training or an educational background in human services, law, public policy, social work, or related fields.
  • A keen understanding of the racial and socioeconomic dynamics of underserved communities and the impact of community engagement and outreach in advancing organizational policy priorities
  • Familiarity with the educational and employment policy barriers facing low-income, low-skill workers and the workforce needs of employers
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population including community partners, policymakers, and employers
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including writing and public speaking, to effectively communicate with diverse populations
  • Must be organized and detail-oriented, and have the ability to work in both a team setting and autonomously
  • A self-starter with an entrepreneurial drive and demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously and meet deadlines under stressful conditions
  • Ability to research and analyze a problem and propose policy solutions
  • A general understanding of policy-making processes in the legislative and executive branches of government
  • Familiarity of programs including Microsoft Office, MailChimp, and CANVA preferred
  • Familiarity of media platforms including Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook preferred
  • Experience with fact-checking and quick turnaround research tasks a plus
  • A successful candidate will have training or educational background in human services, law, public policy, social work, workforce development or related fields.
  • Experience in the state government or providing case management and/or job training services to under-served populations of color may be substituted for the educational requirement
  • Must have reliable personal vehicle/transportation to commute to Annapolis, JOTF downtown Baltimore Office and community events around the state.
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends, especially during the 90-day legislative session.
  • Live in-person meetings where the Senior Policy Advocate or the COO determines it is necessary

POSITION DETAILS
This is a full-time, permanent position. During the 90-day legislative session, work will be based in Annapolis. (JOTF maintains an Annapolis office during the legislative session.) During the interim period, work will be based out of our downtown Baltimore office during regular business hours, with some live off-site meetings and occasional after-hours or weekend events. The ideal candidate will be able to provide their own transportation for travel to Annapolis during the legislative session, meetings, and community events around the state.

The Policy Advocate reports directly to the Senior Policy and works closely with programs and research staff.

SALARY & BENEFITS

  • Full-time Temporary Contract position: June 1, 2022 – August 30, 2022
  • Salary: $4,600 monthly
  • There is a potential opportunity for this position to transition into a permanent full-time role pending performance review.
  • Location: Remote-hybrid work environment

TO APPLY

  • Send a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references to the Job Opportunities Task Force at resumes@jotf.org.
  • Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.

We strongly value diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. JOTF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, religious or political affiliation or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law. Baltimore City residents and individuals with criminal justice involvement are strongly encouraged to apply.