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SENIOR PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCATE

POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Senior Policy Advocate is responsible for working with internal and external stakeholders when developing the organization’s legislative proposals and strategies. This position works to influence legislation on the state and local levels. The Senior Policy Advocate reports directly to the CEO and works closely with the COO, a junior Policy Advocate, programs and research staff.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Researching, preparing and/or assisting in the preparation of draft legislation.
  • Developing relationships with legislators and their key staff to educate them about an issue(s) so that they can become effective advocates for legislation supported by JOTF.
  • Identifying target audiences such as legislators, government officials, or other individuals with influence over decisions related to legislation proposed or supported by JOTF.
  • Organizing grassroots campaigns to build public support for JOTF’s legislative proposals.
  • Gaining the support of key stakeholders, including community leaders, community organizations and/or groups, and members of the media to effectively support and advance JOTF’s legislative priorities.
  • Attend bill hearings, committee meetings and other legislative events to champion JOTF’s legislative agenda.
  • Draft written testimony and provide oral testimony that is clear, concise, persuasive and well-researched in support of JOTF’s legislative agenda.
  • Preparing reports detailing the status of bills or proposals, including lobbying activities and outcomes.
  • Monitoring legislative activity and proposing new or revised bills to respond to new issues or changing conditions.
  • Monitoring and analyzing the activities of others to identify conflicting or competing interests.
  • Communicating with community groups and other interested parties about the organization’s legislative agenda and/or priorities related to workforce development.
  • Use social media and other means (e.g., newsletters, email blasts, infographics, meetings, workshops) to educate and organize community groups and others.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Two or more years of public policy advocacy experience or educational background in governmental affairs, public policy, law, communications, or related fields.
  • Proficient knowledge of the Maryland legislative process.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population including grassroots and/or community groups, lawmakers, and the business community.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Outstanding people skills, including the ability to influence and persuade others.
  • Ability to research and analyze a problem and propose policy solutions.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Available to attend events and meetings outside work hours, especially during the Maryland legislative session.
  • Reliable personal transportation to commute to Annapolis and community events around the state.
  • Contacts in the Baltimore and/or Annapolis political community (preferred).
  • Familiarity with software programs including Microsoft Office, MailChimp, and CANVA (preferred).
  • Familiarity with social media platforms including Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook (preferred).
  • Familiarity with workforce development or issues (preferred).

 

POSITION DETAILS

This is a full-time, permanent position. Work will be performed either remotely or in a hybrid work environment. During the 90-day legislative session, work will be based in Annapolis where JOTF obtains temporary workspace. Otherwise, work will be based out of our JOTF’s Baltimore headquarters.

The ideal candidate will be able to provide their own transportation for travel to meetings around the state, community events, and to Annapolis during the legislative session.

 

COMPENSATION

This is a full-time position. The starting salary is $85,000, commensurate with experience. JOTF offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, matched 403(b), paid leave, parking, and reimbursement for business travel and expenses.

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.

For background information about the Job Opportunities Task Force, see our website at www.jotf.org.

 

TO APPLY

Send a cover letter, resume, three (3) professional references, and two (2) short writing samples (no longer than 2 pages each), and type “Senior Policy Advocate” in the subject line to resumes@jotf.org.

Closing Date for Applications: This is a rolling hiring process; therefore, applicants are urged to apply early. Resumes will be reviewed as submitted and eligible applicants will be interviewed until the position is filled.   

 

 

Job Placement Coordinator

Position Description
The Job Placement Coordinator is an essential member of our Programs team and is responsible for placing individuals in our job skills training program, BetterU Construction Training (BetterU) and Baltimore City residents participating in JOTF’s Community Bail Fund in appropriate employment.   BetterU is a Baltimore-based, 14-week pre-apprenticeship construction program that trains local residents in carpentry, electrical, and plumbing. BetterU connects students and graduates with supports and resources to help participants successfully find employment in the construction industry. The Community Bail Fund secures the pre-trial release of individuals meeting the program’s criteria and connects them with a range of social services. Following obtaining employment for JOTF’s program participants, the Job Placement Coordinator assists employers and employees resolve issues and maintain the employment relationship.

Major Responsibilities:

Job Development and Placement

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive outreach, marketing, and job placement plans or strategies with input from the Better U and Community Bail Fund case managers and the program manager.
  • Establish and submit reports on job placement measures (e.g., credentials/certifications/training completed by program participants, number of job placements, length of time to placement, job retention, pay), outreach activities, employer and other partnership agreements.
  • Identify, develop and maintain relationships with workforce development boards, employers, local organizations, business stakeholders and others to identify job placement opportunities, and link program participants to the workforce and other resources.
  • Keep current on changes and trends in the Baltimore area job market, including expanding industries and occupations, job openings, wages, skills in demand; share information internally as appropriate.
  • Work closely with case managers and each program participant to identify employment goals, evaluate the participant’s goals in light of employer/industry needs and expectations, and create an individual development and job placement plan with the program participant and case manager(s).
  • Manage job accounts and all efforts needed to support the hiring of alumni while also preparing and coaching alumni through the job search and interview process.
  • Conduct post-job placement assessments with employers and program participants to identify and address any concerns that could adversely affect employee performance or result in the termination of employment.
  • Annually (at least) assess employer and program participant satisfaction with JOTF’s job placement and post job placement services, and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Maintain and continually update job orders and announcements by category. Distribute job orders and announcements to stimulate client awareness and interest.

Data Management

  • Input and track placement metrics in the Apricot data warehouse (Social Solutions) to aid in reporting and refinement of existing processes and grant deliverables.
  • Verify JOTF participants’ job and demographic information.
  • Collect participant narratives and success stories to integrate into partnership engagement, outreach and recruitment, and reporting.
  • Work with designated staff to collect data on job placement rates for funders.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least two years experience in vocational job placement or job recruiting.
  • Knowledge of the Baltimore area labor market, including construction.
  • Knowledge of workforce development and career readiness programs.
  • Familiarity with the workforce needs of employers and with the educational and employment barriers facing low-skill and low-income workers and job seekers.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to, and understanding of diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic populations.
  • Communicates effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Knowledge of the techniques and tools used to motivate and coach others.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Competent in the use of office technology (e.g., word processing, email, Excel, and databases) and social media.
  • Maintain comprehensive records and prepare reports using data and visual tools such as charts and graphs.
  • Driver’s license and reliable transportation required.
  • A flexible schedule, as programs and events may occur in the evening and on weekends.

Position Details

Until otherwise noted, work will be performed remotely and virtually. Where safe and feasible, work may be based out of our downtown Baltimore office, with visits to other 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.

Compensation

Depending on the ideal candidate’s working preference and availability, this role can be

    • Part-time (20 hours per week with a salary of $2,300 monthly) or;
    • Full-time (40 hours per week with a salary of $4,600 monthly)
    • Benefits include health insurance, matching 403(b), and paid leave.

The Job Placement Coordinator is a 1-year temporary position with the potential to transition into a regular, full-time role pending on performance review.

 

To Apply

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The position remains open until filled. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, and type “Job Placement Coordinator” in the subject line to resumes@jotf.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The 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.

For background information about the Job Opportunities Task Force, see our website at www.jotf.org.

 

Research Analyst

Position Description
The Research Analyst is responsible for researching, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data related to labor market and employment trends in Baltimore, Maryland and the region. This includes collecting and using statistical data to identify current and emerging labor market demands; employment barriers faced by low-income workers, formerly incarcerated individuals, and members of marginalized communities; and workforce development solutions. The Research Analyst will contribute to creating data-based solutions and evaluating policy proposals that seek to minimize and eliminate employment barriers.

The work of the Research Analyst is critically important to developing a policy and research agenda, planning the delivery of job skills training designed to lead to full-time employment, developing a broader workforce development plan or approach, and creating strategic partnerships for the work JOTF undertakes.

 

Major Responsibilities

  • Engaging internal and external stakeholders to understand their policy goals and needs.
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative research partnerships.
  • Developing a policy research agenda based on stakeholder input.
  • Reviewing and analyzing statistical data to support the data needs of the organization’s policy and advocacy, and job training programs.
  • Compiling comprehensive high-quality reports, briefing papers, and policy briefs based on reviewing and analyzing statistical data and other relevant information on labor market and employment trends, adult skills training and workforce development, barriers to employment, and community economic development.
  • Assessing the costs, benefits, and drawbacks of existing and proposed policies.
  • Creating presentations with charts and graphs for management and others.
  • Contributing to the writing of grant proposals and reports.

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in a related field or a Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of experience evaluating, analyzing, researching and developing employment opportunities, workforce development, or community economic development policies and programs.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including technical writing and public speaking.
  • Knowledge of the research tools, and industry trends and standards related to conducting research projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to use a computer to perform data research, including statistical software and creating charts and graphs.
  • Ability to aggregate, contextualize and disaggregate data to identify, understand, explain, and propose approaches/policies that address systemic inequities in employment that disadvantage communities of color and indigenous people.
  • Familiarity with workforce trends and barriers facing Maryland employers, workers, and job-seekers.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to relate effectively with diverse populations.

Position Details
This is a full-time, permanent position. Work will be performed either remotely or in a hybrid work environment. The ideal candidate will be able to provide his/her own transportation for travel to meetings around the state, community events, and to Annapolis during the legislative session.

The Research Analyst reports directly to JOTF’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO), and works closely with the policy and program staff.

Compensation
This is a full-time position. The starting salary is $80,000, commensurate with experience. JOTF offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, matched 403(b), paid leave, parking, and reimbursement for business travel and expenses.

To Apply
Send a cover letter, resume, three (3) professional references, and two (2) short writing samples (no longer than 2 pages each), and type “Research Analyst” in the subject line to resumes@jotf.org.

Closing Date for Applications: December 30, 2022

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.

For background information about the Job Opportunities Task Force, see our website at www.jotf.org.

 

Programs Manager

Position Description
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.

Major 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.

Requirements

  • 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.

Compensation

  • 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.

To Apply

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The position remains open until filled. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references and type “Programs Manager” in the subject line to resumes@jotf.org.

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.

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