Generation is a global youth employment organization that helps provide young adults with the opportunity to launch successful careers and change their life trajectories. Generation is a non-profit founded by McKinsey & Company, aimed at training and employing youth across 6 countries – USA, Kenya, Spain, Mexico, India, and Hong Kong – and is actively launching additional sites.
In the USA, 6.7 million young adults are out of school and out of work. At the same time, 44% of employers say a skills shortage is leaving them with entry-level vacancies. By bridging the skills gap, we can create impact for both employers and young adults Generation USA has launched programs in four sectors: healthcare (CNA), customer service (retail sales associate, front desk agent, call center), IT (help desk, network support), and skilled trades (construction helper – NCCER certified). Additional programs can be built out based on employer demand (e.g. medical billing, medical assistant, programming).
Thus far, Generation USA has graduated 1200 young people across 10 cities in just over two and a half years. 95% of supervisors say they would hire a Generation graduate again, and 87% of graduates were ranked above average relative to peers. Students also recognize the impact of the program, evaluating their life almost a rung and a half higher on a ten rung “life quality and well-being index ladder between the start and end of the program. We currently operate in 12 cities—Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Birmingham, AL; Charlotte, NC; Cleveland, Ohio; Dallas, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Miami, FL; San Juan, PR; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE.
The Workforce Development Consultant will support an exciting partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and Generation to grow the adoption of demand-side strategies that provide greater opportunities to poor or vulnerable youth and other marginalized populations to access low-income entry-level employment (also known as “Impact Hiring”). Through this partnership, the Impact Hiring team will work closely with employers to 1) conduct a diagnostic to identify pain points and 2) design and implement a suite of interventions to improve employer and employee outcomes and specifically target the pain points identified in the diagnostic. The Workforce Development Consultant will report directly to the Impact Hiring Project Manager and be responsible for helping to secure employer partnerships and funding through business development efforts.
- Drive successful launch of employer pilots by:
- Working with the Project Manager to strategically identify employer partnerships and pitching the Generation / Rockefeller Foundation partnership
- Cultivating long term relationships with program partners throughout the U.S., including but not limited to employers, funders and general supports
- Working with Project Manager and employers to determine intervention design and cost of implementation
- Working with employer to secure funding to cover cost of implementation
- Where appropriate, identifying and securing additional funding sources
- Manage ongoing employer pilots by:
- Identifying and training employer partners to deliver implementation of intervention(s), including best practice
- Conducting observations to check on implementation progress
- Developing a data tracking system to assess progress
- Refine intervention design with employer partner as necessary
- Communicate findings from diagnostic and pilot(s) by:
- Conducting various analyses on employer data set
- Creating reports with high-quality data visualization for internal and external distribution
- Reporting pilot outcomes to Generation leadership, grantors, implementation partners and other key stakeholders
- Attending convenings with the Project Manager to inform stakeholders about program outcomes and success metrics
- Translating data into concrete plans and recommendations to improve program performance
You have outstanding leadership skills and are energized at the thought of unlocking insights to drive a step-change in the impact hiring community of practice. You have an entrepreneurial spirit and are comfortable with ambiguity that comes with start-up environments. You have a knack for ‘getting things done’ and don’t mind rolling up your sleeves to get your hands dirty. You welcome roles with high levels of ownership.
Specific requirements include, but not limited to:
- Strong analytical skills with the ability to organize, analyze, and draw insights from significant amounts of information
- Proven experience driving improvement in workplace environment, conducting analyses and working with data software tools with an ability to use data to drive decision making
- Resides in the U.S. with the ability to travel domestically up to 2-3 days per week as needed
- Ability to diagnose private-sector employer needs through exceptional problem solving abilities
- Creative and strategic thinker with the ability to be self-directed and balance short and long-term objectives
- Polished communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
- Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners and other organizations
- A positive, solutions-oriented attitude, drive for excellence, and a passion for Generation’s mission
- An entrepreneurial spirit, embracing the opportunity for creativity and hard work inherent in a start-up
- A strong sense of ownership (takes personal responsibility for meeting objectives) and timeliness
- A team player who can operate effectively with peers and other stakeholders within a collegial, yet demanding, work environment
- Experience in Human Resources preferred
- At least 2 years of professional experience with management consulting preferred