Generation is a nonprofit that transforms education to employment systems to prepare, place, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible. The global pandemic has led to an unprecedented surge in unemployment. Even before the pandemic, more than 75 million young adults were out of work globally, and three times as many were underemployed—and 375 million workers of all ages needed to learn new skills by 2030. At the same time, certain jobs remain in high-demand, and 40 percent of employers say a skills shortage leaves them with entry-level vacancies. To date, more than 38,000 people have graduated from Generation programs, which prepare them for meaningful careers in 14 countries. Generation works with more than 3,900 employer partners and many implementation partners and funders.
The Director, US Partnerships reports to the Managing Director, US Partnerships and will be responsible for ensuring the success of Generation's 12 current Program Delivery Partners (PDP) and expanding into 25 PDPs by the end of 2022. This role will manage a team of 5-7 partnership managers who will be responsible for the individual relationships with partners. PDP run programs are defined as programs where the staff of other organizations (usually non-profits or community colleges) teach Generation curriculum, working closely with Generation staff. The Director, US Partnerships will work to ensure a strong foundation for a relatively new team at Generation, creating the systems, processes, and tools needed to ensure the team is successful.
This is a full-time and fully remote position.
- Team Management (30%)
- Meet regularly with managers to evaluate progress with partners and develop or align strategies accordingly
- Determine and help develop the digital tools and data the partnership managers will need to be successful
- Determine and help develop the team systems and processes necessary for success
- Ensure team members are reaching their professional development goals
- Execute performance evaluations with team members
- Partner Management (30%)
- Assist the Managing Director in engagement of potential new college partners
- Assist the Managing Director in developing launch timelines for each partner and training program
- Work with legal counsel to ensure partner MOUs are current and legally applicable
- Ensure partners are meeting compliance metrics
- Help to incentivize scale at partners, ensuring that each partner is serving at least 400 students annually
- Managing 1 or 2 partnerships that are more complex and/or of high strategic significance
- Internal Cross-team Collaboration (30%)
- Meet as needed with other internal teams to share partner data and/or develop org-wide strategies
- Ensure Partnerships team is collecting, inputting, and sharing data consistently
- Engaging Local Governmental Agencies (10%)
- Building the team’s strategy around community engagement (workforce boards, gov’t, etc)
- Manage relationships with other key stakeholders in the (e.g., Mayor’s Office)
You love relationship-building, growth, and are excited by the goals for this position. You are a self-starter, and can thrive in a dynamic, entrepreneurial fast-paced work environment. You are also a problem-solver who is curious, persistent, resourceful, and who enjoys pursuing opportunities to help the teams secure partnerships and creating a strong foundation for a new team.
Specific requirements include, but not limited to:
- Creative, strategic, and analytical thinker with the ability to manage multiple types of partnerships and balance short and long-term objectives
- Minimum of 5 years of demonstrable partnership management experience in fast-paced, high-growth, client-facing position
- 3-5 years of experience successfully managing a team across multiple locations
- Professional demeanor with exceptional ability to establish credibility with executives
- Strong communication skills with the ability to synthesize and share a lot of data
- Excellent organizational and communication skills with high level of attention to detail in tasks and interactions
- A growth mindset; self-reflective and open to frequent feedback
- A positive, solutions-oriented attitude, drive for excellence, and ability to be a team player
- An entrepreneurial spirit, embracing the opportunity for creativity and hard work inherent in a start-up
- Ability to diagnose partner needs through exceptional problem-solving abilities
- Poised under pressure
- A strong sense of ownership (takes personal responsibility for meeting objectives) and timeliness
- Ability to comfortably navigate new technologies (e.g., Generation App, changes to data tool)
- Data-driven approach in presenting/influencing and informing decisions
- A passion for supporting economic and community development in assigned regions
Please submit your resume and cover letter via Greenhouse. Your cover letter should be no more than one page and describe how your experience is relevant to the position description.
Generation is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.
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