OUR ORGANIZATION:  

Kinexus, recently recognized as one of Nonprofit Times 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Best Nonprofits to Work For, is a cutting-edge community development organization with growing initiatives to create an economically thriving Michigan. We are change agents who create solutions for business, workforce, and community challenges to promote economic vitality. 

The One-Stop Team at Michigan Works! is made up of dedicated professionals who work to develop the local workforce and build a talent pipeline to meet current and future needs of employers in the area.  At the same time we are helping jobseekers in our community find sustainable employment.  The One-Stop Team offers a variety of services to jobseekers at almost any level, including career coaching, scholarships for classroom training in high demand occupations, and on-the-job training opportunities.  We work closely with the Business Team to connect jobseekers to multiple types of employment from entry level work to professional careers.    

OUR DESIRED OUTCOMES: 

Our long-term outcome is to attract, retain, and develop talent to support economic growth and vitality in Southwest Michigan.  The Vocational Talent Development Specialist assists with planning and implementing both Department of Labor registered apprenticeship programs and vocational training programs and ensures the success of apprentices and trainees throughout Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties. The Vocational Talent Development Specialist will assess and evaluate talent in alignment with high-demand sectors, identify opportunities for skill upgrades or re-training, and enroll qualified job candidates into appropriate training opportunities that will result in job candidate placement in high-demand sectors resulting in higher wage earnings.  

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOU: 

The Vocational Talent Development Specialist is a key player within the One-Stop Team. With that said they will be given the tools and support needed to carry out and execute all the functions for the position in the best of their ability.  

  • Living our values (Bold, Inspirational, Entrepreneurial and Inclusive)  
  • Develop and implement apprenticeship and vocational training programs in collaboration with employers, academic providers, and Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship  
  • Maintain relationships with employers, apprentices, and trainees at job and training sites  
  • Interact daily with internal and external partners to achieve successful outcomes in support of performance metrics and organizational vision, goals, and strategies  
  • Identify and provide career preparation options and professional development services in line with job seeker needs and regional job growth  
  • Perform timely data entry in internal and external databases; prepare program data for apprenticeship and vocational training reports  
  • Maintain knowledge of current MW! services, high-demand sectors, and job openings 
  • Ensure the full integration of the talent team within the larger Kinexus Team to reduce duplication of effort, streamline services, and maximize all resources in support of the right service at the right time.   
  • Model the way for a common purpose and shared consciousness under our Team of Teams approach.  
  • Accountability to align with the mission, vision and values of Kinexus 
  • Continuous quality improvement. 

MINUMUM REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional experience in business, workforce development, or a related field. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Passionate about serving others and the community. 
  • Capability to work in a team environment. 
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and maintain confidentiality. 
  • Solid computer skills and ability in Microsoft, Excel, Power Point and virtual meeting platforms (ex: Google Hangout, Zoom). 
  • Ability to adapt to change and work in a fast pace environment.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: 

  • Two years of professional experience in business, workforce development, or a related field 
  • One to two years of case management experience 
  • Spanish bilingual ability 

 PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  

  • Must be able to lift to 25 pounds at times.  
  • Must be willing and able to travel between Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties. (Benton Harbor – 60%, Cass County – 20% and Paw Paw – 20%)

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Flexible and open. 
  • Periodic telecommute work.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US:  

  • A robust onboarding experience to integrate you into our team.    
  • Team of Teams training in support of the organizational strategies.    
  • Job training and development to ensure you are established and growing in your role.    
  • Cross Operational Meetings with your peers.    
  • Exceptional benefits. 
  • Be a part of transformational change in Michigan. 

We have unique culture that requires individuals to be BOLD, INSPIRATIONAL, ENTREPRENEURIAL and INCLUSIVE. We spend more waking hours with each other than we do with family or friends, so finding someone that add to our culture is extremely important. 

Kinexus Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids, reasonable accommodations and/or services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities. Michigan Relay Center: 711 Voice and TDD. Kinexus is a partner of American Job Centers.

 

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