Work for WIRE-Net

WIRE-Net seeks motivated workers.

WIRE-Net is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.

WIRE-Net is a nationally recognized, economic development organization. WIRE-Net is a leading force in strengthening manufacturing and fueling economic growth, a foundation of healthy communities. We provide expertise and resources that proactively assist manufacturers in understanding and adapting to fast changing trends in technology, talent, and organizational leadership. WIRE-Net is organized as a 501c-3 charitable, non-profit organization and celebrates its 30th year of serving its members and the greater Cleveland community in 2018.

WIRE-Net is searching for its next President and Executive Director to lead the organization, manage its staff of 12, including 3 direct reports (Workforce Development, Manufacturing Services, Finance and Operations), and mobilize the board to implement its 2020 Strategic Plan.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 10 years progressively responsible experience in organization management, program development, and staff leadership
  • 3 years progressively responsible experience in the field of economic development
  • Experience in program development and with management of program leaders including manufacturing programs (e.g., business retention, growth coaching, etc.), and workforce development (e.g., adult and youth apprenticeship, career coaching for youth, etc.). Knowledge of emerging manufacturing technologies is a plus
  • Successful fund-raising experience (foundation, membership, and annual fund), and in raising unrestricted revenue
  • Leadership development experience, working with boards of directors, donors, public-private sector partners, and supervising and developing staff
  • Solid oral and written communication skills, including social media and media relations
  • Strong fiscal management and strategic planning skills

The ideal candidate, in addition, will:

  • Have, or be able to quickly establish, credibility with manufacturing stakeholders and members
  • Know about and understand Northeast Ohio's economic development eco-system with an eye towards its manufacturing sector
  • Be or be able to establish self as a thought leader in the field
  • Be a motivator of staff, board, and key stakeholders
  • Be able to work with funders and other business leaders
  • Be an advocate at the local, state, and national level – for WIRE-Net's vision and 2020 Strategic plan
  • Be willing to take calculated risks
  • Demonstrated resiliency
  • Be collaborative and a change agent

Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to:

WIRE-Net Search Committee
c/o WIRE-Net
4855 W. 130th Street, Suite 1
Cleveland, OH 44135

Emails accepted. No phone calls please.

WIRE-Net is a manufacturing-based economic development organization, in Cleveland, Ohio, with local, regional, and national programs. WIRE-Net is a leading force to strengthen manufacturing, a foundation of healthy communities that fuels economic growth in Greater Cleveland. We provide leading edge expertise and resources that proactively assist manufacturers in understanding and adapting to fast changing trends in technology, talent, and organizational leadership. We do this through programs in manufacturing improvement and workforce development and training for youth and adults. Founded in 1988 as a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, WIRE-Net celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018.


Reports to: Vice President, Workforce Development.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support to ensure Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Apprenticeship Consortium (NOMAC) registered apprenticeship programs, including competency-based programs, remain in good standing and in compliance with the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council (OSAC).
  • Set up and effectively use administrative systems and procedures to manage all aspects of apprenticeship programs (apprentices, employers, partners, coursework, program flow). Prepare and collect necessary documentation as apprentices move through the training pipeline – apprentice applications, assessments, enrollment, and completion.
  • Conduct and coordinate program outreach and recruitment, including workshops/information sessions, and collaborate with partner agencies who can advocate for the apprenticeship model and help expand NOMAC.
  • Maintain strong relationships with training providers and other experts in existing programs and to develop new programs to meet employer need.
  • Ensure timely program results and completion of all program documentation in compliance with all stakeholder and grant requirements as requested.
  • Establish and strengthen relationships with assigned members as their Account Manager and support other account managers.
  • Support WIRE-Net's objectives to retain and grow a healthy Northeast Ohio manufacturing base, as well as other aspects of the organization's mission.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree in a related field. An associate degree and two-years' experience managing apprenticeship programs, combined with a journeyperson's card or trade certification(s), preferably through a registered apprenticeship program, can be substituted for a bachelor's degree.


WIRE-Net's compensation includes competitive salary and excellent benefits including flextime, holidays, vacation, professional development, hospitalization, retirement, and life and disability insurance.

Please Email a resume outlining your qualifications by August 31, 2018. No phone calls please.