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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 manufacturing-focused, non-profit economic development organization, based in Cleveland, Ohio. 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. WIRE-Net connects leaders to each other and engages them in their communities. We lead, we connect, we partner.

OVERVIEW

This position, part of the Cleveland Industrial Retention Initiative (CIRI), is responsible for providing solutions to Cleveland manufacturers, using a variety of resources to stimulate business and neighborhood investment, and foster job creation. The Industrial Development Manager provides outreach to manufacturing companies to identify and resolve challenges to business growth.

Primary duties include: Conducting company assessments to identify and resolve company service needs, analyzing company information to identify company trends and retention risks, and generating unrestricted revenue to support program operations. Additionally, the Industrial Development Manager will provide customer service to firms to ensure satisfaction with services provided, provide project management support to firms to achieve significant impact to the community, engage other community support to complete projects; analyze company data to identify opportunities for current and future intervention, and prepare timely and regular reports as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS

Experience:

  • Experience with and knowledge of manufacturing, workforce and economic development strongly preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in sales, relationship management, manufacturing, or economic development, preferably a combination of these disciplines
  • Proven ability in building strategic partnerships and facilitating and developing collaborative relationships
  • Demonstrated success delivering strong customer service
  • Knowledge of business operations as well as local, state, and federal resources, and the local economic and political environments
  • Accomplished in project management

Education:

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in business or related field, or equivalent work experience

Other:

This is a full-time position requiring occasional evening and weekend work. Must have reliable transportation and possess a valid driver's license. Must be comfortable working in various manufacturing settings. Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft applications, including databases in a PC environment.

Compensation:

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 July 31, 2018. 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.

OVERVIEW

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.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

  • 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.

Compensation:

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.

WIRE-Net is a manufacturing-based economic development organization. As a membership organization of over 300 manufacturing and related companies, WIRE-Net has been involved at Max S. Hayes High School and with other career-tech programs for 25 years, helping address manufacturers' challenges in finding, developing, and retaining talent. In 2018, WIRE-Net celebrates its 30th anniversary, having been organized as a non-profit, 501(c)3 tax exempt organization in 1988.

OVERVIEW

Cleveland is home to approximately 1,000 manufacturing firms, with over 2,000 located in Cuyahoga County. In our January 2018 Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Survey of over 400 manufacturing leaders, the issue of greatest concern is the lack of skilled talent. Pending retirements, poor awareness of the promise of technical careers, and the need for more technical workers that is driven by economic demand and evolving technologies are among the factors creating this skills mismatch. Furthermore, a four-year college degree remains a powerful pull for many families, while career and technical education remains widely invisible or denigrated. In Cleveland, it also appears that there is a lack of accessible, robust, and relevant career-tech education. This is no surprise to those who follow the manufacturing industry. The question is what can be done to mitigate the resulting skills mismatch?

WIRE-Net will contract with a consultant to investigate and establish the need for additional manufacturing career-tech programming on Cleveland's east side. This investigation will focus on the City of Cleveland and its eastern suburbs, although other nearby career-tech, joint-vocational, or other relevant career-tech educational institutions could be included with prior approval by WIRE-Net.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

WIRE-Net has reviewed existing manufacturing pathway instruction among area career-tech schools and there essentially are no manufacturing career-tech pathways being taught on Cleveland's east side, nor in most east side suburbs (see Table 1. East-side career-tech locations are bolded.). It isn't an exaggeration to say that CMSD's Max S. Hayes High School, on Cleveland's west side, is the primary career-tech high school offering technical education in manufacturing pathways for Cleveland students. With a capacity of 800 students, and graduating classes of 100-150 students/year, Max Hayes' capacity does not match the demands of area manufacturers.

The project will include both a labor-market and demographic study of the need for additional career-tech manufacturing pathway programming at the secondary (high school) level. Additional analysis (data review, interviews, etc.) among leaders in the Ohio Department of Education and regional educational leaders will identify details of current manufacturing related pathway instruction capacity (how many seats/students can existing programs accommodate? what has been the enrollment and completion track record of these programs? how do current programs align with emerging labor market needs? etc.).

The study would include outreach to suburban school districts to explore their interest in an innovative approach to career-tech programming. We would also map existing manufacturing pathway assets on Cleveland's east side, which includes some career-tech manufacturing programs as noted in Table 1, as well as the programming at the WorkRoom Program Alliance and at the Cleveland Job Corps, which is planning to add a manufacturing lab to their northeast side facility. The WorkRoom Program Alliance has offered welding camps to east side Cleveland students (in partnership with Lorain County Community College) and has reached out to several potential career-tech partners (e.g., Shaw High School in the East Cleveland Career Tech Planning District) and has offered manufacturing courses for seniors at Ginn Academy (in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College).

This project will both help build the case for additional career-tech programming, and help coalesce a partnership of educators, business leaders, and others who could become the core group of stakeholders pushing for new, innovative career-tech models, particularly those serving occupational pathways in the manufacturing sector.

The project consultant will work closely with WIRE-Net's President and Vice President for Workforce Development and with an advisory taskforce that will: assist in overseeing the investigation, evaluate responses to the RFP, and participate in the review and finalization of the final report and development of an action plan in response to the project findings.

Interested consultants should respond to this RFP with an email and attachments (PDF) that includes, among other things:

  • Consultant's relevant experience and expertise
  • Consultant's familiarity with the career-tech field in greater Cleveland, and professional references
  • An outline of the proposed scope of work, with dated milestones
  • Description of deliverables (draft and final reports, other documentation, etc.)

In a separate attachment (PDF), the proposed cost of the project should be specified. Responses are due to Brianna Schultz, Vice President, Workforce Development no later than 5:00 PM on July 28, 2018. No phone calls please.