ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS -metro washington chapter OFFICE

Position Title:  Director of Education and Workforce Development
Location:             Beltsville, MD 

To apply, submit letter of intent and resume: dlivingston@abcmetrowashington.org.

Basic Function
Leads the charge to create growth for ABC CraftMasters Training Trust (CTT) and in our industry by promoting construction career opportunities. Serves as the primary liaison between ABC and various stakeholders in the workforce development and education arenas.   

Promotes the importance of training and workforce development to member and non-member construction companies within the chapter’s footprint helping them to develop a culture that embraces education and employment of those seeking careers in construction. 

Manages oversight of the educational content delivered to members and non-members in the areas of apprenticeship, craft training and safety.  

Responsible for the administrative efficiency of staff and the financial health of CTT. Manages profit and loss, finance and operations of CTT.

Reports to: President

Responsibilities and Duties   
Develop and implement a robust workforce development initiative including, but not limited to, the following strategies:

  • Promote the association’s apprenticeship and craft training programs in a positive and professional manner, through interaction with member companies, industry leaders, high schools, CTE programs, youth and young adult organizations, state and local government leaders and agencies, other ABC chapters and prospective members. 
  • Maintain close dialogue with member companies to better understand their educational needs and work with appropriate staff and committees to align ABC’s offerings.      
  • Develop a communications plan to ensure members are informed of all workforce development actions.
  • Engage contractors to hire high school students and entry-level candidates and enroll them in CTT’s apprenticeship and craft training programs.      
  • Build strategic partnerships with key groups including high schools, career centers, veterans groups, trade associations, colleges and corporations in order to build new pipelines of students/adults for ABC CraftMasters Training Trust (CTT).
  • Work with community and industry to increase ABC Metro Washington’s training visibility, exposure and penetration in the construction market.      
  • Utilize “Project JumpStart” pre-apprenticeship template to bring potential funders to CTT and workers into the industry.      
  • Seek funding sources for apprenticeship programs.      
  • Master an understanding of registered apprenticeship regulations.      
  • Collaborate with Director of Marketing and Business Development to create a comprehensive marketing plan. 

    General management and oversight of operations:
  • Recruit, supervise, develop  and evaluate staff members assigned to ABC CraftMasters.
  • Prepare and manage annual budget and regularly provide benchmarking, status and forecasting reports.
  • Manage billings and collections processes.
  • Develop policies and procedures monitor staff’s, instructors’, students’ and others’ compliance.
  • Establish processes for, and maintain oversight of, accurate apprenticeship, OJT hours, grades and attendance record-keeping to meet jurisdictional requirements.

    Serve as Staff Liaison to the Workforce Development and Student Chapter Committees:
  • Develop and implement a plan to promote Careers in Construction.
  • Promote and manage the ABC CraftMasters scholarship program.
  • Ensure that all record keeping of the committees is accurate and timely. This includes working with committee chairperson in the preparation of meeting agendas and meeting minutes.

    Serve as a participant on the Craft Training Committee:
  • Establish clear understanding of the committee’s purpose and role in delivering educational solutions for members.

    Standard staff responsibilities:
  • Pursue personal contact with members; including member visits, presentations and networking opportunities.
  • Represent the association in public and private presentations, at career fairs and elsewhere, which could necessitate hours beyond the normal business day.
  • Submit text for varied marketing applications.
       
    Ancillary Responsibilities:
  • Attend ABC National conference(s), when/if appropriate.
  • Attend ABC’s monthly events and other chapter meetings and events as directed.
  • Perform such other duties as assigned by the President.

    Relationships      
  • Chapter staff: Directly supervise, develop and evaluate staff members assigned to ABC CraftMasters. Maintain a professional working relationship with other staff members that will help the Association achieve all of its objectives and ensure a productive work environment.
  • Chapter committees: maintain a professional and ethical relationship that will help the committee achieve its goals, and assist the committees to the extent that staff and budgeted resources are available. 
  • Committee chairs: establish and maintain rapport with committee chairs to ensure a smooth and productive working relationship.
  • General membership: respond professionally and promptly to inquiries or requests for help from members.  Requests for services or assistance outside of the department’s resources should be referred to the appropriate department or the President.

    Minimum Requirements/Performance Standards:             
  • In-depth knowledge of the English language and grammar, including the ability to write comprehensive, legible sentences, correspondence and other written communication.             
  • Excellent financial and organizational management skills.             
  • Excellent computer knowledge and skills in working on common computer programs such as Microsoft Office, as well as association’s unique databases.             
  • Database management proficiency.             
  • Excellent reading comprehension skills.             
  • Able to communicate (speaking and listening) to members, customers and the general public.
  • Highly professional and able to work well with staff members, volunteers and the public.    
  • Experience in managing people.
  • World-class customer service experience and skills.       
  • Able to present professional appearance during working hours.

    Essential Functions
  • Talking on telephone
  • Speaking in public
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Operating computer
  • Operating basic office equipment
  • Planning and scheduling programs
  • Preparing and managing budgets and financial transactions
  • Handling customer relations
  • Working with volunteers and committees
  • Driving 

    Work Environment
    The work environment within the office has a low to moderate noise level in a temperature-controlled building. Flexibility in changing tasks is required in order to be responsive to immediate member needs as they enter the office, call or email their requests. The position requires driving in the local area and considerable time outside the office conducting meetings with members, schools, business entities, and/or attending events. Driving responsibilities include negotiating city, highway and suburban roads year round. 

    Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent experience
  • Construction experience/background helpful
  • Background in educational or association environment helpful

    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.