Location: Rhode Island
Type: Full Time
This role will be a major role on a 5-person team on an exciting effort to bring new pathways for Information Technology-oriented jobs to Rhode Island-based employers. Joining O@W at this time provides the Associate the opportunity to play a critical role in one of O@W’s first major efforts in its mission to re-wire the US labor market.
Under the direction of the SPM, the Associate will a) assist with relationship management within and across the actors assigned to the SPM, and b) provide the necessary support for the analytics and communications/presentation materials.
Location: Washington, DC
On a day-to-day basis, the intern will collaborate most closely with the Program Associate to prioritize and coordinate upcoming meetings and partnership development; help develop briefings, speech preparation and talking points; analyze relevant reports; and help lead social media. Applicants with backgrounds in communications, computer science or graphic design will be able to contribute to the development of a significant product designed in partnership with several leading technology companies. We work together and collaboratively in our office at New America.
While we prefer applicants who can work full-time, we are very open to part-time applicants.
Location: Washington, DC
Type: Full Time
Opportunity@Work is looking to hire a TechHire Community Engagement Manager with strong interest at the intersection of social entrepreneurship and workforce development. The successful candidate will thrive in a fast paced, results–oriented, collaborative environment and report to the Director of TechHire and work closely with Opportunity@Work’s founding Leadership Team. This role is an excellent opportunity for individuals with strong communications and people skills, initiative, attention to detail, ability to manage multiple tasks and the desire to use his or her professional skills to contribute to social impact at scale.
The Community Engagement Manager will play a pivotal role in supporting the and growing the nationwide TechHire movement, currently comprised of 50 communities, 950 employers and over 400 partners. They will be responsible for:
- Community outreach
- Online community engagement
- Nationwide learning network support
- Event coordination
Based at New America in Washington DC, Opportunity@Work is a civic enterprise whose mission is to re-wire the U.S. labor market to enable more Americans to achieve upward mobility in the job market and workplace, to facilitate actions by U.S. employers to develop the talent they collectively need to succeed and grow, and to scale up innovations that unlock more fully all people’s potential for higher-value, meaningful work - as a source of economic opportunity and national competitive advantage.
Opportunity@Work has a vision for a labor market where those who have the potential to perform a job successfully have the opportunity to obtain that job. In this “re-wired” labor market:
- Hiring decisions are made based on an individual’s ability to demonstrate skill and readiness
- Training is accessible to anyone with the aptitude and drive to learn a skill
- Technology is used to accelerate learning outcomes and uncover overlooked talent
Launched in 2015, Opportunity@Work's first initiative aims to enable widespread adoption of inclusive hiring and accelerated training into good paying tech jobs, across all industries. Over half a million such jobs are open today, with employer demand to hire for these jobs growing faster than traditional education and training programs. Beginning with the TechHire initiative, Opportunity@Work is working with a range of technology, private sector and philanthropic partners to create freely available tools to streamline the sign-up and participation of thousands of employers (with 50 communities and over 600 employers already signed on) in inclusive hiring, and to facilitate a nationwide learning network to rapidly improve the TechHire initiative’s impact.
O@W has been featured in numerous articles in its short existence including “How to Beat the Bots”, a New York Times article by Tom Friedman and a New America article, “We Need to “Re-Wire” the Labor Market”.
TechHire is a place-based effort led by communities and their partners – including governors, mayors, employers, training institutions, local technology associations, and other civic organizations – to take action to create a better marketplace for IT jobs. The current 50 communities (including cities, states, and rural areas) have announced plans to create the pathways for recruiting and placing applicants based on their skills and to increase access to fast track tech training opportunities, based on market-wide hiring needs. The long-term objective of TechHire is to create the labor market conditions nationally that enable employers to "hire when ready" and job seekers to be aware of, prepare for, and connect with IT jobs and careers. By creating compelling proof points in communities throughout the country; uncovering common challenges; developing scalable solutions; and bringing to bear national and regional partnerships and resources, TechHire, with support from Opportunity@Work, will serve as a catalyst to transforming the broader labor market.
Opportunity@Work serves as a central hub for TechHire in order to support success in individual communities, as well as to help to design and spread the market architecture for national ecosystem change. To achieve those objectives, Opportunity@Work is collaborating with a range of partners to operationalize TechHire through a tiered engagement model consisting of: 1) a national network that will include a learning community, information on partners and resources, and data aggregation platforms; 2) higher-touch support for a cohort of 5-10 communities where Opportunity@Work will help to identify ecosystem gaps, bring to bear catalytic national and regional partnerships, and build a more intensive community of practice; and 3) a localized deep-dive in one or more communities where Opportunity@Work will lead overall implementation of TechHire and has established partnerships with a range of organizations, both for-profit and nonprofit, to support critical TechHire ecosystem functions and accelerate change in TechHire communities.