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We at Opportunity@Work are a close knit group with a strong passion for re-wiring the labor market. We offer both a diverse and inclusive work environment and an opportunity to make a nationwide impact.  

Open positions are listed below.

Opportunity@Work is an equal opportunity employer and offers a generous and competitive benefits package.

OPEN POSITIONS

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Summer Internship
SoftWare Developer


Executive Assistant

Location:
Washington, D.C.

Closes: May 30, 2017

About Opportunity@Work

Opportunity@Work is a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to expand access to career opportunities so that all Americans can work, learn, and earn to their full potential in a dynamic economy. Our work is anchored by three pillars: transforming hiring practices, expanding learning pathways, and pioneering talent financing. We build partnerships with employers, community organizations, civic leadership and job seekers to create pathways to meaningful jobs and fulfilling careers. 

Opportunity@Work’s flagship initiative, TechHire, is a place-based initiative that supports diverse job seekers in learning in-demand tech skills and starting great careers. TechHire is active in 72 communities across the country, and has already engaged 1k+ employers and 200+ training providers, resulting in job placements for 4,000+ individuals. By 2025, Opportunity@Work will empower over 1 million Americans, creating $20+ billion per year of additional earnings.

About the Role

The Executive Assistant reports directly to the Chief of Staff & VP, External Affairs and is dedicated to supporting and improving the operations of the Office of the President, supporting tasks such as external communications, scheduling, data capture, and advancing the goals of the leadership team to ensure the consistent, efficient, and effective strategic operation of Opportunity@Work. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • The Executive Assistant is responsible for scheduling meetings and calls for the President and Chief of Staff
  • Preparing briefing and advance materials supporting productive engagement of the leadership team with partners
  • Managing partner relationships by coordinating outreach, scheduling, and assisting in database management
  • Providing support for the Opportunity@Work team through communication of meeting agendas and minutes, scheduling of conference calls, and maintenance of other pertinent documents, as appropriate
  • Working with staff across the organization on a variety of tasks including planning events and meetings 
  • Maintaining awareness of strategic priorities across the team
  • Identifying and analyzing operational challenges and designing and implementing process improvements 
  • Ensuring confidential and sensitive contacts and material are handled with a high level of care

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: 5-7 years previous experience preferred
Additional skills, knowledge and abilities preferred

The Executive Assistant should have the following:

  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills, and the ability to adapt to an ever-changing work environment
  • Sound judgment to day to day operations, the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously while prioritizing important issues, and ability to make decisions without significant supervision
  • Demonstrate an ability to thrive in environments with multiple stakeholders, frequent change, and diverse objectives, and have excellent operations skills
  • Ability to gather and synthesize information from a wide variety of people and sources
  • Strong attention to detail, commitment to high quality; professionalism, and a timely work product 
  • Able to work with senior/executive level personnel 
  • Able to represent the team and work with stakeholders directly, with minimal guidance
  • Proficiency in Windows-based applications such as the Microsoft Office Suite and Windows-based applications and operating systems
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Able to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality

Application Process

Please submit a resume and short cover letter in PDF or Microsoft Word format. We value past demonstrations of skill above all else. 

We will only review complete applications! In your cover letter, please include an answer to why you believe that you would be a good fit for this role in our organization (e.g., your strengths and major contributions that best describe your abilities). 

Send your application as an email attachment with the words ‘Executive Assistant’ in the subject line to: JoinUs@opportunityatwork.org

You may also mail your application to:
Opportunity@Work, Inc.
1111 19th Street NW, Suite 1180
Washington, DC 20036
Attn: Senior Vice President

We offer an excellent benefits package including health care and dental coverage, a retirement plan, paid vacation, sick days and parental leave.

Opportunity@Work is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization. We value and encourage the contributions of our Team members and work to create an environment where everyone can reach his or her full potential and achieve outstanding results.
If you meet the qualifications, you will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identification or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspect of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.

Accommodations
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.


SUMMER INTERNSHIP - PAID

LOCATION:
Washington, DC

About Opportunity@Work:

Based in Washington, DC with team members in Rhode Island and a growing team in California, Opportunity@Work is a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to expand access to career opportunities so that all Americans can work, learn, and earn to their full potential in a dynamic economy.

Opportunity@Work has a vision for a labor market where job seekers 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

  • Talent financing to be based on potential and linked directly to learning outcomes

Launched in 2015, Opportunity@Work’s flagship project, TechHire, aims to enable widespread adoption of inclusive hiring practices and accelerated training into well-paying IT jobs across all industries. Over half a million such jobs are open today, with employer demand 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 72 communities and over 1,000 employers already signed on) in inclusive hiring and to facilitate a nationwide learning network to rapidly improve the TechHire initiative’s impact.

Opportunity@Work has been featured in publications including the New York Times (“How to Beat the Bots,” by Tom Friedman).

Role Details

Opportunity@Work is hiring for Summer (May - August 2017) paid, full-time internships. In a lean startup environment, the intern should be confident in playing multiple roles as needed and exploring opportunities to add value. We are a small but rapidly growing team. As such, the intern will have access to and work alongside all members of the organization, from the most senior to most junior Team members. The intern will participate in key meetings and will have the opportunity to take on mini-projects of their own connected to larger team deliverables.

What We’re Looking For

The intern will complete projects and special assignments by establishing objectives, determining priorities and monitoring progress. The intern should be confident, well organized, mature and bring a range of additional skills, from research and analysis, to writing and content management. A willingness to take initiative and a drive to learn would be especially advantageous.

You should also have:

  • Passion for our mission: You care deeply about work force, social justice and inclusive training/hiring related issues.

  • Comfort with a blank canvas: You feel you can thrive in an environment with ambiguity, and you are excited about the opportunity to build an initiative from scratch. You’re hard working, and bring grit and resolve to your work.

  • People-Centered Approach: You enjoy engaging with people and have a talent for building and managing strong relationships that achieve outcomes. You are an excellent listener who can build rapport with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives and use a human-centered design approach to your work.

  • Clear Communication: You have exceptional written and verbal communication skills with the ability to synthesize complex information into simple and engaging terms with your audience in mind.

  • Tech-Savvy and Organized: You are comfortable using digital tools like the Microsoft Office Suite, Twitter and Facebook. You are highly organized and can handle multiple and competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.

  • Experience: You have proven experience in results-oriented relationship management, and demonstrated strong project management skills and ability to think critically and creatively, work independently, take initiative and problem solve.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and a cover letter in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. Feel free to attach letters of reference or any other information that you feel helps describe your experience and qualifications. Please indicate your preferred internship location: Washington D.C.; Providence, Rhode Island, or Oakland, California. 

1. Send your application as an email attachment with the words ‘Summer Internship Application’ in the subject line to: JoinUs@opportunityatwork.org (preferred method)

OR

2. Mail your application to:  

Opportunity@Work, Inc.

1111 19th St, NW - Ste. 1180

Washington, DC 20036

Attn: Yolanda Townsend

Accommodations:

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  

Opportunity@Work, Inc.

An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer


Software Developer

LOCATION:
Washington, DC

About Opportunity@Work

Opportunity@Work is a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to expand access to career opportunities so that all Americans can work, learn, and earn to their full potential in a dynamic economy. Our work is anchored by three pillars: transforming hiring practices, expanding learning pathways, and pioneering talent financing. We build partnerships with employers, community organizations, civic leadership and job seekers to create pathways to meaningful jobs and fulfilling careers. 

Opportunity@Work’s flagship initiative, TechHire, is a place-based initiative that supports diverse job seekers in learning in-demand tech skills and starting great careers. TechHire is active in 72 communities across the country, and has already engaged 1k+ employers and 200+ training providers, resulting in job placements for 4,000+ individuals. By 2025, Opportunity@Work will empower over 1 million Americans, creating $20+ billion per year of additional earnings.

About the role

As a full-time software developer, you will report to our CTO and work with our small in-house product team to help us realize our vision of a multi-sided labor marketplace designed to enable skills-based, inclusive hiring that reaches millions of Americans.

You will:

  • Develop technical solutions according to specification
  • Help translate broader product vision into possible technological solutions
  • Inform technical trade-offs and possible product paths for development strategy
  • Help interpret feedback from user testing sessions into actionable advice
  • Help define interfaces with the diverse array of relevant tools and players (e.g., job boards used by job seekers, applicant tracking systems used by employers)
  • Collaborate with technical and nontechnical teammates across Opportunity@Work
  • Help chart the technical course from MVP to reliable scale

About you

You are passionate about using technology in service of the most pressing and complex social challenges. You are experienced in working in agile product development teams. You have experience with and a track record of demonstrating excellence across the following skills and technologies:

  • Front-end web development (HTML, CSS, Bootstrap)
  • Back-end data architecture (API design)
  • Object-oriented programming and at least one modern web framework (we use Rails)
  • Managing the software development lifecycle within a team; agile development
  • Making smart tradeoffs of efficiency/speed/reliability/maintainability
  • Following software development best practices (automated testing, code comments, etc)
  • Collaborating with nontechnical partners to effectively communicate technical outcomes
  • Taking a user-driven approach, finding effective solutions for users of diverse socioeconomic and educational backgrounds


You should also have:

Passion for our mission: You care deeply about workforce, social justice and inclusive training/hiring related issues.

Clear communication: You have good written and verbal communication skills with the ability to synthesize complex information into simple and engaging terms with your audience in mind.

People-centered approach: You enjoy engaging with people and have a talent for building and managing strong relationships that achieve outcomes. You are comfortable working in teams and can build rapport with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives and use a human centered design approach to your work.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and short cover letter in PDF or Microsoft Word format. We value past demonstrations of skill above all else. If possible, include detailed samples of previous work, e.g. a  GitHub profile or repository link. Full descriptions of relevant past projects are also highly valued as demonstrations of experience. 

We will only review complete applications! In your cover letter, please include an answer to why you believe that you would be a good fit for this role in our organization (e.g., your strengths and major contributions that best describe your abilities).  

Applications will remain open until the position is filled.

Send your application as an email attachment with the words ‘Software Developer Application’ in the subject line to: JoinUs@opportunityatwork.org

You may also mail your application to:
Opportunity@Work, Inc.
1111 19th Street NW, Suite 1180
Washington, DC 20036
Attn: Senior Vice President

Accommodations: 
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.