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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

Summer Internship
Program Associate
Communications Intern
PROGRAM ASSOCIATE (Office of the President)
HR and Administrative Specialist


SUMMER INTERNSHIP - PAID

LOCATION: Oakland, Ca; Providence, Rhode Island and 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


Program Associate

LOCATION:
Washington, DC

About Opportunity@Work:

Opportunity@Work, (opportunityatwork.org) an emerging national leader on labor market innovation, is looking to hire a person to join our growing team in DC. We are 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 flagship project is to partner with  72 communities across the U.S. in their work to implement the national TechHire (techhire.org) initiative. That means we’re working with civic leaders and community based organizations, skills training providers ranging from community colleges to the hottest accelerated bootcamp programs, and over 1000 employers to help them build a community that provides more people with the opportunity to gain upward mobility in jobs their local employers seek to fill.


We have substantial plans accelerate  our work this year by building a suite of solutions that will help employers hire more talented, nontraditionally trained people. Our approach is getting national attention from the press and  from impressive stakeholders like LinkedIn and IBM, and community partners and programs like General Assembly and Year Up. 

Role Details

Join the team building solutions to help employers nationwide hire more nontraditionally trained candidates. These solutions - minimum viable products right now - are designed to help individuals show their technical chops to an prospective employer. We want to help those individuals who have the technical skillset but didn’t get a 4 year degree, get placed into meaningful work in their local communities. The work will require that you can organize and facilitate user testing sessions about technical interviews, and that you can work closely with a fast moving product and technology team. Bonus: bring your expertise on recruiting or working on technical teams to our work. 

What we’re looking for:

We love working with people who have a few key qualities: they’re wickedly smart, they are action and customer oriented, and they have a knack for bringing creativity to tough challenges.

You should also have:

Strong research and analytic skills. You enjoy the prospect of hunting for information and data, and relish the search for insightful and creative solutions.

Customer Orientation. You have strong customer liaison skills and can develop an understanding of customer’s business processes. In addition, you feel comfortable sourcing and gaining feedback on services to build a quality product for your customer.

Project Management. You enjoy planning and managing across a matrix to execute those plans. In addition, you can maintain documentation of options, decisions and outcomes. 

Team Player. You thrive in environments where you can learn from and contribute to a larger team’s work. You encourage others to drive for results and take deep pride and interest in others’ success.

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 resolve to your work.

Experience: 
You don’t have to have a specific number of years of experience, but we want to know you are excited about the fast growing tech space and the prospect of preparing a new wave of candidates to be successful in it. You’re able to learn details about the scope of roles in the tech space, and possibly have experience working in tech jobs, managing tech projects and teams and training or hiring into these roles. Finally, you’re fascinated by how to use technology to drive social outcomes.

How to Apply:
Please email your cover letter stating why you think you’d be a good fit for this role, along with your resume and the words “Program Associate” in the subject line to JoinUs@opportunityatwork.org. 


Communications Intern

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).

To Find Out about Opportunity@Work and TechHire:

www.opportunityatwork.org

https://www.facebook.com/opportunityatwork

https://twitter.com/OpptyatWork

Who We Seek

The ideal candidate for Communications Intern is a self-starter, has excellent writing and verbal skills, a keen eye for design, and a background or interest in the issues championed by Opportunity@Work and the TechHire initiative. Prior expertise in daily maintenance of social media, website management (Squarespace and WordPress), graphic design, branding, and marketing is plus. The position is open to candidates with demonstrated skill sets which may include course work in communications, journalism, marketing, graphic design, or public policy.

What we’re looking for: We love working with people who have a few key qualities: they’re action and results oriented, and they have a knack for bringing creativity to tough challenges. 

You should also have

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

Production Savvy and Organized: You are comfortable using design software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. You are highly organized and can handle multiple and competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.

Primary Responsibilities

Assist in executing communications plans involving social media, graphic design, digital production, marketing, events, and branding.

Produce material for Opportunity@Work’s Twitter and Facebook pages as well as the Opportunity@Work and TechHire website.

Edit, proofread and fact-check various submissions/documents

Design and produce Opportunity@Work and TechHire collateral, including, but not limited to social media graphics, infographics, brochures, and flyers.

Assist with the organization of local and national events

Administrative support where needed

Produce written copy for internal and external resources that communicate the story of TechHire, for the public-facing online presence and materials

Support ongoing channels of communication with related Opportunity@Work projects and initiatives

Other projects as assigned

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and creatively, work independently, take initiative and problem solve
  • Proficiency in Canva, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Background in Adobe After Effects is a strong plus.
  • Experience using content management systems such as WordPress and SquareSpace is a plus. HTML/CSS proficiency is a plus.
  • Experience in working with social media and social media campaigns a strong plus.
  • Knowledge in the latest marketing and design trends
  • Meticulous attention to detail, organization skills, time management
  • Experience or coursework in graphic design, marketing, or communications
  • Ability to prioritize competing obligations and consistently meet multiple deadlines
  • Eager to learn and adopt communications best practices
  • Thrive in a fast paced, high volume, results –oriented environment
  • Intellectual curiosity, motivation and a desire to learn on the job
  • Interest in work force, social justice and inclusive training/hiring related issues
  • Familiarity with social media tools, digital engagement and online communications platforms
  • Background (or coursework) and portfolio in graphic design and/or video production.

How to Apply

We look for evidence of your ability to communicate complex ideas in straightforward, intuitive ways, so please include a writing sample and examples of any other previous work that may be relevant to this position (e.g. effective social media strategies, charts, designs, etc).  Submit (1) a cover letter, (2) your resume, and (3) your portfolio- including, but not limited to writing samples and graphic design pieces. Three pieces of graphic design or writings samples will be accepted in lieu of a portfolio.

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

Opportunty@Work is an equal opportunity employers committed to hiring a diverse work force at all levels of the organization. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees 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 identify 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.


PROGRAM ASSOCIATE (Office of the President)

LOCATION:
Washington, DC

DATES OPEN:
Open - March 20 - 31, 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.

At Opportunity@Work, we are actively working to achieve our vision for how the labor market can better serve the American people. In a fast-paced and ever-changing world, we are working to ensure that the labor market works for all Americans. We build partnerships with employers, community organizations, civic leadership and job seekers to create pathways to meaningful jobs and fulfilling careers. Our work is anchored by three pillars: transforming hiring practices, expanding learning pathways, and pioneering talent funding. We believe that real impact to the labor market can only be achieved at the intersection of these three pillars, and we are committed to leading these movements across the country.

Role Details

The Office of the President plays a pivotal role in advancing the organization’s mission. This team supports the President & Co-Founder in strategic communications, resource & relationship development, and advancing the mission and vision of the organization by providing thought leadership to build alliances with people, communities, and organizations interested in providing access to jobs for all Americans. Reporting to the Chief of Staff & VP of External Affairs, the ideal candidate filling this role will exhibit the following qualities:

Love working with people who are wickedly smart
Be comfortable taking  action and be customer oriented
Bring creativity to tough challenges
Expect a fast paced, changing environment and be flexible in approaches you take.

The candidate should also have:

Strong research and analytic skills: You enjoy the prospect of hunting for information and data, and relish the search for insightful and creative solutions.

Experience staffing multiple executives: You understand the requirements of being responsive to multiple senior leaders with sometimes competing priorities, exhibiting the maturity and judgment necessary to effectively accomplish assignments that are sometimes of a sensitive nature.

Exceptional writing and communication skills: You are adept at translating ideas into written words that are understood by multiple audiences, conveying complex ideas in plain language.

Project Management skills: You enjoy planning and managing across a matrix to execute those plans. In addition, you can maintain documentation of options, decisions and outcomes. 

Team Player focus: You thrive in environments where you can learn from and contribute to a larger team’s work. You encourage others to drive for results and take deep pride and interest in others’ success. You don’t mind if projects begin and end quickly or if assignments change mid-stream -- it’s about getting the job done.

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 resolve to your work.

Experience: 
You don’t have to have a specific number of years of experience. Previous work supporting the development team of a non-profit or corporate relationships office would be valued. Ability to exhibit the competencies for and excitement about working on a fast-paced team executing the strategic vision of a dynamic founder seeking to rewire the labor market is most desired.

How to Apply:
Please email your cover letter stating why you think you’d be a good fit for this role, along with your resume and the words “Program Associate - Office of the President” in the subject line to JoinUs@opportunityatwork.org. Only complete applications will be considered.
 


HUMAN RESOURCES & ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST

LOCATION:
WASHINGTON, DC

CLOSING DATE: 4/7

About Opportunity@Work: 

Based in Washington, DC with team members in Rhode Island and a growing team in California, Opportunity@Work is a fast-growing nonprofit whose mission is 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
  • Technology is used to accelerate learning outcomes and uncover overlooked talent

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.

Role Details
Reporting to the Senior Vice President, the Human Resources and Administrative Specialist is responsible for partnering with Opportunity@Work’s management team to facilitate the delivery of Human Resources and other administrative services. They will develop and implement new human resources programs; prepare and support professional development opportunities and evaluation processes; and assist with other administrative areas within Opportunity@Work’s operations. 

What We’re Looking For

  • Experience with processing and maintaining payroll and personnel files and sending them to third party administrators for all locations for semi-monthly payrolls. Prior experience in communicating with third party providers proactively for claims administration, day-to-day operational matters and return to work coordination.
  • Experience with checking payroll entries for accuracy, answering payroll inquiries and troubleshooting personnel and systems issues. 
  • Experience with supporting on-boarding processes for new employee orientation and data entry to applicable systems and programs. Experience in ensuring proper record retention for background and reference check process. 
  • Experience in performing clerical and administrative tasks as required to support the Human Resource function within the administration and operations of the organization, including scheduling meetings and interviews, running queries, filing, record keeping, payroll system maintenance and other duties as assigned. 
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of human resource management. 
  • Knowledge of assigned functional area(s) of human resource management, i.e. employee relations, classification, compensation, recruitment, selection, equal employment/affirmative action, employee benefits, etc. 
  • Knowledge of applicable state, federal and departmental laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and processes pertaining to assigned human resource function(s). 
  • Skill in the interpretation and application of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Skill in the collection, analysis, evaluation and presentation of data from a variety of sources.
  • Skill is drafting job descriptions, reviewing applications and organizing and supporting interview processes.
  • Ability to use sound judgment and reach logical conclusions. 
  • Ability to identify and analyze problems/needs/issues, assess their impact and make recommendations. 
  • Ability to provide guidance and direction to a variety of people pertaining to applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures and assigned human resource function(s).              
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people. 

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 Excel to manage and track information, relationships and key metrics for staff engagement. 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, training certificates or any other information you feel that helps describe your experience and qualifications. We will only review complete applications!

In the cover letter, please answer the following question in 1-2 paragraphs: What are the strengths and major contributions you feel best describe your abilities and the work environment in which you thrive? 

Send your application as an email attachment with the words ‘HR and Administrative Specialist’ in the subject line to: JoinUs@opportunityatwork .org (preferred method)

OR

Mail your application to:  
Opportunity at Work, Inc. 
1111 19th St, NW - Ste. 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.  

Opportunity@Work, Inc.
An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer