Areas of Responsibility

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is seeking a Director to lead the Employment Center in its vision of providing Brooklyn Navy Yard employers with a qualified, diverse workforce while connecting local residents to high-quality work opportunities. 

For over 20 years, the BNYDC Employment Center has connected New Yorkers, especially local residents, to the job opportunities available within businesses on and around the Yard. The Employment Center staff maintains close relationships with this network of employers, and identifies, pre-screens, and places qualified job seekers in various types of employment. Additionally, the Employment Center staff maintains relationships with local community-based organizations and training partners, to recruit qualified candidates and to provide job seekers additional opportunities.

Team Management

  • Lead the Employment Center team to achieve defined targets for employer placement requests, job seeker outreach, job seeker placement, and job seeker retention
  • Recruit and retain a vision-aligned, high performance staff
  • Oversee all staff members’ performance, including communicating high expectations, identifying and communicating areas for growth and improvement, and driving achievement of results at the team and individual level
  • Ensure all staff members have the resources and support to excel in their roles, including regular coaching of all staff members
  • Oversee ongoing performance assessments and ensure staff have development opportunities as needed
  • Develop and maintain a team culture that enables the achievement of the Employment Center’s vision and goals

Program Management

  • Work with organizational leadership to set goals for job placement, business outreach, and job seeker recruitment
  • Develop and implement programmatic strategies and plans to achieve placement, recruitment, and outreach goals
  • Establish effective data-driven procedures to regularly track, monitor, and evaluate the Employment Center’s objectives and grant requirements
  • Establish effective mechanisms to regularly report on the Employment Center’s objectives, both internally and externally to the BNYDC board and funders
  • Maintain streamlined process to communicate with employers, before, during, and after fulfilling job placement requests
  • Maintain streamlined process to track job seeker pipeline, and individual job seekers’ progression through hiring processes
  • Keep updated on pertinent legislation, regulations, incentive programs, and developments that could affect operations and disseminate information to appropriate personnel

Employer and Community Partner Network

  • Act as the public face of the Employment Center, including representing BNYDC at public events and interfacing with community leaders and elected officials
  • Develop and maintain relationships with businesses; Direct Employment Center team to expand number of partner businesses on the Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Develop and manage relationships with community partners to increase the visibility of the Employment Center and job opportunities. This includes higher education institutions, NYCHA, workforce development organizations, BIDs, and other local CBOs.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with job training partner(s) to recruit qualified candidates and refer job seekers to additional opportunities

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Commitment and alignment to the vision of the Employment Center and BNYDC, and a dual passion for connecting job seekers to economic opportunity, and providing businesses the talent they need
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, demonstrated in the ability to build relationships with a diverse set of employers, job seekers, funders, and partners
  • Successful experience in workforce development programs, including managing employer relationships and staffing processes
  • Ability to create and maintain data tracking and organizational processes and systems, and effectively use data analysis to make changes to operations.
  • An orientation toward constant iteration and improvement
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience
  • Track record of achieving ambitious goals
  • A four year college degree
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish/Mandarin) a plus
  • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends
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BNYDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex (including actual or perceived sex, gender, gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression) sexual orientation, genetic trait, actual or perceived status of a victim of domestic violence, or as victim of sex offenses or stalking, unemployment status, age, ancestry, national origin, citizenship status, marital or domestic partnership status, military status, handicap, disability, or any other legally protected classification.