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Executive Director
Workforce Innovation Center

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Executive Director (ED) will have overall accountability for the development and execution of the strategic plan for the Workforce Innovation Center (WIC). WIC is a growing and evolving division. The ED should possess a start-up, innovative and entrepreneurial mindset to both accelerate and drive growth and execution as well as build collaborations for future success. The ED will provide leadership and direction for the organization’s employment and training initiatives, program development and implementation in support of our mission by growing employment opportunities for people who are blind and visually impaired, all while contributing to the fiscal health of the division to create a viable, long-term path to success. In addition, the role will provide management and governance of workforce development protocols, policies, and procedures.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE:

  • Leadership and Management – Identify, hire, train, and lead a disparate and technically diverse workforce while maintaining a consistent stream of communication, action, and approvals within a matrix reporting structure. Manages contracts, WIC charter and quality improvement process.
  • Political and Legislative – Represents the WIC to federal, state and city policy makers. Monitors the political climate as it relates to provisions and legislation surrounding the training and employment of people who are blind and/or visually impaired (i.e., Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, Federal and State Vocational Rehabilitation, Employment & Career Placement).
  • Systems and Technology – Management of accessible technology processes and systems, workflows, and various related projects. Responsible for the development and implementation of a process that supports the creation of jobs in technology for people who are blind and/or visually impaired.
  • Training and Development – identify key collaborations and training opportunities to ensure job readiness as well as advance the technical and leadership expertise and skills of our community of individuals who are BVI. Build a comprehensive program of resources to support employment initiatives. Establish a talent network to house a ready pool of candidates for both training and employment.
  • Resource Development and Communications – identify and establish internal and external resources that will enhance the Company’s ability to execute on division initiatives and communicate at a high level to meet executive demands.
  • Planning and Business Development – identify, cultivate, assimilate, and establish new partnerships and collaborations for the purposes of training, certification, funding (revenue) and job development. Leads workforce development planning initiatives consistent with the mission and strategic plan. Organizes outreach efforts to ensure viability of programs and funding for WIC.
  • Financial Management and Fiscal Compliance – responsible for the overall budget and funding process for the WIC. Ensure the financial viability of the company is managed and reported monthly. Provide direct leadership to staff and volunteers of the WIC to ensure cascading and alignment of goals.
  • Flexibility to perform other duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, business or related public administration required.
  • Master’s in public administration, or related field preferred.

Experience:

  • Five plus years of workforce development experience including administration of training programs and supervisory experience in workforce development.
  • Five years’ experience with not-for-profit entities
  • Proven experience in working with remote teams with like and disparate functions and tasks within unique and diverse geographies.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and resource development experience with proven ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.

Knowledge/Skills:

  • Strong critical thinking and organizational skills with the ability to bring together collaborative groups.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to coach and develop high performance teams.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Extensive project management skills with an ability to prioritize objectives to meet critical timelines.
  • Team player who leads by example, motivates others to work collaboratively and is accountable for their actions.
  • Strong in attention to detail and timely delivery
  • Action oriented who possesses an innovative approach to business planning and execution.

Licenses/Certifications/Special Requirements:

  • Travel required (up to 30%)

ABOUT ENVISION:

Since its inception in 1933, Envision has been driven by the simple goal of creating meaningful paths to independence for people with vision loss. Employment has always been central to this objective.

Envision has become one of the largest employers in the nation of individuals who are blind or visually impaired under the direction of President and CEO Michael Monteferrante. Hundreds of workers with vision loss fill critical roles in manufacturing, sales, customer service, management, administration and more. Envision has more than 500 staff members in all. Envision employees, whether they are visually impaired or typically sighted, work side-by-side to further our mission and foster a work environment centered around inclusiveness, understanding and respect.

Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education, and research is brought to life by:

  • Envision Industries, providing a steady stream of income to support Envision’s mission while furthering the goal to create meaningful employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Envision Vision Rehabilitation Center, promoting an enhanced quality of life for patients as they learn new ways of doing everyday tasks with the help of EVRC licensed and certified low vision professionals who work in partnership with optometrists and ophthalmologists.
  • Cathy G. Hudson Envision Child Development Center, filling a need as the region’s only visually integrated preschool where children who are blind, visually impaired or typically-sighted learn from each other in a highly engaging, supportive educational environment.
  • Education and Outreach and Programs initiatives, offering art, sports, technology and career mentoring activities and programs to seniors, children and parents of children who are blind or low vision. On the professional side, Envision University and Envision Conference offers accredited continuing education opportunities for low vision professionals from various fields and numerous countries.
  • Envision Research Institute, closing significant gaps in the scientific understanding of vision loss and rehabilitation.
  • Envision Foundation, serving as Envision’s ambassador to the world.
  • William L. Hudson BVI Workforce Innovation Center, placing an unparalleled focus on training people with vision loss, placing them into jobs and providing accessibility inclusion expertise to businesses.
  • Envision Xpress, operating 10 retail stores on 16 U.S. military bases, providing office supplies, janitorial supplies and individual equipment and clothing to U.S. military personnel through the AbilityOne program.
  • Envision promoting advocacy and independence for people 150,000 individuals with vision living loss in 11 North Texas counties to help them succeed and thrive in the workplace, have productive and meaningful lives, and contribute to their communities.

Envision website: http://www.envisionus.com
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Contact: For more information, contact search consultant Stephen Snodgrass of Snodgrass Partners, Inc. Send confidential resume to steve@snodgrasspartners.com.