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MOVE-HIRE Project Director


Exempt – Grant Funded


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Vice-President, Workforce Systems Alignment, Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACWorkforce)


January 11, 2017



Launched in 2015, the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACWorkforce) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to solve the Greater Memphis region’s workforce skills gap.  GMACWorkforce does this by:

  • Aligning training and education programs with employers’ skills requirements and with each other.
  • Connecting employers to cost-effective training and hiring support.
  • Driving coordination and improved outcomes among providers that serve job candidates.




Summary / Objective

The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACWorkforce), has been awarded a four-year, $6 million grant focusing on employment training for the medical device sector in the Memphis region.  The grant is entitled MOVE-HIREMedical device Occupations Value Education and Help In the Regional Economy.  


The MOVE-HIRE project will leverage many existing relationships in the region including the Workforce Investment Network (WIN), the Greater Memphis and Bartlett Area Chambers of Commerce, Memphis Bioworks Foundation and Workbay, LLC.  Educational partners in this project include the following:  Arkansas State University Mid-South, Southwest Tennessee Community College, William R. Moore College of Technology, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, and the University of Memphis.  


Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Director has the following core responsibilities as primary liaison with the grantor and as coordinator for the MOVE-HIRE consortium and all work teams:

  • Supporting the GMACWorkforce strategic mission
  • Training and supervision of the project staff
  • Implementation of  activities and objectives within proposed timeframes and budgets for the project
  • Strategic communication among the project partners
  • Facilitating consensus among diverse groups of stakeholders
  • Regularly convening the Executive Oversight Committee and various work teams.
  • Training and coaching partners to implement and sustain grant project strategies
  • Preparation of reports for the Executive Oversight Committee
  • Preparation/approval of all reports to the U. S. Department of Labor
  • Leveraging resources and strategies from current and future initiatives related to project goals
  • Overseeing continuous improvement, evaluation, and sustainability processes
  • Executing other duties as assigned

Competencies / Knowledge / Skills & Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Proficient in computer software applications including Microsoft Word and Excel (Required)
  • Must be a reliable, team player who is able to work independently with minimal supervision and maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Excellent proofreading skills and attention to detail
  • Successful candidate must be great at multitasking and must be willing to demonstrate flexibility in work schedule
  • Ability to work under pressure and organizational skills to effectively meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated previous experiences working with grants (preferably federal grants.
  • Experience working in a higher education setting with faculty, workforce development programs, and/or Applied Sciences is preferred
  • Strong skills in interactions with college faculty and staff in workforce areas
  • Experience with budgeting and data tracking/reporting


Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree in closely related field with at least five years of experience with adult workforce / post-secondary education administration experience.  (Additional experience may substitute on a 2-1 basis for education).  Must have a prior record of successfully managing multi-partner projects.  Must have prior supervisory experience and knowledge of state post-secondary system policies and procedures preferred.  Experience preferred working effectively with the Workforce Investment System, as well as prior experience with budget and data tracking systems.  Equally important to this position are effective communication and negotiation skills, as well as the ability to meet deadlines in a timely and efficient manner.  Preference will be given to candidates with a proven record of effective working relationship with business and industry in the Memphis, TN, area and with prior experience working with DOL or similar grants. 


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Proposed Salary:  Commensurate with Experience


Proposed State Date:  February 1, 2017 or sooner.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Required Application Materials:   Submit a letter of interest, resume, and three (3) professional references to Ms. Katina Williams (  Transcripts may be requested for finalists.