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Corportation for A Skilled Workforce (CSW): Director Federal, State & local Systems Change

The following information was provided by Corporation for a Skilled Workforce:

POSITION SUMMARY:CSW is seeking a Director – Federal, State & Local Systems Change to join our team to lead, develop, and manage CSW’s portfolio of work centered on transforming multi-level workforce systems, policy and practice to reduce poverty, increase economic mobility for low-wage workers, and address racial disparities.

CSW works with stakeholders to challenge the way systems operate and to co-design approaches that strip away outdated assumptions to make them more culturally and economically relevant. Examples of the types of work CSW undertakes around systems change include redesigning federal, state, and local workforce systems; reframing strategies for key services; introducing new services and tools; building cross-system interconnections including among organizations within workforce, community development, and education; conducting promising practices research; developing metrics and scorecards; and evaluating strategies.

The Director should be a recognized expert in systems change and transformation within the workforce development sector, who generates and uses knowledge and skills to develop leading-edge ideas and fundable high-impact initiatives focused on producing more just and equitable federal, state and local systems. The Director should have substantial knowledge of and experience working with: a) the federal, state and local workforce development systems and policies; b) community college policies and practices; and c) systems change initiatives at both a community and state level involving workforce development and post-secondary educational attainment. Knowledge and experience with community colleges is preferred. Experience engaging and nurturing relationships with federal, state, and local entities is also preferred. The Director will work closely with CSW’s leadership team and will report to the Vice President.

CSW is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color.


Knowledge and Expertise: Self-directed contributor who promotes the health and vitality of CSW to achieve its mission and values; establishes a vision for workforce systems at a federal, state and local level with an emphasis on urban and rural areas; develops, coordinates, and manages CSW’s Federal, State and Local Systems Change portfolio; uses expertise, research, data and information to generate knowledge and communicate insights internally and externally; and engages the workforce system through various entry points such as the development of promising practices, models, front-end assessment, evaluation, strategy development, reporting, facilitation and advising.

Market & Business Development and Sales: Develops a point of view to describe this programmatic area as a value proposition; builds partnerships that strengthen CSW’s ability to do high-impact work; monitors markets and trends in the program area; identifies and pursues opportunities; develops concept papers that are fundable propositions; develops a communication strategy including target audiences, messaging, content, and distribution channels; coordinates with other directors to enhance overall CSW impact; leverages existing and builds mutually beneficial relationships with funders, peer organizations, corporations and government entities especially economic decision-makers; and leads the production of revenue generating proposals.

Organizational Development: Advises on and engages in inclusive strategies for CSW organizational change, transformation and alignment; leads an internal strategy team; identifies ways for CSW to engage in continuous innovation; supports equity and inclusion for leaders, teams and organizations; and works through ambiguity while moving toward clarity.

Racial Equity and Inclusion: Assesses the degree to which privileged and marginalized status affects program initiatives; designs strategies to increase equity; threads social justice into program, projects, and goals; and uses reflective thinking to gain insight into assumptions, world views, bias, and beliefs.

Staff Management: Leads Federal, State and Local Systems Change team; leverages staff expertise, interests and talents to build the programmatic area and portfolio of work; coordinates and monitors all projects in the portfolio to ensure staff are meeting goals, have resources, and are motivated and productive; supports and encourages individual staff development, learning and career progression.

Project Management: Works with CSW leadership team to establish project teams, roles and responsibilities; leads client projects as requires; monitors and ensures client satisfaction and project successes; delivers projects on time, on spec, and on budget; ensures project learning is articulated and shared within and across CSW teams and programs; uses learning to generate new fundable propositions.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter addressing your specific interest in the position and outlining your skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Please email materials to: Debbie Charlton, Senior Support Specialist,

Director Federal, State & Local Systems Change
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