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Director, RATF

  • About Markle Foundation:

    Markle is a private foundation with a long commitment to deploying the power of communications and information technologies for public benefit. Markle achieves its objectives by directly operating projects in its areas of inquiry and does not make grants in response to unsolicited proposals. Markle has a demonstrated history of impact in its past work. More information is available at www.markle.org.

    Rework America Task Force: A Markle Initiative

    The Rework America Task Force (RATF) seeks to transform our labor market from one solely focused on traditional credentials like degrees and work history, to one rooted in the skills needed for the jobs of the 21st century.  We will harness the same forces disrupting our economy, from Big Data to Artificial Intelligence, to connect all Americans - especially the almost seven in ten Americans without a college degree - to new opportunities and training for in-demand jobs. We will advance a modern labor market that aligns the skills of our workforce to the needs of our employers, keeping American businesses competitive and giving American workers clear pathways to quality jobs over the course of their lives.

    DIRECTOR

    Ideal Profile:

    The RATF team is small, action-oriented and fast-paced. We are passionate about our mission, keen to learn, and enjoy what we do. We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are results-oriented, and have strong project management skills.  Given the entrepreneurial nature of RATF, all team members execute a diverse portfolio of projects and contribute to the learning culture through supporting multiple initiatives and collaborating across teams and partner organizations.

    Required Competencies:

    • A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles, balancing creativity and practical business judgment.
    • A record of success in developing and seeking out the next challenge and thinking outside constraints to get things done, operating with a clear sense of purpose while being comfortable with ambiguity and change.
    • A proven ability to develop and maintain relationships among many different types of people, especially at high-levels, and to apply critical interpersonal and judgment skills to affect outcomes.

    Preferred Competencies:

    • Knowledge of workforce and/or education policy issues.

    Responsibilities:

    The Director will work with the two co-Directors to provide the Rework America Task Force chair, Task Force members and associated Working Groups with substantive guidance and advice surrounding U.S. labor market trends, related impacts of automation and technological advancements, workforce management, worker education and upskilling, trends in technology and Artificial Intelligence, and employer skills-based practices. The Directors drive deliverables from the Task Force to support the Task Force mission of enabling all Americans continued access to the American Dream. The principal responsibilities include:

    • Participate in developing the substantive underpinnings for Task Force objectives. Prepare materials, engage experts, supervise work product development and deliverables. 
    • Provide advice and assistance to the RATF Chair, in the form of written products, research, articles for publication and RATF meeting materials, as directed. 
    • Provide expertise and substantive direction to RATF Working Groups, guiding their outputs consistent with the goals of the RATF generally and the RATF Chair, specifically.
    • Conduct outreach to experts, policymakers, and other relevant actors to inform RATF objectives and outcomes.
    • Collaborate with Task Force staff and contractors as necessary to ensure appropriate subject matter expertise is available to Task Force members and Working Groups. 
    • Identify opportunities for the Task Force to engage in the national debate surrounding the future of work and ways to incentivize change in the U.S. labor market.
    • Other tasks and responsibilities as requested or as assigned.

    Job Details:

    • Status: Full-Time
    • Location: New York, NY or Washington, D.C.
    • Title: Director
    • Report: Senior Principal, Rework America Task Force
    • Salary: Competitive
    • Travel: Moderate
    • Degree or Credential Requirements: None.
    • Markle is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations and marital status.

    MARKLE

    The Rework America Task Force and Skillful are projects of the Markle Foundation (www.markle.org), whose mission is to identify intractable problems, invest seed capital to incubate and test solutions, harness the power of technology and innovation, and build strategic partnerships to achieve scale and generate broad social impact. While Markle’s work has evolved through the years, its mission to meet the needs of the American people has endured. Currently, Markle is engaged in a nationwide initiative aimed at driving innovations that expand opportunities for employment and broaden ways for all Americans to learn and train for the work of the future.

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