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Skillful Indiana Associate, Special Projects

  • About Skillful and the Markle Foundation:

    The Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of technology to achieve breakthroughs in addressing some of the nation’s most pressing issues as well as address the challenges it presents. Markle challenges itself and diverse partners to deploy their varied expertise to identify solutions and achieve systemic change. Today as advanced technology and automation change the very nature of work, Markle’s priority is advancing solutions towards a skills-based labor market that will enable Americans to transition to the opportunities of the digital economy. Markle’s current workforce initiatives—Rework America and Skillful-- build on Markle’s previous success in creating the policy and technology architecture that has enabled improvements in healthcare, national security, and access to the Internet.

    The Rework America and Skillful initiatives aim to enable all workers, especially the almost 70% of American adults without a four-year college degree, to have the opportunity to succeed in our increasingly digital labor market. We aspire to make change at the national scale, to accelerate the efforts of others, and to have impact beyond the reach of organizations working alone or in silos. We aim to overhaul how employers hire and train, to reshape how people view their career possibilities, and to unlock career opportunities for millions of people who may otherwise be unable to access the futures they deserve.

    The Rework America’s networks define and advance policies and practices among employers, educators, policymakers, technologists and workers themselves so that all are better equipped to anticipate, adapt to and harness for good the rapid pace of technological change transforming our economy. Specifically, The Rework America Business Network was launched in 2018 with 11 founding large U.S. member companies, which collectively employ approximately 2.2 million Americans. These companies seek to deepen their talent pools of qualified candidates and expand opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds by recruiting and hiring with a focus on individuals’ skills. Member companies also seek to explore how companies can better utilize a skills-based approach when it comes to learning and development.

    Our Skillful Initiative is developing skills-based training and employment practices in collaboration with state governments, local employers, educators and workforce development organizations. Skillful and its partners are working to create a labor market in which skills are valued, and people can more easily access the information and education they need to keep pace with technology’s impact on work. Skillful currently operates in two states, Skillful Colorado and Skillful Indiana, bringing investment, training, tools and innovative methods to augment local workforce development efforts. It formed and facilitates the Skillful State Network, a collaboration among 28 state governors to accelerate the development and deployment of effective skills-based practices to transform their labor markets.

    About the role:

    We are looking for hard-working, dynamic team members who are passionate about making an impact on and serving the community. Given the entrepreneurial nature of Skillful, all team members execute a diverse portfolio of projects and contribute to the learning culture through execution of pilots, supporting multiple initiatives and collaborating across teams and partner organizations.

    Job Summaries and Responsibilities: 

    The Associate Special Projects - Skillful Indiana will assist with the day-to-day execution of program activities, as is true of all Skillful team members, applicants to this position should feel comfortable wearing many hats and bearing responsibility to carry out a variety of projects across Skillful.

    Project Management
    • Support the management and tracking of work plans in terms of timelines, milestones, interdependencies and other elements.
    • Assist in holding team members and partners accountable for the quality and timeliness of deliverables.
    • Flag critical issues for problem solving or troubleshooting.
    • Provide event support as needed.
    Research and Analysis
    • Assist with the preparation and analysis of insights from data providers and primary research.
    • Conduct research and prepare recommendations for the improvement of existing / implementation of new procedures and tools.
    • Identify and evaluate opportunities for Skillful programming.
    • Test new tools and materials with employers, higher education, and other partners and gather feedback points to improve offerings.
    • Make recommendations to Skillful leadership and provide supporting evidence based on research
    • Assist with drafts and execution documents for external use (for example, for partners and key meetings) and for internal use (by Markle leadership and for the Board of Directors).
    • Assist with the execution of documents required for communications about Skillful.
    • Assist with document management processes across partners and industries to ensure quality control and historical archiving, e.g., of document versions and data collected.

    Other duties: This position requires wearing many hats and bearing responsibility to carry out a variety of projects across the organization. This may entail providing support to peers in other work streams and Skillful and Markle initiatives.

    Required Competencies: 
    • Degree and Credential Requirements: NONE! We value candidates who can demonstrate capability and articulate how prior experiences will help them to contribute.
    • Basic project management experience: Demonstrated track record of managing and delivering against complex scopes and under tight timelines. Possesses strong organization skills, with ability to multitask and manage several work streams, partners / vendors, and projects at any one time
    • Complex problem solving: Possesses excellent conceptual and analytical problem-solving skills, with experience in tackling a range of strategic and operational issues. Able to bring a balance of creativity and practical business judgment to issues.
    • Writing: Demonstrated ability to write clearly and concisely for a variety of audiences.
    • Active learner: Positive attitude with an openness and willingness to learn. Demonstrates ability to receive and apply feedback and continues to improve.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills: Emanates a collaborative demeanor to build rapport and establish credibility with partners. Applies critical interpersonal and judgment skills to affect outcomes. Has complete comfort and confidence in offering helpful advice and counsel to colleagues at all levels.
    • Communication skills: Demonstrated ability to clearly convey summary data from multiple sources as a set of findings.
    • Nimble and strategic in the face of change: Comfortable in a fluid, changing startup that is responsive to its own successes and failures. Capacity to deal with ambiguity and drive towards concrete solutions
    Preferred Competencies: 
    • General professional experience: 1-2 years of working experience
    • Passion for the Skillful mission and value: Displays an intellectual curiosity and passion for the mission at hand. Demonstrated ability to thrive and lead in a small, analytically rigorous organization that values direct, honest, and respectful transfer of ideas.
    • Entrepreneurial mindset: Possesses a natural instinct to seek out the next challenge and think outside constraints and get things done. Operates with a clear sense of purpose while being comfortable with ambiguity and change.
    • Analytics experience: Ability to summarize detailed data, identify trends, and draw insights from the data. Able to make recommendations based on conclusions.
    • Spanish Language: Ability to speak Spanish a plus.
    Job Details: 
    Associate, Special Projects
    Reports to: 
    Executive Director Skillful IN
    Salary & Benefits: 
    Ability to travel within Indiana and willingness to travel out of state
    Please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected]
    Skillful is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, domestic violence victim status, military status, or veteran's status.

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