Director of Talent Development - Rome Floyd Chamber

Posted By: Pam Powers-Smith Job Board ,

This job will be posted until June 1, 2021.

Director of Talent Development

Position Description

Reports To:        Director of Business and Industry

Background:  The Rome Floyd Chamber is a non-profit organization established in 1910 working to promote prosperity in Rome and Floyd County for and through its business membership.

Rise and Thrive 2025 is the Chamber’s five-year strategic initiative designed to grow jobs, attract talent, and strengthen quality of place, centering around three mutually supporting goals:

Goal 1: Grow Jobs and Investment

Goal 2: Attract, Retain, and Align Talent

Goal 3: Advocate for Business and Quality of Place

A key component of the initiative is the hiring of a Director of Talent Development.

Position Overview:  The Director of Talent is responsible for the successful management and effective implementation of the Chamber’s and Rise and Thrive 2025’s workforce development initiatives and programs.  The goal is to support the development, retention and attraction of a qualified local labor force that leads to the success and growth of the local and regional economy.  The position works with employers, K-12 and higher education partners, and other implementation partners on developing strategies and programs to build and strengthen our current and future workforce. 

Performance Responsibilities:

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate all short-term and long-term talent and workforce development strategies and tactics of the Rise and Thrive 2025 initiative to further the skill set of Rome and Floyd County’s workforce. These include:
    • Implement a talent portal. Implement/assist with an online talent portal and other digital media marketing tactics in support of talent attraction/retention efforts, leveraging existing videos and collateral materials available from educational institutions and other partners.
    • Identify talent gaps and catalyze solutions. Via the Chamber’s Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) program, identify unmet talent needs of Rome and Floyd companies and their economic ramifications; serve as advocate / convener / catalyst for creative solutions.
    • Assist employers with talent recruitment and continue to share information about student skill levels and current academic standards. Provide useful and specific tools that employers need.
    • Engage talent groups inside and outside the county. Develop and implement plans targeting young professionals; medical providers (doctors, nurses, medical specialists, etc.) that participate in area residency programs; engineers graduating from Georgia Tech and similar institutions; and juniors / seniors / recent graduates at or from Berry College, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, and Shorter University. Also engage with military veterans, formerly incarcerated individuals, trailing spouses, and other pertinent groups.
    • Catalyze solutions to intractable obstacles. Identify impediments to talent attraction (e.g. lack of affordable housing), and catalyze and support solutions and solution providers.
    • Track key performance benchmarks. Develop and track performance benchmarks to measure progress in education and workforce training in Rome and Floyd County.
    • Provide career education and direction. Assist with encouraging apprenticeship expansion and other hands-on career experiences through school and business partnerships; expand awareness of middle school career pathways program to introduce younger students to various career options (potentially adding a Career Day event) and reinforce the importance of obtaining a high school diploma, learning a technical skill, and/or pursuing a college degree.
    • Advocate for new technology-driven bachelor’s degree programs in engineering sciences, computer science and other fields identified as a need by employers and educators.
    • Coordinate talent recruitment efforts with the Development Authority out-of-town business recruitment trips.
  • Regularly communicate the Rise and Thrive 2025 strategic plan’s talent and workforce highlights to key stakeholders, investors, and workforce pipeline providers.
  • Lead any chamber workforce-related committee and task forces. Work with local vocational groups.
  • Conduct workforce-related outreach to key stakeholders in region. Work with pertinent state entities.
  • Manage community requests for education / workforce development information and partnerships.
  • Monitor local, state, and federal legislation concerning education and workforce issues; determine the impact on the business community and facilitate the development of Chamber policy.
  • Prepare, monitor, and control department budget and finances.
  • Assist with and implement a communication strategy for all talent and workforce programs and initiatives, including website updates, articles, press releases, and any other promotional materials.
  • Manage and direct all events and programs related to the talent and workforce goal.
  • Identify, develop, and coordinate volunteers for programs.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 2-6 years relevant work experience (advanced education may compensate for some work experience) Organizational leadership experience a plus.
  • An understanding of workforce development and the connection between K-12 educational systems, postsecondary education systems and career technical programs strongly preferred.
  • Self-motivated, high energy and organized with strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent communications skills, including:
    • Strong research, writing, editing, proofing, organizational skills.
    • Proficiency in verbal and public presentations, research, and project management.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekend and/or evenings as required by events.
  • Experience working with diverse groups of partners, investors, and volunteers.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at once and an ability to prioritize projects.
  • Ability to professionally advocate on behalf of the Chamber and stated objectives.
  • Grant writing and investor communications experience a plus
  • Floyd County residency preferred.

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Resumes to: Pam Powers-Smith:

Submit resumes by 5pm June 1st, 2021.