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Montana Contractors Association Workforce Development Director in Helena, Montana

The Montana Contractors Association and the MCA Education Foundation have developed an action plan and strategy, Build Montana, to address the immediate and long-term workforce challenges of the construction industry. Build Montana is an umbrella strategy to create a bridge between workforce and industry, and to increase the pipeline of people entering the construction industry. The intent of this strategy is threefold:1.To build awareness among Montana youth about rewarding careers in the construction industry, focusing on Montana youth, families, teachers, and school administrators.2.Focus on grades 9-12 through an innovative approach to education by leveraging expert mentors in onsite internships that give students real-life exposure to careers, tapping into industry certification that is portable for the student.3.Fill the pipeline to Montana’s 2- and 4-year technical degree programs that further prepares young people and adults interested in changing careers for careers in the construction industry.Background:The program began in Billings in 2020 with a combination of industry-certified classroom curriculum and work-based learning experiences at private contractor sites. The learning emphasizes safety, general construction awareness, equipment familiarization, on-site observation, and hands-on experiences. In 2023 Build Montana will be offered in Billings, Kalispell, and Missoula school districts, to an estimated 45 students.It is the objective of the MCA to hire a full-time staff person to take Build Montana to the next iteration, and develop relationships between schools, communities, and contractors throughout Montana. This outreach will raise the awareness of trades, construction careers and eventually, a greater pipeline of workers for our members. Primary Responsibilities:Grow Build Montana based on the Education Foundation’s Strategic Plan.Work with local leadership teams to create community curriculum and create partnerships in other strategic Montana cities. Additional ResponsibilitiesCreate partnerships between MCA contractors and dealers to engage with schools. Provide the resources and messaging to help build those relationships.Build relationships with students, teachers, and administrators.Represent the industry at school-based events, teacher, administrator, and school board association meetings. Lead internship and pre-apprenticeship efforts.Engage with compatible organizations, including but not limited to, Montana Association of Career Technical Educators, FFA, SkillsUSA, Montana School Counselors Association, Office of Public Instruction-CTE division.Engage with non-traditional resource groups, such as corrections and veterans.Evaluate and continuously improve the Build Montana program, together with community leaders.Work with the MCA marketing director to ensure Build Montana activities and events are promoted in local communities.Participate in workforce development workgroups (chambers of commerce and economic development groups) throughout Montana, and represent the MCA and MCAEF in community discussions on workforce needs and strategies.Together with MCA staff, develop and implement plans for ongoing financial sustainability of Build Montana. Minimum Qualifications:Experience in the construction and trades professions is preferred.Alternative successful experience in education, workforce development, human resources, public relations or communications, project management, or a related field.Combination of relevant experience and education providing the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.Ability to work independently and as part of a team at the MCA, and with community partners and the public.Ability to execute plans and strategies, and measure progress and impact of Build Montana.The successful candidate will be innovative, organized, outgoing, self-driven, and be passionate about working with young people.  About the PositionFull-time salaried position, with excellent health insurance and retirement benefits. Salary DOE.This position may be remote within Montana. Laptop computer will be provided.It is anticipated this position will require significant travel and overnight lodging.Occasional evening and/or weekend work possible.Must be able to lift 25 pounds.Valid Montana Driver’s License and reliable transportation required.Proficient in office software programs.Due to the fact that this position may involve interaction with children under the age of 18, the MCA reserves the right to conduct a criminal background check.Measurable Outcomes Increase Build Montana programs.Make personal appointments/meetings with high schools or districts with CTE programs as identified by MCA leadership. Make personal contact with contractors in those communities and facilitate career exploration opportunities.Initiate new contacts each month among the MCA contractor members.Develop a tracking and outreach system.Weekly reporting to MCA staff. Monthly reporting to MCA Education Foundation. Establish regional benchmarks and strategies to increase the number of students participating in Montana CTE program. To ApplySubmit cover letter, resume and relevant contract/work experience to David Smith, Executive Director, Montana Contractors Association, 1717 11th Avenue, Helena MT 59601. Electronic applications will be accepted, to Position is open until filled.