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Policy and Research Manager: Future of Work Project (WMS 3)
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Policy and Research Manager: Future of Work Project (WMS 3)
**Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
*Policy and Research Manager: Future of Work Project ***
**_WMS Band 3 Between $65,495 and $116,735 Annually Based on Qualifications and Experience_**
The Future of Work Task Force was established by the Washington State Legislature in April 2018. The Task Force (TF) is charged to develop a set of policy and practice recommendations for the Legislature and state agencies that, if implemented, would create the conditions for businesses and their workers to prosper together in the current and future technological world. This is an important and unique opportunity to make lasting, positive impact in Washington by bringing together solid experience in quantitative and qualitative research, policy development and planning, and stakeholder engagement.
The TF will be comprised of 6 business leaders, 6 labor leaders, and 4 legislators representing the 2 largest parties in both chambers. The TF will also use an open meeting process that allows for a wide range of interested stakeholders to participate in TF learning, discussions, planning, and policy development. The TF will also be required to establish a set of success indicators and a measurement tracking system to accompany policy recommendations.
While the basic concepts, concerns, and opportunities of "The Future of Work" are ubiquitous across all media and the popular zeitgeist, the notion that both businesses and workers can prosper together has not been explored in a holistic manner, or from a public policy view. The Policy and Research Manager ("Future of Work Manager") will be required to help the TF understand all aspects of the technological future that might impact the nexus of business and work, and prioritize the potential policy items to explore deeply. This will be accomplished through a number of different functions, strategies, and tactics, but all require working with and building consensus among the multitude of business and labor communities, providers of workforce services, education, and other interested stakeholders
**Overarching Qualifications:**
This is a high-value leadership position, reporting to the Executive Director, and in consultation with the Workforce Board Leadership Team, that will work with WA's business and labor communities, and across multiple government sectors including K-12 and higher education, workforce development, economic development, labor and industries, and health and human services. The position requires tremendous breadth and depth of experience in the policy environment in these sectors, especially economic and workforce development, and the full spectrum of education and training. Excellent economic or labor market research competencies will also be important to help the TF and policy-makers understand and use available data, identify where new data collection maybe needed, and to establish a meaningful set of performance indicators to create a baseline and track the state's progress over time, should TF recommendations be enacted.
A history of demonstrated leadership working on a wide range of issues to bring disparate and often diametrically opposed stakeholders to consensus is a critical characteristic of the Future of Work Manager. Experience with collective-impact initiatives, human-centered design, or other similar type initiatives that involve sustained engagement of multiple parties to accomplish major system reform, especially such efforts that have involved the Board's key stakeholder groups, is a must for this position.
The Future of Work Manager will be dynamic and entrepreneurial, able to see opportunities where others are likely to see intractable problems, to synthesize information and ideas quickly and make thoughtful connections across idea strands, organizations, and people to help the TF develop innovative solutions. The Future of Work Manager will have a healthy regard for, and little fear of, operating in an environment of ambiguity and unexplored terrain, and will have the ability to help others navigate in such an environment.
More specifically, the Future of Work Manager will have:
* Deep and broad experience in the public policy areas involved in this issue;
* An understanding of the complex world of the state administrative agencies that oversee the state's work in these areas;
* A firm understanding of and experience with the critical alignment between economic and workforce development;
* The respect of, and working relationships with, the constituencies of the TF;
* An understanding of the complex relationships between and among those constituencies and between state and local governance;
* An understanding of the distinctions between Washington's urban and rural communities regarding how businesses operate, and the role of both economic and workforce development;
* Excellent platform skills and able to represent the Board and the TF in local, state, and national dialogues;
* A proven track record as a skilled facilitator;
* Demonstrable competencies as a researcher, with excellent analytical, quantitative, qualitative, data visualization, and problem-solving skills, and the ability to sort through large data sets and complex models to identify patterns, anomalies, and other relationships
* Lastly, the Future of Work Manager will be a critical member of the agency's Leadership Team, which is responsible for the internal working of the organization, and its external partner relationships.
The Workforce Board is a small agency with limited resources. Every position is necessary, and every employee is expected to meet very high standards of performance and productivity in order to fulfill the Board's obligations to the state's citizens and employers. The Future of Work Manager must excel at creating and maintaining a high-quality work environment where staff are well-qualified, where workflow is seamless and efficient in carrying out the goals and initiatives of the organization, and is considered an appealing place to work. We aim to be the workplace of choice for professionals in our fields of practice. Additionally, all Workforce Board employees are stewards of the public trust. The Future of Work Manager will model this behavior and attitude, and work to ensure that the public trust in the Workforce Board never falls into question.
* Supplemental Information
**In addition to completing the online application, applicants _must_** **attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:**
* A **cover letter**, describing how you meet the qualifications and preferred qualifications for this position;
* A current **resume**, detailing experience, and education; and
A list of at least three **professional references** with current telephone numbers.
The State of Washington offers a comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, retirement options, flexible schedules and paid time off. The state's total compensation plan emphasizes families and career employment and investing in the growth and retention of good employees. Our compensation package is a combination of salary, benefits, and other employee programs: For more information on the benefits of working for Washington, please visit the benefits page at
At the Workforce Board, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture. We encourage women, veterans, people of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.
Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or that need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 790-4608. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.
*Salary:* Depends on Qualifications
*Location:* Thurston County - Olympia, WA
*Job Type:* Project (limited duration)
*Department:* Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board
*Job Number:* 70115905
*Closing:* 7/2/2018 11:59 PM Pacific
*Agency:* State of Washington
*Address:* View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504
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