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Lane Workforce Partnership


A business-led workforce development organization, Lane Workforce Partnership’s mission is to meet the workforce needs of employers and individuals through partnerships and innovation.

The Governor of Oregon recently signed an Executive Order to re-charter local workforce boards in Oregon to transform from direct service providers into neutral, independent brokers of services, designers of innovation, and evaluators of outcomes.

The Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Directors and oversees all aspects of the organization’s operations including strategic planning, financial and program management, promoting economic development, and staff leadership in the attainment of the Lane Workforce Partnership goals, strategies and objectives.

The Lane Workforce Partnership contracts with Lane County government for human resource services. While the Executive Director is the employee of the Lane Workforce Partnership board of directors, by virtue of the contract, the executive director also serves as the department director for the Lane County Workforce Partnership department.  Because of the administrative services contract, the job application is being process through the Lane County Human Resources on line job listings website.

Position closes:  5:00 p.m., October 25, 2013

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director for the Lane Workforce Partnership serves at the discretion of the Board, and leads in the following areas:

  • Act as the chief executive officer for the Lane Workforce Partnership, responsible for vision, goals, strategic planning, and implementation consistent with oversight provided by the Lane Workforce Partnership Board of Directors.
  • Identify region-wide policies regarding workforce and economic development needs, and develops and recommends relevant policies and programs to address these needs.
  • Convene, develop and manage collaborative relationships with key stakeholders related to workforce development to promote business competiveness and individual success in jobs and careers.
  • Develop and manage effective partnerships between business, education, labor, economic development and other workforce organizations.
  • Work with elected officials to increase understanding and support of the workforce system and its role in community, business and individual success.
  • Oversee the procurement, execution and administration of federal, state, local and foundation grant and contract-funded programs in conformance with board direction and in compliance with governing laws, regulations and policies.
  • Oversee the development and operation of accountability systems including reporting, technology, human resources, communications, contract compliance and monitoring, and risk management in order to provide timely analysis and evaluation to the Boards for all funded programs and Lane Workforce Partnership functions.
  • Oversee management of accounting and financial operations. Ensure appropriate control and use of funds and provide necessary reporting and assurance of responsible fiscal management to the Board.
  • Represent the Lane Workforce Partnership in public forums, by making public presentations and communicate with the community on issues, collaborating with regional partners to develop regional workforce development policies, and attending state, regional, national forums and conferences.
  • Provide staff support and leadership for the work of the Lane Workforce Partnership board of directors.
  • Work to diversify funding from public and private sources.
  • Maintain a workplace culture which values employee development, integrity in business practices, quality service delivery, staff collaboration, and customer service.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • 8-10 years executive or high level managerial experience in workforce development, policy analysis, strategic planning, change management and board operation.  Must be results driven.
  • Bachelor’s degree. Related experience may be substituted. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a complex organization (extensive knowledge of management principles and practices, board management, public sector operations, budgeting, and fiscal management).
  • Experience in working with boards of directors and board committees.
  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation.
  • Proven experience in the development of successful partnerships.
  • Demonstrated public relations skills and political acumen, and ability to synthesize input from a diverse variety of interests into a coherent strategic agenda.
  • Experience representing organizations or groups in public forums, with the media, and as a speaker or panel member in local, regional, state and national venues.  Must be available for nationwide travel.
  • Successful experience in expanding financial resources.
  • Knowledge of Workforce Investment Act and of workforce development and educational system (K-20) strategies, programs, and processes.
  • Skilled in the use of technology, including Microsoft products.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Other Requirements

  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
  • Ability and flexibility to travel state-wide and nationally by ground or air transportation, including overnight travel
  • A condition of employment, successful candidate must pass a criminal background investigation


  • Starting Salary:  $80,000-100,000 depending on experience.  We offer a competitive pay and benefits package.


  1. Do you have over 8 year’s executive or high level managerial experience?
  2. The Governor recently signed an Executive Order to re-charter local workforce boards in Oregon which separates service delivery from policy, oversight and convening functions.  Lane Workforce Partnership is one of the local workforce investment boards that will need to divest itself from service delivery.  How would you manage the transition of the organization to meet the Governor’s mandate?  (See page 1 to access links to the Governor’s Workforce System Transformation and Executive Order).
  3. How would you develop effective partnerships with business, economic development and education to meet local workforce needs?  Please cite examples of partnerships where you were instrumental in their development and success.
  4. What do you think are the workforce challenges facing businesses in this economy? Describe how you would address those challenges.

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