Workforce Development Project Manager Position 8-14-18

  Workforce Development Project Manager

Posting Date:                          August 13, 2018
Location:                                Sturgeon Bay, WI(some travel required (less than                                                 10%)
Type of Position:                     Full-time, Direct hire
Hours:                                     8AM-5PM; hour lunch, some flex-time as hours                                                 and days will shift as business dictates
Education Preference:            Associates degree preferred in business,                                                marketing, human resources, or public relations
Experience Preference:          Two years of professional experience, preferably                                                 in one or more of the following:                                               Workforce development, fundraising,                                                development, human resources and marketing
Reports to:                              Executive Director
Benefits:                                  Retirement contribution, paid vacation, paid                                                 holidays and paid sick days


JOB SUMMARY:  DCEDC seeks a dynamic, purpose-driven individual capable of owning multiple initiatives centered upon connecting Door County’s five school districts to businesses, preparing our students for the global workplace, and introducing students to Door County’s many industries, employers and careers. In addition, this individual will be responsible for making prospective workforce from outside the county aware of Door County’s diverse career opportunities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

Workforce development and attraction programming:

  • Participate in the ongoing development, implementation, and maintenance of youth work-based training programs. Recommend initiatives to the Executive Director and DCEDC Board based on market trends and industry needs.
  • Serve as liaison between businesses, county school districts, parents, guidance counselors, and community organizations.
  • Market and implement the Inspire Door County program across all Door County school districts and industry sectors. Collaborate with regional counterparts regarding best practices to ensure success of the program county-wide. Arrange job shadows for participants in the program.
  • Work with local industry (in collaboration with DCEDC Business Retention & Expansion initiatives) for job fairs both in and out of Door County, and to post-secondary schools, to ensure a high-quality pipeline of workforce are attracted to Door County; position the vast amenities of the county as a great place to live and work.
  • Organize and execute annual Manufacturing Days initiative.
  • Administer the high school home construction program, which includes county-wide student recruitment, site selection, home design, bids, obtaining construction loan, and ongoing monitoring of the home budget, student performance, school advisor needs, and construction progress.
  • Lead the Grow Door County committee, inspiring members through mission-oriented agenda development and outside resources.
  • Determine ROI of existing programs and development of workforce development initiatives.
  • Maintain awareness of state-wide plant staff reductions and deploy strategies to attract available workforce to Door County businesses.
  • Work with business to promote the removal of physical, communication, and transportation barriers to gain access to increased workforce.
  • Visit classes, educational sites, and job sites for student and program purposes.
  • Successful grant writing, management, and reporting.
  • Develop and coordinate fundraising campaigns and events as defined in strategic plan.
  • Market programming via all media channels.
  • Prepare and communicate reports on program activities and accomplishments.


  • Analytics of achievement including “hits” on DCEDC employment website from inside and outside Door County.
  • Companies participating in job fairs initiated by DCEDC
  • Success in the annual home construction program
  • 100% student involvement in the Inspire/Career Cruising program


  • Associates degree or two years of professional experience, preferably in one or more of the following: workforce development, fundraising, development, human resources and marketing.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, prioritization, and project management skills.
  • Ability to achieve within a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
  • Ability to take input from multiple constituencies and achieve a mutually acceptable outcome.
  • Experience in program and fund development.
  • Ability to quickly learn Door County’s diverse economy and the workforce development needs of each sector.
  • Up to $45,000 salary, depending upon qualifications
  • 6% deferred compensation into DCEDC 403(b) program
  • Reimbursement for work-related mileage
  • Paid holidays, vacation, and sick time


Please submit any questions as well as resume and cover letter to Jim Schuessler, Executive Director, at First review of applications will take place on Friday, August 24.


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