Job: Trades Orientation Program Associate

The Opportunity

Working Partnerships USA is seeking a Program Associate to join our exceptional team. For more than 20 years, Working Partnerships USA has been at the forefront of the national movement for a just economy driven by the power of working people.

The Program Associate will support the Trades Orientation Program (TOP), a construction career training and placement initiative that helps jobseekers from under-represented communities achieve a long-term, family-supporting career in construction. This is a part-time (20 hours/wk) position, including some required work on evenings and Saturdays.

The Organization

Working Partnerships USA is a community organization bringing together the power of grassroots organizing and public policy innovation to drive the movement for a just economy. We build the capacity of workers, low-income neighborhoods and communities of color to lead and govern. Based in Silicon Valley, we tackle the root causes of inequality and poverty by leading collaborative campaigns for quality jobs, healthy communities, equitable growth and a democracy that works for all. We are co-founders of Silicon Valley Rising, which is fighting to inspire the tech industry to build an inclusive, middle class.

The Trades Orientation Program, a program of Working Partnerships USA, is a pre-apprenticeship designed to educate jobseekers about the construction industry and prepare them to succeed in a construction trades apprenticeship. Students are adults who are actively seeking to enter a career in a construction trade.

The TOP includes three components:

  1. Outreach, orientation and assessment;
  2. A 130-hour pre-apprenticeship course, taught by a certified instructor with journey-level work experience in the construction trades;
  3. Job placement and retention.

TOP serves a wide range of applicants who are seeking a good, family-supporting career, with a special emphasis on homeless individuals, women, veterans, and at-risk youth.

Position Summary

Under the direction of the project lead, the Program Associate will be responsible for day-to-day support for TOP, including but not limited to:

  • Carrying out an outreach plan to meet enrollment targets for each course, including recruitment targets for specific under-represented populations such as women, veterans, homeless persons, or others.
  • Providing group and individual counseling to TOP participants to support them in achieving their career goals.
  • Developing expertise in understanding and guiding clients through the various application processes and work requirements for each of the 25+ construction apprenticeship programs; maintaining up-to-date information on each program and be able to advise and support students in navigating each application process.
  • Building relations with key individuals at each construction apprenticeship program and/or hiring hall; understanding each trade’s hiring needs and referring applicants who will perform to their standards.
  • Making presentations to a wide range of audiences including prospective TOP applicants, students, career counselors and job developers, construction union reps and employers, coalition partners, allies, funders and decision-makers.
  • Staff support, class announcements, 1-1 counseling, and other administrative and programmatic duties related to the 130-hour course. NOTE: Must be available to work Saturday mornings and either Monday or Wednesday nights for the duration of the first class session (late November through March, excluding holidays).
  • Coordinating closely with the course instructor, monitoring students’ learning and progress, and working with the instructor to make any needed course corrections.
  • Maintaining all client records required for the program, and performing timely data entry in multiple databases, as needed to meet the requirements of city, county, state, and/or federal grants.

Required Experience & Qualifications

  • Minimum 2-3 years of prior work experience
  • A demonstrated commitment to worker and community organizing, economic justice, and social justice movements
  • Experience in building trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds and living situations
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Proficiency in maintaining and retrieving client data and records, including accurate and timely data entry and cleaning
  • Strong oral communication skills and experience making presentations to multiple audiences
  • Inquisitive, flexible and adaptable with strong initiative and follow through skills
  • Able to quickly respond to unexpected situations and problem-solve
  • Tenacity and resourcefulness in working through challenges or setbacks to reach a goal
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
  • Valid California driver’s license and daily access to a vehicle
  • Willingness to work some early mornings, evenings and/or weekends, depending on the class schedule and/or campaign needs
  • Some travel is required, primarily within Santa Clara County

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with the building and construction trades
  • Experience working in low-income communities of color
  • Experience in workforce development, career technical education, job development, or related fields
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Vietnamese

Salary & Benefits

The salary for this position is $24.10/hr for approximately 20 hours per week, plus a generous benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance and paid sick and vacation days. This is a half-time, non-exempt position with opportunity for advancement over time.

Working Partnerships USA is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other prohibited category.

Working Partnerships USA is an affirmative action employer, and we strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ, and all qualified persons to apply for this position. We therefore make special efforts to recruit individuals from groups that are historically under-represented in professional environments, or that suffer broader societal discrimination.