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Workforce Equity Coordinator


Birmingham, AL

At this critical time for lower-income, frontline communities and people of color, Jobs to Move America ─ JMA is uniquely positioned to advance a powerful agenda for equitable job creation and expanded access to training for historically underrepresented groups. 

Who We Are

Jobs to Move America is a national and multi-regional strategic policy center that works to transform public spending and corporate behavior using a comprehensive approach that is rooted in racial and economic justice and community organizing. We seek to advance a fair and prosperous economy with good jobs and healthier communities for all. To learn more, explore the rest of our website and read about our program in the The South

What You’ll Do — Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Workforce Equity Coordinator leads the negotiation and implementation of key aspects of community benefits agreements relating to recruitment, hiring, training, and workforce development with a focus on racial, gender, and economic equity. The Coordinator also leads in developing and maintaining relationships with workforce groups, agencies, and partners to advance achieving JMA’s workforce equity goals, secure funding resources for those efforts, and build familiarity with community benefits agreements and their benefits within the workforce community.

  • Act as an effective spokesperson for JMA’s vision, work, and campaigns, including effectively communicating JMA’s workforce equity values to external stakeholders and groups
  • Build and broker relationships between historically black community colleges and universities (HBCCs and HBCUs), career and technical colleges in the South, and unions representing industrial workers in Alabama and Mississippi to create better coordination between the different institutions. 
  • Research the needs of communities and companies and available training programs as a precursor to negotiations and implementing CBAs with area manufacturers and related companies. 
  • Coordinate with local community colleges and HBCUs, community organizations, and unions in JMA’s overall Southern strategy to develop new pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs
  • Survey existing union apprenticeship programs in Alabama and seek to bring both groups into the Alabama Coalition for Community Benefits, a nascent JMA–led coalition that includes the civil rights groups, faith-based organizations, unions, small business groups, and grassroots community groups.
  • Work with local training institutions on the development of hiring, training, and apprenticeship programs for communities adjacent to major manufacturing facilities that are part of JMA community benefits projects.
  • Gather and produce actionable ideas and steps for CBA negotiation and implementation
  • Work with coalition partners and stakeholders to identify systemic gaps, challenges, and shortcomings of our existing employment system to inform solutions and conditions that could be implemented in CBAs to recruit, training and employ more underrepresented populations
  • Develop systems of tracking and accountability of the workforce development program
  • Contribute to strategic campaign development
  • Identify and incorporate workforce development strategies into comprehensive campaign planning 
  • Identify key stakeholders to engage around good jobs and training opportunities for active campaigns
  • Comply with all organizational policies and procedures, including timely attention to administrative responsibilities

Contribute to JMA’s organizational development, for example assisting with fundraising, providing peer evaluations, and participating in JMA staff committees (not to exceed 20% of the time).

About You — Required Qualifications

  • Ability to effectively communicate to the public about high road training investment, the need for targeted hire, and a supportive and accountable environment for workers historically underrepresented in transit manufacturing 
  • Excellent writing skills for a policy-making audience 
  • Demonstrates deep knowledge of the current shortcomings of the existing workforce system and the resources necessary to strengthen recruitment and training for bus and rail car manufacturing
  • Exhibits deep familiarity with apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, the union difference, and need for alternatives to undergraduate degrees for highly skilled, high wage jobs
  • Ability to support and engage partners and allies to further JMA’s corporate campaign goals, vision, and implementation of existing agreements. 
  • Ability to recognize and leverage existing programs and resources to supplement training, recruitment, and workforce efforts of JMA and its coalition partners.
  • Ability to build consensus, understanding, and agreement amongst workforce partners on high road training and employment standards 
  • Ability to develop others, including mentoring interns or newer staff, developing training plans, and delegating 
  • Ability to build and sustain authentic and productive working relationships with colleagues across race and other group identities, including JMA employees as well as external partners 
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, empathy, and social skills in work and interpersonal interactions
  • Ability to participate in a culture of feedback with a commitment to continue strengthening the practice of “courageous conversations,” including:
  • communicating clearly and directly with colleagues
  • being proactive to resolve conflicts and misunderstandings, especially across differences
  • consistently strengthening ability and practice in giving and receiving both positive and constructive feedback to support each other’s learning and personal growth 
  • Maintain flexibility: be ready to take advantage of unexpected opportunities and adapt quickly to change 
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude 
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion 
  • Familiarity with GoogleSuite

Other Physical Requirements

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards. 
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone with reasonable accommodations 

What Else You Should Know — Compensation/Benefits

  • Salary Range $53,000-$77,000
  • Employers pay 100 percent of medical, dental, and vision premium
  • Generous PTO: 12 days paid vacation, 12 sick days, 9 federal holidays, 12 personal days per year, 2 floating holiday
  • Annual increases
  • JMA contributes 5% of the employee salary towards their 401k plan after 6 months of employment.
  • Training and professional development opportunities are available upon completion of the probationary period.
  • A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices. 
  • JMA is a unionized workplace. This position is a member of the bargaining unit. 
  • Covid-19 Work from home monthly $75 stipend 
  • Cell phone Reimbursement 
  • Qualifying Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) employer 
  • Work from home office set up provided if needed

COVID-19 Precaution(s)

  • Remote interview process
  • Virtual meetings
  • Due to COVID-19, all JMA employees are temporarily working remotely.