Careers @ Worksytstems|

Company Overview: 

Worksystems is an award-winning nonprofit organization serving Multnomah and Washington Counties and the City of Portland whose mission is to build and invest in a comprehensive workforce development system that supports individual prosperity and business competitiveness. 

About the Position: 

The Senior Project Manager (Construction Sector Lead) sits on the Business Services team in the Programs department and reports directly to the Business Services Program Manager. This employee works closely with other regional partners in the Construction industry and collaborates closely with internal peers in the Programs department.  

This employee will have the unique opportunity to capitalize on recent public funding to realize tangible outcomes in the local construction industry. This position will be a critical player in working with partners to achieve equity goals as outlined in national and local legislation and increase access to quality jobs for populations and communities that have historically been underrepresented in the construction industry.  

Job Duties:  

  • Engage with construction industry partners using a consultative approach.
  • Align workforce system programs with the needs of Construction businesses and other industry partners.
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders including labor, trade associations, community contractors, partnering agencies, and employers.
  • Develop and manage systemic approaches to the delivery of workforce development services.
  • Effectively manage multiple initiatives and experience overseeing grant-funded and contracted deliverables
  • Effectively facilitate groups with multiple stakeholders and interests
  • Champion workforce system programs and job seekers to hiring businesses and registered apprenticeship programs.
  • Exhibit a strategic and integrative approach to managing multiple programs.
  • Interpret, communicate, and implement complex policy and regulatory guidelines.
  • Apply an equity lens to identify and develop solutions to disparities in job sectors, including providing research on relevant regulatory, and wage and hour standards for key employment sectors.
  • Integrate a Quality Jobs framework with all industry engagement and workforce program development.

What You Can Expect to Accomplish in the First 6 Months:

  • Learn the ins and outs of the Worksystems’ operating procedures, funding structures, and networks.
  • Establish yourself as a trusted partner to key leaders in the Construction industry.
  • Support a portfolio of regional construction workforce grants with local, community-based providers.
  • Build strong relationships with regional Construction partners and internal peers to ensure jobseekers and businesses are connected.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong project management skills and ability to set reasonably achievable deadlines or adapt as needed when deadlines change.
  • Experience managing a variety of grants and funding sources, with the ability to communicate those obligations clearly to partners.
  • Proactive approach to relationship-building and stakeholder engagement.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in the Construction sector, economic development, program alignment and capacity building across multiple organizations, and equitable workforce development strategies are required.
  • Have a deep understanding of the Construction sector, including an understanding of labor, registered apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship, trade associations, and CTE programs. 
  • Familiarity and experience with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Federal and local grant management, and post-secondary education programs are also preferred.
  • Adept at understanding and supporting construction industry needs and communicating those needs to best connect the community with quality jobs.
  • Ability to build data-informed policy and strategy.
  • Have a strong familiarity with racial equity, history and current conditions affecting diverse communities.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft 365, Zoom, and Project Management programs such as Asana.

*A note on qualifications: Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they are able to perform every task in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.  

Physical and Sensory Requirements:

  • Mostly sedentary work; using standard office equipment including: a computer, keyboard, and telephone. 
  • Work environment: flexible, with options to work-from-home, work from the office, or work hybrid. Employees may be asked to attend in-person meetings or spend a day at the office on an occasional basis.
  • Position requires some local travel within the Portland Metro area to partner sites. 

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request accommodation, please email 

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary Grade: E5
  • Medical (including vision) and dental plans with employer contribution toward monthly premiums.
  • 401k plan with up to 6% match, 100% vested at the time of enrollment,
  • Generous PTO
  • 4 hours of Volunteer Leave per month
  • 8 free sessions with mental health providers, unlimited free financial coaching, and 25% legal discounts through Canopy EAP

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