AspireAtlantic Program Manager
We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Program Manager to oversee an evidence-based workforce development program across multiple sites in Nova Scotia. AspireAtlantic is a new workforce development initiative that is focused on upward mobility by moving unemployed or low-wage working individuals into good quality middle-skill jobs. The Program Manager role will be responsible for cultivating, leveraging and maintaining strong relationships across program stakeholders and day-to-day management of the AspireAtlantic sites, supervision of the AspireAtlantic program staff, and the coordination of integrated services with partners/contracted services. Will be responsible for multiple sites.
Pier Labs, Davis Pier’s social innovation outpost, is a federally incorporated non-profit organization focused on social research and development. Its purpose is to work with government, community organizations, post-secondary institutions, charities, foundations, and private sector organizations to conduct and bridge research interventions that address complex societal issues impacting the wellbeing of Canadians. From poverty and healthcare, to education and employment, our approach is to use best available, contextual, and experiential evidence to develop policy and program improvements. Our primary areas of focus are:
Pier Labs is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the CEO & COO of Davis Pier Consulting and external members, ensuring transparency and mission-driven decision-making.
About the Opportunity
The AspireAtlantic Project is a unique opportunity to enhance capacity related to evidence-based practice in Nova Scotia’s employment/workforce development ecosystem. The AspireAtlantic Project is comprised of three main components: 1) program delivery, 2) evaluation, and 3) implementation technical assistance.
AspireAtlantic is a workforce development program newly adapted from a model developed and tested in the US called WorkAdvance. The model is dual-customer, serving both employers and job seekers by bridging job seekers with in-demand middle-skill jobs in specific sectors, and providing long-term retention and advancement supports.
AspireAtlantic will be delivered by three community-based service providers across Nova Scotia and supported by a Technical Assistance team that operates out of Pier Labs. AspireAtlantic will be focused on the construction and manufacturing sectors in Nova Scotia. The Program Manager role will primarily be responsible for operational oversight of the AspireAtlantic program delivery at all three sites while supporting the evaluation and technical assistance components. The Program Manager role will be situated within Pier Labs but s/he/they will function as part of the service delivery team and provide operational oversight to all three service providers.
Our ideal AspireAtlantic Program Manager will have previous experience managing a program across multiple sites, values evidence-based program and practice, and is familiar with implementation practice and program evaluation. Additionally, this person would also have prior experience developing and delivering programs (virtually and in-person) in multi-sectoral environments, specifically in the areas of career advancement, equitable and inclusive business practices, and/or organizational capacity building. Because evaluation and technical assistance are key components of this project, a learning mindset is essential for this role.
What you will be doing
AspireAtlantic Program Development and Delivery (40%)
Partner and stakeholder engagement (20%)
Human Resources (15%)
Financial and Reporting Responsibilities (10%)
What you bring
Skills and attributes
Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds and who are representative of the communities that we serve, in particular those with lived experience of the barriers individuals face to employment.
Pier Labs is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to creating a workplace culture of inclusiveness that reflects the diverse communities that we serve. We encourage applications from women, BIPOC, LGTBQ2S+ and people with disabilities as we strive to build a more inclusive society.
If you will require accommodations at any stage of the selection process, please state the nature of the accommodations in your cover note.
We would like to invite applicants to self-identify if they belong to an equity seeking group and disclose this information in their cover letter. Self-disclosure is completely optional.
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