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Program Manager, Veteran Recruitment and Partnerships

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Program Manager, Veteran Recruitment and Partnerships will bring tactical realization to ActivateWork’s Veteran Affairs program to generate a robust pipeline of learners affiliated with the U.S. Armed Forces. Our goal is to empower at least 50 Veterans, Transitioning Military, and Military Spouses to forge careers in tech by 2026. The Program Manager, Veteran Recruitment and Partnerships will work to ensure a strong foundation for an exciting new initiative at ActivateWork, developing and executing the relationships, processes, and tools needed to ensure the program is successful.

This is a full-time position. We are looking for a Veteran, Military Spouse, or someone with extensive experience working with Veteran communities.

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING

This role will be responsible for a series of tasks that include, but are not limited to, the following:

Partner Cultivation

  • Identify and establish relationships with partner grantees, US Armed Forces support organizations, military bases, and Veteran-friendly employers who can provide: a strong source of prospective learners for training, support services for learners and hiring opportunities for alumni.
  • Develop/coordinate Army Career Skills Program and DoD SkillBridge opportunities.
  • Grow, nurture, and oversee relationships with key stakeholders by providing responsive and high-quality communication and rapport-building.
  • Lead partnership design activities to identify opportunities for collaboration, negotiate key partnership responsibilities, and develop MOUs.
  • Lead ActivateWork’s application for GI Bill status and other Veteran funding opportunities.
  • Work with internal departments to ensure ActivateWork meets grant and partner expectations.

Internal Cross-team Collaboration

    • Advance Veteran recruitment opportunities in local markets and problem-solve or elevate pipeline workflow roadblocks.
    • Work closely with Learner Support and Talent Solutions teams to achieve OKRs.
    • Meet regularly with the marketing team to develop and support marketing campaigns and outreach efforts that focus on customized recruitment materials, local partnerships, and advertising on military platforms.
    • Partner with the Alumni Engagement team to uncover connections with Veteran alums.
    • Meet as needed with the Per Scholas Learner Support team to stay up to date on individualized resources and services that support the unique barriers Veterans, and their families face to encourage retention.
    • Support the Per Scholas Learner Support team as they explore all avenues to provide full access to military benefits while enrolled and submit comprehensive applications to eligible training provider lists.

    Data Operations

      • Oversee and monitor the organization’s Veteran recruitment KPIs and facilitate data check-ins to proactively identify and troubleshoot any challenges and highlight best practices.
      • Share partner data and other updates with the Development team for use in progress summaries to Philanthropic Funders.
      • Collaborate with the Per Scholas National and ActivateWork Recruitment teams to ensure thorough and adequate data collection in relation to Veteran Recruitment.

      WHAT YOU WILL BRING TO OUR ORGANIZATION

      Professional Qualifications

      • 3+ years – Proven experience in building and managing relationships with military organizations and veteran-friendly employers.
      • 3+ years – Experience with veteran recruitment strategies and resolving recruitment pipeline issues.
      • 2+ years (preferred) Experience working with veteran-specific career transition programs like the Army Career Skills Program and DoD SkillBridge.
      • Strong communication skills, with a track record of developing partnerships and negotiating responsibilities.
      • Capability to work effectively across teams to support organizational goals and enhance veteran support services.
      • Proficiency in managing and analyzing recruitment data to improve processes and report to stakeholders.
      • Military and veteran cultural competency is required.

      WHAT OUR ORGANIZATION IS PROVIDING

      • Expected annual salary range of $80,000 – $90,000 based on experience.
      • Paid Vacation
      • Sick Leave
      • Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
      • Simple IRA – employer matching up to 3%

       

      ActivateWork provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetics, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics. In addition to federal law requirements. ActivateWork complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

      ActivateWork will not discriminate or retaliate against applicants for failing to disclose wage rate history in accordance with applicable law.

      ActivateWork expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ActivateWork employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

      Career Coach

       

      THE OPPORTUNITY

      Are you ready to make a difference in Colorado’s technology industry while working in an innovative environment committed to social justice and economic mobility? ActivateWork is seeking an experienced Career Coach to join our team.

      As a Career Coach at ActivateWork, you play a pivotal role. You will prepare and guide graduates as they embark on fulfilling careers in the tech sector and collaborate with the ActivateWork team to iterate and fine-tune our program delivery.

      The Career Coach will be a trusted and knowledgeable resource for our current learners and recent graduates from program onboarding through 12 months after learners begin their new careers. In this capacity, you will conduct group career coaching sessions with participants who are currently completing technical training courses including Software Engineering, IT Support, Security Fundamentals, and AWS re/Start through ActivateWork. You’ll also work one-on-one to provide a variety of individualized learners supports and may refer coachees out to our network of community partners for additional services. As learners graduate and transition into full-time roles in the tech industry, you’ll continue to support them via job search accountability and post-placement coaching sessions.

      WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING

      This role will be responsible for a series of tasks that include, but are not limited to, the following:

      Facilitate Coaching Sessions

      • Lead group coaching sessions with cohort of learners focused on building durable skills and increasing readiness for employment.
      • Meet individually and regularly with participants to provide career and job retention coaching using ActivateWork’s frameworks. Facilitate follow-up sessions and integrate feedback.
      • Provide 12 months of on-the-job coaching support to learners upon their attainment of a new role after completing an ActivateWork course.
      • Provide goal-oriented guidance, and coach learners through the development of steps to success and overcoming potential challenges.
      • Promote success-enhancing cognitive, psychological, and physical habits and routines.
      • Encourage coachees by recognizing milestones and mitigating challenges that hinder progress. Perform progress assessments and utilize motivation techniques.
      • Support meeting organizational key performance indicators (KPIs) regarding participant engagement in coaching and job retention.

      Ensure Data-Driven Best Practices

      • Ensure timely reporting of coachees’ progress in Salesforce.
      • Evaluate coaching effectiveness and outcomes and identify opportunities for improvement.
      • Aggregate data on coachees’ progress and report to external stakeholders.

      Internal and External Collaboration

      • Ensure open and effective communication with our internal learner success, career development, and talent solutions teams to provide seamless learner support.
      • Collaborate with our primary technical instruction partner and instructional teams where appropriate.

      Special Projects

      • Play an integral role in designing and launching bridge programming focused on 18-24 year old learners.
      • Additional special projects will be assigned on an as needed basis.

      WHAT YOU WILL BRING TO OUR ORGANIZATION

      Professional Qualifications

      • 5-7 years of professional experience in mentoring, advising, counseling, or coaching involving case management in workforce, school or related professional setting.
      • 3-5 years of professional experience related to technology or a demonstrated interest in the tech sector
      • Experience with individuals or groups with barriers to employment such as poverty and/or justice-involved
      • Outstanding communication skills, both written and oral
      • Strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills
      • Solid critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills
      • Demonstrated ability to build trust and maintain confidentiality
      • Knowledge of trauma-informed care and motivational interviewing skills are a plus
      • Bachelor’s degree preferred
      • Experience with Microsoft 365 and Salesforce preferred

        THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE:

        • Thrives in a creative, inventive, fast-paced startup environment with people who are passionate about their work and mission.
        • Is confident facilitating tough conversations with coachees.
        • Is data-driven, results-oriented, and a forward-looking catalyst for social change.
        • Has a collaborative and flexible work style. You’re excited to work cross-functionally with other departments and independently.
        • Has exceptional interpersonal skills, and the ability to collaborate and effectively interact with internal and external stakeholders
        • Is tech-savvy and can learn quickly.
        • Has strong time management skills and can balance multiple projects and tasks.
        • Lives within reasonable commuting distance to central Denver office. Coach will be required to be in the office 2-3 days/week.

          WHAT OUR ORGANIZATION IS PROVIDING

          • POSITION TITLE: Career Coach

          • REPORTS TO: Director of Learner Success

          • LOCATION: Denver

          • PAY RANGE: $65k-70k

           

          ActivateWork provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetics, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics. In addition to federal law requirements. ActivateWork complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

          ActivateWork will not discriminate or retaliate against applicants for failing to disclose wage rate history in accordance with applicable law.

          ActivateWork expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ActivateWork employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

          Account Manager – Tech Talent Solutions

          WHAT WE DO

          ActivateWork is a nonprofit recruiting, training, and coaching firm that connects employers to a diverse pool of exceptional talent. Traditional hiring processes leave valuable talent out. We help employers solve talent gaps by finding promising previously untapped candidates and prepare them to excel in new careers after they graduate from one of our four technical training tracks.

          WHY WORK HERE

          We believe our staff is the heart and soul of the organization. Our workplace culture is challenging, supportive, collaborative and mission driven. We take a genuine interest in career paths and welcome contributing ideas from staff at all levels. Working at ActivateWork means working somewhere full of engaging, savvy people who care deeply about pushing our work forward.

          You’ll enjoy a welcoming and professional environment, self-development opportunities, innovative technology, and benefits like health care. If you want to work in a progressive organization, where you can build something meaningful and have fun while doing it, we would love to hear from you.

           

          THE OPPORTUNITY

          ActivateWork is seeking an Employer Account Manager to serve as the linchpin in nurturing existing employer accounts and fostering productive relationships across all levels of the organization, including hiring managers, HR, and C-level executives. This role is pivotal in ensuring deep relationship penetration and a consistent pipeline of revenue – staffing bootcamp graduates into direct hire positions or apprenticeships at employer partners. The ideal candidate will be instrumental in creating and enhancing the account management process, meticulously adhering to it, and providing comprehensive reporting on account activities.

          If you are an entrepreneurial-minded individual with a talent for fostering connections, a passion for full-cycle recruiting, and a deep-seated commitment to propelling careers in technology through innovative workforce solutions, then this role is tailor-made for you. Join us in crafting sustainable pathways for diverse talent to flourish in the ever-evolving IT landscape.

          WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING

           This role will be responsible for a series of tasks that include, but are not limited to, the following:

           

          • Manage a portfolio of employer accounts, ensuring continuous engagement, satisfaction and meeting annual revenue goals.
          • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with existing employer accounts, with a focus on fostering connections with hiring managers, HR professionals, and C-level executives.
          • Drive revenue generation through strategic management identifying opportunities for upselling, cross-selling, and expansion of services to meet client needs and increase business volume.
          • Innovatively identify and cultivate new opportunities for work-based learning and apprenticeships, crafting creative solutions to address the hiring needs of employers, placing ActivateWork candidates.
          • Leverage previous experience in full-cycle recruiting to proficiently screen, and match candidates with employer opportunities.
          • Collaborate closely with the Learner Success team to identify suitable candidates for direct hire and apprenticeship placements.

          WHAT YOU WILL BRING TO OUR ORGANIZATION

          • Previous experience in full-cycle recruiting is highly valued.
          • Demonstrated experience in account management, business development, or partnership management within the IT sector.
          • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and persuade stakeholders at all organizational levels.
          • Possess an entrepreneurial mindset with a proactive approach to problem-solving and relationship-building.
          • Ability to thrive both independently and collaboratively in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
          • An understanding of apprenticeship programs and their significance in the workforce development landscape is a plus.

          THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL:

          • Flourish in a creative, inventive, fast-paced startup environment alongside passionate individuals.
          • Capable of building and maintaining strong, enduring customer relationships.
          • Driven by data, results, and a forward-thinking mindset for social change.
          • Possess a collaborative and flexible work style, eager to work cross-functionally and independently.
          • Effective communicator with strong oral and written skills.
          • Tech-savvy, quick to learn new tools.
          • Detail-oriented, with exceptional organizational, documentation and time management skills, capable of prioritizing tasks and managing multiple initiatives concurrently.
          • Advocate for our mission, believing in access to well-paying career positions for individuals from all communities and recognizing talent from diverse sources.

          WHAT OUR ORGANIZATION IS PROVIDING

          • Expected annual salary range of $75,000 to $85,000 based on experience.
          • Paid Vacation
          • Sick Leave
          • Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
          • Simple IRA – employer matching up to 3%

           

          ActivateWork provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetics, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics. In addition to federal law requirements. ActivateWork complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

          ActivateWork will not discriminate or retaliate against applicants for failing to disclose wage rate history in accordance with applicable law.

          ActivateWork expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ActivateWork employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.