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Program Manager, Veteran Recruitment and Partnerships

Nonprofit recruiting & coaching firm is seeking an experienced Program Manager, Veteran Recruitment and Partnerships to join their team!

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 candidates in underrepresented communities and preparing them to excel in new careers.

Our proprietary behavioral screening process, rigorous skills training, and 12 months of on-the-job coaching prepare our learners to be valuable new hires, with a one-year retention rate 36% higher than the industry average. And with an average starting wage of more than $22/hour, our model is one of few proven to launch people to lasting economic freedom.

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.

      Learner Success Associate

      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 candidates in underrepresented communities and preparing them to excel in new careers.

      Our proprietary behavioral screening process, rigorous skills training, and 12 months of on-the-job coaching prepare our learners to be valuable new hires, with a one-year retention rate 36% higher than the industry average. And with an average starting wage of more than $22/hour, our model is one of few proven to launch people to lasting economic freedom.

      THE OPPORTUNITY

      Are you passionate about making a difference in Colorado’s workforce? Are you looking to work in an environment committed to social justice and economic mobility? ActivateWork is seeking a Learner Success Associate with Coaching, Recruitment, and Admissions responsibilities to join our team.

      As a Learner Success Associate, you will play a vital role in recruiting and admitting qualified, dedicated learners for our technology and professional development boot camps and special programs. Once they are admitted, you’ll guide learners toward graduation and preparation for their careers. In these roles, you will provide support and advocacy for our learners, ideally as a peer advocate who can offer guidance and understanding based on shared experiences. In addition, you will be involved in projects related to all the learner success operations including career development and program management

      WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING

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

       

      Coaching (50%)

      • Collaborate with two Career Coaches to facilitate group coaching sessions focused on building skills and increasing employment readiness using ActivateWork’s frameworks.
      • Assist learners in setting goals and overcoming challenges and provide peer support and advocacy for learners based on shared experiences.
      • Serve as a trusted resource for learners facing personal or professional challenges and make external referrals when appropriate.
      • Encourage learners by recognizing milestones and accomplishments.
      • Contribute to the implementation of programs for 18–24-year-old learners.

      Recruitment & Admissions (30%)

      • Collaborate with Recruitment & Admissions Manager to coordinate candidate interviews and manage the final selection process, including entering applicant data into Salesforce.
      • Respond to inquiries from prospective candidates via email and phone.

      Program Management Support (20%)

      • Collaborate with the Director of Learner Success on time-sensitive projects and with internal teams to provide seamless learner support.
      • Assist with Learner Success events such as cohort kickoffs, graduations, and industry events.

      WHAT YOU WILL BRING TO OUR ORGANIZATION

      Professional Qualifications

      • 2-3 years of experience in mentoring, advising, or coaching in a professional setting.
      • Demonstrated interest in technology or related field, preferably including completion of IT or software development training program or bootcamp.
      • Experience working with individuals facing barriers to employment.
      • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills.
      • Strong attention to detail
      • Ability to build trust and maintain confidentiality.
      • Knowledge of trauma-informed care and motivational interviewing is a plus.
      • Familiarity with Microsoft 365 and Salesforce preferred.

        THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE:

        • Thrives in a fast-paced startup environment.
        • Comfortable having tough conversations with learners.
        • Results-oriented and driven by a desire to create social change.
        • Collaborative and flexible.
        • Tech-savvy and quick to learn.
        • Excellent time management skills.
        • Located within reasonable commuting distance to central Denver office.

          WHAT OUR ORGANIZATION IS PROVIDING

          • Expected annual salary range of $50,000 – $55,000 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.

          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 candidates in underrepresented communities and preparing them to excel in new careers. 

          Our proprietary behavioral screening process, rigorous skills training, and 12 months of on-the-job coaching prepare our learners to be valuable new hires, with a one-year retention rate 36% higher than the industry average. And with an average starting wage of more than $22/hour, our model is one of few proven to launch people to lasting economic freedom.

          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.

          Administrative Associate

          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 candidates in underrepresented communities and preparing them to excel in new careers. 

          Our proprietary behavioral screening process, rigorous skills training, and 12 months of on-the-job coaching prepare our learners to be valuable new hires, with a one-year retention rate 36% higher than the industry average. And with an average starting wage of more than $22/hour, our model is one of few proven to launch people to lasting economic freedom.

          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

          As an Administrative Associate at ActivateWork, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the efficient operation of various teams by providing comprehensive administrative support. This role involves diverse tasks, from document management and meeting coordination to data quality assurance and customer service. The ideal candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, and able to multitask in a fast-paced environment.

          WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING

          • Assist in drafting, editing, and proofreading documents, reports, and presentations.
          • Coordinate and manage correspondence, emails, and communications.
          • Perform general office and administrative duties, including maintaining inventory of office supplies and ordering supplies as needed.
          • Take minutes during meetings and distribute them to relevant stakeholders.
          • Organize meetings, events, and training sessions.
          • Collaborate with teams (Sales, Account Management, Coaching, Apprenticeships, and Leadership) for day-to-day data quality checks.
          • Maintain organized electronic or physical filing systems for grants, finances, employee records, etc.
          • Manage version control and ensure document accuracy.
          • Act as the point of contact for internal and external inquiries, providing excellent customer service.
          • Answer phones, schedule appointments, and provide information to stakeholders.
          • Serve as the point of contact for building service work orders.
          • Enter data into CBMS for SNAP participants, accurately and in a timely manner.
          • Perform data entry into Connecting Colorado to support employment-related initiatives.
          • Assist in general grant reporting, ensuring accuracy and compliance with reporting requirements.
          • Support the onboarding process for new team members.
          • Perform additional responsibilities assigned by management, adapting to evolving organizational needs.

          WHAT YOU WILL BRING TO OUR ORGANIZATION

          • High school graduate.
          • Post-secondary graduation from a recognized institution with an office administration or business diploma is an asset (or equivalent education and experience).
          • Two years of recent related experience in a fast-paced, complex office setting, ideally with a small business or non-profit agency.
          • Advanced knowledge of MS Office Suite programs.
          • Experience with database and customer relationship management software is an asset.
          • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, and communication skills.
          • Ability to take direction and supervision.
          • Excellent organizational and time management skills. Pays attention to details.
          • Must be able to plan and look ahead, anticipating timelines and deliverables.
          • Ability to work independently and with supervision.
          • Ability to multitask and prioritize conflicting demands within tight deadlines.
          • Comfortable with change.

          THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE:

          • Has a positive outlook, sound judgment, flexibility, and a desire to contribute to the growth of our organization.
          • Thrives in a collaborative, team-oriented environment.
          • Demonstrates an unassuming, agreeable, and relaxed communication style.
          • Approaches challenges with a careful, cautious decision-making process within clear guidelines and with the team’s and management’s full support.
          • Respects and seeks direction from others while following up in a caring, non-threatening manner when delegation is required.
          • Expected annual salary range of $47,000 – $59,000 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 who inquire about, disclose or discuss their compensation or that of other applicants.

          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.