Workforce Development Manager

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  • Full-Time
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • 12/15/22
  • Job Type Details: Full Time

Kinship Community Food Center, formerly known as Riverwest Food Pantry, is seeking an individual to develop and manage a healing- and community-focused workforce program to empower individuals to overcomes their barriers to long-term health and economic stability in this newly created position.

The Workforce Manager will be adept at strengthening our interagency partnerships to design a workforce program that offers participants on-the-job training amidst a continuum of care in career development, wellness and restorative care, case management, stable housing, and life skills. In partnership with Kinship staff, the Workforce Manager will oversee and coordinate workforce cohort members in warehouse and grocery, kitchen, and agriculture management as well as customer and human services.

Offering a healing focused workforce program for individuals who currently shop and/or volunteer at our center and/or are receiving crisis and mentoring assistance is a critical step toward our goal of creating stability and economic opportunity for those we have the privilege to accompany.

Our Mission

Kinship Community Food Center engages volunteers and neighborhood residents to end hunger, isolation, and poverty.  Kinship works to 1) nourish food security and wellness, 2) foster belonging and community engagement and 3) create stability & economic opportunity for thousands of residents on Milwaukee’s northside. Our fresh food market, urban farm, and collaborative meals expand food access while teaching healthful habits and skills in a community of belonging where crisis assistance and mentoring is made available. We believe no one is so deprived that they have nothing to give, and no one is so well-off that they no longer have needs.

Position Responsibilities 

  • Direct the development, coordination, and provision of a healing and community focused workforce program.
  • Recruit, interview, hire, manage and evaluate candidates.
  • Build and strengthen collaborations with partner organizations to enhance a continuum of care (therapy, housing etc.) outside of the paid work experience and operations at Kinship.
  • Collaborate with management team to place, schedule, and assess job duties on behalf of program participants.
  • Collaborate with human service team to provide case management and necessary referrals on behalf of program participants.
  • Oversee review and assessment of program best practices, program participants, and evaluation of data to improve program outcomes.
  • In collaboration with management team, develop and maintain a database of local area employers for post-program participant placement.
  • Coordinate with program funders to ensure accurate and timely reporting. Work with marketing and communications team to speak to the success and impact of programs.
  • Work week is Tuesday – Saturday.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Candidates understand workforce development infrastructure, business model, and outcome measurements. Preferred candidates have experience with direct client case management, or the tasks and duties involved with direct services.
  • Receptiveness to personal growth and servant leader approach at Kinship Community Food Center.
  • Experience and sensitivity to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Working knowledge of trauma informed care and strength-based principles.
  • 3+ years of workforce development and/or experience, related experience may be considered in lieu of workforce experience.
  • Associates or bachelor’s (preferred), related experience may be considered in lieu of education. 
  • Effective leader, with ability to organize, problem solve and function independently.
  • Knowledge of community resources and services.
  • Case management documentation skills desirable.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to set priorities and handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated organizational, collaborative, interpersonal, and written & verbal communication skills
  • Microsoft Office experience (preferred), willing to train.
  • Openness to work within Christian/Catholic faith-based environment based on social justice principles.
  • Valid Driver’s license and proof of insurance to support work activities.

And We Offer You

A competitive wage of $45,000 – $60,000 (commensurate with experience), benefits package, a flexible work environment, an enthusiastic team of dedicated staff and volunteers.

Working Conditions:

Work Location: Open office workspace with active team atmosphere. Manage and facilitate work in a variety of settings, including a commercial kitchen, an urban farm.

Physical Requirements: Standing and sitting for prolonged periods, typing on a computer keyboard, lifting objects of 40 pounds or less.

Here is what some Team Members have to say about the Kinship Community Food Center workplace culture:

“I always feel supported, like I have a purpose, and that my coworkers truly care about me.”

 “The sense of family and willingness to accept each other as they make themselves vulnerable leads to a culture that fosters the risk required for growth and achieving our personal as well as organizational potential.”

“The community of shoppers, volunteers, staff, donors, etc., and the culture of generosity here has made this a great place to work. I love that we are so mission driven. As a whole, the community here really cares about the dignity of one another, and we strive to uplift that through our program offerings (offering fresh, farm produce, assisting others in mentoring relationships, offering trainings on poverty and hunger, and so much more).”

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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