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Chief of Staff and Strategy

The Chief of Staff and
operational practices and systems to support this vision. The Chief of Staff and Strategy contributes to the mission of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) by working in partnership with the CEO, leadership and staff to support initiatives to advance the organization’s strategic goals. The Chief of Staff and Strategy will be a key player in this exciting time as we enter our second year of a regional transformation. The WDC is building and improving its internal systems and practices and building the partnerships and capacity needed to drive strategic alignment and coordination of workforce development system resources needed to achieve our collective goal of racial equity and economic inclusion.

The Chief of Staff and Strategy will serve as a strategic leader to oversee the continued development and on-going effectiveness of the organization in achieving our mission in a value-aligned and sustainable manner. Working in close partnership with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief of Staff and Strategy will share responsibility for ensuring the integrity of the organization in operations, programs, and strategic activities, with a focus on supervision of programs and operations staff. Specifically, this position will build and maintain a support structure around the WDC’s CEO, support and create highly functioning, efficient, and collaborative WDC executive and leadership teams, and build out our strategies, internal communications, decision making, project management, and management support systems that support the work of all of our staff. This position will be expected to lead with an intentional focus on centering racial equity throughout the work of the WDC, and strengthening partnerships and collaborative efforts with BIPOC, immigrant and refugee, and other diverse communities.

The Chief of Staff and Strategy will be empowered to represent and speak on behalf of the CEO both internally and with select outside stakeholders to maintain focus on delivery of strategic programs and ensure effective, strategic, and mature internal operations. The successful candidate will be a systems-level thinker, a clear communicator with high political and interpersonal acumen, experienced with implementing concurrent strategic projects, operating with supreme attention to detail, and have an intense desire to grow and build a nonprofit institution that operates internally according to the progressive values inherent to our mission. The candidate must also be committed and passionate about issues of racial and social justice and want to be a part of enacting change.

The Chief of Staff and Strategy will also serve as a resource for strategic projects and other organizational priorities that may not have a natural home within WDC’s structure. They will serve as a cross-functional leader on these efforts, coordinating leadership and staff and ensuring these projects are completed with minimal disruption to other Leaders or day-to-day operations.

Chief of Staff and Strategy
Chief Executive Officer
Directors and Executive Assistant
$140,000 - $160,000 depending upon experience

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Strategy is a newly created position that will be responsible for strengthening and building the

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The WDC is seeking candidates who are self-motivated team players with: 1) a passion for social justice and racial equity; 2) lived and/or professional experience working in and with communities of color; 3) the ability to be creative, flexible, reliable, and collaborative in a dynamic and sometimes stressful environment; 4) the desire to self-reflect, continually grow, and learn from others professionally and personally.


  • Manage the internal operations of the WDC, including overseeing the Finance, IT, Strategy, and Program Service Delivery, including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) departments, in addition to leading the Leadership team in managing team responsibilities, culture, implementation, project management, and communication throughout the broader organization to strengthen alignment with transformation goals and priorities
  • Monitor and ensure key performance metrics are shared, communicated and delivered. Develop and maintain organization-wide systems in collaboration with the Leadership team for goal setting, prioritization, project management, refinement and adjustment of work, accountability, debriefing, and adjustment for organization wide objectives and cross-departmental initiatives
  • Represent the CEO in internal and external meetings, as needed, and build and manage systems such that CEO is effectively managing, communicating with, and is successfully accountable to the WDC’s Board
  • Collaborate with the Leadership team to strengthen policies, grant and fund development, program oversight, audits and improve our capacity for operating our business effectively
  • Monitor and promote the delivery of high-quality, inclusive services consistent with the WDC vision, mission, goals, values and culture
  • Develop a roadmap for the continued refinement and development of the WDC’s organizational structure, staffing and skills with the intent of maturing and evolving the organization as we continue to grow, innovate, and refine our work
  • Collaborate with the Leadership team on budget planning and forecasting, hiring strategies, audits and resource management
  • Collaborate with the Leadership team on providing financial, activity, and progress reports on programs to the CEO and Board of Directors and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws, statutes and regulations
  • Strengthen performance management and evaluation process, including development of measurable goals aligned with the organization’s strategic priorities
  • Support staff in meeting their professional development goals, including managing professional development budget, identifying individual staff goals and supporting staff in creating workplans to achieving professional development goals, creating and implementing systems of feedback to and from staff
  • Develop well-rounded, capable leaders by recognizing the potential and ability in others and provide them opportunities to share, grow and learn professionally and maintain an organizational culture that attracts and retains motivated, thoughtful, high-quality staff and volunteers
  • Work closely with the HR representative and the Leadership team to identify, analyze, and develop strategies to improve organizational health and culture, and create a high-performing, inclusive work climate that engages and motivates staff, as well as ensuring the WDC attracts diverse candidates with the skills needed to strategic direction. candidatesStrategic Management:

• Provide thought leadership, strategic analyses and leadership on special initiatives and cross-functional projects and initiatives that cut across multiple departments at all levels.

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• Partner with the CEO to develop and strengthen strategic collaboration and relationships with community stakeholders including BIPOC, immigrant and refugee leaders and coalitions, community-based organizations, providers, political, industry, funders and other key stakeholders

  • Drive the strategy and communications in coordination with Leadership to ensure an alignment exists between the Local Workforce Board Regional Strategic plan, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Local Area Plan, the WorkSource Seattle-King County system, and the WDC’s organization’s goals, programs, and grants
  • Collaborate with Leadership to form strategic alliances with the WDC board, community organizations, individuals and constituencies, especially with organizations with operational/contractual relationships to the WDC
  • Represent the CEO nationally, regionally, and locally and promote the WDC’s mission, vision, culture and core values
  • Drive and implement innovative research and data techniques that align with the WDC strategies and assist the communityPerform related duties as assigned.JOB REQUIREMENTS / EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
  • Graduate degree in Public Policy, Organizational Leadership, or a related field is desired. Suitable experience may substitute for a degree
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a senior management role, including executive decision making, staff supervision, budget compliance, utilization of effective performance metrics, and successfully leading organizations to accomplish goals
  • Experience with federal, state, and local grants or funding programs
  • Demonstrated track record in leading racial equity and organizational change initiatives.
  • Experience in building partnerships with and supporting diverse, BIPOC, immigrant and refugee and otherunderrepresented communities
  • Demonstrated experience in effective two-way communication with various organization stakeholders includingboard, staff and community partners
  • Demonstrated experience in collaboratively developing and executing successful strategies
  • Demonstrate exceptional written, presentation, and verbal communications skills that can applied acrossorganizational levels, countries and cultures
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and strong business and political acumen
  • Passion for capacity-building work and a deep commitment to developing leadership and organizational capacityto further racial equity and social justice movement-level workRACIAL EQUITY COMMITTMENTThe Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is committed to centering racial justice in our work while also addressing other inequities and disproportionately impacted communities to support economic opportunity and inclusion.WORKING CONDITIONSThe physical environment requires the employee to work primarily in indoor offices. Some travel is required to attend meetings/events/conferences locally, statewide and nationally. Regular workday and work week are established with some planned early morning or evening hours, and overnight and out of area travel.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTSEmployee is expected to make decisions, supervise employees, read and write, speak publicly and interpret information and data. May be seated for periods of time, and occasionally may have to lift a boxes or other materials that weigh lessthan 20 lbs.
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