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Ballinger|Leafblad is proud to present the following information on behalf of our client, HIRED
Founded in 1968, HIRED provides job skills training and employment assistance to dislocated workers, low-income adults, people making the transition from public assistance to work, and recent immigrants and youth. By matching each client with a HIRED employment counselor who helps the job seeker meet his or her goals with a personalized employment plan, HIRED is known for effective and innovative solutions. HIRED was originally established to help ex- offenders find employment and avoid returning to criminal behaviors. In 1976, the organization’s mission expanded to assist a wide range of job seekers in becoming qualified for, and obtaining, employment.
HIRED has continued to grow and today is a vibrant organization with a budget of approximately $12 million and a staff of 114. With a main office in Minneapolis, HIRED also serves clients from five locations in Hennepin County, three locations in Ramsey County, and two locations in Dakota County. Eight other locations, co-located at high schools and other educational facilities, also provide space for HIRED programs.
Since the late 1970s, HIRED has delivered services under every major state and federal employment program including:
Through these state and federal programs – and the support of private funders and the Greater Twin Cities United Way – HIRED has consistently assisted people in the community who are striving to support themselves and their families. HIRED has taken its services to correctional facilities, high schools, community centers and businesses.
Today, HIRED assists nearly 9,000 individuals annually from sites throughout the Twin Cities, offering hope and results for the unemployed and underemployed.
A forerunner of today’s focus on career pathways and sector initiatives, in 2004, HIRED, Hennepin Technical College and local manufacturing companies developed a demand-driven and employer-focused training program for the next generation of workers in the precision manufacturing industry. The program, M-Powered, has won numerous awards and is a model for both domestic and overseas programs.
HIRED has identified a variety of career fields where jobs are in high demand. In collaboration with colleges and other training partners, HIRED offers a number of opportunities for career training in these fields. Its programs follow a “sector” model, meaning they have been developed in partnership with local employers to quickly prepare people for in-demand jobs.
HIRED is funded by public agencies, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Department of Human Services and Hennepin County.
Additionally, funding comes from a number of private contributors, including the Greater Twin Cities United Way, Carlson Companies, and Tennant Foundation.
Staff members at HIRED are dedicated and committed to serving others. The organizational culture at HIRED can be described as mission-driven and focused. Different locations have unique work environments, but all share a common drive for doing good work and helping clients. A new, bright headquarters location downtown Minneapolis seeks to be a welcoming place for visitors.
OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMS ~
Hospitality Pathways Training Program – In the State of Minnesota, there are more than 250,000 full and part-time jobs in the tourism industry representing almost $4.5 billion in wages. These include entry-level service jobs up to high paying executive positions.
In partnership with Normandale Community College and Carlson Cos, HIRED offers hospitality training to fast-track students into positions in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries. The program also includes a 150- hour hospitality/tourism internship. This gives students hands-on experience from industry pros and introduces them to technical and administrative skills needed by employers.
Professional Manufacturing Training – HIRED and its partners offer state-of-the-art training in high-demand manufacturing occupations for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and Precision Metal-forming Technicians. These Career Pathway programs teach students the skills to find a job in today’s fast-paced manufacturing industry.
Healthcare Career Pathways Training – HIRED has partnered with Hennepin Technical College to offer a foundational training program for career pathways in healthcare. Continuing education trainings are available for clients looking to advance along the healthcare pathway.
Professional Customer Service Training – HIRED offers training for individuals interested in high-demand customer service jobs in many sectors. Program graduates may continue into advanced training, including the Hospitality Pathways Training Program or Culinary Skills Training.
Green Construction Trades Course – HIRED’s 128 hour Green Construction Trades Course provides instruction that gives students exposure to various aspects of today’s construction industry. Whether students want to learn construction basics or expand an existing set of skills, the Green Construction Trades Course gives them the marketable skills they need to advance their career.
Culinary Skills Training – HIRED’s culinary skills training program, offered in partnership with Adult Basic Education partners, provides a strong foundation for a career in the growing culinary field. The program combines customer service training, Math for Culinary Skills, and Food Manager Training to help students quickly find a job and advance in a culinary career.
OfficePRO – OfficePRO provides specialized training from HIRED and Saint Paul College instructors to prepare students for a variety of positions, including administrative assistant, customer service representative, and office clerk. This four-week curriculum teaches core office skills and soft skills to quickly move students toward career goals in administration.
Job Seeker Services – Training and coaching services help individuals navigate the sometimes complicated job transition process. HIRED provides tailored career planning and personal counseling to clients, along with workshops and seminars on topics related to job seeking and job transition. A searchable database of career opportunities is also available to help clients get started on finding their new career.
A PERSONALIZED APPROACH
HIRED’s mission is to provide personalized and innovative work solutions. The first step in achieving this mission is to acknowledge each potential client as an individual, and to find the programs and services that will best meet his or her needs.
HIRED advocates for Minnesota’s disadvantaged job seekers at public forums, at the state legislature, and through the media. During general elections, HIRED provides nonpartisan voter education & registration. Through its work with thousands of people of color, HIRED advocates for equality in employment. HIRED programs are designed to reduce racial disparities.
Reporting to the HIRED Board of Directors, the Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for HIRED staff, programs, financial resources and execution of its mission. A separate Employer Advisory Board provides guidance to the Executive Director regarding workplace needs. The Executive Director provides visionary leadership and guidance to the organization and represents HIRED in a variety of external settings with stakeholders such as board members, elected officials, community and business leaders, funders and individual donors.
This position is open due to the retirement of long-time leader Jane Samargia.
Fundraising and Development:
The fully qualified candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree and at least ten years of progressive leadership experience in a complex organization. This experience could be in community-based human services, workforce development, or non-profit management. Other work experience combined with relevant civic/board experience will also be considered. Financial oversight and experience managing an annual budget of at least $5 million is preferred.
Proven leadership background, exemplary business and/or nonprofit operational management skills, and a strong commitment and dedication to the mission at HIRED is key.
Specific skills sought for this role include:
BALLINGER|LEAFBLAD WELCOMES YOU TO CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Marcia Ballinger, PhD, Co-Founder/Principal, 651-341-4840, [email protected]
Lars Leafblad, MBA, Co-Founder/Principal, 612-598-7547, [email protected]
HIRED is an equal opportunity employer and believes each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, religious beliefs, or disability. The right of equal employment opportunity extends to recruiting, hiring selection, transfer, promotion, training and all other conditions of employment.
Do you know a woman of exemplary character and ethical leadership? If so,nominate her for a Women of Distinction Award! Nominations are due October 26.
Celebrating more than a century of changing the world, Girl Scouts River Valleys will once again recognize outstanding local women leaders whose professional accomplishments and community contributions make them positive role models for today’s girls. All nominees will be recognized and honored at the Women of Distinction evening event on May 11, 2017.
Women of Distinction honorees exemplify the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. In highlighting women with strong qualities of leadership, teamwork, and integrity, honorees serve as role models for girls and others in their community and profession, inspiring girls to achieve their own goals and dreams.
We seek candidates from a broad range of professional and cultural backgrounds, welcoming any nominees with a strong passion for making a difference in the community for young women and girls. Previous experience in Girl Scouting or with youth empowerment programs is encouraged but not necessary.
Girl Scouts River Valleys’ is accepting nominations through October 26 for the Women of Distinction Award. Fill out the online application today to make a nomination.
For more information about the award or the event, visit the Women of Distinction webpage or contact Ashleyn Przedwiecki at [email protected].
To all my new friends at Pollen,
Please allow me to introduce to you the New Vision Foundation, a nonprofit registered in Minnesota and founded to target major investments in disadvantaged youth here in Minnesota and in the developing world, creating opportunities that divert their vulnerable minds from hopelessness, disconnection and radicalization.
I have been a part of the nonprofit community in Minnesota for the past 15 years and was one of the founders of the African Development Center in 2003. As a father of two soon-to-be teenage boys, I could no longer afford to stand on the sidelines and wish away the major problems we have today of our youth being brainwashed by fringe elements that declare the West to be against Islam. By founding the New Vision Foundation, I’m challenging everyone, including myself, to think outside the box and make genuine attempts to engage, motivate and inspire disadvantaged youth here in Minnesota and across the developing world to maximize their potential and be better global citizens.
We are all fighting the good fight and I’m very proud and honored to be part of the Pollen community! Check out our website at www.nu-viz.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook (@NuVizMN).
About MN Comeback
Minnesota’s nation-trailing opportunity gaps in education persist as alarming, catastrophic disparities. For students of color and children from low-income backgrounds, access to high-quality schools lags their peers in virtually every U.S. state.
Compelled to improve educational outcomes and narrow these gaping disparities, a coalition of local funders and leaders convened in 2012 to identify highest-impact levers for transformation. Calling this initiative MN Comeback, they committed to ensuring that every student – initially focused on Minneapolis – have access to a great school. The coalition also set a multi-sector (traditional district, charter, and independent schools) goal: 30,000 rigorous and relevant seats for students from low-income backgrounds by 2025.
Some great district, charter and independent schools are changing the odds for children from low-income backgrounds. We need many more of them.
MN Comeback is intentionally developing additional great schools with broad community buy-in by providing the critical resources and conditions they need to succeed and grow – funding, leaders, teachers, policy and facilities.
Our coalition now spans 80 partners. These leaders, educators and donors are aligned in support of meaningful systems change. And by this unique strategy of building on success, MN Comeback offers the most concrete path to ensure that all children – no matter the color of their skin or zip code – can access a rigorous and relevant education.
We believe, firmly, that authentic engagement – in which schools, community leaders and families co-design systemic changes – is among the most critical success factors to improve education and ensure that schools prepare their students for college, career, and life. And strong communications strategies will help us honor and deliver on this objective.
We stand for stronger, more equitable access to opportunity and seats at the tables of decision-making for all our communities.
The communications specialist will assist with and take the lead on various communications strategies, rooted in equity, understandings of community needs and opportunities, and elevating the work of partners and schools:
Communications strategy – 20%
Digital communications – 50%
External relations – 20%
Project implementation – 10%
The ideal candidate has two to five years of professional communications experience with a bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g., communications, public relations, English, journalism), and the following skills and personal characteristics:
The communications specialist will report to the director of external relations, Nicholas Banovetz, and work closely with the director of community engagement and other team members.
Closing date: Open until filled
Submit applications – including a resume, cover letter and one concise writing sample – to [email protected] with “Communications Specialist” in the subject line.
For more information on MN Comeback, visit www.mncomeback.org.
MN Comeback is an equal opportunity employer.
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Pollen offers up its platform and financial resources to lift up the role of art activists in movements for change.
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People from across Minnesota joined Pollen and AARP MN in celebrating and honoring the inaugural 50 Over 50 – individuals who are shattering stereotypes and changing the stories we tell ourselves about aging.
People from across Minnesota joined Pollen and AARP MN in celebrating and honoring the inaugural 50 Over 50 - individuals who are shattering stereotypes and changing the stories we tell ourselves about aging.
People from across Minnesota joined Pollen and AARP MN in celebrating and honoring the inaugural 50 Over 50 – individuals who are shattering stereotypes and changing the stories we tell ourselves about aging.
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