We are hiring a Working Communities Challenge Barre District Project Director

Job details

Salary $56,000 – $61,000 a year

Job Type: Full-time, Contract


  • Bachelor’s (Required)
  • Project management: 5 years (Required)
  • Driver’s License (Required)
  • Nonprofit management: 5 years (Preferred)
  • Community/workforce development: 5 years (Preferred)

Full Job Description

Project Director of Working Communities Challenge-Greater Barre Team
POSITION TITLE: Director of Working Communities Challenges-Greater Barre Team
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full Time, Exempt (Grant funded position through 2023)
REPORTS TO: WCC Leadership Team and Green Mountain United Way- Executive Director


The Working Communities Challenge (WCC) is supported by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the State of Vermont, national and local philanthropy, and private sector employers.

The Greater Barre Team, comprised of stakeholders representing non-profit, health care, business and community leaders, received a three-year grant to implement an initiative that will help to lower the rate of single female head of households in poverty in the Greater Barre community. The workforce development system will achieve economic stability and improved quality of life for single mothers living in poverty and create a conduit for stable and supported employees for the mutual benefit of local businesses, communities and future generations. The plan will lower the rate of single female head of Barre households in poverty by 15% in 10 years. To achieve this, The Greater Barre leadership team will utilize the Working Bridges program structure to create a ‘no wrong door’ system that supports new and current employees and employers in a seamless way.


The Project Director of WCC Greater Barre will work under the direction of the Green Mountain United Way- Executive Director and collaborate with the WCC Barre Team and committees. The Project Director will manage and implement the work plan, including facilitating and advancing the talents, voices and priorities of the WCC Barre team. The success of a Project Director will be by effectively coordinating and supporting a collaborative team of diverse stakeholders, managing an effective program that directly meets the need of participants and employers, and creating a strategic alignment with innovative systemic change.


The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

Advance collaborative leadership. Facilitates meetings, mediates conflict, helps information to flow between partners, builds trust among partners, fundraises for joint projects, and builds the overall capacity of the WCC Greater Barre team to work towards their desired outcomes

Spectrum of participants. Ensure that a broad range of influence and participants are included in the evolution of the program and supporting program components

Establish decision-making process. Ensure that all team decisions are aligned with the process outlined in the Collective Impact team member agreement

Support team priorities and activities. Carry out pilot programs, align mutually reinforcing activities in community, manage key strategic directions.

Manage Work Plan Implementation

Responsible for managing the implementation of the WCC Greater Barre team work plan, building partner ownership of plan, and overseeing updates when needed

Advancing Partnerships and Community Engagement
Engage employers, human service providers, financial institutions, potential participants and community members. Lead or assist with community engagement efforts so that community voices, especially those with lived experience, are included in the design and governance of the initiative.

Implement a structure to meet stated goals

Assist in grant management and reporting

Intern/VISTA Management
Assist in the management of community volunteers, interns and/or VISTA

Shared Measurement/Learning and Analysis. Help drive learning agenda for team including data collection, tracking and interpreting data, and using data to inform progress success and identifies areas of opportunity and gaps

Lead communications with the WCC team, community members, volunteers, and participant coaches. Assist in shared learning communication with WCC steering committee, WCC sister teams, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and participating partners

Program Management
Provide direct oversight of program development and expansion. Coordinate and manage workplace and program trainings and activities. Assist in program component design, implementation, and evolution. Support program-related needs of coach/participant.


  • Ability to successfully lead while collaborating with stake holders
  • Ability to provide connective style leadership that offers a balance of self-directed, relational/group connectivity, and strategic foresight to accomplish shared goals
  • Ability to provide innovative solutions to system-based challenges
  • Manage day to day issues as needed
  • Able to manage complexity and prioritize needs
  • Ability to facilitate large group conversations in a fair, inclusive, and equitable manner
  • Knowledge of Results-Based Accountability (RBA), or comparable methods, that support data-driven, decision-making process that includes measurement and methods to improve complex social problems
  • Ability to interpret, report and utilize data to inform project development and participant goals
  • Ability to define roles of team members to best utilize their talent and time
  • Basic knowledge of budget management and non-profit funding resources
  • Well skilled in administration and organizational management
  • Self-directed, team player and passion to bring positive change to communities
  • Economic development and/or workforce development experience

Personal Characteristics and Leadership Qualities

The Program Director will be a key member of the GMUW and Greater Barre WCC leadership team and hold the responsibility of being a steward of the WCC Greater Barre mission and goals. This includes being a positive, effective and supportive role model. The ideal candidate will demonstrate high emotional intelligence with ability to collaborate with a diverse and dynamic team and participants. Commitment to equity and inclusion for all dimensions of identity.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 5+ years’ experience managing complex projects, community/workforce development, human service and/or non-profit, community organizing, or a related field
  • Comfort with using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and MS Office products

Physical/Other Requirements

Remote work will be required with periodic time at Green Mountain United Way Barre office, community site, or local employer as needed.

Position is primarily a normal office setting with long periods of sedentary work at desk and computer

Green Mountain United Way provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.
Related keywords: project manager, director, public health

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay: $56,000.00 – $61,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
All staff and/or visitors are required to wear a mask and socially distance when on-site at the Green Mountain United Way office. Remote work option is in place for all current employees.

Application Question(s):

  • Demonstrate knowledge and commitment to equity and inclusion.


  • Bachelor’s (Required)


  • Project management: 5 years (Required)
  • Nonprofit management: 5 years (Preferred)
  • community/workforce development: 5 years (Preferred)
  • shared measurement and analysis: 3 years (Preferred)
  • advanced collaborative communication and group facilitation: 3 years (Required)
  • grant management and reporting: 3 years (Preferred)


  • Driver’s License (Required)

Contract Renewal:

  • Not possible

Full Time Opportunity:

  • Yes

Work Location:

  • One location

This Job Is:

  • A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to apply

Company’s website:

  • https://www.bostonfed.org/workingplaces/communities-challenge/vermont.aspx

Benefit Conditions:

  • Waiting period may apply
  • Only full-time employees eligible

Work Remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings

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