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Chief Executive Officer

Lansing, MI · Volunteering/Non-Profit
The Michigan Works! Association is hiring its next Chief Executive Officer to lead our high-performing team!
Who We Are:
Michigan Works! Association influences, educates, and inspires actions that keep Michigan working. We achieve this by connecting to our member’s mission on training Michigan workers and meeting the needs of employers. As the Association for members of the Michigan Works! Network, we play a critical role in affecting real change in workforce readiness in Michigan.
The Chief Executive Officer Position:
Acting as a tireless bridge builder, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) connects with various stakeholders to generate enthusiasm, unify the voice for workforce readiness in Michigan, and ultimately expand the impact of our members. The CEO is uniquely positioned to have a lasting impact on policy, programs, and ultimately the success of Michigan workers and employers.
The CEO leads an internal staff of eight, providing mentorship and accountability, as well as a “roll up the sleeves” approach to supporting the team in all that they do. The position reports directly to the board, which empowers the CEO to execute on the collective vision and business plan. 
While building cooperation across the state and orchestrating the efforts of staff, board, members, and other stakeholders towards a common goal is certainly no easy task, the CEO experiences the rewards of doing work that makes a difference.
Expectations include, but are not limited to:
  • Drive passion for workforce readiness, through work with committees, boards, employers, and legislators, amidst a uniquely complex statewide structure
  • Develop relationships and utilize political knowledge, regardless of party affiliation, to advance change
  • Provide day-to-day leadership to the staff, and board when appropriate
  • Develop and implement the Association’s public policy agenda
  • Maintain a strong advocacy position at the state and national level
  • Function as the Association’s chief spokesperson
  • Manage development of the statewide conference
  • Oversee day-to-day operations of membership services
  • Support the Board of Directors, including all committees
  • Find time to laugh and strive to “make people’s day” in all interactions 
The CEO will replace our current CEO, who has held the position for the last 14 years and is now passing the baton to our next leader. The transition process has been thoughtfully planned and is being led by a sub-committee of the board.
 Preferred Experience, Skills & Abilities of the Chief Executive Officer:
  • Three to five years’ experience as a Chief Administrator or Director in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders
  • Progressive leadership ability and proven experience building consensus that leads to collective action
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Business Management, or a related field is required
  • Significant knowledge of, and experience with, Workforce Development Programs
  • Understanding of State and Federal government operations, funding mechanisms and reporting requirements
  • Experience in budget development and fiscal management
Compensation, Benefits, and Structure of the Chief Executive Officer
The position includes a competitive salary structure, based on skills and experience, and a comprehensive benefit package and vehicle allowance. The position is based in our Lansing, MI office with travel around the State on a regular basis and infrequent out-of-state travel. The CEO reports to the Board of Directors, which includes representatives from our membership, as well as from private industry partners.

The Recruitment Process for the Chief Executive Officer
The recruitment process will include two phone interviews, two web-based or in-person interviews (one of which will include a brief formal presentation), candidate assessments, and a pre-employment background check and drug test. The process, which is being facilitated by EctoHR, Inc., is designed to ensure that candidates are aligned with the Association’s vision, goals and values.
Michigan Works! Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Association takes affirmative action to attract a diverse group of candidates and to ensure that candidates are evaluated fairly using non-biased selection criteria.

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