Results for America (RFA) is the leading, national nonprofit organization helping policymakers at all levels of government harness the power of evidence and data to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Our mission is to make investing in what works the “new normal,” so that, one day, all government leaders use rigorous evidence and quality data to inform important policy and funding decisions. We believe that data-driven and evidence-based policy decisions could significantly increase the impact of the over $1 trillion that governments spend annually to advance economic mobility and racial equity.
Founded in 2012, RFA spent its first three years partnering with policy innovators to build the credibility of evidence-based policymaking, securing early and important wins in education, expanding its work to multiple levels of government and driving awareness and demand through carefully orchestrated education and communication campaigns. During its second phase (2015-2018), RFA worked to demonstrate the power of evidence-based policymaking in ways that resonate with an even broader universe of elected officials and policymakers. Now in its third phase of work, RFA intends to demonstrate that governments at all levels can make faster, more lasting progress in accelerating economic mobility for residents when they use evidence and data in decision-making. By creating specific issue-area wins, RFA will further cement support for evidence-based policymaking among all policymakers as the “new normal.”
Workforce development is one of Results for America’s core issue areas, and the team’s work stretches across every level of government at which RFA operates: local, state, and federal. In September 2019, RFA launched the Evidence in Workforce Lab (Work Lab) featuring our State and Local Workforce Fellowship to help government leaders drive workforce dollars toward evidence-based, results-driven workforce strategies that can help more communities and individuals thrive. Our second cohort of fellows was launched in May 2021 and is focusing on leveraging evidence through procurements, improving job quality and equity, and building evidence of what works in workforce development.
RFA also recently launched a Good Jobs and Equity Project, a three-year cohort for local and state government leaders who have authority over federal recovery funds and are looking to use those dollars to help develop higher quality jobs within their communities. RFA will be supporting these leaders in developing and implementing policies and programs to most effectively use current and future federal funding streams in ways that improve job quality using evidence and improved procurement practices.
The Director for Workforce Development will be critical in leading efforts for our Good Jobs and Equity Project and our State and Local Workforce Fellowship. RFA is seeking a team member who is passionate about improving government and community workforce outcomes and who has excellent project management, communication, and relationship building skills.
Position Reporting Relationship
The Director for Workforce Development will report to RFA’s Vice President of Workforce Development.
The responsibilities of the Director for Workforce Development include, but are not limited to:
Leadership and project management related to the Good Jobs and Equity Project (70%)
Leadership and project management related to the State and Local Workforce Fellowship initiatives (25%):
Lead the development and management of the State and Local Workforce Fellowship including:
The above percentages of effort may shift as some initiatives end and others begin, but RFA anticipates the continuation of various cohorts similar to those described here.
Special projects and troubleshooting (5%)
Some travel required, contingent on safety as related to the COVID-19 pandemic (approximately 10%, less if living in the Washington DC area). This is a full-time, exempt position.
All RFA employees are expected to participate in the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts.
Experience and Competencies
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications, along with a strong commitment to RFA’s mission and vision, including its diversity, equality, and inclusion values.
At Results for America, all staff members currently receive a compensation package that includes: (1) a salary aligned with RFA’s position level and salary bands and against similar nonprofit organizations; and (2) a suite of benefits that includes a choice of medical and/or vision and dental care, paid time off, a 403b retirement plan with employer match, and education and commuter benefits. The salary band for this position is $126,000-$164,000.
To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of your email should read “YOUR NAME – Director, Workforce”.
RFA is an equal opportunity employer that values/celebrates diversity and that follows a policy of making all employment decisions and personnel actions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, partnership status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses or stalking, military status, veteran status or any other category protected under federal, state or local law.