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Director of Partnerships Position Available

OIC of America

Job Title: Director of Partnerships

Supervisor: Senior Director of Operations and Strategy

Salary: $57,000 – $65,000 + Competitive Benefits Package

FSLA Status: Exempt, Full-time Regular

Location: Philadelphia, PA

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY:

OIC of America (OICA) is a nonprofit organization, and the national office of a network of 34 workforce development organizations spread across the United States. Our mission is to provide underserved communities with the tools and support needed to overcome barriers to economic opportunity. We envision a world in which all people are contributing members of their families and communities. Through their efforts and ours, our participants can break the cycle of poverty, and aid in creating a more just and equitable society. OICA provides job and life skills training and matches our graduates with the employment needs of local businesses. Our organization and broader network have trained over 2 million people nationwide over the past 50+ years.

POSITION SUMMARY:

OICA is seeking a Director of Partnerships to build strategic relationships with key stakeholders that can support the SOAR Reentry Program. The SOAR program equips individuals with academic and vocational skills and provides access to opportunities to help them accomplish personal achievement and embrace a spirit of responsibility. The duties of the Director of Partnerships include working closely with OIC affiliates across multiple cities to help connect them with key stakeholders and resources that are available in their local business, workforce and reentry ecosystems.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and execute a partnership plan aligned with the OICA strategic plan to help the SOAR program meet outcomes.
  • Conduct research on the local business, nonprofit, workforce, and reentry ecosystem and identify key stakeholders in each city where SOAR is operating.
  • Outline tactical steps, engage key partners, and vet the organization to determine strategies to develop the relationships.
  • Connect sub-grantee with potential partners and guide the relationship building process.
  • Conduct periodic check-ins to verify the relationship is being nurtured and cultivated by the sub-grantee.
  • Build relationship with national employers, and other national stakeholders to help sub-grantees find employment opportunities for program participants.
  • Devise strategies to cultivate relationships with local and national partners (service providers, employers, corporations, foundations, philanthropic entities, etc.) to sustain the SOAR program beyond the life of the grant.
  • Prepare and send success stories and outcome data to strengthen relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Provide technical assistance and coaching on best practices in community engagement and relationship building to equip sub-grantees with the skills to build key relationships.
  • Institutionalize community engagement by developing a large portfolio of key partners (local and national) categorized and organized by type and develop a playbook of how to engage each category.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Operations and Strategy.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business/ Public Administration, Communications, Criminology, or any related field.
  • Master’s Degree preferred (MBA, MPA, MPP, MSW, or MA/MS in related field).
  • 5 or more years’ experience building strategic relationships.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with people of diverse educational and cultural backgrounds from individuals returning from incarceration to public officials.
  • Computer literacy, including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and database usage.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and experience working with ex-offenders is a plus.
  • Possess working relationship with key stakeholders that are of interest to OICA.
  • Able to articulate and/or demonstrate a good track record of building strategic relationships.
  • Ability to travel within the metropolitan area and nationally if required.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

OICA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

TO APPLY:

Please send resume, cover letter and the names of three professional references to cheinerici@oicofamerica.org

DISCLAIMER:

The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.

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In 2008, Tri-County OIC created the OIC BookyMobile – a travelling bookmobile for kids and adults. The idea of the BookyMobile started when the OIC executive director realized that many low-income children and their parents did not have access to enough books at home. Schools were struggling to provide books to students and access to libraries was limited to those who lacked transportation and resources.

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OIC of America Awarded Two U.S. Department of Labor Reentry Grants Totaling $8,787,369

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Date: July 20, 2018
Contact: Naja Killebrew, Communications Manager
Phone: 215-236-4500 (w), 215-518-6558 (c)
Email: nkillebrew@oicofamerica.org
Website: www.oicofamerica.org

OIC of America Awarded Two U.S. Department of Labor Reentry Grants Totaling $8,787,369
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Former corporate executive seeks to re-energize OIC of America, Inc.

As the president and CEO of Opportunities Industrialization Center of America, Inc. (OIC) James Haynes is focused on re-energizing the historic workforce development organization.

Founded in 1964 by the Rev. Leon Sullivan, OIC was created to address the lack of education and job training programs available to minorities in Philadelphia so they may prepare themselves and become part of a highly skilled workforce. Today, the national organization has 34 affiliates in 22 states.

Haynes, a retired Johnson & Johnson executive and United States Army veteran, has been leading the nonprofit entity since October 2016. He has been affiliated with the organization for more than 20 years, having previously served as a member at-large and first vice chair of the board.

“The reason why I’ve been a part of this organization for so long is because I believe in what Leon Sullivan was doing,” Haynes said during an interview at OIC’s Philadelphia-based headquarters.

After taking the helm of OIC, Haynes focused on addressing the nonprofit’s financial challenges. At the time, the nonprofit faced difficulties as its federal grant funding dried up and it was forced to reduce its staff.

“This organization was pretty much close to closing its doors — not at the affiliate level, but at the national office level,” Haynes explained.

Now OIC is in the midst of experiencing a renewal.

“It’s almost like we are starting again — starting anew,” Haynes said.

Haynes seeks to strengthen the link between the national organization and its network of affiliates. He often does site visits so that he can interact with affiliate representatives.

“There is a belief that a strength in numbers is of value to us as an organization,” Haynes explained.

“We’re just trying to put a face to the national office people understand and can appreciate, that has a little different thinking on how it can be run.” he said. “While we ride on the heels of the legacy of the organization, we also believe that the population base is different and we have to change. Change is inevitable.”

Through its network of affiliates, OIC offers more than 150 programs in the areas of vocational training, work readiness, education, health care, youth development and re-entry.

The nonprofit seeks to address the problem of recidivism through its national re-entry program named SOAR (Skills and Opportunities for Achievement and Responsibility). The program helps formerly incarcerated young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 successfully transition back into their communities.

“I want us to be considered as the foremost thought leader for re-entry work in terms of being able to return people back into the environment and making them more productive,” Haynes said.

“They satisfied their debts in terms of incarceration but what we also find is that there are probably 630,000 people that return back to an area where the cards are stacked against them.”

OIC received $9 million in federal grants for its affiliates to offer the program in Philadelphia; Harrisburg; Clark County, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minn.; Newark, N.J.; and Miami.

Program participants are enrolled during a period ranging from six to 12 months depending on their educational background. They receive case management, education and training that leads to industry-recognized credentials, workforce activities that lead to employment and nine months of follow-up activities.

“These are people who have paid their dues and if we want to fix the crime we have to allow them to reintegrate back into society at a livable (wage),” said Letitia Crippin, OIC program coordinator. “It is critical what we are doing.”

OIC will celebrate Re-entry Month and the one-year anniversary of SOAR by hosting a re-entry job and resource fair on Friday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Center, 1415 N. Broad St. The resource fair will bring more than 22 employers and service organizations together in support of the re-entry community.

The event kicks with a press conference featuring various speakers including the Rev. Wilson Goode, former mayor and president of Amachi, Inc.; Buddy Hall Sr., SOAR program manager; Charles Crumbley III, interim president & CEO, Philadelphia OIC; Mable Welborn, Sullivan Charitable Trust chair; City Council President Darrell Clarke; State Rep. Curtis Thomas; and Gerald Alston, Grammy Award-winning musician & OIC’s pioneer celebrity ambassador.

Ayana Jones Tribune Staff Writer

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