Thursday, October 16, 2014

Business Intern for Local Workforce Board (New Bedford)

The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. is looking to bring on an intern.  See the information below.  If interested, send your resume to Melissa Pacheco
The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. is a business-led, policy-setting board that oversees workforce development initiatives in the ten-community region stretching from Dartmouth to Wareham, MA. Appointed by New Bedford Mayor Jonathan F. Mitchell, the Board is composed of business, civic, education, labor, and community leaders.

Established under federal law, the Board’s Chairman is a member of the private sector. The current Chair is Peter J. Muise, President and CEO, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union. Vice-Chair is Christopher J. O’Neil, Vice President, Tomlinson & O’Neil Insurance Agency, Inc. in New Bedford.
The Board employs a staff of full-time professionals and maintains offices in New Bedford. The Board itself consists entirely of volunteers.
All of the Board’s meetings are open to the public.

The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board oversees workforce development efforts in Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Lakeville, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester, and Wareham. Included are the Greater New Bedford Career Center and the Wareham Career Center, both operated jointly by New Directions Southcoast, Inc. and the Massachusetts Division of Career Services.

The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board is one of 16 similar boards in Massachusetts. Workforce Investment Boards direct federal, state and private funding for educational and occupational skills programs.

In addition to responsibilities mandated under the federal Workforce Investment Act, boards have been called upon to play a major role in a variety of key state initiatives, and to define their vision, mission, and goals based on local community needs.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

What will the student learn from this experience (list 4 or 5 learning objectives)?

Facilitation, coordination, and logistics of working with a regional initiative focused on workforce development.

Communicating in writing and verbally and doing presentations for small and larger groups.

Experience practicing critical assessment, as well as analyzing an overall systems approach to workforce development. 

Opportunity to be mentored by professional from local , regional,  and national levels in the areas of workforce , economic and educational /training initiatives.

Job Title:  Workforce Investment Board Interns

Academic preparation of the student required (graduate, senior, junior, courses taken, GPA, etc.):

Junior or Senior

·         Skills required: Ability to draft and coordinate multiple groups/organizations agendas and meetings

·         Ability to facilitate through personal, electronic, and telephone dialogue the needs and issues of varied groups through the distribution of information/data/etc.

·         Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally

·         Extremely detailed focused

·         Ability to address and follow up on dozens or requests on a daily basis

·         Highly organized

·         Positive attitude

·         Comfortable communicating with upper level management and diverse populations
Hours of work: 10-20 hours per week
Start and end dates:  ASAP- no end date
Primary supervisor and contact information: George Hemp