Job Description - PROGRAM DIRECTOR II - DIRECTOR INNOVATE
PROGRAM DIRECTOR II - DIRECTOR INNOVATE BIRMINGHAM - ( T178842
ABOUT INNOVATE BIRMINGHAM
OVERVIEW OF INNOVATE BIRMINGHAM
Innovate Birmingham’s coalition of community and employer
partners came together in 2016 following the award of the US
Department of Labor’s America’s Promise grant. The Innovate
Birmingham Workforce partnership is woven together by a shared
belief: talent is distributed equally in our community but
opportunity is not. The goal of the partnership is to solve two
problems with a unified approach:
(1) Meet the demand of an IT workforce growing at the
second-fastest pace in the country; (2) harness the potential of
under- and unemployed residents in Central Alabama. Our programs
establish a sustainable pipeline of talent in Birmingham to fuel
inclusive innovation for local employers, meeting IT workforce
demand for the region by offering demand-driven education, training
and employment opportunities for area residents who are
disconnected from the labor market:
We overcome Alabama’s tech talent scarcity by providing
inclusive, demand-driven training and holistic support for aspiring
tech professionals. Innovate Birmingham meets the talent needs of
regional employers by harnessing the potential of local talent. We
do this by providing holistic support and career development for
aspiring tech professionals, and producing programs that align with
local industry demands.
Equitable economic prosperity in our tech ecosystem.
We believe that diverse perspectives make us stronger. Each of
our students, staff, and partners have expertise to offer, so we
want their voices heard. We value clear and direct communication
that fosters effective collaboration. We value honesty- we speak up
to address challenges as well as celebrate successes. Our word is
our bond- we do what we say we will do.
We believe in the talent and capability of our students.
We empower our students with opportunities that enable our city
We prioritize student needs over other demands.
We are a reliable and robust community of support for our
We are honest about what we know and what we don’t know.
We share our ideas and perspectives and take ownership of
We ask questions when we are uncertain or disagree.
We are transparent with one another and honest when we fail.
Results Not Rhetoric
We move the needle.
We take ownership and initiative to use data to identify
problems and propose solutions.
We are realistic about the challenges that arise and are
empowered to solve problems.
We are committed to innovating: we have a fail-fast, fail-safe
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR POSITION
The position of Director is employed by UAB and reports jointly
to the Innovate Birmingham Board of Directors and to External
Affairs in UAB’s Office of the President. The Director serves as
the primary point of contact for all Innovate Birmingham partners,
managing seven primary processes to ensure program objectives are
met: partnerships, grant compliance, program and personnel
effectiveness, grant renewal and sustainability strategy, effective
coordination between partner organizations, training students, and
helping participants transition to employment.
• Network with partners throughout the region to build
relationships and support (financial and other) to ensure the
longevity of the program.
• Identify, target, and connect with potential supporters and/or
program partners in Birmingham.
• Maintain regular contact with partners (both existing and
potential), providing frequent updates on program status and
• Lead strategy and grant writing to ensure program
• Develop strategy to implement training, support and placement
services to reach Innovate Birmingham goals.
• Coordinate communication between Innovate Birmingham
• Ensure regular production of marketing content for a variety
of stakeholders, including regional employer partners, media,
potential funders, and other national resources.
• Track data, and use data to inform discussions with employer
partners, the Birmingham Tech Council, Grant Program Officer, and
other participating organizations.
• Act as an ambassador for Innovate Birmingham and program
partners in a variety of forums, including town halls, panels, and
• Clearly articulate metrics with a timeline to reach objectives
as set out in grant agreements and strategic plan.
• Build and cultivate relationships with program partners
throughout Birmingham including but not limited to employers,
funders, and general supporters (e.g., public officials,
influential civic leaders).
• Oversee the efficient operations of the recruitment and intake
processes, the education and training services, and employer
engagement that leads to job placement for all Innovate Birmingham
• Build and maintain clear processes to facilitate grant
effectiveness, including the development of personnel.
• Develop strategy for grant renewals and expansions according
to program values and mission.
• Support the Innovate Birmingham program team, as needed
through identifying problems and helping form solutions.
• Serve as principal investigator and point of contact for the
multiple grants, ensuring compliance with grant requirements, as
well as UAB OSP, IRB, and Grants Accounting procedures.
• Oversee grant evaluation by managing the research team to
ensure ongoing data collection and analysis, and by working with
coalition partners to acquire current market data to inform program
SALARY: $60,000.00 - $80,000.00 Commensurate with qualifications
Bachelor's degree in a related field and five (5) years of
related experience required. Work experience may NOT substitute for
education requirement. Master’s degree in a related field and
three (3) years of related experience preferred.
The ideal candidate will have experience in non-profit
leadership, operational and organizational management, staff and
team development, and budget management. The ideal candidate will
have a proven ability to set and achieve strategic objectives. An
understanding of Birmingham’s technology ecosystem is a plus, as is
knowledge of the workforce development sector.
*Please be certain to showcase how work history successfully
meets the needs and responsibilities of this position, by attaching
a letter of intent.
Incomplete applications will not be processed.