Machinists Institute

Machinists Institute

Program Director

Based in Seattle, WA


The Machinists Institute (MI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was created by the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 to fill a vital role for Machinists members and employers and the broader community. With the visionary leadership of the Union, MI will provide world class training to current and future aerospace, automotive and manufacturing workers. The Institute will focus on providing living-wage career opportunities through education and training across the state. Union partnership allows collective bargaining to bring meaningful and sustainable educational opportunities to Washington workers. MI is hiring a Program Director to develop, promote and implement effective workforce development initiatives with a focus on equity and inclusion across the industries we serve. The MI Program Director will report to the MI Executive Director.

The MI Program Director is responsible for developing and implementing strategies, partnerships and programs that create a diverse and highly skilled workforce to meet the demands of the Aerospace, Manufacturing and Automotive Machinists industries. The MI Program Director will oversee a portfolio of pre-employment, pre apprenticeship, apprenticeship and incumbent worker training programs as well as coordinate programmatic activities with individual employers and partners. This individual will work with the MI Executive Director in designing and realizing broader strategic goals, such as incubating pilot programs and strengthening connections between pre-apprenticeships, registered apprenticeships, and institutions of higher education.

The MI is in the early stages of developing and sustaining education and training across multiple locations in Washington state. The Program Director will work closely with the MI Executive Director to implement the MI strategic plan, develop sustainable programs, identify and fill staff and instructional positions, ensure MI is providing high quality instruction that meets the needs of employers and grows the demand and capacity of the MI. Candidate must include a focus on equity and inclusion in programmatic design, development and operations of the Institute. Current office location is 9125 15th Place South, Seattle, WA 98108

The MI Program Director must have the following qualifications:

  • Capacity for project planning, project implementation, and coordination of stakeholders to meet project goals;
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills;
  • Proven experience in workforce development, registered apprenticeship, educational program development, and team collaboration;
  • Communication skills and reputation for problem solving;
  • Ability to present program benefits to employers, labor organizations, industry associations, workforce stakeholders, and government agencies;
  • Capacity to facilitate meetings and training design sessions for a variety of educational programs
  • Proficiency in report writing, data management, meeting minutes, and other documentation as required;
  • Possess a working familiarity with grants, organizational contracts, budgets, project plans, and proposals for funding opportunities;
  • Availability to travel on a regular basis with prior approval while maintaining a self-imposed work schedule without direct supervision;
  • Knowledge of digital marketing practices;
  • Proven track record in supervising projects and teams

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with MI partners to build the capacity of employers, labor organizations, the workforce system, and community colleges to strengthen and enhance apprenticeship and other MI training programs;
  • Maintain database of contacts and project updates for MI;
  • Oversee and facilitate the development of training plans, work processes, and related instruction;
  • Develop data driven strategies to expand MI programs, such as labor market analysis;
  • Develop strategies to recruit and retain women, persons of color, limited English Speakers, veterans, and under-represented groups into apprenticeship programs and employment opportunities;
  • Monitor progress on programs to ensure milestones and outcomes are met;
  • Oversee team that includes instructors, apprenticeship program and student affairs coordinator
  • Collect and analyze program and participant data
  • Supervise maintenance of case management records, student outcome data, employer database and more
  • Oversee management of Requests for Proposal (RFP’s) and contracts;
  • Support employers, sponsors, training providers, and other key partners with challenges encountered with apprenticeship programs;
  • Report successes and challenges to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Recruit and retain qualified and competent pool of instructors to meet MI needs.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Machinists Institute is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of any and all legally protected status.

Background Check
Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Salary and Benefits
The starting salary for the position is $80,000 - $90,000. The Machinists Institute also provides generous health and welfare benefits, retirement contributions into a savings plan, and generous leave.

Application Materials
Please send a cover letter not to exceed two pages, a professional résumé and contact information for three (3) references who are familiar with your work to: Shana Peschek, Executive Director, Machinists Institute. All materials must be submitted electronically to: MIJobs@MachinistsInstitute.org. Closes: July 10, 2020.

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