Texas Climate Jobs Project

Texas Climate Jobs Project

Workforce Development Program Coordinator

Based in Houston, TX


Texas is experiencing an unprecedented clean energy transition that will create tens of thousands of new jobs over the next decade. Texas Climate Jobs Project is seeking a Workforce Development Program Coordinator to commit to the critical role of guiding pre-apprenticeship students from diverse backgrounds through the process of entering apprenticeship programs and excelling in their chosen trade career path through our new, statewide workforce development program.

Overview of the Organization
The mission of Texas Climate Jobs Project is to advance a pro-climate, pro-worker agenda in Texas. Through innovative research and policy development; popular education; community engagement; advocacy; and strategic coalition building and partnerships, Texas Climate Jobs Project is engaging in collective action to win substantive policy changes that both protect the climate and create good local jobs.

Our statewide workforce development program is based on the nationally recognized construction curriculum, Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3). MC3 is a 120-hour course designed to introduce students to the trades, the value of pre-apprenticeship, and Building Trades; it adheres to core learning objectives around construction tools, financial literacy, and other themes that prepare students for union construction apprenticeship programs. As Workforce Development Program Coordinator, you will work closely with students, instructors, employers, and community-based organizations to ensure each student has the support necessary to access and achieve their tangible career goals.

Texas Climate Jobs Project is part of Fair Shot Texas, founded by the Texas AFL-CIO and other labor organizations to advance a working families policy agenda in Texas.

The Job:
The Workforce Development Program Coordinator’s core responsibilities will include:

Interface with TradesFutures: During the timespan of each MC3 cohort, the program coordinator will enroll students, log their trades of interest on TradesFutures platform, confirm the total number of graduates at the end of each cohort, and contact TradesFutures for other programmatic resource needs.

Conduct intake assessments with incoming students to identify strengths, challenges, and career aspirations: The program coordinator will meet 1:1 with students to support their professional development and educate them on the program’s mission to align them with the community and financial resources available to best meet their needs.

Conduct follow-up assessments with program graduates to track their experience in the workforce and gather feedback for program improvement: The MC3 program is a pipeline to an apprenticeship and the students are in the early stages of figuring out which trade career they'd like to pursue. It is the program coordinator’s role to acquire student/graduate feedback on their experiences in and after completing the program.

Collaborate with instructors to monitor student progress and address any academic or behavioral concerns: The program coordinator will collaborate with the instructional team and director to ensure participant support services are accurately distributed and problem-solve on case-by-case student issues.

Additional responsibilities associated with the apprenticeship readiness program include:

Hands-On Learning: Support in coordinating visits to different training centers to provide practical, hands-on experience in various construction trades based on the interests of students.

Administrative Responsibility: Maintain accurate and confidential student records, documenting progress and milestones. Responsible for the disbursement of stipends for participant support: childcare, transportation, and completion of the program.

Industry Expert Insights: Work with the Workforce Development team to incorporate opportunities for students to hear directly from labor and construction industry experts to foster industry awareness.

Strengthen Community Partnerships: Facilitate ongoing relationships by joining community events such as career fairs and community meetings as needed to establish a strong rapport between program participants and community resources, i.e. community-based partners and local Building Trades councils.

Other Duties and Responsibilities as Needed.

Interested candidates should have/be:

  • Experience Working with Diverse Populations: Preferably in an educational or workforce development setting.
  • Industry Knowledge: Minimum of 2 years experience in nonprofit program management. Familiarity with registered apprenticeships and the construction industry is a plus to excel in this role.
  • Administration and Operations Experience: Work with staff to support effective administrative and operations functions.
  • Effective Communication: Strong oral and written communication skills are vital for presenting information and instruction to diverse groups.
  • Confidentiality: Demonstrated discretion in handling personal information and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Flexibility: Willingness and ability to travel regionally to apprenticeship training centers to meet with cohorts. May be required to work some evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting Experience: Accurately enter student information into the grant reporting system and document relevant activities with supporting evidence.
  • Team Player: Ability to work collaboratively with the program team to achieve shared goals and objectives.
  • Tech Savvy: Proficient in using Google Suite. Comfortable with learning new data management systems for program compliance.

Salary: Minimum $65,000, with potential adjustments upward depending on experience. Excellent benefits including healthcare, retirement, and paid leave. This is a grant-funded position expected to end in January 2025; with the possibility of continuation contingent on additional grant funding for this position at that time. This position is a bargaining unit position with Teamsters Local 988. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to: info@txclimatejobs.org, with “Workforce Development Program Coordinator” in the subject line.

This position is located in Houston, TX. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through April 15, 2024.

Texas Climate Jobs Project & Fair Shot Texas are committed to Equal Opportunity, and to considering applicants of all ages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religions, and veteran or disability statuses. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and experiences with a commitment to building collective union power and working for a better Texas to apply.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to: info@txclimatejobs.org.

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