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Amid the pandemic, workforce development efforts have taken on an added significance in Philadelphia as policy makers and program runners have noted the urgency of reskilling a growing population of residents at risk of falling behind.
Following some statewide workforce dev funding news from earlier this week, here’s another local update: Economy League of Greater Philadelphia is searching for a workforce development fellow to work on two different workforce development projects it’s developing for the Philadelphia International Airport and Temple University’s Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative (LNPWI).
LNPWI, for its part, offers job training and career readiness programs with a goal of economically boosting communities in eight ZIP codes near Temple. Economy League Executive Director Jeff Hornstein said the fellowship was created to help the nonprofit policy think tank after a long-term strategy it provided for the LNPWI proved to be resourceful.
“They continue to engage us in projects under that initiative and told us they want to do a deeper dive on workforce,” he said. “And at the same time, the airport came to us and said they want us to do work for them on two fronts.”
You may be familiar with the Economy League’s recent work in diversifying large supply chains or running the Well City Challenge, a social impact incubator. While the org has largely shifted away from consulting, Hornstein said the team is still recognized as thought leaders in the space, and their work is mission-related enough to create this new position.
“It’ll be interesting to see if this person can draw connectivity” between the two consulting projects, he said.
The six-month contract position could potentially become a full-time role if the Economy League receives more funding to support it. Candidates are expected to have a cogent understanding of local workforce development policies and solid research skills. The deadline for applications is Sept. 17.
P.S. In other Economy League job news, check out these two new hires:
We at the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia are so excited to welcome TWO new excited staff members to the team. Meet Lara Aiyegbusi our newest Communications Manager and Kiersten Mailler our new GPLEX Director! A warm welcome to our team pic.twitter.com/u6MQZ7HmxT
— Economy League (@EconomyLeague) September 1, 2021
Michael Butler is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. -30-