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Workforce Program Manager

Department: Program Operations
Location: Chicago, IL

Workforce Program Manager

+ About MxD

MxD is where innovative manufacturers forge their futures. In partnership with the Department of Defense, MxD provides factories with the digital tools and expertise they need to begin building every part better than the last. As a result, our more than 300 partners increase their productivity and win more business.

+ Position Overview

The MxD Workforce Program Manager will oversee the execution of workforce projects. The Manager will be responsible for helping to develop and manage specific workforce development initiatives for the MxD workforce program. The Manager will seek out, develop and draft grant proposals and manage the proposal process, as well as work directly with MxD partners and staff to drive collaboration opportunities. The Program Manager will also support MxD communication functions by writing articles, presentation, stories, and announcements that promote the work of the workforce program.

Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as exceptional organizational skills are required for this position.

+ Key Responsibilities

  • Support the end-to-end execution of MxD workforce initiatives in collaboration with the MxD workforce director
  • Seek out grant opportunities and draft and develop proposals
  • Coordinate with internal stakeholders to develop and/or communicate programming
  • Create informational documents to promote MxD workforce programming
  • Collaborate with the MxD teams to research and identify strategic workforce partners from membership base
  • Support communication functions by writing or ghostwriting announcements, articles, feature stories, and such materials for internal or external media and editing materials written by others
  • Assist in preparation of communications by editing content for clarity, tone, and relevance to employee groups. Identify content gaps and seek out additional detail as needed to deliver comprehensive messages
  • Research impactful opportunities for MxD speaking engagements to further develop and advertise the brand

+ Position Requirements

  • Four-year college degree
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; experience with grant writing
  • Ability to interact with key clients and drive collaborative brainstorming
  • Well-organized with the ability to coordinate multiple programs in various stages of the planning and execution process simultaneously; extremely detail-oriented; professional demeanor
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure, manage competing priorities, and use good judgement when resolving issues
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite

+ How to Apply

Please apply online at by clicking on the link to the position posting and submitting an application including your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this role and UI LABS.† Tip: Meeting the qualifications is important, but a great cover letter will set you apart!

+ Work with Us

MxD is a results-oriented, lean, collaborative tech organization and 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We are hard-working, mission-driven, flexible, and work with a sense of urgency. We hire tech-savvy, committed, self-starters who can think outside the box, and have a strong capacity to learn and adapt to the needs of the organization and role through both skill and grit. All-star employees excel without the help of administrative support, and donít mind rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty (figuratively!). Additionally, people who love to solve problems, no matter how big or small, find they are a good fit for MxD.

Our state-of-the-art facility, located on Goose Island in Chicago (just north of downtown), features a manufacturing floor, a smart green infrastructure testbed, and a bustling open-office environment. UI LABS is a collaborative space, hosting many events for our partners and other prestigious organizations, so being able to engage with staff and visitors in a professional, helpful manner is a must.

MxD is a 10-minute walk from the North and Clybourn Red Line stop, a 20-minute walk from the Division Blue Line stop, and accessible by a variety of other public transit options; additionally, we have free parking available for employees.

+ Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

UI LABS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating a diverse environment in our workplace, our communities, and within the tech industry. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, disability status, economic circumstance, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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