Job Opening: Director of Workforce Development and Financial Coaching

Our workforce development and financial coaching program has a proven track record of helping people who are unemployed and under-employed make positive changes in their own lives.

We seek a director who can support our program so that it continues to meet its established goals, and also can develop a vision to grow our services to meet future demands.

If you’re that person, we encourage you to apply.

Our team of employment and financial coaches is motivated and eager to serve our clients. A successful applicant will have experience with personnel management and be able to evaluate, support and coach these team members, and expand the team.

The director of the workforce development and financial coaching program must balance short-term needs with long-term planning. A successful applicant will have experience developing a budget each year and sticking to it; and they will be comfortable using data analysis tools to add value, generate ideas and prepare monthly, quarterly and yearly progress reports.

The director must have a healthy respect for diversity and enjoy meeting with clients who come from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds, including people who are re-entering the workforce.

A successful applicant will embrace Mon Valley Initiative’s values and maintain a welcoming environment for the people we serve, as well as our employees, board members and volunteers.

In addition to client services and personnel management, the director of the workforce development and financial coaching program maintains our relationships with prospective employers in the Pittsburgh region. They also cultivate new connections with businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies. They develop leads on possible career paths for our workforce participants and act appropriately on the feedback they receive from employers.

The director of the workforce development and financial coaching program works closely with other members of the MVI management team and reports directly to the CEO.

A successful applicant will collaborate with other MVI programs. They will support the CEO and other members of the team as they prepare grant and funding applications for foundations, corporations and government agencies.

The director of the workforce development and financial coaching program also oversees the work of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Re-Entry Coalition and facilitates meetings of MVI’s Workforce Advisory Committee.

A college degree and at least five years’ of experience in personnel management and workforce development — preferably in a non-profit setting — is required.

Experience with financial coaching or related experience in financial services is also preferred.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to Laura R. Zinski, Chief Executive Officer, Mon Valley Initiative, 305 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead, PA 15120, or email

Please, no phone calls or Facebook messages. Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

A complete description of job duties and responsibilities follows.

Mon Valley Initiative
Workforce & Business Development Director Job Description
Advertised Annual Salary Range: $60,000-$70,000
DEPARTMENT: Workforce & Business Development
SUPERVISOR: Chief Executive Officer
FLSA: Exempt


The general mission of the position is to plan, implement and coordinate the program activities for MVI’s Workforce & Business Development Programs in the Homestead and Charleroi offices; research and ascertain the workforce development needs of the community and the region; and develop short/long term goals and plans of actions to meet those needs and complement all of the program areas of MVI.


Program Management


Manage the MVI Workforce Development program utilizing the “Know Yourself, Know the Market, Make the Match” framework and the Financial Opportunity Center model for increasing participants’ economic success, autonomy, and sense of value in the community.

Develop a strong understanding of each program component and corresponding team member obligations.

On an ongoing basis, establish realistic plans to meet team goals.

Maintain strong positive relationships with the Workforce staff and colleagues, providing consistent communication, direction, and support.

Become acquainted with program participant’s employment goals and identified needs.

Routinely evaluate team processes and practices and make adjustments to efficiently meet the needs of MVI clients, while concurrently observing and meeting team goals/obligations.

Coordinate and oversee appropriate levels of staff coverage for computer lab operations.

Conduct (formal and informal) evaluation of Workforce and Business Development staff members and provide guidance and direction in assisting each team member to meet individual and team goals


Develop a deep understanding of community resources available in the marketplace.

Identify and develop key external community partnerships that address identified needs of program participants.

Build and maintain strong positive relationships with MVI stakeholders and partners.

Oversee the Southwestern Pennsylvania Re-Entry Coalition, facilitate monthly meetings, maintain constant communication and follow up with SPARC members, coordinate an annual SPARC and MVI employment or reentry event and/or conference.

Oversee MVI’s Workforce Employer Advisory Committee, facilitate quarterly meetings, maintain constant communication with employers and community partner members, and ensure compliance with the Committee Charter and MVI policies.


Provide a high-level of support CEO in preparation of all Workforce & Business Development program reports to foundations, corporations and government agencies.

Develop deep understanding of team reporting requirements and coordinate a system for consistent, reliable tracking of all team deliverables.

Analyze program data and oversee the management of the MVI database in order to run and deliver timely reports.

Anticipate and implement necessary changes to workforce data tracking system in order to be able to accurately track and report on all team deliverables.

Track and ensure that any obligations created by external partnerships (agreements/MOUs) related to the program are carried out as planned or adjusted formally as necessary.

Ensure that team members understand grant/funding obligations and their role in meeting these obligations.


Support CEO in preparation of all Workforce & Business Development program grant applications to foundations, corporations and government agencies.

Coordinate the annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast event.

Coordinate a Workforce program annual financial event.

Assist with and attend the annual MVI Awards recognition event.


Excellent database management skills.

Demonstrated problem solver.

Ability to bring pragmatic, businesslike approach to workforce development program implementation.

Results-driven, goal-oriented.

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate well to a wide variety of personalities.

Excellent writing and analysis skills.

Willingness to travel locally and regionally.

Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule, working some evenings and weekends to provide services, as well as attend MVI board meetings and other events.

Team player who demonstrates positive, cooperative work style with other Team members.

Self-starter & independent worker.

Organized and supportive.

Strives to develop new skills while maintaining present skills.

Shares information and encourages learning among others.

Enthusiasm, innovation, optimism, persistence, patience and pragmatism.


College degree and 5 years of experience in personnel management and workforce development as it relates to community development, or another related field.

Experience with financial coaching or related financial background is also preferred.

Experience in hiring and managing people with diverse learning styles.

Experience with designing the business terms for data tracking systems, maintaining data and conducting data analysis and reporting. Experience with Salesforce is preferred.

Experience evaluating programs and making adjustments in atmosphere with ever-changing external conditions which impact program delivery.

Experience in community engagement and facilitation.


Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends.

Full-time access to a vehicle.

Valid driver’s license.

Appropriate car insurance.

Position includes frequent standing, walking, verbal communications, including telephone contact, and travel between facilities.

The physical demands prescribed here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.