Director of Workforce Training

Rebuilding Exchange
1245 Hartrey Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
$85,000 - $90,000 a year - Full-time

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  • $85,000 - $90,000 a year

Job type

  • Full-time

Shift and schedule

  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday


1245 Hartrey Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202

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  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off

Full job description

Rebuilding Exchange (RE) invests in our communities by reusing building materials, reducing construction waste, and training, supporting, and connecting people seeking careers in the building trades. We divert building materials from landfills through two reuse retail stores in Evanston and Chicago and offer deconstruction services to homeowners that want to save their building materials from landfills. We teach community members to repair and repurpose building materials through education workshop programs. Finally, we run paid workforce training programs to support individuals overcoming barriers to employment to access careers in the building trades. Our training programs are run simultaneously at our Evanston and Chicago locations.

We seek a Director of Workforce Training to oversee daily program operations and help the organization to responsibly scale. The Director will lead and grow our workforce training programs to train, support and prepare individuals overcoming barriers to employment to access careers in the building trades. The Director will be an experienced supervisor who successfully develops, motivates and supports a highly functioning team. The Director will serve as a critical member of the organization’s leadership team, and will engage in everything from strategic vision to board engagement to communications to fundraising.

The Director will be a dynamic leader with significant experience in workforce development and deep knowledge of the building trades/construction industry.

This is a full-time salaried position, Monday-Friday typically between 8:00am and 5:00pm. The Director of Workforce Training reports to the Executive Director.

Primary Responsibilities:

Workforce Training Programming and Leadership

  • Oversee the coordination and delivery of all workforce training programs and contracts, promoting collaborative relationships across the organization and ensuring that the expectations of participants, funders, partners, employers, and other stakeholders are consistently met.
  • Establish annual program and staff goals and objectives. Track results and use data to inform funders, maintain grant compliance and lead program innovation and evaluation.
  • Participate in fundraising efforts and manage program budgets to maintain a high level of fiscal responsibility.
  • Lead the implementation of programmatic growth.
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with program partners and in broader coalitions to foster collaboration and systems change.

Staff Management and Development

  • Motivate, train and support the workforce training team of 4 direct reports and 7 indirect reports, including building a team culture of high performance, continuous improvement, and shared accountability.
  • Identify and establish development and advancement opportunities for expanded roles or new responsibilities.
  • Collaborate effectively across the organization and leadership to meet organizational goals
  • Works alongside staff, establishing tasks and priorities, mentoring, and team-building.
  • Provide ongoing support and feedback regarding job performance.

Organizational leadership to strengthen and grow the Rebuilding Exchange

  • Participate in the staff leadership team and management of the organization.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and leadership team to develop annual goals and budgets.
  • Represent the organization in public settings.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and participate in ongoing safety updates, training and employee reviews.
  • Contribute to a collaborative working environment that strives for excellence in service
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum five years experience in workforce development
  • Deep knowledge of the building trades/construction industry, especially career pathways through employers, continuing education, and union apprenticeship programs.
  • Detailed and organized project director, able to oversee multiple complex initiatives and projects and meet deadlines efficiently and successfully
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in supervisory, mentoring and team-building experience
  • Experience and skill with workforce training program development, evaluation and reporting, and budgeting. Government contracting and compliance are highly desired.
  • Physically capable of working an 8 hour shift in a dusty environment and able to lift and move 50 lbs of material safely
  • Excellent communications skills and ability to effectively communicate across all levels of the organization
  • Reliable transportation to work at Chicago and Evanston locations
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, growth oriented organization
  • Interest in our nonprofit mission and being a part of a fun and collaborative team!

The Rebuilding Exchange is committed to building a representative and diverse staff team. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $85,000.00 - $90,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply

Application Question(s):

  • Why do you want to join our team?


  • Workforce development: 5 years (Required)

Work Location: In person

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