Chief of Workforce Development

Title Chief of Workforce Development
Organization / Institution Baltimore County, Maryland
Department Division of Workforce Development
City, State Baltimore County, Maryland
Information Overview

Baltimore County, Maryland seeks a results oriented, experienced, executive level manager to fill the position of Chief of the Division of Workforce Development. This is an exceptional career opportunity for a qualified leader who seeks an executive position in local government.

The position is responsible for delivering high quality workforce development services that support the needs of Baltimore County’s business, jobseekers and labor force. A key responsibility is to plan, organize and direct the activities of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs and related grants. The Chief provides strategic leadership, oversight and management of the County’s Youth Services Program, the County’s four Workforce Development Centers and all employment/training and related programs.

Equally important is the position’s role in working with the business community to develop creative, employer-driven workforce programs. The position analyzes best practices nationwide and develops strategic plans to enhance competitiveness of the workforce. The position pursues private and philanthropic funding to deliver skills training and lifelong learning of value to all workers and the business community.

In addition, the position oversees several short-term, specialized grant programs, working with public and private partners.

The Chief of Workforce Development reports to the Executive Director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development and manages a staff of approximately 60 people. The position is primarily responsible for developing and implementing workforce programs to support the County’s economic development goals.

Examples of Work

  • Senior level management – Directs efforts of central and off-site professional teams located in several locations to provide direct services to citizens and public and private constituents.
  • Strategic Planning/Research – Develops a comprehensive strategic plan for the future of Baltimore County’s workforce system in order to anticipate and meet the ongoing and future labor market needs of the employment community.
  • WIB Management, Development and Strategic Direction – Manages all systems related to the operation of the Workforce Investment Board and its committees including development of strategic goals, research, budget oversight, staffing and support, logistics, and Board member recruitment and orientation.
  • Resource Development – Identifies opportunities and pursues resource development with public and private funding sources.
  • System Management/Oversight – Provides broad system oversight of Baltimore County’s workforce system in the areas of service and training delivery, staff management, performance results, accounting, audit and budget accountability.
  • Policy Development – Manages a comprehensive policy process in accordance with regional needs, Board directives and goals, and state and federal legislation.

Education and Experience

Candidates must demonstrate at least eight years of senior management experience in complex organizational settings. Recent background in corporate strategy, human resource development, workforce development, or similar corporate/government experience is required. Experience managing workforce development and WIA programs is preferred. Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree is preferred. Educational concentration in business, higher education, human resource management, public administration, or related field is preferred. Additional certifications in workforce development are desirable.

The successful candidate will have experience in:

  • Bridging gaps between education and industry;
  • Brokering effective partnerships with business and institutional leaders;
  • Strategic planning for large, public-oriented programs;
  • Compliance with federal programs, guidelines and legislation;
  • Identifying and securing grants;
  • Planning and implementing customer-friendly, employment/training programs according to labor market demands;
  • Policy analysis at a regional level; and
  • Management of professional boards and committees.

The successful candidate must demonstrate abilities to:

  • Communicate clearly orally and in writing;
  • Effectively work with private sector leaders, public agencies and officials, elected officials, and the general public; and
  • Collaborate with multiple business and institutional players and coordinate effective, results-oriented initiatives.


The salary range for this position is $85,000 to $110,000.
The position is federally funded and eligible to receive standard Baltimore County Government benefits of employment.

Application Process

Submit cover letter, resume and contact information for at least four professional references who can verify successful, professional experience in the 11 areas listed in the section above called Education and Experience. Include samples of professional writing such as policies, correspondence, grant applications, etc.

Candidates may submit applications at any time. The position will be open until filled. Note that interviews may begin as early as mid-January 2013.

Submit application packages via email or US mail to:
Norita Snow (
Baltimore County Dept of Economic Development
Historic Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Suite 100
Towson, MD 21204

For additional information, contact Ms. Leslie Pachol, Chief of Staff, Baltimore County Department of Economic Development at or 410-887-8004.


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