Executive Director


Chicago, IL

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To apply, email Dan Miller, Trustee, at dmiller@unitehere.org

Job Title: Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
Exempt or Non-Exempt: Exempt management level position
Hours Per Week: 40 hours

Organization Background
The UNITE HERE Chicago Hospitality Apprenticeship (CHA) is a partnership between the UNITE HERE Local 1 labor union and hotel and food service employers in the Chicago area. The CHA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) institution and labor-management/Taft-Hartley Fund serving and providing training benefits to employers, the union and it members. The CHA is designed to improve the Chicago area’s tourism and hospitality industry by increasing the skill level of its workforce and moving workers up the career ladder. The hospitality industry is one of the largest growing sectors in the Chicago area.

Job Purpose
The Executive Director is responsible for implementation of policies set by the Board of Directors as well as annual goals and objectives, and overall management of financial, administrative, education and workforce development for all training.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Training: Attainment of Bachelor Degree required, Masters Degree preferred, and seven years of increasingly responsible administrative experience, at least five of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity or relevant experience.

Work Experience: Experience in planning/developing curricula and managing workforce development programs.

Ability to plan, direct and coordinate activities; negotiate and administer contracts; work with human service providers, commercial vendors, government agencies, community groups and other organizations as necessary; communicate effectively in both written and oral forms; exhibit independent judgment in the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, procedures and policies.

Knowledge of the principles and techniques of grant administration, contract administration and negotiation, non-profit administration, community organization, fiscal and organizational management, principles and practices of marketing and public relations.

Knowledge of the hospitality industry.

Physical Skills: Ability to travel to numerous off-site locations. Ability to walk and stand for extensive periods of time.

Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, financial reports, legal documents, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; efficiently respond to questions from membership, staff and members of the community; communicate effectively in both written and oral form; and, effectively present information to membership, top management, public groups, and/or board of directors.

Other Skills: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; exhibit independent judgment in the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, procedures and policies.

Job- Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides mentorship and guidance for all training and development of its members.
Ability to deliver training content and serve as the Subject Matter Expert (SME).
Develop internal guidelines and procedures that will allow for consistent development of training materials.
Manage and lead the delivery of end user training.
Manage external training providers of training materials and training systems
Develop strategies to continuously improve training effectiveness to align with organizational goals.
Provide partnership with training team to deliver virtual and instructor-led learning programs across the organization.
Innovate strategies to attract a workforce into the Hospitality Industry.
Track employee engagement in training initiatives and innovates to drive engagement.
Collaborate with the Union Members on the strategic alignment on how training and development impacts the organization’s people, and operational needs.
Develop strong working relationship with third party vendors to supply appropriate training and training materials.

Organizational Duties and Responsibilities:
Demonstrate respect for and experience with bridging differences in language, culture, race, religion, citizenship, gender, and sexual orientation and not discriminate on the basis of income, insurance status, immigration status or disability.
Demonstrate respect for the confidentiality of information regarding clients and co-workers.
Adhere to dress code, appearance is neat and clean.
Complete annual educational requirements and in-service training as required.
Attend Board and subcommittee meetings and record decisions as required by Board of Directors.
Presence at evening and weekend events sometimes required. Schedule subject to change based on the Apprenticeship’s business needs.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience and is negotiable.
We provide a comprehensive, competitive benefits package; including medical coverage, dental, retirement, paid time off, and more.


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