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Director of Workforce Development

Boys Town Omaha, NE

Provides oversight of operations in the areas of career exploration, employability and certification training, job placement and support to high school seniors preparing for post-graduation options and successfully transitioning to independence. Oversees the scholarship process, staff, community stakeholder relationships, and the workforce development efforts at the affiliate sites.


Oversees workforce development efforts with the goal of providing participants with the education and support necessary to make strong, suitable post-graduation decisions.

  • Collaborates with community stakeholders and consumers to develop and design programs to assist participants in transitioning to the workforce.

  • Develops and implements strategies to acquire business sites for participant placement, to promote successful participant performance, and to maintain positive relationships with the business community.

  • Oversees the Boys Town scholarship process and serves as a member of the Scholarship Committee.

  • Provides oversight and leadership to the Scholarship Specialist intending to provide the Scholarship Charter, Successful Futures leadership, and applicants with the information, responses, and resources in a timely and accurate manner.

  • Coordinates with Youth Care to develop intervention strategies necessary to improve participant performance in community work settings.

  • Oversees the engagement process between participants and employers to ensure quality of the program and a positive experience for participants.

  • Coordinates partnerships with educational institutions.

  • Supports career exploration opportunities by exposing youth to non-degreed careers and enrolling them in individualized certifications and vocational programs.

  • Provides training via workshops and one on one conversations with employers regarding soft skills training, unique coping skills training, and workforce readiness training; coordinates and secures presenters for workshops.

  • Provides oversight and leadership to the Engagement Specialist to provide opportunities to program participants in terms of education and employment.

  • Ensures participants are matched with job shadowing, internship, and job placements, and other resources. Coordinates career fairs.

  • Responsible for continuous development, implementation and marketing of the program and activities.

  • Promotes the program by serving on task forces and relevant workforce development committees within the community.

  • Manages the program budget including developing budget proposals, justifying expenses, and monitoring expenditures.

  • Processes intake and enrollment of youth into the program and coaches, supports and advocates for youth.

  • Engages youth in motivating activities and offering stipends to incentivize ongoing participation through completion of the program and job retention.

  • Hires, trains, and evaluates staff.

  • Meets with contacts at various locations; utilizes own vehicle and Boys Town vehicle to travel to work destinations and to transport youth as authorized.

Establishes and oversees the fundamental operations of the Workforce Development program.

  • Develops and implements strategies to acquire business sites for student placement, to promote successful student performance, and to maintain positive relationships with the business community.

  • Determines appropriate job settings suitable for student interests, aptitudes, and skill levels to provide safe environments for students, to promote student success and to accommodate business interest while maintaining positive school system and business relationships.

  • Partners with affiliate sites to oversee, coach and mentor the creation and implementation of the Workforce Development program.

  • Collaborates with Youth Care on Youth employment efforts.

  • Provides oversight and leadership in the development, implementation, and maintenance of Youth Employment at Home Campus.

  • Provides oversight and leadership in the development, coordination, and monitoring of procedures conducted to ensure the implementation of the Workforce Development program at the affiliate sites.


  • Knowledge of a variety of behaviors and circumstances that may impact ones performance in various work environments.

  • Working knowledge of state and federal child labor laws and worker permit regulations.

  • Knowledge of work demands and work ethics across a variety of business settings.

  • Organizational skills to independently manage youth in school to work experiences.

  • Analytical skills to interpret participant assessment results, behavior, work capabilities, and potential to be successful in post-secondary education.

  • Ability to communicate in an articulate, professional manner while maintaining necessary degree of confidentiality; communication skills needed to relate effectively to participants, family teachers, faculty, administrators, and business owners and their employees.

  • Knowledge of the post-secondary opportunities available to participants with interest and demonstrated success in the Career Readiness Center programs; understanding of the post-secondary education application process and the process to receive post-secondary financial aid.

  • Ability to design and conduct evaluation activities regarding child behavior problems.

  • Computer skills in Microsoft Office.

  • Ability to adapt responses to situations while maintaining procedural and regulatory integrity.

  • Knowledge of the Boys Town Model and of the Family Home Program.

  • Ability to successfully lead a team of associates.


  • Bachelors degree from an accredited school required.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in program or project management required.

  • Minimum of 5 years of leadership experience required.

  • Possess a valid driver's license with a good driving record required.

  • Pass an annual MVR check required.

  • Provide own transportation (mileage reimbursed) to complete travel requirements of the job required.

  • Meet auto insurance requirements established by Boys Town policy and/or State and Local laws required.

  • Available to provide crisis response and must be available to work non-traditional business hours including early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays required.


  • Masters degree preferred.

About Boys Town:

Boys Town has been changing the way America cares for children and families since 1917. With over a century of service, our employees have helped us grow from a small boardinghouse in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, into one of the largest national child and family care organizations in the country. With the addition of Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1977, our services branched out into the health care and research fields, offering even more career opportunities to those looking to make a real difference.

Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Town's mission, which is why we are proud of their commitment to making the world a better place for children, families, patients, and communities. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town physicians and free prescriptions under the Boys Town Medical Plan, tuition assistance, parenting resources from our experts and professional development opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life.

This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.

Date Posted May 23, 2023
Date Closes June 22, 2023
Requisition REQ-2023-1670
Located In Omaha, NE
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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