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Business Leaders United (BLU) Manager

National Skills Coalition
District of Columbia, United States
$60,000.00 - $85,000.00
Closing date
Nov 23, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Programs, Community Outreach, Government Relations and Advocacy
Salary Band
$70,000 - $89,999
Employment Type
Full Time
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National Skills Coalition is a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people, so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. We engage in organizing, advocacy and communications to advance state and federal policies that support these goals – polices that are based on the on-the-ground expertise of our members and allies. 



The BLU Manager reports to the Business Leaders United (BLU) Director and serves as a member of NSC's growing Business Leaders United team.  Develop, implement, and support organizing strategies to grow and promote the coalition’s Business Leaders United initiative, which is a national network of businesses and business membership organizations promoting public investments in skills training and workforce development programs that strengthen the workforce and economy.  Plan and implement strategies that engage existing and potential BLU members from targeted states and legislative districts to inform and advance NSC’s state and federal policy priorities.  Collaborate with other NSC staff to bring the business perspective and voice to state and federal policy campaigns.   



NetworkDevelopment andMaintenance

  • Recruitment and engagement: Develop and lead the implementation of strategies to recruit new business leader members for the BLU network and engage current members.
  • State Affiliate Network:  Support the growth of existing BLU state affiliates by providing organizing, outreach, and advocacy technical assistance to BLU state leads and develop relationships with potential affiliates in new states.
  • National Partnerships: Collaborate with BLU Director to increase the number of national business associations advocating for BLU/NSC policy positions. 
  • Network Measurement and Evaluation: Use NSC’s contact database to consistently track and assess BLU’s network growth and progress in meeting engagement metrics.      
  • Policy

  • Development: Work with NSC staff to engage BLU members and partners in developing and/or vetting state and federal policy proposals as needed.
  • Translation: Educate business leaders on NSC’s policy issues through meetings, presentations, and other outreach activities  
  • Advocacy

  • Federal Campaigns:  Support BLU member mobilization on federal policy issues in coordination with other BLU staff and government affairs.
  • State Campaigns: Foster alignment between NSC’s two affiliate networks, BLU and support BLU affiliates to achieve their policy goals. Increase engagement of BLU business leaders in NSC-assisted state policy campaigns.
  • Fly-Ins and other events: Manage outreach and logistics for fly-ins based in Washington DC and the states, and other related events.   

    To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: 



  • Project Management: Brings together every component of a project, including resources or planning, that are needed to complete it in a timely manner.
  • Partnership Development: Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.
  • Strategic Thinking/Management: Creates and communicates a long-term vision, balances short- and long-term goals, keeps own and team’s work aligned with overall goals, creates, and adjusts strategic plans.
  • Organizational Awareness: Using knowledge of the organization and the organization’s business environment to turn data into insight.   


  • Interpersonal skills: Exhibits respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationship.
  • Problem Solving: Solves problems while ensuring rules and directives are followed.
  • Communication Skills: Ability to effectively engage and communicate with target audiences.
  • Initiative: Takes independent action, seeks out new responsibilities, acts on opportunities, generates new ideas, practices self-development.
  • Attention to Detail: Committed to accuracy and excellence, looks for improvements continuously, monitors quality levels, finds/owns/acts on quality problems.  

    QUALIFICATIONS: 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.  


    Education & Experience:  

  • Minimum of 3 years relevant experience  
  • Knowledge of business association landscape and players  
  • Knowledge of postsecondary and workforce development policy and policymaking   
  • Knowledge of postsecondary and workforce development field, practitioners  
  • Written communication (ability to effectively communicate to target audiences)  
  • Public speaking (ability to effectively engage and communicate with target audiences)  
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative skills  
  • Proactive, problem solving orientation  
  • Ability to manage tasks and projects and meet deadlines  
  • Attention to detail  
  • Effectively uses technology to communicate/collaborate with colleagues and manage work  
  • COMPENSATION: Salary range for this position is $60,000-$85,000; salary depends on relevant experience and new staff rarely start at the top of the range. Excellent benefits package, including employer-paid health and dental, retirement plan, life and disability insurance and generous vacation policy.    


    National Skills Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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