About Job Opportunities Task
JOTF develops and advocates for policies and
programs to increase the skills, job opportunities, and incomes of
low-wage workers and job seekers in Maryland. Since
1996, JOTF has worked to help low-wage workers gain access to jobs
that pay a livable wage. JOTF works to eliminate
educational and employment barriers for low-wage workers by
transforming the systems and policies that create and perpetuate
JOTF advocates to advance public policy initiatives and is the
leading voice on workforce issues in Maryland to improve the
economic opportunities and well-being of Maryland’s low-wage,
low-skill workers. Our programs create career pathways and have
helped 1,000 low-income Baltimore residents elevate to a livable
income. Our advocacy and programmatic work influence and are
influenced by cutting-edge research and public education efforts.
This three-pronged strategic approach of research, programs, and
policy advocacy is the basis of JOTF’s impact across
This is a unique opportunity for a visionary leader to work with a
deeply engaged board of directors, a high-performing and talented
staff, and key partners to build job-training programs to create
career pathways for low-income Marylanders. The ideal
candidate will have a record of success in policy advocacy,
programs, and research and is committed to the JOTF mission.
They will bring empathy, compassion, and authenticity to the
critical work of increasing economic mobility for low-wage
Marylanders, often working against systemic racism.
They will inspire, motivate, and challenge staff, develop,
implement organizational strategy, and provide day-to-day
organizational oversight. They will help animate and solidify
the strong and committed JOTF team culture internally, with key
partners, and in Annapolis as JOTF plays a key role in enacting
The Chief Executive Officer reports to a dedicated Board of
Directors who collectively bring various experience, expertise, and
deep institutional memory. They will manage a team of five,
which will grow over time as new positions are filled, and oversee
a budget of nearly $1.5M.
Vision and strategy: Lead
JOTF’s strategic direction; collaborate with
staff, Board, and key stakeholders to set clear goals and
achieve the organization’s mission.
Operations and financial management: Oversee the
successful execution of JOTF’s day-to-day operations, including
effective financial management, reporting, hiring, and
Policy: Oversee the development and
implementation of a public policy agenda at state and local levels
to create and increase employment opportunities for low-wage
workers and job seekers. Keep up to date on issues
impacting low-wage workers and relevant policy trends. You are
expected to spend time in Annapolis during the legislative
session and may be expected to testify in Annapolis in support of
the policy agenda.
Programs: Build on JOTF’s
employment training initiatives and oversee implementation;
oversee JOTF’s bail fund and other projects such as the
Research: Oversee a research agenda
that explores a range of issues facing Maryland
workers, identifies challenges,
and recommends solutions; collaborate with
staff to organize public forums and public
education to engage the community on workforce and policy
Partnership building: Build strong relationships
with key stakeholders, including funders, nonprofit partners,
community members, government agencies, Baltimore City
policymakers, and Board members; listen to and learn from
residents, local businesses, and community groups most impacted by
the policies we are working to shape.
Operations and financial management: Oversee the
successful execution of JOTF’s day-to-day operations,
including effective financial management, reporting, hiring, and
Communications: Build and implement a robust
communications strategy and serve as a persuasive advocate for
JOTF, representing the organization in various media
Team leadership and culture: Promote a collaborative
and inclusive culture and provide professional development and
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
- Minimum of five years in a leadership
role with management experience in workforce
development, public policy, economic development,
or related fields.
- Demonstrated commitment to issues
facing underserved Marylanders, emphasizing meeting the
employment-related challenges of low-skilled men and women,
meeting the workforce needs of employers, and a
deep understanding of structural racism.
- Successful oversight of an organization’s talent, operations,
- Demonstrated aptitude for building and cultivating solid
relationships with key stakeholders.
- Exceptional, persuasive public speaking and written
communication skills, including communicating effectively with
various audiences, including high stakeholders, community
organizers, and low-income residents.
- Demonstrated passion for JOTF’s mission as evidenced through
similar professional or volunteer experience.
- Strong understanding of policy-making
processes and experience in advocating for policy
- Experience with program design, implementation, and
Compensation and Benefits
The hiring salary is negotiable from $130,000,
commensurate with experience. JOTF offers a generous
benefits package including health insurance, matched 403(b), paid
leave, and parking.
The candidate will generally be expected to work out of the
Baltimore downtown office; however, flexible work options will be
considered, including some remote work. We expect the CEO to
attend periodic off-site meetings and occasional after-hours or
weekend events and spend time as needed in Annapolis.
Applications are accepted until the position is filled.
For more information about JOTF, please see
our website: www.jotf.org