Careers - Director, Early College Early Career

MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network fuels the economic vitality of Northeast Oho by ensuring that manufacturers and physical-product startups have the innovation, people, tools, processes, and access to world-class regional resources to create new products, grow revenue, add jobs, and compete at the highest levels of the global economy. MAGNET is hands-on – we provide the coaching, tools, connections, and consulting to take companies to the next level and add the jobs, revenue, and investments needed to grow Northeast Ohio’s economy. One in five jobs in the region is manufacturing, comprising a majority of our region’s exports and indirectly supporting 50% of our region’s economy.

MAGNET helps manufacturers develop and implement strategies through our programs and services in product development and engineering, continuous improvement, marketing and sales, workforce development, and talent management. We are the Northeast Ohio affiliate for the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and state of Ohio MEP program, serving 21 counties in northeastern Ohio. MAGNET is recognized as a top place to work and our active board – which consists of Fortune 500 company leadership, college presidents, and small company CEOs – is an integral part of the fabric of Northeast Ohio’s nonprofit community. We are excited to meet you and see if MAGNET could fit into your career journey.

Job Summary:

MAGNET has high ambitions to grow and scale its Early College Early Career (ECEC) Program throughout Northeast Ohio over the next three years. Accordingly, we are looking to strengthen our ECEC department through the addition of a talented individual to lead the strategic expansion of the ECEC program. The ECEC program successfully launched in the Fall of 2017, with fifty (50) students at five (5) high schools in partnership with eleven (11) manufacturing partners. Now, we are bringing in a Director to direct the next phase and continued growth of the ECEC Program.

This individual will report to the Vice President of Workforce and Inclusion, and work closely with the Vice President as well as external parties. The Director will be expected to build relationships with high schools, manufacturers and community college partners. S/he will be responsible for managing relationships with students and parents, connecting with regional chambers of commerce and working with economic development leaders to assess each region’s capacity to launch ECEC within its ecosystem.

We are looking for a high-energy candidate to build on recent momentum and expand our ECEC impact. S/he should have a proven track record of trying different approaches and launching new ideas and initiatives. This individual will be very comfortable leading by doing—given our limited resources, all leaders here must be willing to get their hands dirty!

Essential Functions:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with all ECEC partner schools, manufacturers and community colleges to meet their needs and ensure the program is operating effectively.
  • Establish and oversee administrative procedures to meet objectives set by Vice President of Workforce & Inclusion.
  • Identify regions, schools and companies that are interested and prepared to launch the ECEC program within their community.
  • Monitor budget for equipment, events and support services.
  • Collaboratively schedule ECEC recruitment seminars, student company tours, and parent information events during the academic year.
  • Partner with ECEC Program Manager to identify areas of flexibility within ECEC program, in order to meet the unique needs of a company, school or region.
  • Educate employers, educators and community leaders on the full possibilities for students within the ECEC program.
  • Work collaboratively with Vice President to plan for expansion of ECEC program throughout all of Northeast Ohio.

Minimum Job Requirements:


  • Master’s degree is required.

Essential Experience:

  • A minimum of seven years’ experience working in education, workforce development, and/or the nonprofit sector, preferably in Northeast Ohio. Additional required skills and experience include:
  • Ability to be a team player and an independent problem solver.
  • Familiarity with CRM (e.g., Salesforce), and Gantt charts.
  • Understanding of the talent development needs of the Northeast Ohio manufacturing industry.
  • Ability to understand and articulate the motivating factor for high schools, community colleges, and manufacturers as participants in ECEC.
  • Ability to present to diverse audiences, and to persuasively articulate the value proposition of the ECEC program to each audience.
  • Experience working with work-based learning programs preferred.
  • Experience having worked with MAGNET or the ECEC program a plus.

Specialized Knowledge, Licenses, etc.:

  • Valid Ohio drivers’ license with reliable transportation and the availability to travel by automobile and aircraft.

This position offers the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the region while working with a dynamic and creative group of professionals. MAGNET provides an outstanding benefits package including excellent medical/dental/vision insurance, retirement plan, and generous time-off benefits. Interested candidates should apply no later than January 22, 2018. MAGNET is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer/M/F/D/V. For additional information about MAGNET, visit our web site at

Interested candidates should apply via no later than January 31, 2018.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Master’s

Required experience:

  • education, workforce development, and/or nonprofit: 7 years