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Executive Director

Greater Memphis Local Workforce Development Board

Executive Director Search

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Greater Memphis Local Workforce Development Board seeks an Executive Director to lead a workforce development board in the Greater Memphis area. The Executive Director will provide strategic direction, operational management, and collaborative leadership to advance the organization’s mission and vision.

This position is open until filled; initial screening will begin on April 12, 2024. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and reference packet to

Following the evaluation of the resumes, the most qualified candidates will be invited to a virtual panel interview. The top two candidates, as determined by the panel, will then be invited to a second and final in-person interview. The interviews may be consolidated into one process or expanded into multiple interviews, contingent upon the size and quality of the candidate pool. The Greater Memphis Local Workforce Development Board is an equal-opportunity employer.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

With its diverse and thriving economy strategically positioned on the mighty Mississippi River, the Greater Memphis area presents a unique and exciting opportunity. As a major distribution hub, it is home to global giant FedEx in the Volunteer State. Our central location is in the heart of the United States, ensuring easy access to international markets. At the same time, our extensive transportation network, including the busiest cargo airport in North America, eight interstate highways, six Class 1 railroads, and over 970 miles of navigable waterways, facilitates swift connections with customers and suppliers nationwide. Memphis, Tennessee, is the largest city in the Deep South and the third largest in the Southeastern United States. Also, a once-in-a-generation investment, Blue Oval City will create thousands of quality jobs and support America’s transition to electric vehicles as Ford continues to lead the electric vehicle revolution.

Tennessee has some of the most beautiful panoramic views, charming towns, and entertainment spread across different regions. Its cost of living is well below the national average, making it an ideal growing region.

As the Executive Director of the Greater Memphis Local Workforce Development Board, you will hold a key position. You will be responsible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services and programs covering the local workforce areas of Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, and Lauderdale County. Your leadership and strategic vision will be instrumental in shaping the future of our communities in these regions.


Managed by the Executive Director of the Greater Memphis Local Workforce Area and directed by the Local Workforce Board, this position oversees, manages, coordinates, plans, and implements effective workforce strategies through four counties.

This position administers the day-to-day operations of the area-wide ecosystem under the direction of the public/private member board. The Executive Director is accountable for expanding partnerships between the private sector and government, economic development, education, and the broader community by developing viable, practical workforce programs and other stakeholders.

The Executive Director will ensure compliance with WIOA and develop and coordinate the implementation of the LWDB’s strategic plans, including, but not limited to, promoting strategic partnerships.

  • Ensures compliance with the WIOA and makes presentations to various stakeholders and officials. Provides leadership in pursuing new funding sources and service strategies and participates in developing the LWDB budget.
  • Facilitates strategic leadership on workforce development initiatives and issues and represents LWDB in economic and workforce member associations.
  • Develops and implements policy directives of the LWDB and influences and interprets the WIOA and other workforce legislation.
  • Experience working in a dual reporting relationship.
  • Experience managing complex budgets and reporting on financial matters.
  • The ideal candidate will be a seasoned Senior or Executive leader with direct experience with WIOA, Public Policy development/advocacy, or Economic Development.


  • Bachelor’s Degree with coursework in business administration, public administration, political science, or a related field and five years’ experience in mid to upper-management positions in employment and training programs or economic development.
  • Three – five years’ experience with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
  • Three – five years’ experience with Workforce or Economic Development Programs.
  • Experience conducting workforce research and regional labor market analysis. Experience in policy planning.
  • Experience overseeing, managing, hiring, and supervising LWDA staff across multiple regions and programs.
  • Experience managing budgets and complex financial matters.
  • Experience in oversight of program activities.
  • Experience building partnerships with stakeholders.
  • Experience with regulatory compliance and fiduciary requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability in written and oral communications required, including individual and group presentations.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups, including the Board of Directors. Proficient in using presentation, word processing, and spreadsheet software.


  • Public speaking experience.
  • Master’s Degree with coursework in business administration, public administration, political science, or a related field.
  • Experience with Public Policy development/advocacy.
  • Experience in grant writing and managing extensive grant services and programs.
  • Experience with process/systems improvement initiatives.
  • Previous experience in dual reporting structures.


Current Annual Base Salary Range: [$110, 000.00 – $130,000.00]

Associate Director, Talent Innovation + Programs



Reports to: Executive Director

FLSA Status: Exempt

Work Arrangement: Hybrid

Position Summary:

The Associate Director, Talent Innovation + Programs is responsible to the Executive Director and Greater Memphis Workforce Development Board (GMWDB) in ensuring Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) initiatives are aligned with State and Federal goals, policies, and regulations. This position is responsible for developing the local strategic plan through guidance from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development (TDLWD) and collaboration with partners legislated through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and assisting in the development of the regional strategic plan in conjunction with the other LWDAs in the region. The Associate Director, Talent Innovation + Programs is also responsible for disseminating information about regional workforce development initiatives, grant writing, labor market research, public relations for the Greater Memphis American Job Centers, and supervising the Business Services Division, including special projects such as Re-Entry and Apprenticeship programs. The Associate Director, Talent Innovation + Programs may act on behalf of the Executive Director in the development and oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and other local, state and federal grant programs under the umbrella of the Local Elected Officials and the GMWDB including but not limited to the Memorandum of Understanding/Infrastructure Funding Agreement with the partners of the American Job Centers.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Serving as the GMWDB liaison, signatory authority, and primary contact for programmatic issues for the Executive Director when needed.
  • Coordinating all Workforce Board compliance activities, including the Certification of the Workforce Board by the Governor and maintaining all documentation necessary to ensure compliance with WIOA legislation and TDLWD policies; developing and maintaining Memorandums of Understanding between the Local Elected Officials, the Workforce Board, American Job Center partners and legislated partners; and coordinating Workforce Board documentation for State and Federal reviews and audits.
  • Developing, writing, and modifying the local strategic plan in accordance with State and Federal guidelines including coordinating publication in accordance with Local, State and Federal guidelines and developing a Strategic Plan Presentation and other local, state, and national Workforce Development presentations in coordination with the Executive Director.
  • Responding to appropriate Solicitations for Grant Applications (SGA) to supplement WIOA grant funds, including researching opportunities, consulting with potential partners, establishing budgets and funding requests, and writing proposals.
  • Assisting with Standing Committee and Workforce Board activities, such as notifications of meetings, and preparation of materials.
  • Coordinating special projects related to strategic planning, State Workforce Board and TN Department of Labor initiatives.
  • Conducting research, planning, presentation, and reporting activities related to Requests for Information (RFIs) from Chambers of Commerce for prospective industries by utilizing census data, analyzing labor market information, and preparing economic development reports.
  • Developing surveys and collecting data in relation to American Job Center activities and levels of service to jobseekers and employers.
  • Developing and maintaining a strong relationship with local, regional, state, and national workforce and economic development partners, media personnel; and internal staff.
  • Responding to requests from local, state and federal legislators regarding workforce development activities in the Local Workforce Development Area.
  • Serving as a presenter for area clubs and organizations to promote the GMWDB and American Job Center System.
  • Prepare and submit monthly and quarterly reports to TDLWD as needed.
  • Developing, issuing, and interpreting policies and procedures in related areas.
  • Preparing and presenting reports to supervisor and Workforce Board.
  • Providing coordination and supervision of Business Services including, but not limited to supervising and supporting Business Service Representatives, reviewing employer proposals and contracts, and marketing business services to the employer community.
  • Providing coordination of Special Projects including, but not limited to the Re-Entry, Apprenticeships, and Youth
  • Developing and conducting training for staff and subcontractors/vendors.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Minimum Requirements of Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree and five (5) years of experience in mid to upper management position in employment and training programs or economic development activities; or
  • Associate degree and ten (10) years of experience in mid to upper management positions in employment and training programs or economic development activities. Education emphasis in economics, education, social science, business administration, management, or related field preferred.
  • Experience in policy/planning.
  • Experience in supervision of staff.
  • Experience in oversight of program activities.
  • Experience managing budgets.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities required.
  • Demonstrated ability in written and oral communications required, including individual and group presentations.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups, including Board Members, Board of Directors, and Chief Local Elected Officials.
  • Proficient in use of presentation, word processing and spreadsheet software.

This role offers a unique opportunity to contribute significantly to workforce development initiatives in the Greater Memphis area. If you have a passion for driving impactful projects and possess the requisite skills and experience, we encourage you to apply.

Salary Range: $85,000 to $95,000

If interested in applying for the position, please send resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references to by May 24, 2024.


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The Greater Memphis Workforce Development Board (GMWDB) leads the way in connecting job seekers and employers, providing skills training and work opportunities for youth and adults, analyzing, and sharing data to educate the public on workforce needs, and aligning community partners around workforce initiatives to help make Greater Memphis a place of economic opportunity for all. As the Accountant, you will play a pivotal role in supporting the local workforce development initiatives and fiscal components of the Greater Memphis Region Workforce Development Board.

Accountant performs accounting functions such as budget vs actuals analysis and forecasting for a variety of fund categories including General and Grant Fund. Communicates and works with management and ensures financials comply with Federal, State, and local laws, policies, and procedures. Assists in coordinating and performing professional accounting functions in the maintenance of accounting and internal control systems for the accounting department using established procedures and policies. 

General Responsibilities:

The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, innovative, and strategic thinker with superb analytical skills.

  • Reviews invoices, vouchers, and all supporting documentation for accuracy
  • Prepares and distributes monthly reconciliation reports for all Funds, IFA, etc.
  • Update open aging report and ensure that all provider vouchers submitted for reimbursement are posted in grant system.
  • Fully understand the importance of accurate budget tracking in financial decision making.
  • Safeguard validity of work tasks by implementing and observing appropriate internal controls
  • Reconciles GL accounts, investigate reconciling items, and resolves open issues.
  • Perform month end close activities, journal entries, etc…
  • Provides accurate and timely financial reports to leadership, ensuring fund categories are correct and within budgetary guidelines.
  • Monitor budgets throughout the fiscal year, tracking expenses, revenues, variances from the budgeted amounts and post accounts receivable.
  • Identifies opportunities for process improvement, efficiency enhancement, and the implementation of best practices.
  • Assist with program audit and prepares and submits financial records/reports as required.
  • Monitor, analyze and maintain financial transactions and accounting for a variety of grant funded programs and help prepare monthly obligation reports.
  • Cross train to be proficient in additional tasks.
  • Prepares monthly reconciliations of balance sheet accounts and follow-thru on outstanding items to ensure issues are resolved timely and transactions are accurate in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Director of Finance

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Management, Finance, Public Administration and/or a combination of equivalent education and relevant experience
  • 1 year of grant accounting experience and/or a combination of equivalent education and relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Requires the ability to apply logical thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret a variety of instructions in oral, written or diagrammatic form; to deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Requires the ability to learn and understand complex principles and techniques; to make routine independent judgements in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation. Must have the ability to comprehend and interpret received information.

Additional Information:

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $56,160.00 – $62,400.00 per year


  • Grant Accounting: 1 years (Required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Memphis, TN 38103


If interested in applying for the position, please send resume and 3 professional references to by May 24, 2024.