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Associate, Workforce Development

Associate, Workforce Development

The Associate for Workforce Development will support the Director of Education and Workforce Preparedness. Through policy advocacy and programmatic work, this position will work with local K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, and SVLG member companies to develop a strong local workforce pipeline and increase the diversity of workers in Silicon Valley, particularly in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

The associate will focus on the implementation of the following workforce development initiatives in which the Silicon Valley Leadership Group is a partner: Silicon Valley Engineering Tech Pathways, focusing on community college students entering middle skilled occupations; Ready to Work, focusing on the long term unemployed re-entering the high tech workforce; and TechHire, focusing on connecting and expanding pathways into middle-skilled occupations

Projects may include surveying industry members regarding skill needs and hiring practices (with the purpose of identifying and addressing possible barriers), facilitating internship and/or employment opportunities for each initiatives’ target populations, facilitating other opportunities for industry members to engage with schools and students (i.e. worksite visits, field trips, guest speakers, teacher externships, etc.), and working with local school districts and higher education partners to promote alignment between curriculum and industry needs.

Largely, this individual will support and enhance the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s role in workforce development through policy advocacy and programs. The associate will also provide general project and office assistance, as needed. Duties include policy analysis and memo writing, project management, meeting/event planning and facilitation, and coordination of and leading some special programs and initiatives.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate advocacy efforts through letter writing, testimony and coalition-building. Represent the Leadership Group by participating in key industry and community meetings and events; speaking before public bodies, agencies and community groups; preparing presentations for policy directors; and partnering with policy directors on special events and conferences.
  • Where directed, advance the Leadership Group’s policy positions by developing and maintaining relationships with key policy makers, community leaders, and organizations, and identifying opportunities to partner on issues of mutual interest. This includes developing close relationships with elected officials and community partners focused on workforce development.
  • Provide staff support to the Leadership Group’s policy staff and relevant policy committees.
  • Any other tasks as assigned.

Skills

  • 1-2 years relevant work experience
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to conduct research and prepare memos, reports and advocacy letters quickly that are thorough and factually correct
  • Ability to write for a variety of audiences in different formats including emails, newsletter and web content, and opinion editorials
  • Knowledge and experience in public policy and political processes (specific knowledge and experience in education and workforce development policy a plus)
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to organize events and facilitate meetings
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team; ability to manage student interns (“coordinators”) and volunteers
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint and Internet research required (familiarity with Salesforce and WordPress to update web content a plus)
  • Ability to prioritize, handle and execute multiple items and projects at the same time
  • Ability to handle and thrive in a fast pace environment with the flexibility to pivot to unanticipated opportunities or projects
Salary Range:Competitive non-profit organization salary and benefits w/ health care (employee contribution), dental; 401(k) plan. Starting salary based on experience (range: $46,000-$51,000). Our offices are currently based in San Jose within walking distance of the airport, Guadalupe River Trail and public transit.To Apply:Please submit your cover letter and resume with the subject line “Workforce Development Associate” to: resumes@svleadershipgroup.org

We’ll be accepting applications until Friday, January 15, 2016.

Anticipated start date: February 2016

 

Vice President, Communications and Marketing

Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG.org)
Vice President, Communications and Marketing

Position

Reporting to the CEO, and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the Vice President (VP) of Communications and Marketing will be responsible for the development of the Leadership Group’s communication and marketing strategy and will contribute to its organizational strategic planning process. The VP of Communications/Marketing will develop a world-class communications plan for the Leadership Group, directly managing communications activities that promote, enhance, and protect the organization’s brand reputation. The VP of Communications/ Marketing will be responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership. This individual will be an ambassador for the organization and will need to have and build relationships with the media. There also will be strong emphasis on providing leadership to execute traditional marketing, along with digital and social media marketing strategies.   The goal is to advance the organization’s position with relevant constituents, as well as to drive broader awareness and public policy support for the organization and its goals.

The VP of Communications/Marketing will be responsible for varied and integrated communications products and services including: newsletters and other print publications; Web, E-news and other online communications; media and public relations; and marketing.

Responsibilities:

Communications / Marketing Strategy, Vision and Leadership

  • Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications and marketing plan to advance the Leadership Group’s brand identity; broaden awareness of its programs and priorities; and increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder audiences
  • Create a marketing strategy that will allow the Leadership Group to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media and key influencers, plus help ensure “sold out” status for several annual major events, assist with other events as needed
  • Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization. Work with the leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them
  • Serve as communications counselor to Leadership Group leadership and staff

Communications Operations

  • Oversee development of all Leadership Group print communications including, marketing collateral materials and electronic communications including the Leadership Group’s website and social media
  • Serve as a spokesperson and lead point person on media interactions that help promote and/or impact the organization
  • Exercise judgment to prioritize media opportunities, and when needed prepare or supervise talking points, speeches, presentations and other supporting material as needed
  • Actively engage, cultivate and manage press relationships to ensure coverage surrounding Leadership Group programs, special events, public announcements, and other projects
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function including budgeting, planning and staff development
  • Oversee the company’s collateral program, graphic standards and website

Team Development/Management

  • Recruit and manage a communications team to support the development and execution of the communications strategy; current staffing includes an art director, senior communications associate and special events director, plus regular interns
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, marketing or related field is required, an advanced degree is preferred
  • Minimum 4-7 years experience in a senior management role either in-house or with an agency
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with top tier reporters and editors, and in successfully positioning subject matter with the media to achieve high-impact placements
  • Extensive successful writing and editing experience (externally focused) with a variety of print and online communications media
  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing a comprehensive strategic communications, media relations, and marketing program to advance an organization’s mission and goals
  • Creative and thoughtful on how new media and website technologies can be utilized
  • A minimum of 7 years experience in planning, writing, editing, and production of newsletters, press releases, annual reports, marketing literature, and other print publications and directories
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output
  • Experience in building, mentoring and coaching a team of communications specialists
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Self reliant, good problem solver, results oriented
  • Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs
  • Excellent and persuasive communicator
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance, and administration initiatives
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, Leadership Group Board of Directors, C-suite executives and their assistants and staff
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker
  • Passion for Leadership Group key policy areas and mission

Benefits
Competitive non-profit organization salary and benefits, with health care (employee contribution) and dental.  A 401(k) plan is also available. Our office is currently located in San Jose within walking distance of the airport, public transit, and the Guadalupe River Trail.

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume with the subject line “VP Comm/Marketing” to: resumes@svleadershipgroup.org

Application deadline: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 / 5:00 pm
Anticipated start date: end of February 2016

 

Associate, Health and Community Development

Associate, Health and Community Development

The Associate for Health and Community Development will be responsible for supporting the membership of the organization and its senior policy staff on health policy and community development initiatives and programs. For Health Policy, the associate will focus on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, workplace and community wellness and public policy as it relates to our biotech and health related member companies. For the Community Development work, the associate will work to increase awareness of successful affordable housing developments and their subsequent community benefits, as well as directly engage community leaders in important discussions around best practice land use and housing policies. Much of the Community Development work will include event management and engagement with local city staff and officials as they develop new policy solutions.

This individual will support and enhance the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s role in health and community development through policy advocacy and programs; and provide general project and office assistance, as needed. Duties include policy analysis and memo writing, project management, meeting/event planning and facilitation, and coordination of and leading some special programs and initiatives.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate advocacy efforts through letter writing, testimony and coalition-building. Represent the Leadership Group by participating in key industry and community events; speaking before public bodies, agencies and community groups; preparing presentations for policy directors; and partnering with policy directors on special events and conferences.
  • Where directed, advance the Leadership Group’s policy positions by developing and maintaining relationships with key policy makers, community leaders, and organizations, and identifying opportunities to partner on issues of mutual interest. This includes developing close relationships with local elected officials and deeper involvement with a local city’s politics and policies.
  • Provide staff support to the Leadership Group’s policy staff and relevant policy committees.
  • And, and other tasks as assigned.

Skills

  • 1-2 years relevant work experience
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to conduct research and prepare memos, reports and advocacy letters quickly that are thorough and factually correct
  • Ability to write for a variety of audiences in different formats including emails, newsletter and web content, and opinion editorials
  • Knowledge and experience in public policy and political processes (specific knowledge and experience in health care policy a plus)
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to organize events and facilitate meetings (past experience with community organizing and event management a plus)
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team; ability to manage student interns (“coordinators”) and volunteers
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint and Internet research required (familiarity with Salesforce and WordPress to update web content a plus)
  • Ability to prioritize, handle and execute multiple items and projects at the same time
  • Ability to handle and thrive in a fast pace environment with the flexibility to pivot to unanticipated opportunities or projects
Salary Range: Competitive non-profit organization salary and benefits w/ health care (employee contribution) , dental; 401(k) plan. Starting salary based on experience (range: $48,000-$55,000). Our offices are currently based in San Jose within walking distance of the airport, Guadalupe River Trail and public transit.To Apply:Please submit your cover letter and resume with the subject line “Health and Community Development Associate” to: resumes@svleadershipgroup.org

We’ll be accepting applications until Friday, December 11th, 2015.

Anticipated start date: January 2016

 

Director, Tax Policy and Government Relations

Director, Tax Policy and Government Relations

Position Description

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents nearly 400 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and have more than $6 trillion in annual revenue.

Overall, the organization’s goal is to continue to advance policies for Silicon Valley and help our region remain competitive by improving the business environment and quality of life in the areas of energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax, economic vitality, and the environment.

ROLE
The Director of Tax Policy and Government Relations touches upon all areas of the Leadership Group’s work. This person plays a key role in the strategy and execution of all of the organization’s work that interfaces with elected officials at the local, state and federal level.

This person will also be part of the team that is responsible for communication and coordination with elected officials and their offices with an emphasis on delivering strategic outreach opportunities, trips and roundtables for our members, including our annual Washington, D.C. and Sacramento trips. Working with the Director of Government Relations, this person will be responsible for developing and executing opportunities for members to engage and advocate before the federal and state government, and assist in government affairs efforts.

This person will help to manage and facilitate U.S. and California legislative and regulatory policy priorities and logistics for the organization, and monitor developments in federal and state affairs. Specifically, at the federal level, the position will focus in the areas of business competitiveness and tax policy. At the state level, the position will be dedicated to tax and various policy priorities which focus on reducing the cost of doing business and improving the quality of life for Silicon Valley companies and their employees.

This person will be primarily responsible for staffing and guiding our Tax Policy Committee. Working with the Committee co-chairs and members, this person will form appropriate policy recommendations on federal, state and local tax policies; manage partnerships with national coalitions on U.S. business tax reform; foster state relationships with the Board of Equalization, Franchise Tax Board, California County Assessors Association and sister tax policy organizations; develop the Committee’s work plan and monthly agendas; and ensure that the Committee and coalitions are strategically focused on tax priorities important to the membership.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
The Director is responsible for:

● Writing policy briefs, supporting documents and materials for our tax policy portfolio;
● Staffing the Tax Policy and Government Relations Committees;
● Working with Committee co-chairs to develop a strategic work plan;
● Making recommendations and developing correspondence on emerging federal and state legislative and regulatory issues on tax;
● Leading colleagues and member company representatives on the annual Washington, D.C. and Sacramento trips, follow-up visits and Silicon Valley roundtable opportunities, including organizing legislative priorities, scheduling and logistics for these events;
● Discover, monitor, analyze, research and report on federal and state government related developments that could materially affect efforts by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group to accomplish shared strategic objectives;
● Assist with drafting legislative initiatives as well as supporting statements and documentation;
● Interface with public officials, regulatory agencies and their staff on policy issues important to the membership;
● Prepare materials to equip colleagues and members to advocate effectively in support of policy objectives;
● Develop ideas and content for op-eds, electronic communication, and web content;
● Advise colleagues on state lobbying requirements, track lobbying expenditures and file quarterly reports; and
● Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS
At a minimum, the candidate should have a Bachelor’s Degree, 5-8 years in federal and/or state government or equivalent experience, and strong written and oral communications skills.

We seek an individual with experience working with members of the Administration, Congress, state legislature, regulatory agencies, their staffs and other key policymakers. The preferred candidate will have experience in tax policy, and in one or more of the areas noted above.

The successful candidate must be a strong team player with the ability to multitask and enjoy working in a collegial yet highly fast-paced and effective culture. Demonstrated ability to work independently, exercise sound judgment, execute strategy and operate with confidentiality will also be required. The ideal candidate will be able to respond quickly to last minute asks to organize roundtables or other opportunities with elected officials and member companies. The candidate must have excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills. We seek an individual with an appreciation for the complexities of working across multiple policy disciplines. In addition, the preferred candidate will have a strong mission orientation and a passion for non-profit community service.

BENEFITS
Competitive non-profit organization salary and benefits, with health care (employee contribution) and dental. A 401(k) plan is also available. Our office is currently located in San Jose within walking distance of the airport, public transit, and the Guadalupe River Trail.

TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume with the subject line “Tax Policy & Government Relations Director” to: resumes@svleadershipgroup.org

Application deadline: Friday, December 18, 2015, 5:00 pm
Anticipated start date: February 2016