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Contract Program Manager, Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives

Contract Program Manager, Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives



Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) is Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation. As a private, non-profit organization founded in 1958 as a partnership of the City of Philadelphia and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, our mission is to spur investment, support business growth, and foster developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods and drive growth to every corner of Philadelphia. We offer flexible financing tools, a targeted portfolio of industrial and commercial real estate, and decades of Philadelphia-based knowledge to help our clients invest, develop and grow. PIDC works with companies of all sizes in every area of Philadelphia. We work on projects big and small with businesses, developers and non-profits in every sector. Over the past 62 years, PIDC has settled over 7,500 transactions with a diverse range of clients – including more than $17 billion of financing and more than 3,200 acres of land sales – which have leveraged over $30 billion in total investment and assisted in retaining and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in Philadelphia. Since acquiring 1,200 acres of land from the federal government at the site of the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 2000, PIDC has been the master developer of the Navy Yard, managing its transition from a closed shipyard to a growing and thriving riverfront neighborhood located along the Delaware River featuring a mix of historic buildings and new high-performance and LEED certified construction oriented around world-class open space. Dubbed “America’s Coolest Shipyard” by POLITICO, the Navy Yard is now home to more than 170 employers and 15,000 people who come to work every day and there is enormous capacity for growth. PIDC’s Navy Yard team is responsible for making the Navy Yard a great place to work, visit, invest, and develop, and works with partners and stakeholders to guide the property’s overall management and development, including marketing, leasing, social programming, development, planning, transit connections, infrastructure development, utility operations and property management. You can learn more about the Navy Yard, its history, current activity and plans for growth at

The Contract Program Manager, Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives will be responsible for developing and executing a pilot workforce development program at the Navy Yard, in collaboration with University City District’s (UCD’s) West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and Temple’s Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative. The collaborative, which is supported by the J.P. Morgan Chase Charitable Foundation, aims to replicate key aspects of the WPSI’s nationally recognized workforce training program in North and South/Southwest Philadelphia. The WPSI program model works closely with employer partners to understand talent needs and develop tailored training programs. Carefully selected cohorts of high-potential individuals are then trained to fill those positions upon graduation from the program. The WPSI program at the Navy Yard will recruit, assess, select, train and place residents from South and Southwest Philadelphia in career-ladder jobs with Navy Yard employers that offer stability and opportunities for advancement. Since WPSI’s inception in 2011, over 1,000 program participants who had previously been unemployed for an average of 53 weeks have gone on to earn more than $30 million in collective wages while increasing employers' productivity and excellence.

This is a full-time contract position that is funded through December 31, 2021. This position offers no employee benefits or overtime pay. The selected contractor will work from PIDC’s Navy Yard office in South Philadelphia.


  • Represent PIDC as the main point of contact for this pilot program.
  • Work closely with WPSI to develop an in-depth understanding of the Skills Initiative’s model, approach, practices, content, stakeholders, and outcomes.
  • Shadow WPSI staff across employer engagements and cohorts to gain the context necessary to replicate/adapt components of the model.
  • Develop a detailed plan for implementing the WPSI model at the Navy Yard, including goals, target employers, recruiting strategies, training, participant and employer support, milestones, deadlines, tracking and reporting, and regular coordination with WPSI and PIDC teams. All aspects of the work must be closely coordinated with WPSI to ensure program consistency.
  • Establish and maintain an effective system of ongoing communication with PIDC’s Navy Yard team, WPSI, and all other program partners.
  • Maintain and manage program budget to ensure delivery of required outcomes with available program resources.
  • Coordinate with PIDC’s Navy Yard team and WPSI to facilitate employer outreach and program participant recruitment.
  • Participate in regular meetings, track data, and provide reporting, as required, to PIDC’s Navy Yard team, WPSI, and other program partners.
  • Collaboratively develop shared messaging, branding, and outreach strategies.
  • Represent the partnership in citywide meetings, presentations, and publications.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Build an employer engagement strategy for employers at the Navy Yard. Execute the plan with the support of the WPSI and PIDC teams.
  • Use Burning Glass and other labor market data to determine key areas of opportunity.
  • Once employers are engaged, consult with the hiring functions to develop talent needs assessments and innovative business solutions.
  • The needs assessment process involves presentations to stakeholders, focus group design/facilitation, individual interviews, and employee surveys. All data is used in the eventual program design.
  • Proposed programming will be responsive to the needs of those served, support funder interests and priorities, and reflect business needs.
  • Create new and innovative program models: sector focused, population specifics, and delivery (bridge, learn and earn, etc.).
  • Create and negotiate MOUs with all employer partners.


  • Develop meaningful relationships with community organizations and their leaders. Create systems for ongoing communication with South and Southwest Philadelphia residents.
  • Regularly host/attend information sessions to clarify the purpose and progress of the project for residents.


  • Although early program development and delivery will be managed by WPSI, the Contract Program Manager, Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives should have experience with the following components of the cohort model.
  • Activate a robust community network to recruit cohorts of 10-20 unemployed adults seeking opportunities.
  • Create assessments and interview rubrics to be used for class selection.
  • Develop and facilitate classroom curriculum.
  • Provide participants with consistent feedback on performance. Conduct ongoing one-on-one evaluations.
  • Provide continuing education and support to alumni post-graduate from the training program.


  • Work with WPSI’s Continuous Improvement Team to implement a centralized data system.
  • Develop and monitor budgets on an ongoing basis.
  • Responsible for creating and submitting four (4) Impact Reports to WPSI and JPMC over the course of the program duration.
  • Create scheduled and ad hoc reports for current and potential funders.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Business, Human Resources, Social Science or related field. Master’s degree is preferred, but not required.
  • Minimum of five years of professional level experience in the field of employment, human resources, education, or training.
  • Previous experience working in Dislocated Workers or other WIOA (Workforce Initiatives and Opportunity Act) resource programs strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work with and effectively supervise a culturally, racially and gender diverse work team.
  • Must have the ability to develop partnerships with business and design programs to meet business needs.
  • Understanding of HR policies and best practices.
  • Must have knowledge of workforce and training issues.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
  • Strong computer skills required, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, and Salesforce.
  • Experience with launching projects or start-ups strongly preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license.


Interested applicants should submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume along with annual salary requirements by no later than Friday, May 22, 2020 to the contact information below.

PIDC promotes a culture of inclusion and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex,
sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other
legally protected factor.

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Contact Information
Marquis Tavon Upshur, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources