Workforce and Youth Program Coordinator, Manufacture: San Jose

Company Overview


MFG:SJ Website
ABOUT MFG:SJ: Launched in 2018, Manufacture: San Jose is a new public-private initiative, in partnership with the City of San Jose, and the non-profits California’s Manufacturing Network, and SFMade. The Mission of MFG:SJ is to help manufacturing companies to start, grow and stay in San Jose, creating jobs for local residents and building more shared prosperity across the community.

The goal of the initiative is to drive resources, knowledge, and visibility to the city’s more than 1200 manufacturers and the more than 65,000 men and women they employ.

Manufacturing is at the core of San Jose’s economic prowess. From global Fortune 100 corporations to smaller family owned and operated manufacturers, San Jose’s manufacturing sector includes companies at all stages - local artisanal producers, high growth start-ups, and covers sectors including consumer electronics, medical devices, metals and machining, food and beverage.

Even more importantly, manufacturing offers the potential for diverse residents to build livelihoods through maker-based employment and entrepreneurship. In short, sustaining and growing our manufacturing ecosystem is a clear pathway to building more shared prosperity and equity across our community, and across the Bay Area.

MFG:SJ holds multiple public events each year, and participates in SFMade events in San Francisco. MFG:SJ works out of a co-working space called Prospect Silicon Valley, a cleantech innovation hub.

ABOUT MFG:SJ’S HIRING AND YOUTH PROGRAMS: The Hiring Made Better Program connects local job seekers to open positions at MFG:SJ businesses, with a special focus on connecting people who have overcome barriers to employment to entry level jobs with potential for growth and advancement. Our primary tool is the MFG:SJ Job Board, along with our partnership with San Francisco’s local workforce and training organizations. We also provide MFG:SJ businesses with HR technical assistance, resource referrals, and educational events.

MFG: SJ’s summer youth program will be partnering with 2 local youth organizations to recruit manufacturing businesses to host 20 youth interns in the summer of 2019.

Job Categories

  • Hours: Full-time
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  • Position is Entry-level
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Job Duties

The Workforce and Youth Programs Coordinator reports to the MFG:SJ Regional Director and works directly with the Director of Workforce and Hiring. Tasks and projects will include (but not be limited to) the following areas:

Job Board
• Engage MFG:SJ member businesses to use the job board
• Manage the Job Board—post openings, and track positions
• Schedule interviews and conduct phone screenings for workforce partner referrals

Workforce Partner Outreach
• Workforce partners are organizations who provide job training and support to job seekers, for example Goodwill Industries, Evergreen Community College, or VIVO (Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation)
• Create and maintain relationships with workforce partners
• Attend job fairs, workforce program graduations, Job Huddle meetings, and other community events on behalf of MFG:SJ
• Give workforce partner staff presentations

Internship Programs
• Current youth partners for Summer 2019 are Pivotal (serving foster youth) and San Jose Works (serving high school career and technical education students.)
• Work closely with youth partner staff
• Oversee logistics for summer youth internship program including business recruitment, and scheduling for programs in San Francisco and San Jose
• Travel to youth partners and introduce participating students to MFG:SJ
• Site visits to participating businesses with youth partner

Reporting and Data
• Enter workforce and youth program data into Salesforce
• Collect and manage workforce data

• Coordinate workforce and youth event logistics
• Story development: Gather and write success stories and content for social media and marketing collateral

Job Requirements

You work best with a high level of autonomy and responsibility as well as the opportunity to form relationships with a large variety of organizations and people. You thrive in fast paced, entrepreneurial environment and can stay on top of many moving parts using organizational systems.

• A minimum of 1-2 years’ experience in one or more of the following areas: working independently on projects, with small businesses, in the workforce or youth field, and/or marketing and outreach, or in an economic development capacity

• B.A. is preferred but will consider any educational backgrounds in the fields of public administration, public policy, social work, business, human resources, or related fields, or significant experience.

• Outstanding organizational and project management skills: problem-solving, attention to detail, accuracy, and ability to meet deadlines and objectives.

• Excellent written and oral communications skills.

• Ability to effectively communicate with a diverse set of business owners and stakeholders

• Public speaking skills for group presentations

• Computer proficiency in MS Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) or similar programs, proficiency in Salesforce or related database, and Internet research abilities.

• Familiarity and experience with Social Media platforms

• Flexibility, ability to work independently as well as part of a team, and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment.

• Passion for the MFG:SJ mission.

• Willingness to travel across the Bay Area, including San Francisco, for meetings

Skills/Experience Preferred


Commensurate with Experience


MFG:SJ offers a competitive benefits package.



Resume Required


Cover letter Required


Other Application Requirements

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “MFG:SJ Workforce and Youth Program Coordinator”