Manager of Workforce Development – RespectAbility – Los Angeles

Advise and train workforce development boards on regional plans to plant the seeds for progress
Build and participate in coalitions of labor, management, government, and/or nonprofits to build solutions to workforce challenges
Ensure knowledgeable partners through training of people with disabilities, allies, coalition partners, and sector experts to equip them to educate and advocate decision-makers and others
Optimize pipelines of employment for people with disabilities by removing barriers through cooperation between workforce development boards, employers, labor, vocational rehabilitation, and educational institutions
Collaborate with partners, including state and local government, disability and service organizations, businesses serving not-for-profit organizations and employers to implement key systemic solutions to barriers for success
Attend all regular scheduled meetings: 1:1 with supervisor, team meetings, partner meetings, coalition meetings, advisory council meetings, and others as needed and identified
Work with and support our Policy Associates and Apprentices in their assignments.
Plan, assist with, and deliver trainings and presentations
Professionally represent the organization in meetings with key officials, attending virtual and/or in person events, develop content for publication, and support civic engagement
Respond to emerging legislative issues, support public engagement with their members of Congress and participate in online policy dialogues/events
Other duties as assigned
Resource Development:
Support the policy team in communication with funders and donors.
Assist the development team to articulate the successes and value proposition of our workforce development efforts to pique the interest of additional funders
Record key data touch points on programmatic efforts and support overall departmental grant reporting requirements.

The Manager of Workforce Development will maintain the necessary internal and external communication to meet the scope of work for which they are responsible. This will be either done by them or delegated to an appropriate member of their team.

Internal communications may include:
Regular communication with team members and staff
Providing additional communication, as needed, to promote confidence in our leadership and their ability to move the mission and maintain partnerships
Complete all general responsibilities of RespectAbility employees, including but not limited to:
Maintaining a work and meeting schedule that promotes collaboration across the many areas and time zones of the organization
Submitting time sheets and other administrative paperwork in a timely manner
Attending regularly scheduled meetings

Must reside in Los Angeles or within reasonable proximity. Will also consider candidates who are willing to relocate and have considerable experience in California.
Strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including diversity, equity, and opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
Commitment to people with disabilities/disability issues as well as a strong interest in issues of intersectionality and other marginalized communities.
Skilled at building connections to promote meaningful partnership with diverse external stakeholders.
Able to meet all deliverables and outcomes on tight and critical timelines as outlined for projects.
Collaborative, detail-oriented, initiative-taking, and honest professional with a sense of humor and proven track record of success.
Excellent writing and communication skills, including grammar and spelling.
Minimum of three years of combined experience in workforce development and/or public policy, job development and job coaching, or systems change/advocacy experience.
Managerial and administrative experience.
Ability and willingness to work flexibly and remotely in a fast-paced, fast-growing, dynamic, nonprofit environment.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and willingness to learn other systems and tools.
Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required.
Salary range: $50k to $70k. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to
RespectAbility is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. We value a diverse workforce and strive to be a fully inclusive and equitable workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, record of arrest or conviction, or other legally protected characteristics. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex people, people of marginalized genders; people with disabilities; protected veterans; and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing. Please contact Human Resources by email or phone: Tonya Koslo at or 202-517-6272.