The City of Atlanta is seeking a leader who is experienced in the principles and practices of workforce development and knowledgeable of Georgia and federal labor laws related to employment to serve as the Commissioner of the new Department of Labor and Employment Services.
In October 2022, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens announced significant investments in local workforce development and training through the establishment of the Atlanta Department of Labor and Employment Services, effective July 1, 2023. The City also launched the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) with the goal of providing young people between the ages of 14 and 24 with opportunities to explore career interests and build work-related skills.
Building on these initiatives – and funded through federal funding allocated to the City via the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and workforce development funds set aside through community benefits agreements and the City’s general fund – the Atlanta Department of Labor and Employment Services (the Department) has been established to expand resources for employment, customized training and fair labor practices, and provide comprehensive employment and training services programs throughout the City of Atlanta. The Department will oversee the City’s labor and innovation work, WorkSource Atlanta, the Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB), and youth employment services and will help to coordinate work with the Department of Human Resources and labor unions representing City employees.
As one of the key officials of the City of Atlanta, the Commissioner is delegated authority and assigned responsibility for administering employment services related programs within the City of Atlanta, encompassing such ongoing programs as Apprenticeship, Employment Services, Summer Youth Employment and managing the Eligible Training Providers List, On the Job Training, and other special and customized programs.
The Commissioner will serve as a member of the cabinet and at the very broad direction of the Chief of Staff, who provides policy guidance and makes assignments in terms of general objectives and priorities, in consultation with the Commissioner.
The City of Atlanta is partnering with POLIHIRE to identify the Commissioner of the Department of Labor & Employment Services. If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and your resume to Atlanta_Labor@polihire.com. Please include only your name (Last, First) in the subject line when submitting materials.
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