Work for WIRE-Net

WIRE-Net seeks motivated workers.

WIRE-Net is a nationally recognized, economic development organization. WIRE-Net is a leading force in strengthening manufacturing and fueling economic growth, a foundation of healthy communities. We provide expertise and resources that assist manufacturers in understanding and adapting to fast changing trends in technology, workforce, and organizational leadership. WIRE-Net is organized as a 501c-3 charitable, non-profit organization and celebrates its 30th year of serving its members and the greater Cleveland community in 2018.

WIRE-Net is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.

WIRE-Net is searching for its next President and Executive Director to lead the organization, manage its staff of 12, including 3 direct reports (Workforce Development, Manufacturing Services, Finance and Operations), and mobilize the board to implement its 2020 Strategic Plan.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 10 years progressively responsible experience in organization management, program development, and staff leadership
  • 3 years progressively responsible experience in the field of economic development
  • Experience in program development and with management of program leaders including manufacturing programs (e.g., business retention, growth coaching, etc.), and workforce development (e.g., adult and youth apprenticeship, career coaching for youth, etc.). Knowledge of emerging manufacturing technologies is a plus
  • Successful fund-raising experience (foundation, membership, and annual fund), and in raising unrestricted revenue
  • Leadership development experience, working with boards of directors, donors, public-private sector partners, and supervising and developing staff
  • Solid oral and written communication skills, including social media and media relations
  • Strong fiscal management and strategic planning skills

The ideal candidate, in addition, will:

  • Have, or be able to quickly establish, credibility with manufacturing stakeholders and members
  • Know about and understand Northeast Ohio's economic development eco-system with an eye towards its manufacturing sector
  • Be or be able to establish self as a thought leader in the field
  • Be a motivator of staff, board, and key stakeholders
  • Be able to work with funders and other business leaders
  • Be an advocate at the local, state, and national level – for WIRE-Net's vision and 2020 Strategic plan
  • Be willing to take calculated risks
  • Demonstrated resiliency
  • Be collaborative and a change agent

Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to:

WIRE-Net Search Committee
c/o WIRE-Net
4855 W. 130th Street, Suite 1
Cleveland, OH 44135

Emails accepted. No phone calls please.


The Youth Workforce Development Coordinator will deliver curriculum and plan activities related to the pre-apprenticeship program and will serve as a liaison between businesses, education, community partners, and parents to successfully achieve program goals.


  • Facilitate and organize pre-apprenticeship activities with high school partners including delivering career coaching curriculum, organizing plant tours and job shadows, and recruiting and placing interns
  • Design workshops, prepare training materials, and perform presentations for middle and high school youth and adults
  • Recruit program participants by working with school partners
  • Collaborate with school administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, and community partners to further develop and implement work-based learning activities
  • Submit timely reports and meeting minutes in accordance with WIRE-Net and grant requirements
  • Assist with planning and execution of MFG Summer Camp
  • Engage WIRE-Net members and affiliates with work-based learning activities
  • Recruit new WIRE-Net members and manage assigned member accounts to assess satisfaction with membership and determine additional needs for service
  • All other duties as assigned



  • 2+ years' experience working with youth, parents and other partners
  • 1+ years' experience with job placement and career development
  • 1+ years' experience in a manufacturing or trade related environment


  • Bachelor's Degree in related field required; or 5+ years' related experience


  • Approaches all actions and progress toward goals with excellence
  • Mission-driven and embraces integrity
  • Ability to lead and follow as needed and focuses on continuous improvement for self and the organization
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with a variety of internal and external partners and values them as a part of the WIRE-Net community
  • Must have excellent presentation and interpersonal skills, including both verbal and written communication
  • Ability to work effectively with youth, educators and partners
  • Ability to engage and work with WIRE-Net members and affiliates to identify and address employability and retention related challenges for youth
  • Proficiency with MSOffice and social media software applications


  • Position is based at WIRE-Net's administrative offices
  • Reliable transportation required


WIRE-Net's compensation includes competitive salary and excellent benefits including flextime, holidays, vacation, professional development, hospitalization, retirement, and life and disability insurance.

Please Email a resume outlining your qualifications by September 21, 2018. No phone calls please.