Director of Employer Development

Minneapolis, MN

Who We Are 

Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL) is a leading Minnesota nonprofit, reducing poverty and increasing equity in the Twin Cities region through affordable housing and career readiness services. Our mission is to “build the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative, affordable housing and employment readiness services.” 

We are results-focused and entrepreneurial, constantly challenging ourselves to improve our outcomes and demonstrate a high return for every dollar invested.

Undergirding our mission are the three pillars of race, place, and policy. These pillars bring context to program decision-making and propel us to address systemic barriers and elevate diverse voices, both inside and outside our organization.

Our diverse team is eager to welcome new team members who want to walk alongside the people we serve, including property residents, career readiness participants, and students in our two alternative high schools.

Our integrated and evidence-based career readiness programming includes: multiple adult career training programs, alternative high schools, support services, metro-wide youth employment strategies, a full-service facility in South Minneapolis, a satellite office in North Minneapolis, and a range of homeownership and financial coaching services.

Job Summary:

PPL is in search of a Director of Employer Development. The Director of Employer Development is a key member of PPL’s Career Readiness Team. Partnerships are central to our work, and PPL is regularly approached by employers interested in collaborating on training to help connect them to qualified job candidates. The Director of Employer Development is committed to identifying, building, and managing community partnerships and contracts (public and private employers, and education providers) that will allow PPL to keep pace with demand.

As an example, we are seeing this even more after recently becoming an endorsed Talent Developer for OneTen ( OneTen brings together Employers, Education and Talent Developers in an effort to up-skill, hire, and promote 1 million Black Americans over 10 years while also improving ongoing retention, development, and advancement. As PPL builds out pathways, trainings, and apprenticeships, we want to leverage this network and be more intentional about partnership engagement and retention.

This position will work closely with partners and program staff to analyze market trends, set program/training and hiring projections, and support evaluation. The primary focus of this role is to build relationships with partners that will fully fund the cost of their requested pathway. 

This position will report to the Vice President of Career Readiness and work closely with the Director and Associate Director of Employment and Training.

You will serve on PPL’s leadership team.

The right candidate for this position is an effective, collaborative leader with an entrepreneurial orientation and an ability to build strong relationships, primarily with for-profit partners.

Job duties and responsibilities include:   

  • Responsible for pairing workforce needs of private and public sector partners. Having a solid understanding of partner needs within the workforce is critical for successful talent matches.
  • Launch a new business line/strategy within an established organization that has shown initial success. 
  • Partner with PPL Communications and External Affairs staff to develop an effective marketing strategy that will result in equity focused career training contracts
  • Work with VP and Directors to transform workforce development, pathways, and non-governmental relationships.
  • Manage relationships with private sector partners to build training pathways, internships, and apprenticeships.
  • Actively participate in community initiatives, professional networking organizations, associations, and events in order to cultivate new opportunities.
  • Leverage relationships with partner staff, who have decision making ability to greenlight contracts.
  • Secure contracts that financially support trainings, staff, and enterprise level costs.

The initial 12 to 18-month goal is to build relationships with 3-6 corporate partners to create training programs that result in participants being hired. Depending on need, training cohorts could range from 5 to 20 participants. An ideal candidate would have an MBA or equivalent experience and understand high-touch customer service. The aim is for the person in this role to build ongoing, and multiple partnerships that will provide financial sustainability for this position.

A detailed job description is available upon request or when selected for the next phase of the hiring process. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Relevant credentials include: Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, BS Business Management, BS Human Resources Management, BS Business Administration – Marketing, Project Management certifications OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and ability to prospect opportunities 
  • Prioritizes a healthy organizational culture and staff well-being
  • Can effectively facilitate multi-organizational conversations
  • Uses initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines
  • Strong ability to analyze data and recommend effective solutions
  • Can respond to shifting priorities, demands, and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities
  • Can assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects, and demands
  • Strong ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, leadership, and stakeholders
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19

Preferred Knowledge of:

  • Experience with negotiations
  • Ability to build and leverage relationships with private and public sector partners
  • Finance and budget experience, including a strong understanding of true program cost
  • Knowledge of training programs
  • Knowledge of and ability to track public and private sector consultancies, research and thought leaders and implement leading learnings
  • Ability to provide high touch, high quality customer service
  • Entrepreneurial approach and ability to envision and grow strategies
  • Ability to make strong presentations to a variety of stakeholders and levels of position
  • Strong orientation and commitment to racial justice and equity and ability to bridge gaps in systems and employers


Employer-sponsored health & dental insurance; employer-paid short & long term disability insurance, life insurance, and paid parental leave. Voluntary life insurance; Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA); PTO & Paid Holidays; 403(b) retirement plan with employer match; summer half-day Fridays; an impactful presence in an organization that makes a difference in many lives.

Salary: $65,000-$75,000/Yr., DOQ 

A hybrid remote/in-person model will be used during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 vaccinations, or an approved medical or religious exemptions, are required upon start date.

To learn more about program delivery and strategy, you can visit our website:

Application Process: 

Qualified candidates can apply online via this link Include a cover letter and resume. The process includes phone screens and virtual/ in-person interviews, references, and background checks for final candidates.

PPL strives to be an equitable and inclusive organization committed to elevating the voices of the communities we serve those who are disproportionately affected by systemic inequities. Persons of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

PPL is an EEO/AA employer. PPL participates in the federal E-verify program to confirm the identity and employment authorization of all newly hired employees.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the organization will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.