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Vice President, Partnerships and Business Engagement


Mission: The New York City Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC) is the city’s association for the workforce development community. Founded in 1997 as the membership organization for New York City workforce providers, NYCETC has played a vital role in the workforce community by advancing policy priorities and convening the sector to build capacity by sharing information and best practices. Currently, we support over 170 workforce providers, colleges and universities, and labor unions that provide job training and employment services to nearly 600,000 New Yorkers.


  • Access and Equity: Ensure that every New Yorker gains the skills needed to earn a meaningful income.
  • Market-Driven Talent Development: Build strong ties with the business community to invest in employment pathways that grow a diverse & expanded workforce in the innovation economy.


About The Position

  • Position Location: New York, NY
  • Due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, the position may indefinitely be conducted remotely.
  • The position is paid and full-time (40 hours per week) under the supervision of the CEO.


Duties may include the following:

  • Work in close collaboration with the CEO and the VP of Policy and Special Initiatives
  • Assist the CEO in the development of short and long-term partnerships with business leaders that lead to stronger pipeline development for our membership and their clients
  • Manage and develop partnerships with the New York City business community that will lead to stronger investments into the New York City workforce development system
  • Support the CEO and Board on the NYC Workforce Business Council, NYCETC’s business advisory council, which serves the critical function of ensuring NYC’s workforce development sector is industry informed and is a champion for NYCETC: Members of the NYC Workforce Business Council share their talent and skill in support of the mission by providing NYCETC staff, board, members, and partners with their professional expertise; their knowledge of stakeholder perspectives; and their connection to local, state, and national resources.
  • Assess political dynamics and trends around New York City, at the local, state and federal level related to workforce development, economic development, jobs, economic justice etc.
  • Develop and oversee the the implementation and execution of events, including driving sponsorship efforts, for the benefit of our membership and partners
  • Assist in the formation of NYCETC policy and advocacy positions and strategies, in consultation with the VP for Policy and Special Initiatives
  • Manage a team of three that is responsible for Community (Membership), Events and Operations
  • Other duties as assigned

Core Competencies

Essential Skills

  • Must be energized by working with people
  • Willingness to address issues directly and respectfully with individual members for the greater good of the membership community
  • Able to work independently and coordinate effectively with a small but agile team
  • Ability to devise projects, delegate responsibilities and see projects through to completion
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once in a busy and fast-paced work environment
  • Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Skilled at managing multiple people and priorities
  • Clear, positive, and professional communicator
  • Entrepreneurial attitude. No problem is too big or too small to tackle.
  • Collaborative attitude with a desire to work within a small and agile team to build a strong organization and supportive ecosystem for changemakers.
  • Innovative in developing solutions, willingness to take on tasks outside of job description
  • Knowledge of the workforce ecosystem and social innovation sector in New York is preferred, but not necessary
  • Experience in customer service or sales is a plus, but not required


  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed


  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

Work Experience

  • Applicants are required to have 8-10 years of professional work experience.
  • Languages: Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Spanish is desirable.

Alumni Achievement Album: Kristina Ramos-Callan

Spend five minutes talking to Kristina Ramos-Callan, and one thing is absolutely clear: Kristina Ramos-Callan cares.

Kristina is a program manager for United Hospital Fund (UHF), where she has worked for over 13 years. “Working in the health care field kind of came naturally to me,” she said. “I didn’t envision it at first, but a lot of my family members worked at the old St. Vincent’s hospital in Greenwich Village, and I started working there myself when I was 17 as a ward clerk in a neo-natal intensive care unit. Over time, I became a caregiver myself—for my daughter, my parents and grandparents— and it became important to me to understand not just the role of the caregiver, but the larger issues of providing care at the community level, health care education and advocacy, and getting health care research and programs funded.”

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Students in the News: Brian Fleurantin

Brian Fleurantin is not about to stop talking.
The URB MA graduate candidate has recently been involved in a number of protests and community actions against his employer, Housing Works, which has been accused of unfair labor practices. Along the way, Brian has been quoted in news articles and interviewed on WBAI radio. Here’s Brian in his own words:
“Throughout my time at SLU, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with my colleagues from various professions and learning what it takes to be a better, more effective organizer and advocate. Whether in class or working with my peers on projects outside of campus, SLU has taught me how to build community and achieve goals that previously seemed unattainable. Although our company has stifled our organizing efforts at various points, we’ve managed to persevere and continue doing the work of building community, working to form a union, and making sure every employee there has their voice heard. The work always continues and I’m thankful SLU has been here to help guide me along the way.”

News from the SLU Community September 2020

For the second year in a row, Dean Gregory Mantsios has been named to City & State New York’s annual “Labor Power 100” list, which recognizes the most influential figures—activists, educators, community leaders and elected officials—in New York labor: Dean Mantsios was specifically lauded for having spent decades building programs in labor studies, which culminated in our School! In addition to Dean Mantsios, a number of SLU’s Advisory Board members and other friends of SLU are recognized. Read about all of them here. 
On October 1st, Diana Robinson will be recognized by NSPC Brain & Spine Surgery at a virtual event: “Salute to Labor: Honoring Members of the Labor Community and the Organizations that Support Them.”
Another SLU adjunct faculty member, Patricia Campos-Medina, has been elevated to co-Executive Director of The Worker Institute at Cornell. Here are ILR’s announcement and Patricia’s Facebook post.
Camille Rivera, who taught “Campaigns and Elections” last semester at SLU, has just been named by City & State New York to their list of “100 Power Latinas in New York State (#55). Read about Camille here.
On August 15th, Marie Romani was awarded an Masters of Science in higher education administration by Barry University in Florida. Marie began her program last August, and completed the one-year accelerated online program with a GPA of 3.917. In addition, Marie was inducted into the Tri Sigma Alpha Student Affairs Honor Society during her final semester. She sends special regards to her frequent classmate, Orson Barzola, who is currently in the same program.
Marie is planning to walk in Barry’s commencement in December, and has already bought her cap and gown.Congratulations, Marie!
SLU’s Community and Worker Ownership Project has welcomed a new intern, Lesly Calle. Lesly is a fourth-year Macaulay Honors student at the City College of New York. She is pursuing a major in Economics with a minor in Public Policy and is interested in social justice, economic inequality, and environmental policy. Last fall, Lesly was selected to be part of the inaugural cohort of Climate Policy Fellows at CCNY’s Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership, where she worked with a team to develop a policy brief on single-use plastic mitigation and its effects on climate change. Welcome Lesly!
Rob Callaghan is proud to announce a new arrival! Rob’s wife, the writer Joni Murphy, recently delivered a new novel, Talking Animals (MacMillan 2020). The publisher describes it as “a fable for our times [that] takes place in an all-animal world where creatures rather like us are forced to deal with an all-too-familiar landscape of soul-crushing jobs, polluted oceans, and a creeping sense of doom.” In its write-up Slate calls the book “a scathing allegory about capitalism starring an alpaca.”