JOB OPENING: National Disaster Resilience (NDR) Grant Workforce Training Contract Manager

National Disaster Resilience (NDR) Grant Workforce Training Contract Manager

Organizational Background:

In coordination with the New Orleans Workforce Development Board, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development establishes policies, programs and interventions to connect residents to employment opportunities in the metropolitan area. The Office of Workforce Development (OWD) is an energetic and entrepreneurial organization that must move at the speed of business to offer solutions to workforce demands and skills shortages.

The City of New Orleans has received funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) to establish the city’s first-ever resilience district by developing a national model for retrofitting post-war suburban neighborhoods into resilient, safe, equitable communities of opportunity. To support this work, the City of New Orleans has allocated $3 million in HUD NDRC grant funds for workforce development training programs. The workforce development training will focus on preparing unemployed and underemployed workers with the skills and certifications needed to participate in the construction phase of water management projects.

The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development seeks an energetic and creative self-starter who has the vision, ambition, and temperament to build a brand that has local recognition among a variety of stakeholders. The Contract Manager will be responsible for implementation and oversight of the NDR workforce training program. The Contract Manager must be able to balance both a strategic focus and day-to-day execution with limited resources.



The Contract Manager is responsible for planning and designing strategies for implementation of a federal employment and training program. The contract Manager assists with policy development and provides technical assistance to the Workforce Development Board, the program Operator and training contractors.

Primary responsibilities include:

  1. Works cooperatively with the OWD Director, WIOA Program Manager, OWD Fiscal Coordinator, the New Orleans Workforce Development Board, Program Operator, and JOB1 Operator to assure full implementation of the HUD National Disaster Resilience (NDR) workforce training program and other federal, state, and local workforce initiatives.
  2. Prepares and manages all required procurement processes for the selections of the program operator and training programs.
  3. Ensures that the OWD, New Orleans Workforce Development Board, program operator, and training partners adheres to all federal, state, and local regulations and policies.
  4. Initiates and assists in the development of workforce policies as required by federal, state, and local officials.
  5. Assists with establishing partnerships with local workforce development agencies.
  6. Assists program operator with the development of policies and procedures for program delivery.
  7. Monitors required program performance metrics as established y the grant regulatory statutes.
  8. Provide all required federal, local, and state reports.
  9. Provides technical assistance to the program operator and other contracted partners.
  10. Serve as the liaison between OWD, City departments, the program operator, and other partners.
  11. Assists with the reparation and resolutions for all grant monitoring activities.
  12. Develops mechanisms to track the implementation, status updates, and resulting outcomes.
  13. Develops mechanisms to evaluate the implementations and outcomes of projects.
  14. Assists with carrying out tasks and research as requested by the OWD Director and the Workforce Development Board.
  15. Assists with the preparation of qualitative and quantitative reports as requested.
  16. Other duties as assigned.


Skills and Abilities:

  1. Must be able to interact professionally and productively with City Officials, community leaders and workforce development partners.
  2. Must have excellent organizational skills.
  3. Must be able to coordinate staff, partners, and contractors to ensure successful completion of projects.
  4. Must possess excellent writing skills. A writing sample will be required.
  5. Must possess excellent public speaking skills.
  6. Must be able to work occasionally long hours, including weekends.


Minimum Requirements:

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, public administration, social work, law or related field with a minimum of three years’ experience related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  2. Knowledge of federal, state, and or local workforce development grant programs.
  3. Knowledge of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants’ requirements preferred.
  4. Must be a resident of Orleans Parish.

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