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Full Job Description

As the Project and Community Manager, we are looking for a thoughtful, driven, and organized individual who can bring and stitch communities together for the South Central NextGen IT Industry Partnership.

About South Central NextGen IT – Project JumpStart Grant

Our vision is to create a diverse community and marketplace where industry practitioners can acquire talent, upskill existing talent, identify trends and competitive advantages, and improve entrepreneurship and workforce development. More diverse companies can better attract top talent and improve customer orientation, employee satisfaction, and decision-making.

Today, we continue to see a higher demand for technologists than resources skilled to meet our region’s over 2,300 IT job openings. Identifying in-demand skill sets, reaching potential job seekers and students, and creating a robust dialogue between job seekers, students, educators, and industry is vital to developing the workforce needed to fill these positions. The IT Industry Partnership provides a common convening of scores of entities looking at the issues of workforce training, talent development, jobs of the future, and sustainable and equitable initiatives.

The Mission of NextGen IT is to attract and retain diverse and innovative technology talent and entrepreneurs to South Central Pennsylvania. We accomplish our mission by focusing on two key areas, Talent, Supply & Diversity, and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

The South Central NextGen IT acquired grant funding to support this effort in the form of Project Jumpstart. Project JumpStart is explicitly focused on creating awareness and access to both employers and resources to increase a diverse, skilled resource workforce that can meet the current IT and Technology needs of the region and scale to future strategic IT and Technology needs

This is a temporary, 1099 contractor position

Job Responsibilities: The Project Manager (PM) will drive the Project JumpStart Grant initiatives to their successful conclusion. The initiatives include:

  • Developing technical and IT resources in the central PA community through improved training via k-12 programs and working with local secondary education academia
  • Developing, growing, and maintaining a community of industry members and partners – ideally, we’ll maintain an email list, and list of key contacts that will interact/leverage with our resource development programs
  • Working with these industry partners to document, track, and shape resource needs, skills, and technologies. Also, work with industry partners and academia to establish apprenticeships, internships, work placement, and co-op programs
  • Guide development of videos to advertise career opportunities to students and diverse groups
  • Manage and guide a vendor to develop and maintain a Project JumpStart community of practice website. Also, shape and guide the virtual community via collaboration tools.
  • Guide the implementation of the strategic initiatives developed by the grant’s Strategic Initiative Committee.
  • Maintain regular communication with the grant committee

Required Skills:¬†Bachelor’s degree or related job experience in communications, project management, business management, or related field experience¬†5+ years of project management and related experience

  • Strong familiarity with project management software tools, methodologies, and best practices
  • Experience with an Agile Framework desired – SAFe, Scrum, Disciplined Agile, or the like
  • Certification in agile framework desired
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is also appreciated
  • Proven ability to solve problems creatively
  • Experience seeing projects through the full life cycle
  • Experience managing grant budgets desired
  • Strong interpersonal skills and extremely resourceful
  • Proven ability to complete projects according to outlined scope, budget, and timeline
  • Experience with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and teams
  • Understanding of collaboration software like Virtual Conferencing (Zoom), Slack, and wikis
  • Understanding website and development processes
  • The ability to negotiate and coordinate across multiple groups
  • The ability to bring consensus and execute decisions
  • The ability to create and conduct strong meeting materials such as PowerPoint presentations or timelines

Job Types: Part-time, Contract, Temporary

Pay: From $40,000.00 per year


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: One location

SCPa Works provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, SCPa Works complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.