Workforce Development Specialist (Foodworks)

Food Bank
Workforce Development Specialist (Foodworks)

Overall purpose of the position:

The Workforce Development Specialist is responsible for all facets of workforce readiness for a group of cohorts at a FoodWorks training site. This will include recruiting students
to participate in the program; life-skills training, resume development, and interview training while students are in the program; and outreach and career support for up to two years post-graduation. The Workforce Development Specialist works collaboratively with team members across the organization to ensure effective support for FoodWorks applicants, students and alumni.

End date
Opportunity type
Programs / Agency Relations / Clients
Job responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Recruit and enroll appropriate students into FoodWorks’ Workforce Development training program. Contact and engage various employers to hire these students upon completion of the 12-week class.
• Schedule and implement curriculum within a structured classroom environment to train students on all facets of expectations in achieving job readiness and employment. This includes but is not limited to resume preparation and interview technique training.
• Manage database of FoodWorks students and alumni; build and implement data collection systems; provide data analysis: measuring and reporting on key metrics and outcomes
• Responsible for 90-day, 6 month, 12 month, 18 month, and 24 month follow-ups with alumni
• Provide connection or reconnection to job opportunities
• Timely entry of case notes
• Support alumni-related projects and partnerships work
• Coordinate closely with FoodWorks case management and culinary training team
• Coordinate with other Maryland Food Bank departments as needed

Application qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s Degree preferred. A combination of workforce development work and education will be considered.


• Must have 2 years’ experience in a workforce development program, providing job placement support.
• Comfortable working in a client management database. Proficiency in database management and reporting.
• Commitment to serving individuals who face employment barriers, including barriers such as systemic racism, trauma, poverty, food insecurity, substance addiction, criminal history, domestic violence, unemployment or underemployment, homelessness/housing insecure, lack of transportation, childcare, learning disabilities, digital literacy/digital access, and long-term dependency on public assistance.
• Demonstrated trust and relationship building skills and ability to effectively manage conflict and difficult client situations.
• Knowledge of workforce development programming.
• Strong organizational, written, and verbal skills.
• Prior teaching experience preferred.
• Familiarity with local workforce landscape is required.
• A valid driver’s license is required as well as an MVR showing no prior DUI/DWI’s and fewer than 2 points against the license.
• The ability to read, write and speak English is required.


Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
Life Insurance
Short-term Disability Insurance
403b Retirement Plan
Employee Referral Program

How to apply

Send cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

About the organization

The Maryland Food Bank is a non-profit organization leading the movement to end hunger in Maryland. We have an extensive network of community and organizational partners across the state that distribute food to the Marylanders who need us.

For more than four decades, the Maryland Food Bank has been our state’s leading food assistance organization, delivering food to underserved communities and marshalling the collective impact of more than 1300 community-based organizations. MFB strives to help the approximately 2 million food-insecure people in Maryland today get access to healthy food, as a means of enabling brighter futures. In late 2018, MFB expanded its core mission to include efforts to address the root causes of hunger, with the goal of helping more Marylanders become financially stable and food secure.

Additional information

Work Location
This is an on-site work environment with the possibility of having a hybrid work schedule.

The most important qualification for all Maryland Food Bank employees is their commitment to our mission: “Feeding people, strengthening communities, and ending hunger for more Marylanders.”