Workforce Development Specialist – Fairfield County, Ohio
Fairfield County seeks a workforce or economic development professional to develop and coordinate programs to prepare its regional workforce for careers. Fairfield County Economic and Workforce Development serves as the fiscal and administrative agent for the five-county Area 20 Workforce Development Board. This position will oversee aspects of that Board including the employer services providers, youth council, area monitoring, and fiscal budgeting. The position also coordinates Fairfield County’s Career Readiness program which works in six high schools throughout the county. It is based at the new Workforce Center in Carroll, Ohio and will assist with daily operations and programming at the Workforce Center in partnership with local education providers.
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