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Director of Manufacturing Operations – JARC RI

Job Posted: 1/28/2022

Job Title: Director of Manufacturing Operations – JARC RI

Program(s): Careers in Manufacturing Programs (CMP) and Business & Workforce Services (BWS)

Reports To: Site Director – JARC RI

Supervises: Technical Training Instructors (including CNC, Additive Mfg, Robotics, Mfg Bridge Program) and Job Developer


The Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) promotes strong communities, businesses and households to ensure that people who work do not live in poverty.  JARC RI is a partnership between JARC and Polaris MEP.

JARC helps low-income workers, job seekers and community residents attain financial self-sufficiency through skills training and support services. JARC’s training programs target middle skills gaps in the manufacturing sector, such as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinist, additive manufacturing and robotics, and serve a variety of populations:

  • Careers in Manufacturing Programs – Provide job training and employment services to a variety of adult job seekers, including dislocated workers and job seekers with barriers to employment.
  • Business and Workforce Services – Design and execute customized firm side training classes for industry employer partners and their incumbent workers.

The Director of Manufacturing Programs supports these programs and strategies through leadership of the technical training faculty, management of JARC’s training facilities, and stewardship of manufacturing partnerships.

Essential Functions:

Careers in Manufacturing Programs (CMP)

  • Oversees all aspects of technical training and industry certifications in JARC’s job training programs
  • Ensures the execution of JARC’s curricula, program design and safety protocols for the Careers in Manufacturing Programs, including CNC, Additive Mfg, Robotics and Mfg Bridge
  • Executes JARC Best Practices, including: Open Entry / Open Exit, Simulated Work Environment, and Use of Industry Credentials
  • Supervises and develop technical training instructors and job developer; provide technical support and industry expertise
  • Conducts outreach with companies to facilitate employer engagement and hiring of JARC graduates; build firm side partnerships
  • Interface with partners to ensure building maintenance, security and safety

Business and Workforce Services (BWS)

  • Designs and executes customized worker training classes; adapt existing curricula and course outlines to align with customer goals
  • Develops customer-focused programming; understands customers’ business model and business goals, manufacturing processes and technology, job functions, career paths, and skills gaps
  • Uses JARC Diagnostic Tools including Manufacturing Skills Assessment (MSA)and Skills Inventories (SI) to verify and benchmark competencies
  • Markets incumbent worker training classes; prepares service agreements
  • Writes reports; meets with company to debrief on training classes and identify next steps
  • Helps employers develop Career Path Plans using JARC model, blending coursework, hands-on competencies and relevant industry credentials


  • Manages the budget of training operations, submit purchase requests to and notify Site Director with monthly budget updates
  • Provides technical support for training center including equipment, IT and site maintenance
  • Secures quotes and prepare PO materials, supplies and equipment for the training center
  • Other duties as assigned


Team Functions:

  • Participates on Management Team
  • Contributes to agency’s continuous quality improvement efforts
  • Collaborates and cultivates strong working relationship with all staff, including JARC Chicago and JARC Baltimore
  • Ensures development opportunities and coaching to help team members develop professionally; includes completing performance evaluations according to review schedule.
  • Contributes to JARC’s warm and welcoming environment
  • Models safety on the shop floor



  • Minimum of 10 years of manufacturing experience
  • Must be dedicated to JARC’s mission of moving individuals and families out of poverty through a combination of skills training and support services
  • Must have experience programming, setting up and operating Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines
  • Must have knowledge of shop safety and machine tools
  • Must be fluent in shop math, print reading and metrology
  • Minimum of 5 years of teaching (on-the-job teaching is accepted) or supervisory experience
  • Ability to execute competency-based learning and the use of industry skill standards and certifications
  • Must be able to train other teachers in the use of curriculum and in project-based learning
  • Must be a team player, willing and able to train other teachers, work with employer partners and other training organizations
  • Bilingual a plus



  • Full-time (Project latest F/T launch Fall 2022; may start as a P/T position sooner)
  • FLSA Exempt
  • Management Position
  • Criminal Background Checks Required


Salary Range:

  • $65,000 – $70,000 at Full Time
  • Higher Hourly for P/T or 1099 prior to F/T start


To be considered for this position, send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]


Minority/Female/Veteran/Disabled/LGBTQ/Gender Identity/LGBTQ encouraged to apply.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation and Polaris MEP are Equal Opportunity Employers. No persons will be discriminated against in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. Every employee is expected to carry out and support these policies.


Polaris MEP and Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) have established a partnership to create a new entity, JARC RI, that will advance the needs of the manufacturing sector and assist low-income workers to transition out of poverty.

Together, Polaris MEP and JARC will build a robust pipeline of skilled employees for RI manufacturers through JARC’s highly successful training model.