Manager of Internship Partnerships and DEVELOPMENT

Organization Description

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge metropolitan area. Serving as the voice of the business community, BRAC’s membership includes nearly 1,500 organizations whose employees represent over a third of the Capital Region workforce. We are an aggressively ambitious regional economic development organization with a bias for action, living out our core values of leadership, inclusivity, objectivity, optimism, and persistence. BRAC seeks to push Baton Rouge beyond the status quo, unleash its potential, and support a vibrant business community that believes the finish line does not exist.

Supporting BRAC’s Commitment to Talent Development

BRAC’s new 5-year strategic plan emphasizes talent development, attraction, and retention.  BRAC’s commitment to these values, then, stems from the understanding that a more welcoming environment and more inclusive opportunities for all people will propel growth, attract business, and enhance quality of life for everyone. Strong performance across measures of economic inclusion – like closing the gap in disparities for the poverty rate; household income; educational attainment; and workers in management positions – is closely linked with stronger economic growth for the region as a whole.

We’re looking for someone who has a proven track record serving in an outward-facing business and stakeholder-management role. You have strengths in project and program management, you see the big picture and the small details simultaneously and can extract the most critical pieces to formulate what will help your stakeholders be successful. You collaborate with others, problem solve adroitly, and you expect high-quality deliverables.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Policy, this position will be responsible for building and managing relationships with businesses, educating them on the details of student internships, and expanding internship opportunities for secondary and post-secondary students throughout the Capital Region. This position serves as the primary contact for BRAC’s business and education partners, and candidates for this role must demonstrate exceptional relational intelligence, data management, time management, and critical thinking skills.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • EMPLOYER ENGAGAMENT | Drive the advancement of the Youth Workforce Initiative through business outreach, recruitment, and onboarding, promoting internships, project management, and process improvements. Create internal structures, processes, and procedures within and across organizational functions.
  • TEAM LEADERSHIP | Strategically guide, lead and connect the Youth Workforce Initiative team. Empower team members to lean into their strengths and provide development opportunities and coaching to encourage continual growth.
  • ORGANIZATIONAL IMPACT | Participate in broad organizational decision-making and serve as a thought partner to fellow leaders. Align programmatic decisions and operations to organizational goals and values.
  • DATA INFORMED LEADERSHIP | Monitor and analyze organizational performance metrics and KPIs to guide insights, decision making, continuous improvement and strategy.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.


  • A bachelor’s degree is required; a degree in Business or Economics is preferred
  • Self-starter with a positive, goal-oriented attitude, and the ability to lead projects and initiatives independently
  • A strong command of Microsoft office products is required
  • Adeptness in communicating complex ideas and sophisticated analyses
  • Strategic and tactical planning skills
  • Strong collaboration and interpersonal skills
  • Effectiveness communicating relevant project information to superiors and colleagues
  • Exceptional critical thinking skills
  • Ability to tactfully communicate difficult/sensitive information
  • Skill in delivering engaging, informative, polished, and well-organized presentations
  • Ease in interfacing with senior level executives
  • Ability to meet internal and external stakeholders’ expectations effectively and professionally and positively represent the organization
  • A desire to work within a diverse, collaborative, and driven professional environment
  • Live out the BRAC values and has a passion for the BRAC mission and vision

Additional proficiencies:

  • Experienced senior leader in operations, nonprofit, or startup during growth periods
  • Self-starter with a positive, goal-oriented attitude, and the ability to lead projects and initiatives independently
  • Comfort with change and ambiguity
  • Comfort using Microsoft suite and project management software
  • Experience using and optimizing CRM platforms
  • Ability to understand and interpret the multiple complexities of the evolving youth internship and apprenticeship movement
  • Experience building and managing coalitions to accomplish program goals
  • A demonstrated ability to convey organizational views in a compelling way to a variety of individuals via multiple mediums
  • Ability to successfully adapt to professional situations, both formal and informal

The above statements are intended to describe the essential functions of the job being performed by employees assigned to this classification. The duties listed are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. With the evolution of the organization and this role, the responsibilities of this position may change at any time.

Sound interesting?

We look forward to hearing from you! To apply for this position, please upload cover letter and resume by visiting here.

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