Building Futures is seeking an energetic, self-motivated staff member to join the agency’s team. This position is ideal for an individual who enjoys developing and managing external relationships, excels in a team environment, and is interested in personal and professional growth within a dynamic organization. The position will have the following responsibilities:


Primary responsibility:  The Employer Relations Associate is responsible for promoting and supporting the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship (RA) in Rhode Island. As an integral member of the Apprenticeship Rhode Island (ARI) team, this position will provide support to RA programs in construction and other non-H1B occupations, including RA program development, quality improvement and expansion, as well as technical assistance on program management. These primary responsibilities will occur under the direction of the Deputy Director and in partnership with the ARI team.

Secondary responsibility: The Employer Relations Associate will also be responsible for developing, expanding and supporting the connection of RA programs to youth and pre-apprenticeship programming, through the development of school, employer and community partnerships. Additionally, this position will support the Multi-Craft Apprenticeship Preparation Program initiative to develop a systemic approach for high school students to connect with construction trade careers via jointly-managed RA programs.

  1. Program Development & Technical Assistance

a. Facilitate design of Registered Apprenticeship programs with sponsors, including the on-the-job learning, related training instruction and other aspects of the RA program standards.

b. Assist sponsors in registering RA program standards and apprentices.

c. Provide ongoing technical assistance to Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors and/or employer partners to ensure seamless and effective program implementation.

d. Build long-standing sponsor and employer relationships through the provision of outstanding customer service.

e. Collect required program information, manage changes and troubleshoot challenges, as needed.

f. Promote Registered Apprenticeship to employers/partners with a goal of expanding the RA model in Rhode Island.


  1. Development, Expansion and Support an Apprenticeship Pipeline

a. Promote and incorporate RA programs into K-12 education, with a focus on career and technical education (CTE) programs of study, integrating connections to adult education and, specifically, aligning with post-secondary credit, policy and programs.

b. Develop an in-depth knowledge of the building trades’ national Multi-Craft core curriculum (MC3), and support public CTE programs in fully integrating and utilizing this curriculum.

c. In partnership with the communications manager, plan, implement and support a multi-faceted Construction Trade Career awareness/media campaign for students, parents and educators/counselors/school personnel.

d. Identify and support career exploration activities, including participation in career fairs and other school-related events and activities.

  1. Program Operations and Organizational Responsibilities

a. Provide overall support to ARI activities, including National Apprenticeship Week and other events.

b. Participate in information gathering and writing of quarterly reports.

c. Enter individual and programmatic data in electronic and hard copy systems with accuracy and expediency. Prepare reports and track outcomes.

d. Participate on agency-wide initiatives, providing expertise and support, as needed.

e. Represent Building Futures at public events, task forces and other external committees and activities.

  1. Other Duties as Assigned


  • A minimum of 3-5 years in designing and/or implementing employer-driven career or work-based training programs required, and experience with Registered Apprenticeship preferred.
  • Demonstrated skills in developing and managing external relationships.
  • Knowledge of – and interest in – developing and working through partnerships.
  • Demonstrated customer service experience and/or skills.
  • Strong critical thinking, organizational, and communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple competing tasks and activities.
  • Self-motivated, creative and committed to personal and organizational excellence.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a team environment, as well as work independently.
  • Bilingual (Spanish), a plus.
  • Competency with computer programs including: databases, Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Debra Medeiros Overly, Deputy Director at Resumes without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

Building Futures is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics