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Interested in Becoming a Board Member?

The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County is a  business led public body whose members are  responsible for shaping and strengthening local and regional workforce development efforts and providing resources to support small business development and job growth.

Contra Costa County is now accepting applications for membership on the Workforce Development Board (WDB).
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law 2014 and became effective on July 1, 2015. WIOA stipulates that all positions on the local WDB are appointed by the chief elected official and that certain categorical positions require nomination prior to appointment (WIOA 107(b)(2) and 107(c)(1(A)). The Board of Supervisors authorized the Workforce Development Board (WDB) to implement a recruitment and nomination/application process for WDB members and will approve appointment of nominees to the WDB. As outlined in WIOA , the WDB includes representation from business, workforce, education and training, and government and economic development.

Applications for the following positions are now being accepted.
•  Business
• Workforce Representatives
• Adult Education/Literacy Representative (WIOA Title II)
• Higher Education Representative
• Economic and Community Development Representative (1 seat)
• Wagner Peyser Representative (1 seat)
• Vocational Rehabilitation Representative (1 seat)
• Additional Seats from the above categories referenced to Training Employment & Guidance Letter (TEGL 27-14)

The representatives appointed to the Workforce Development Boards must have “optimum policy-making authority,” which means the individual may reasonably be expected to speak affirmatively on behalf of the entity he or she represents and to commit the entity to a chosen course of action (TEGL 27-14).

Qualifications for each categorical position are as follows:

Business Representatives
In accordance with WIOA, a majority of the members of each local board shall be representative of business in the local area, who-
• are owners of businesses, chief executives or operating officers of businesses, or other business executives or employers with optimum policymaking or hiring authority; (WIOA 107)b)(2)(A)(i) and 20 C.F.R 679.320(g)(1)); and
• represent businesses, including small businesses, or organizations representing busineses, that provide employment opportunities that, at a minimum, include high-quality, work-relevant training and provide development in in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the local area; and (WIOA 107)b)(2)(A)(ii) and 20 C.F.R 679.320(g)(1)); and
• are appointed from among individuals nominated by local business organizations and business trade associations (WIOA 107)b)(2)(A)(iii) and 20 C.F.R 679.320(g)(1)

Workforce Representatives
The Workforce category includes representatives of labor organizations, at least one of a joint-labor management apprenticeship program, and may include representatives of a community-based organization, WIOA defines each of these positions as follows:

Representatives of labor organizations must:
• be nominated by local labor federations (WIOA 107)b)(2)(B)(i) and 20 C.F.R 679.320(g)(1)

Representatives of joint labor-management apprenticeship programs must:
• be a member of a labor organizations or a training director (WIOA 107)b)(2)(B)(ii)

Representatives of community-based organizations must:
• have demonstrated experience and expertise in addressing the employment needs if individuals with barriers to employment, including organizations that serve veterans or that provide support competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities (WIOA 107)b)(2)(A)(iii)

How to apply
Complete a board membership application and provide a letter of support from a business membership organization or similar entity (e.g. Chamber of Commerce, economic development organization, Rotary, etc.) that recognizes and endorses you for board membership.

After board applications are reviewed, candidates may be invited to interview for an open board seat.  Either the full board or the Executive Committee will take action to send recommended applications to the Board of Supervisors who is the final appointing body.  Once this process is complete, staff will contact the new board member to schedule time to meet and provide an orientation.
If you are interested in serving the Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board , please fill out the application and submit (as applicable to certain categorical position) to:

Stephanie Mello at Stephanie.Mello@cob.cccounty.us

OR

Mail both forms to the following address:
County Administrator’s Office
Contra Costa County
Attn: Stephanie Mello
651 Pine Street , Room 106
Martinez, CA 94553