Project Director - FTI/LMCI

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Project Director - FIT/LMCI


In this newly created role as the Project Director, you will work in a matrix environment with regional affiliates across the country to support training and projected business needs, while elevating our organization’s visibility nationwide. As the key point of contact for our field team (8 staff, including apprenticeship training representatives and industry liaisons), you will ensure the team has all systems, processes, and information they need to be effective and impactful in their work. As a trusted member of our cohesive leadership team, you will work directly with the executive director, who is accessible but will give you the autonomy you need to make this role your own, and your peers, three directors and an office manager. Your fresh eyes will help us identify areas for improvement so we can continually enhance internal processes and deliver timely, high-quality programs. 


About Us

The Labor Management Cooperation Initiative (LMCI) and Finishing Trades Institute (FTI) are service functions for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) and the Finishing Industries. Recognized as one of the most active unions in the labor movement, IUPAT is a growing force of over 160,000 active and retired men and women in the United States and Canada working in the finishing trades as industrial and commercial painters, drywall finishers, wall coverers, glaziers, glass workers, floor covering installers, sign makers, display workers, convention and show decorators, and many more exciting occupations. IUPAT members help shape their communities in many ways – through an abiding commitment to service, by fighting passionately for workers’ rights that benefit all working families, and through effective and aggressive political mobilization.


About the Position

As Project Director, you will implement project management tools and best practices that manage moving pieces throughout LMCI and FTI. We will look to you to set goals, implement metrics, and create project templates that show project statuses for all staff. Key to your success in this role is your ability to cultivate relationships, manage groups, solicit opinions and insights, and put programs into action. Much of your work is done through the management of teams and the management of important projects.


Coming in the door, we will look to you to learn our business model, evaluate our current processes, and implement SOPs and project management processes that allow the entire team (onsite and field staff alike) to consolidate workflow and increase operational efficiencies. We will rely on your expertise to make this a smooth transition for all of us. 


You will help your staff proactively determine training, certification, and grant needs for the regions – ensuring all affiliates have what they need to implement standards and meet their goals. You will be in daily communication with your field team as you executive coach, advise, and problem solve before project issues escalate. You will serve as the voice of your team, reconciling immediate business issues, managing escalations through the executive director, and keeping your team informed on new developments from the Hanover, MD office. This is an excellent opportunity to have a direct and meaningful impact as you and your team take “good to great” in an already successful and well-established organization.


The Labor Management Cooperation Initiative (LMCI) has a mission to grow the market share of union construction companies and workforce. As industry advocates, we give our contractors and members a single, unified voice to address industry and political decision-makers on issues of mutual interest. We accomplish our goals by exploring new markets and technologies; business-to-business networking; driving solutions on health and safety issues; and promoting advanced training and education for the IUPAT workforce.


IUPAT’s education department, the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI), offers an apprenticeship training program support for trainers and instructors in over 30 district councils across the United States and Canada. FTI programs not only provide the necessary skills to do the job right the first time but also provide the training to do it safely. The FTI exists to provide IUPAT members with the skills they need to have a fulfilling and rewarding career in the finishing trades.


Responsibilities of the Project Director

  • Implement project management tool: select software, determine steps for the projects, set up structure across teams, serve as the point person to answer questions, train staff to track projects from initial email to final invoice.
  • Design and implement project templates which can be used globally across FTI and LMCI to identify responsibilities, budget, timelines, etc.
  • Update and change established procedures to best meet the needs of teams.
  • Set performance goals and metrics for field staff.
  • Design and implement best practices for recruitment.
  • Check in with field staff daily to make sure they are focused and on task, collect data, solve problems as possible, and escalate issues to the director as necessary.
  • Serve as coach and resource to staff and build rapport through recognition, respect, and success.
  • Build a reputation for teamwork, service, and responsiveness of your team.
  • Analyze staff reports and help build relationships in regions by assisting staff in identifying areas where we can provide grant funding, training, trade show sponsorships, marketing and training materials, etc. to our affiliates.
  • Assist team in facilitating national affiliate needs by writing grants, providing advice, managing and implementing standards, setting up round table meetings, and developing special projects with your team.
  • Oversee quality, timeliness, and delivery of programs which meet or exceed expectations.
  • Share information on curriculum, software, and best practices with your staff so that they are aware of all the ways they can serve their affiliates.
  • Provide affiliate and field staff feedback to the executive team in a productive and effective way.
  • Provide daily updates to the executive director on the progress of dozens of ongoing projects in the field and operationally.


Qualifications of the Project Director

  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
  • 10 or more years of project management experience.
  • 5 or more years’ supervisory experience, including a proven ability to manage a cohesive team.
  • Project management software and Microsoft Office Suite experience required (Wrike or Smartsheet a plus).
  • Demonstrated skill and capacity to bring about creative solutions to complex problems in a collaborative manner. Demonstrated tact, professionalism, discretion, and diplomacy.
  • Ability to travel up to 25 percent of the time.
  • Experience working in a construction environment preferred.


Attributes of the Project Director

  • Excellent project manager. You plan carefully to keep projects on schedule and on budget. Your communication is key to how a project runs. You have the ability to make quick decisions and work efficiently to keep several projects and teams running at the same time while looking ahead at future projects. 
  • Process-oriented. You love to make things faster, smoother, and more effective – and you are good at it. You bring order to competing priorities and keep things clear, concise, and running smoothly. You delegate effectively and drive a clear process.
  • Problem solver. You’re intellectually curious. You think about what a process should be, evaluate the options, and implement solutions. You understand the big picture and you easily recognize challenges before they occur.
  • Business-focused. You set priorities wisely and know how to make tough resource allocation decisions, always finding a way to forward strategic initiatives.
  • Firm and fair mentor/supervisor. You are an excellent mentor and are known for developing great people. You confidently engage staff at all levels to define needs and expectations. You insist on respect and accountability. People enjoy working with you.
  • Collaborative. You are open and collaborative. You value what each team member brings to the table and you know how to maintain relationships and get the work done. You are sensitive to cultural differences and respectful of all people.
  • Team player. You hold others accountable to their commitments and you are impeccable with your word. You know when to delegate and can just as easily roll up your sleeves when needed. You navigate all kinds of relationships with ease and good judgment.
  • Communicator. You possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. You communicate readily and effectively at all levels, one-on-one, and in groups. You build an environment of respect.
  • Service driven. You have positive, friendly, intelligent, and empathetic interactions with colleagues and customers. You understand the needs of the mission and the direction of the organization. You are committed to providing the highest level of service. You take initiative and work hard to make a difference for others.
  • Adaptable. You are able to anticipate and respond to change in a fast-paced environment on a daily basis and demonstrate a willingness to learn new ways of approaching your work to achieve better results.
  • Hard worker. You don’t just show up for work; you have a strong work ethic and are highly productive, always looking to do more. You embody accountability and foster trust. 

What’s Attractive to the Right Project Director Candidate?

  • This role is yours to own and develop. As part of the leadership team, your input will be valued.
  • This is a fairly autonomous role where you will enjoy a close working relationship with the executive director, who is supportive, does not micromanage, and will trust you to do your job well.
  • You will be working with a highly qualified, committed team who have been on staff for many years.
  • This is a culture known for great service and successful programs where everyone takes pride in their hard work.
  • Our organization is family-oriented, with a strong focus on our members. You can be proud of the craftsmen and craftswomen we serve: the painters, finishers, glaziers, installers, and other construction workers who are the backbone of America.
  • We offer competitive compensation, use of a company vehicle, and a generous benefits package that includes 100 percent employer-paid medical, dental, vision coverage, prescription, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance of 1x annual salary, pension, and a 401(k) with 6 percent employer contribution. Additionally, we offer 2 weeks of vacation and 10 paid holidays including a holiday break between Christmas and New Year’s. 


To Apply for the Project Director position with FTI/LMCI:

Use the “Apply” button on this page, or email your resume to Jennie Kinsfather at with “FTI/LMCI – Project Director / 2017-2250 SA” as the subject of the email.


Alternative Titles: Senior Project Manager, Program Manager, Project Manager, Superintendent, Deputy Project Manager, Director, Operations Manager.


Internally this position title is: Affiliate Services Director

Staffing Advisors is committed to helping our clients create a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Some positions may require pre-employment screening potentially including a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history. 

IUPAT is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Use of the computer for approximately 60%-80% of the day. Physical mobility required to perform shipping, receiving, inventory and classroom set up, including lifting of light boxes up to 50 lbs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: This position is based in Hanover, MD. The dress code is business casual and may be may be altered at any time by the FTI Executive team. You will be provided with a cell phone and laptop and are expected to be accessible via phone or email outside of regular business hours in order to cover calls from the east coast to Hawaii. We offer a flexible schedule but it is anticipated you will spend 35 hours per week in the office and an additional 15 hours offsite. 




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