PITTSFIELD -- Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi has reopened his search for a new BerkshireWorks Career Center executive director after rejecting an initial round of applicants, including the current director, John Barrett III.
However, Bianchi also stopped short of ruling out Barrett in the next round. A former longtime North Adams mayor, Barrett was appointed executive director in 2011 by former Pittsfield Mayor James Ruberto.
Barrett's contract expired in September, but he continues to serve in the state-funded position under the same contract terms.
Bianchi said Thursday he is hoping to attract someone with extensive experience in a workforce development, state employment system or similar position, preferably with a background in information technology as well.
The job is expected to be posted online again today, with a salary range of $86,000 to $94,000.
Resumes are requested by Oct. 24, according to the advertisement.
BerkshireWorks is a partnership between Berkshire Training and Employment Program and the state Division of Career Services, chartered by the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board. It provides access to programs and services for businesses, job seekers, workers and employers.
Bianchi said Barrett has done a good job as director, "but I'm really looking for someone with a workforce development background and experience." He added, "But we will have to see where this search goes. Oftentimes we have to go out [for resumes] two or three times."
Appointing authority is Bianchi's as the lead public official in the county's largest municipality.
Contacted Thursday, Barrett said, "I can't worry about that. I understand that the mayor has the right to select his own person. I'm still working under the terms I was hired under two and a half years ago ... What will be, will be."
Barrett added that he still enjoys the position and believes he's been successful in what he sees as primarily an administrative job. Audit findings before he began noted serious financial issues, he said, "but those findings have all been cleared. That's what I'm most pleased with."
He added, "Employee morale is high, and I think I have done the job I was hired to do."
In his time in the post, Barrett said, he also was asked to be an advocate for the profession by the Massachusetts Workforce Professional Association and has built a number of relationships and partnerships in the field.
City Personnel Director John DeAngelo said the first search for applicants didn't produce an many resumes as expected.
One change this time, he said, is the inclusion of the salary range in the ad.
DeAngelo said a review committee consisting of himself, another city department head, a member of the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board and a career center official reviewed eight of the applications received. He said they chose two finalists for submission to Bianchi, including Barrett.
The advertisement notes that the BerkshireWorks Career Center, located on North Street, is a quasi-public city agency with a mission to strengthen the Berkshire economy by advancing the skill development of youth and adults for careers in the knowledge and innovation economy.
Among requirements listed are a bachelor's degree in business administration, communication or business management; at least five years of experience as a senior manager in employment and training/workforce; a working knowledge of employment and training programs funded through [state and federal agencies], as well as state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to grant management, managed information systems data collection requirements and procedures; knowledge of regulatory procurement policy of grants; knowledge of computers and application programs; strong writing, presentation and interpersonal skills.