Workforce Readiness Director

Position Description & Duties

Serves as an appointed member of the State Council.  Monitors and evaluates on a continuing basis national, state, and local activities concerning workforce readiness.  Works in cooperation with local chapter Workforce Readiness Advocates. 
State Director
  1. Serve as an advocate and program coordinator for workforce readiness State Council activities.
  2. Attend all State Council meetings and actively participate in Council matters.
  3. Identify and evaluate issues that impact workforce readiness and develop goals for State Council workforce readiness strategy.
  4. Serve as a resource for local chapter members on workforce readiness issues and provide leadership to the local chapters on education issues.
  5. Monitor local activities concerning workforce readiness and provide timely information on education issues to the State Director, local chapter President and local chapter Workforce Readiness Director.
  6. Develop and support workshops and seminars that address workforce readiness issues.
  7. Provide special recognition for local chapter members and for local programs that promote betterment of the local workforce through educational process.
  8. Participate in SHRM Workforce Readiness Core Leadership Area events, including the SHRM National Leadership Conference, the National SHRM Workforce Readiness Conference, and state and regional conferences.
  9. Participate in the development and implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the State Council.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned by the State Director. 
  • SHRM membership in good standing required
  • SHRM certification preferred
  • Emerging Talent - Preparing high school and college students to enter the workforce
  • Veterans at Work - Helping organizations attract, hire and retain members of the military community
  • Getting Talent Back to Work - Helping the formerly-incarcerated transition back to the workforce
  • Employing Abilities @ Work – Helping organizations hire, develop, advance and retain individuals with disabilities in their workplace
Serves a one-year term beginning with the first day of January and ending the last day of December.  May be reappointed for two additional terms for a total service of three years. 

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Contact Information


Bob Von Der Linn, SHRM-SCP
WI SHRM Workforce Readiness Director

Ph: 262.443.9527
Term start:  1/1/2020


Bob is President and Principal Consultant for Change Leadership Resources, LLC – applying his expertise in change management and performance improvement for corporate clients around the country.  Prior to that, Bob spent twelve years at General Electric that included Six Sigma Black Belt training and internal consultant roles at GE’s Crotonville Leadership Development Center and GE Capital.  

He earned an M.S. in Training & Learning Technology from the New York Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Management of Technological Systems from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  Bob is Past-President of the Metro Milwaukee SHRM. 

Bob has a daughter Kelsey who lives and works in Burlington, VT., and a son Christopher who is a Lieutenant in the US Army.   For therapy, Bob enjoys craft beer and plays bass guitar in a rock band called “Looming Larger.”


Additional Information

The Workforce Readiness Director monitors and evaluates on a continuing basis state and local activities concerning workforce readiness issues, and works with chapter workforce readiness advocates to plan and encourage chapter involvement and activities impacting the workforce readiness arena.  Click here for more information.

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