Remember the jobs bill that President Obama urged Congress to pass in his State of the Union address in late January? Well, he finally signed the $17.6 billion legislation last week after it Ping-Ponged between the Senate and the House for nearly two months. The bill gives tax breaks to businesses hiring people who have been unemployed for at least 60 days and bolsters the federal highway-construction program. The hope: building bridges and roads will translate into new jobs. Will the bill really ease the jobless rate? Even Obama remains skeptical. At the signing, the president said the government still needed to do more to help small businesses access credit and to encourage hiring in the private sector.
Meanwhile, NEWSWEEK continues to scour online job boards, including Indeed and Vault, to track the best listings with salaries of $100,000 or more. This week's picks:
CEO, YMCA, Boston
The YMCA serves more than 20 million members by offering everything from child care to swimming lessons and wellness programs. The Greater Boston chapter is looking for a leader to oversee operations, finances, partnerships, and fundraising. Applicants need at least 15 years of experience managing nonprofits or corporations with operating budgets of at least $20 million.
Pros: Offers the chance to lead a national nonprofit in a diverse, metropolitan city.
Cons: Fundraising, particularly these days, will be difficult.
Integrated Art Director
Ignited LLC, an award-winning midsize ad agency in Los Angeles, needs an art director to work with copywriters, designers, animators, and photographers to create print, digital, and social-media campaigns for clients that range from Sony to Princess Cruises to the U.S. Army. Ideally, candidates will have at least five years' experience.
Pros: Your work will not be confined to just print, since you'll create online ads and video.
Cons: Some may find the agency's bootstrapping and entrepreneurial spirit a bit too scrappy.
Water Resources Project Manager
HDR, an architectural, engineering, and consulting firm with 185 offices worldwide, is looking for a project manager in Los Angeles to manage water-resources projects for storm-water and drainage facilities. The manager needs experience with business development, budgets, and proposals.
Pros: Although the job listing says the position is based in L.A., you may also be able to work out of the company's offices in Irvine, Long Beach, San Diego, or Riverside.
Cons: To qualify, you'll need very specific skills: a degree in civil engineering, a California professional-engineering license, and at least five years of experience leading teams.
Marketing Strategy Consultant
Ferrazzi Greenlight, a Los Angeles–based marketing and consulting firm, wants a marketing guru to work with clients on projects that last from one to six months. At the same time, the consultant will help market the firm's own "brand," including promoting speaking engagements and books written by its founder, Keith Ferrazzi, who authored the bestselling networking tome Never Eat Alone.
Pros: The company focuses more on performance than seniority, so it's easy to move up the ladder.
Cons: This is not a traditional consulting job. In addition to helping clients promote themselves, the right candidate will also have to market Ferrazzi's growing brand.