Nichole ‘Niki’ Childers is the Director of Partnerships for the national nonprofit organization, Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). In this role, she is responsible for the design, management, and implementation of JAG’s national partnerships for the 1400 communities in its national network.
Working on their behalf, Childers creates employer engagement opportunities with contributing partners with companies such as SHRM, Honeywell, McDonald’s, Regions Bank and Adecco to name a few. Previous projects with JAG included the restructuring of their training and professional development practices, and working with C-Suite Executives who represent JAG’s 37 state affiliates.
Childers has worked in the education and nonprofit sector for the past decade. She started on the front line as a JAG Specialist (classroom teacher) and worked her way up to leadership team positions, first with JAG Kansas and now the national office. Her experience with JAG included a variety of roles; Educator, Regional Director and State Director of Training and Professional Development before moving into her current role.
Her notable successes include building a training department and designing an infrastructure that improved employee retention and initiated organizational growth.
Childers also develops curriculum for Wichita State University. Her course, “Cultivating Culture and Inspiring change”, debuted in Fall of 2020, where she teaches students about today’s work trends and how to create a foundation for organizational culture from a leadership perspective.
Childers graduated with a BS in Organizational Management and Leadership at Friends University and later received a Masters of Organizational Development from the same institution.