Jacob Dolan

Employer Engagement Strategist
jdolan@madeindurham.org | 919.215.5844
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Jacob Dolan serves as employer engagement strategist for Made in Durham, working to engage more local employers in providing work-based learning opportunities for Durham youth.

He also helps schools, students and employers implement work-based learning strategies that expose students to a variety of work opportunities and allow them to develop employability skills.

Dolan brings a background in business and education to this role. He worked as a Durham Public Schools middle school teacher for three years, then spent the past 11 years in various management roles in business, leading the hiring and training of new employees and supervising managers and employee service and operation teams.

As a manager at REI, Dolan focused on improving customer service by developing and piloting hiring programs, training programs and the roll-out of new technologies and processes for teams at local and regional levels. He developed talented employees and served as the informal or formal mentor for numerous employees and managers.

Also during this time, Dolan deepened his engagement with nonprofits through partnerships and volunteer roles. He earned a certificate in nonprofit management at Duke University and recently completed a three-year term on the national board of trustees of East Coast Greenway Alliance, serving as vice chair in his last year. As vice chair, he co-led a year-long strategic planning team with key stakeholders and partners to explore the direction necessary to achieve ECGA’s 2020 vision. He now serves on ECGA’s strategic advisory board.

Dolan holds a bachelor’s degree in English from University of Virginia and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also works as a private chef and as an entrepreneur launching new businesses.


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