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A highly organized, results-driven individual with professional qualifications in strategic planning, long/short term goal setting, finance/ budget management and program development. Proven leadership skills and strong team building experience. Excellent skills in assessing organizational challenges and creating solutions. Recognized for building effective cross agency partnerships, creative utilization of resources and attainment of established goals. Solid writing and presentation/public speaking skills. Demonstrates an ability to effectively prioritize and manage a broad range of responsibilities.
Linda T. Johnson is the CEO of The Links and Associates, LLC, a for profit consulting firm. Previously, Ms. Johnson, served in numerous capacities during her 34-year tenure with the State of Georgia as noted below.
Linda T. Johnson served as Assistant Commissioner of Career Development Services for the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) from 2005 - 2011. In this role, Ms. Johnson was responsible for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funded programs by developing and directing the Department's workforce strategies designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Ms. Johnson also had administrative responsibility for the Jobs for Georgia Graduates (JGG) school-to-work program that assisted hundreds of “at-risk” youth to consistently achieve a graduation rate of 90 percent or higher; GoodWorks – Georgia’s Transitional Jobs Service Strategy, which assisted thousands of women in their transition from welfare-to-work; the Fatherhood Program which encourages non-custodial parents to increase emotional, parental and financial involvement in the lives of their children and various special initiatives, such as Georgia Work$, the creative, nationally praised work-based training strategy which helped thousands of unemployed Georgians return to work. Ms. Johnson promoted enhanced integration of services across the Department of Labor by working closely with other divisions including Field Services, Employment Services, Rehabilitation Services and Unemployment Insurance.
Prior to joining the Labor team, Ms. Johnson worked with the Department of Family and Children Services in Georgia for over twenty years in various capacities including County Director positions as the first African-American in Peach, Sumter and Richmond counties. As Director, Ms. Johnson was responsible for the delivery of human services to adults, families and children through the administration of multiple state and federal programs designed to help families achieve self-sufficiency. The programs of administration included Child Welfare (Child Protective Services, Foster Care and Adoption Services); Family Independence Programs (Food Stamps, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Child Care and Employment Services.
Training and Staff Development
Designed and conducted numerous staff/professional development programs using a wide variety of teaching aids, motivational techniques, and implementation strategies to engage participants in active learning. Trained hundreds of human service professionals using a combination of commercial and custom designed curriculum materials.
A native of Savannah, Ms. Johnson graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Social Work Administration from the University of Georgia. Ms. Johnson also has prior experience in the educational arena as a part-time social work instructor at Fort Valley State University and as an elementary school teacher in the public-school system.