At Last…The News We’ve All Been Waiting For

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 20, 2016 Contact: Lauren Weiner-(202) 406-0224
In Gear Career Merges with Hiring Our Heroes to Provide Greater Opportunities for Professionally-Focused Military Spouses



Tampa, FL– In Gear Career (IGC) is pleased to announce our merger with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) program. While the veteran unemployment rate has dropped, the rate for military spouses has held steady at nearly three times that of their civilian counterparts, hovering at nearly 30% for some spouse groups. This situation is not something that we can ignore, and the merger of the two organizations will provide a stronger opportunity to address the issues facing military spouses in the employment realm.

IGC, a Tampa-based non-profit, was launched by Lauren Weiner, Donna Huneycutt, and Haley Uthlaut, the spouses of active duty troops and a Department of Defense civilian, all of whose career progressions were challenged by their frequent moves with the military. Weiner and Huneycutt launched a consulting firm in 2005, leveraging the untapped talents of military spouses on military installations. Uthlaut, herself a veteran, Gold Star spouse, and current military spouse, approached Weiner and Huneycutt to similarly connect and support this untapped professional military spouse labor pool on a broader scale, and together they developed the idea of a non-profit organization to support the spouses that Weiner and Huneycutt couldn’t hire directly. From early on in the group’s history, it worked collaboratively with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes program to support military spouses in progressing or continuing their professional careers, which in turn supports retention of some of our best active duty troops.

In Gear Career was the first non-profit organization to provide local professional networking for military spouses experiencing permanent changes of station. IGC’s unique model targets the root causes of unemployment and underemployment for military spouses. Primarily, the frequent military moves (Permanent Changes of Station, or PCS) mean that spouses cannot build and sustain the professional network that is required for job searches, career progression, and natural mentorship opportunities. IGC’s local chapters around the world work, hand in hand with the community, to develop and sustain these professional networks across professional disciplines. When a spouse PCSes to a new location, they can immediately plug into the professional network in their chosen career field. In the past, spouses developed these networks at each duty station, and the contacts they made were not effectively available to other spouses coming in to the area, except on an ad-hoc basis.

“Military spouses aren’t looking for a hand-out; IGC is looking to ensure that spouses simply have a level playing field in seeking employment opportunities and career progression. Our programs, and particularly our local chapter model, seeks to make sure spouses can hit the ground running in each duty station with the network that is so critical to getting a professional-level job in today’s job market,” says Lauren Weiner, one of the founders of IGC and the Chair of the Board.

Donna Huneycutt points out that many military spouses today married into the military after developing professional careers–and often incurring significant student debt. “In addition to the local networking, we focus on educating employers about the talents of this labor pool and supporting military spouses so that they can port their careers with them after proving themselves on-ground. This means that they can pay back student loans, help support the family, and avoid forcing their active duty spouse to make career choices based on geography.”

IGC routinely worked with local Chambers of Commerce to build and sustain these networks. IGC also advocates for military spouse employment in local communities—including educating employers about the benefits of hiring spouses, and helping to highlight local opportunities from interested employers—through our relationships with local Chambers and other community organizations. “IGC makes personal introductions to hiring managers for specific open positions, instead of simply asking spouses to send their resumes in to a resume database. We find that the personal introduction ensures that spouses don’t get lost in the shuffle, particularly in larger companies,” says Amanda Crowe, Executive Director of IGC.

IGC also worked closely with the US Chamber of Commerce on national programs, including a toolkit for Government Service (GS) employment for spouses. Hiring Our Heroes is a successful program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, supporting efforts to employ veterans and military spouses. Earlier today, Hiring our Heroes announced that 2016 will be designated as “The Year of the Military Spouse” within their organization. The joining of In Gear Career and Hiring Our Heroes will enable us to expand our reach into the communities we serve and provide career development and networking opportunities at the grassroots level for military spouses and employers.

Elizabeth O’Brien, Director of the Military Spouse Program for Hiring Our Heroes, said: “I am so pleased to welcome In Gear Career and Amanda Crowe to Hiring Our Heroes. The merging of our two teams will immediately impact our ability to better serve military spouses and employers at the grassroots level, while providing networking opportunities, and professional development throughout the year.”


Referral Opportunity for Military Spouse Professionals- USAA

















Company: USAA

Job Overview: 


USAA is currently seeking talented current and former Military Spouses/Domestic Partners to join their team as an Financial Foundation Associate – Auto Insurance for Work At Home opportunities for their May 18, 2015 in Columbus, Georgia training class.

As a Financial Foundations Associate – Auto Insurance for USAA you will provide member onboarding, servicing and/or facilitation of product sales through various channels (e.g phone, mail, e-mail, face-to-face). Deepens and retains member relationships through needs assessment and solution offerings from USAA products and services.


  • Gathers information and close on product sales demonstrating intermediate skills and knowledge of USAA products and benefits.
  • Identifies member events to provide solutions on products and close on product sales that meet the member’s needs and facilitate the member’s financial security.
  • Empathizes with members and provide offers & solutions to make it easy for members to acquire a USAA product.
  • Responds to and complete member requests.

Training Hours

  • Availability to attend a minimum of 12 weeks paid structured classroom training on-site in Columbus, Georgia.
  • Training hours will be 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday with a licensing test during the 2nd week on either Thursday or Saturday.

Work Schedule

  • Availability to work at home Monday through Saturday between the hours of 9:30 am – 6:00 pm for a full time, 5 day, 40 hour work week, to include every Saturday depending on business need.
  • A 30 percent Shift Premium pay would apply to work hours scheduled after 6pm Monday-Friday and Saturdays.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be a current, or former, military spouse/domestic partner. (USAA Benefits definition of a Domestic Partner is as follows: A Domestic Partner is the same- or opposite-sex adult who is in a continuous, committed, and exclusive relationship with you, and who: (1) is not in any such relationship with any other individual (such as by legal marriage, common law marriage or domestic partnership); (2) is not related by kinship to you to a degree that would preclude marriage in the state in which you are domiciled; (3) has shared a principal residence with you for at least 12 months; and (4) is Financially Interdependent on you.
  • High School diploma (or GED).
  • 2 years of customer contact experience in a sales, military, or call center environment to include a minimum of 1 year frequent (e.g. daily) communication with customers via telephone, e-mail and/or face-to-face or Bachelor’s degree.
  • 1+ years experience multi-tasking in a Windows operating system environment.
  • Successful completion of job-related assessment may be required.
  • Current applicable license or ability to obtain within a designated number of attempts and maintenance of applicable licenses.
  • Computer literate in a Windows operating environment.
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time at computer.
  • Ability to work in phone intensive environment using headset.
  • Available to attend minimum 12 weeks of on-site training and onboarding in Columbus, Georgia starting May 18, 2015.
  • Ability to work at home full time after training period.
  • Established internet provider.


  • Current Military Spouse/Domestic Partner of a Military Member.
  • Military Spouse/Domestic Partner within the last 3 years.
  • Bachelors degree.
  • 2 years of customer contact experience in a Financial Services Call Center to include 6+ months experience frequently communicating (minimum 60 percent of the time) with customers by phone, e-mail, and/or face to face.
  • Inbound phone-intensive/call center environment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office tools.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.

The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job.

Are you a Military Spouse interested in applying?


If you’re interested in more information and an direct introduction to the manager at USAA, please email us.

PLEASE NOTE: We will provide an individual referral, but you must ALSO complete the online application process through USAA at the following link:

Big Announcement…Part Deux

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In Gear Career is beyond thrilled to announce that USAA has come on board as a corporate sponsor!

As a small nonprofit organization with big dreams, we are excited to be working with an organization like USAA that has been a leader in Military Spouse hiring for years. This sponsorship will help us to grow the number of our chapters and programs and expand our impact on behalf of military spouses.

Our expected growth is great news because this means more OPPORTUNITY—for you (and you! and you!)!! You probably already know that USAA is a big believer in hiring Military Spouses and veterans and through this sponsorship we are excited to help bring some of those opportunities directly to In Gear Career members. USAA has a presence in many of the same areas we have chapters, so we will work together to make sure military spouses can take advantage of the various positions and exciting programs USAA brings. Spouses in Hampton Roads, VA, Tampa, FL and Colorado Springs, CO: you guys are the lucky ones! The immediate focus of these efforts will start in your areas and expand from there. More information on those opportunities as the year progresses and this sponsorship grows.

So you might be wondering, why did USAA choose to team up with In Gear Career? RELATIONSHIPS. Our local chapter model, social engagement, and our demonstrated ability to create relationships between military spouse professionals and the local communities they’re living in RIGHT NOW is aligned to the USAA mission to serve those who serve—it’s a perfect fit! They are also seeking to elevate the conversation about military spouse employment and they want to strengthen their relationships with military spouse professionals. We plan to help them do just that.

Want to make sure you have the latest and greatest on these programs and our relationship with USAA? Have a friend in one of the focus areas listed above that needs to know more? Make sure you’re following In Gear Career and USAA on social media (links below) and sign up for the In Gear Career newsletter.

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We are so excited to see how this partnership grows! A giant thank you to USAA for sponsoring In Gear Career!


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Executive Director

Referral Opportunity–Office Supervisor, Association of the United States Army

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Organization:        Association of the United States Army (AUSA)

Job Title:                 Office Supervisor

Location:                 Arlington, VA

Purpose:                 Supports the Director in all aspects of the Regional Activities Department, serves as the Point of Contact for

Chapters, and supervises the work of Department Administrative Assistants to ensure efficiency and efficacy.

Nature and Scope:

  1. Annual Meeting
  • Oversees the Preparation of Chapter Awards
  • Manages Chapter Annual Meeting registration and event ticket purchases
  • Works with Director to update Chapter Presidents on status of badge and ticket orders leading up to the Annual Meeting
  • Oversees distribution of tickets, badges, and ribbons to Chapter POCs onsite
  • Manages and assigns seating at the Marshall Dinner and Eisenhower Lunch
  • Processes ticket purchases in the database and tracks Chapter ticket sales and badge requests
  • Supervises Annual Meeting temp and Administrative Assistants
  1. Training Events
  • Make travel arrangements for all attendees
  • Prepare and assemble training materials
  • Prepare attendee rosters
  • Prepare name badges and tent cards
  • Prepare Completion Certificates
  • Provide on-site administrative support
  1. Regional Meetings
  • Ensures preparation and shipment of meeting materials I a timely manner
  1. Manage Loaned Equipment (displays, banners, table skirts)
  • Fill order requests and ship them
  • Track and maintain the return of the equipment
  1. Provide support to the Regional Activities Assistant Directors
  1. Travel Vouchers
  • Receives travel vouchers from Assistant Directors, Director, and State Presidents, checks for appropriate documentation of expenses, copies them for department records, and submits them to the Accounting Clerk
  1. Time Sheets
  • Collects time sheets of Administrative Assistants and checks for accuracy
  • Collects and submits time sheets of Assistant Directors and Director and to Human Resources
  1. Database Management
  • Checks Corporate Member renewals and new member applications for accuracy
  • May assist in entering Corporate Member renewal and new member applications at times of increased work flow or high volume of applications
  • Fields questions and requests from Corporate Members and Chapter Officers on database information
  1. Business Cards
  • Takes business card requests from State/Region Presidents, formats them to template, and submits them to Accounts Receivable/Purchasing
  1. President Pins
  • State President and Past State President pins are kept by the Office Supervisor, all other Chapter and Region pins are kept by Accounts Receivable/Purchasing. Coordinate on pin requests from Presidents 
  1. Region Allowances
  • Fill out check requests to be sent twice yearly: January 1 and July 1
  1. Serve as the Regional Activities Final Point of Contact for Chapters and Corporate Members
  • Field questions from Chapters with regard to Personify and/or general information
  • Fulfill any and all requests from Chapter members
  • Assist Chapter members with database issues and provide advice/guidance as needed/requested
  • Field questions from Corporate members about benefits of AUSA, local Chapter contacts and how to become a member
  • Handle any customer service problems or requests referred by Administrative Assistants or Call Center
  1. Certificates of Appreciation
  • Create certificates of Appreciation at the request of the Chapters



Are you a Military Spouse interested in applying?


If you’re interested in more information and an direct introduction to someone in the organization, please email us.


Referral Available for Military Spouse Professional: Chief Financial Officers Council, U.S. General Services Administration

Job Opportunity – Performance Manager
Chief Financial Officers Council, U.S. General Services Administration


The Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Council is a government-wide organization of the CFOs and Deputy CFOs of the largest Federal agencies, senior officials of the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of the Treasury, who work collaboratively to improve financial management in the U.S. Government.  The CFO Council Performance Manager position provides project management, analytical support and logistical coordination for the CFO Council. In conjunction with the Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) at OMB, this position is essential for helping the CFO Council to set strategic priorities, conduct analysis on critical issues – including Federal spending transparency, real property, financial shared services, improper payments, grants management, internal controls, financial reporting, debt collection, and workforce development – and provide the CFO Council with the capacity to achieve tangible outcomes that improve financial management across the Federal government.

The CFO Council Performance Manager will work with OFFM and other CFO Council staff to effectively support the Council, including managing meetings, events, projects, budget, staff and contractors; establishing communication and collaboration systems, and implementation of Federal policies and initiatives. The position will conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis of issues and policies to understand their impact on federal agencies. The role will also involve frequent written and oral communication with senior officials across federal government on substantive and logistical issues, requiring strong presentation/communication skills and an acute attention to detail. The Performance Manager will also act as a resource for CFOs and their staff, gathering feedback and identifying best practices in Federal financial management, overseeing CFO Council operations, and related topics.


Skills and Experience Required

  1. At least three to five years of experience with – and knowledge of – financial management issues, such as internal controls, financial reporting, risk management, financial shared services, budgeting, debt collection and real property. Experience with Federal financial management issues is preferred but not required.
  2. Advanced experience in program management and performance improvement.
  3. Ability to coordinate diverse teams to accomplish a common objective.
  4. Superior judgment and demonstrated ability to achieve consensus among parties who often have differences, competing interests, and constraints.
  5. Broad understanding of management, budget, regulatory, and other processes inside large, complex organizations, governmental or otherwise.
  6. Demonstrated superior analytical ability and progressively responsible and effective experience in identifying and resolving difficult problems. Superior skills and ability to apply these techniques and resources to analysis of assigned areas.
  7. Demonstrated flexibility and versatility in responding rapidly to varying, often time-pressured, assignments. Ability to move rapidly and confidently into complicated issues.
  8. Demonstrated ability to understand new areas quickly and thoroughly, to develop methods of approaching difficult challenges and to reason logically from the facts available.
  9. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships at the highest levels of an organization and across multiple stakeholders.
  10. Superior skill in synthesizing voluminous materials, and in clearly presenting ideas, conclusions, and recommendations, both orally and in writing.
  11. Ability to plan, conduct and facilitate effective meetings of senior officials through collaborative exchange and clear value delivery.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is creative, analytical, detail-oriented, thrives in a fast-paced environment, and has an interest in financial management issues. The position is a two-year term appointment, renewable for an additional two years based on performance. The position’s salary will be at the GS-13 or GS-14 level. The candidate must be a US citizen.

Are you a Military Spouse interested in applying?


If you’re interested in more information and an direct introduction to someone in the organization, please email us.