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17 Sep 2020

Full-Time Associate Director, Professional Development and Training

New Leaders – Posted by newleaders Anywhere

Job Description

Our mission is to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed.

“We believe that every student, in every circumstance, can achieve the highest levels of academic excellence.”


Who We Are

New Leaders transforms underperforming schools by developing outstanding leaders at every level of the education system—from teacher leaders to principals and their supervisors.

We work hand in hand with our state, district, and charter partners, delivering leadership solutions that build on their strengths and address their most-pressing priorities. Our evidence-based programming cultivates diverse, equity-driven leaders equipped with the skills to elevate instruction, enhance learning, and build vibrant, inclusive school communities. To encourage widespread adoption of effective, sustainable leadership practices, we also advocate for federal and state policies that support the work of school leaders everywhere.

To date, New Leaders has trained 3,900 education leaders who annually reach nearly half a million young people, mostly students of color and children from low-income families, delivering breakthrough academic results and building brighter futures for high-need urban and rural communities nationwide. Visit New Leaders to learn more.


Who You Are

The Associate Director, Professional Development & Training (AD, PD & T) will co-lead or support organization-wide professional development initiatives as a member of the People Development and Human Resources (PDHR) Team.

The AD, PD & T reports to the Executive Director, Professional Development & Training (ED, PD & T) and closely collaborates with various members of PDHR and other staff members across the organization.


What You’ll Do

Co-lead with the ED PD & T the creation, re-design, or enhancement and implementation of the vision for Organizational Stewardship, Organizational-Wide Brown Bags, Organizational-Wide Insights Learning Series, Staff Engagement Initiatives (e.g., My Why Staff Spotlights), and additional initiatives as needed.

  • Serve as a consultative thought partner in the development and design of programs and initiatives; conduct research and brainstorm new ideas and recommendations for design and delivery.
  • In response to feedback, staff needs, and organizational priorities or gaps, use innovative approaches and effective practices to create, modify, and continuously improve professional development resources and tools.
  • Develop and continue to enhance and improve systems and processes.
  • Lead the development and implementation of communications plans.
  • Help set and track progress toward goals.
  • Build strong internal relationships and serve as the PD liaison for cross-functional initiatives as needed, including the Program Design Team for professional development e-learning opportunities.

General operations and project management support for all professional development initiatives including New Hire DiSC Trainings, Organizational Stewardship, Organizational-Wide Brown Bags, Organizational-Wide Insights Learning Series, End-of-Year Performance Management, Equity, and additional initiatives as needed.

  • Serve as the project manager for all professional development initiatives.
  • Serve as the team’s resident expert and technical liaison for all professional development systems (e.g. Cornerstone Management System).
  • Maintain up to date and accurate data for professional development metrics; provide quarterly reporting.
  • Develop and maintain the annual calendars for professional development programs and activities.
  • Lead and manage planning, logistics, and provide administrative and operations support to ensure the successful execution of professional development sessions.
  • Create, manage, and update the various professional development Link pages.

Perform other duties as assigned.


What You Bring

Belief that every student, in every circumstance, can achieve the highest levels of academic excellence, and passionate commitment to New Leaders’ mission and vision.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least six years of professional experience required.
  • Experience working in a lateral capacity with a variety of colleagues and teams to drive toward results.
  • DiSC Behavioral Assessment Tools & Cornerstone Learning Management System familiarity a plus.
  • Knowledge of design and implementation of e-learning initiatives and modules a plus.
  • Graphic design experience a plus.
  • Professional development and training experience a plus.
  • East Coast location preferred.

Skills, Experiences and Competencies

  • Excited about professional development and able to contribute thoughts and perspective on creating new programs and initiatives that impact all staff members.
  • Demonstrated ability to create systems, processes, structures, and innovative strategies for leveraging technology to enhance workflows.
  • Results-oriented with a track record of meeting/surpassing goals and operating with purpose, urgency, nimbleness, accuracy and attention to detail in a fast-paced, multiple priorities environment.
  • Positive, self-motivated, self-reflective, resilient, and able to receive developmental feedback and grow from it.
  • Proficiency in research and information acquisition, including use of online sources and identification of best practices.
  • Adept at creating high-quality PowerPoint presentations, strong experience and aptitude for the Microsoft Office Suite, various video conferencing platforms, and other innovative technology systems.


What We Offer

A competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a comprehensive Benefits Package and 401K.

To be considered for this role, please attach a cover letter including your motivation and interest in New Leaders and the position.

New Leaders is an equal opportunity employer. New Leaders evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, handicap, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected by law in administration and operation of its Programs and activities, including admission or access thereto, or treatment or employment therein. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such status.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter on our Careers Page at  

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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