We seek a Learning and Development Director (L&D Director) to lead the learning, training, and development of 80-100 AmeriCorps members during a critical phase as we strive to build an anti-racist, youth centered organization and expand our service from elementary and middle schools into high schools across South Seattle. This role is critical in supporting both the delivery of high quality attendance, behavior, and course performance interventions in our schools, as well as the professional and identity development of our AmeriCorps members.
The L&D Director must be a master collaborator and a strategic thinker who can translate diverse perspectives and feedback into a tailored, coherent approach that is responsive to the needs of our AmeriCorps members and the students and communities we serve. Conversant in both adult learning and student learning, the L&D Director collaborates closely with both internal and external content experts to design and deliver effective, engaging, and inclusive trainings that connect our AmeriCorps members to their service, their work with students, social justice, and their own growth and development.
The L&D Director reports directly to the Managing Director, Impact and supervises a Learning and Development Manager, a new role for the site. Additionally, the L&D Director also serves on the Impact Leadership Team and is responsible for working to promote the long-term sustainability of the site, including through fostering strategic relationships and building community partnerships.
Priority application deadline is June 1, 2020.
Oversee AmeriCorps Member Learning and Development (45%)
Work with City Year program staff to develop a vision and strategy for a year-long comprehensive, anti-racist youth-centered learning and development program to help AmeriCorps members in their service delivery and to develop their leadership skills, taking into account varied experiences and differentiated needs at the elementary, middle, and high school level
Support internal and external content experts to deliver effective, engaging, and inclusive trainings that are rooted in adult learning practices and connect AmeriCorps members to their service, their work with students, social justice, and their own personal and professional growth
Develop and manage relationships with community partners who can support the L&D program
Collect feedback and evaluate on an on-going basis the Learning and Development program to ensure trainings are meeting corps member, program staff, and external partner needs, with an enhanced focus on AmeriCorps member Race and Equity learning and development
Design and facilitate trainings as needed
Strengthen Whole School, Whole Child Service and Programming (35%)
Develop a vision and strategy for observation and coaching that takes into account the arc of the year, including how to support our program staff who in turn support our corps members
Oversee observations and service delivery in all of our schools and ensure the Learning and Development program is meeting the needs of our AmeriCorps members and schools, including assessing needs for on-going trainings in schools
Facilitate, support, and conduct regular formalized observations and provide constructive feedback for growth to the program staff and corps members to improve the quality of service, taking into account the role of race and identity in service
Provide guidance and feedback to Impact Leadership Team, Program Managers, and AmeriCorps members to standardize and align City Years’ service delivery particularly around lesson planning, interventions, and after school programming
Team and Site Leadership (20%)
Manage, coach, and develop the Learning and Development Manager
Support in building a strong, inclusive, whole-site culture that reflects CYSKC mission, vision, and values, with a focus on Race & Equity
Develop and communicate site priorities and team strategy as a member of the Impact Leadership Team
Demonstrated ability to identify and connect different needs, strategies, and goals to design a coherent learning curriculum, and make adjustments in light of feedback
Strong project management skills; able to manage multiple tasks, priorities and stakeholders effectively; ability to generate results and complete projects within deadlines
Experience designing effective, interactive, accessible, and inclusive trainings with practical learning outcomes for adult learners or young adults
Public speaking and presentation skills with the demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to a diverse staff and youth
Experience operating in ambiguous and changing environments, with the ability to collaborate effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders and lead a team to deliver results
Demonstrated ability to build sustainable partnerships and develop a network of L&D professionals, as well as maintain positive working relationships with others
Experience working with K-12 classrooms, schools or similar learning environment, ideally with experience with multiple age groups
Passion for and commitment to City Year’s mission of delivering high impact service to children and schools in Seattle and developing young adults participating in national service as powerful civic leaders and life-long active citizens
Content expertise in English Language Arts, math, or socio-emotional learning is a plus
Additional Qualities Needed:
In order to succeed in this role, an applicant must have the following competencies:
Strategic Problem Solving
Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; demonstrates consistent, sound judgment and decision-making; ability to identify potential problems, analyze issues, extrapolate appropriate solutions, and communicate them effectively; develops and translates strategies into objectives, action plans and measurements that build the capacity of the site/department; effectively communicates, manages, owns & champions decisions being implemented; manages multiple priorities, projects, and stakeholders effectively
Strategically directs critical relationships, both internal and external, to advance City Year’s mission; strong verbal and written communication skills; facilitates effectively to move initiatives forward; understands different stakeholders’ perspectives and needs and finds creative solutions to meeting competing needs and priorities; building trust and showing up with integrity with community partners
Manages multiple tasks, priorities and stakeholders effectively; provides appropriate status reports and is proactive in advising executive leadership; ability to build a team that generates results and completes projects within deadlines; detail-oriented; exhibits a high level of accountability, project and task execution, and personal responsibility
Race and Equity
Experience developing and modeling equitable practices; ability to build and facilitate equitable spaces; intentionally incorporates diversity of voices in decision-making; reflects on own assumptions, narratives, beliefs about self and others
Compensation commensurate with experience; the salary range for this position is $55,000-$65,000.
Compensation and Benefits
Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.
City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.