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Director of Curriculum Design

National CASA/GAL Association

Director of Curriculum Design

Location: Washington, DC; Seattle, WA or Atlanta, GA

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children fulfills society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified and compassionate adult will fight for and protect the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect. The mission of National CASA/GAL, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, establish permanence and can thrive. Today, only 45% of children in the system who have experienced abuse or neglect have access to a CASA/GAL volunteer. The National CASA/GAL organization is committed to ensuring 100% of these children have access to a CASA/GAL volunteer.

Breaking New Ground
National CASA/GAL launched a multi-year campaign, “Change a Child’s Story” starting in 2019. The campaign is an integrated campaign designed to reach out to a wide range of constituent groups and was deployed across a wide spectrum of media. In addition to this campaign, National CASA/GAL has developed a new strategic framework that is informing and guiding our efforts through a major reorganization, development of a new business model, and a plan for the future direction of our organization, including the launching of a major capital campaign. The team that will drive these changes will be hands on leaders, critical thinkers and problem solvers, relationship builders, collaborative decision-makers, as well as effective communicators, and entrepreneurial and change leaders.

Position Summary
The Curriculum Design Director will work as part of a cross functional team in the Program Strategy & Innovation functional area. The Director is responsible for developing curriculum and training materials that support new and existing programs for the CASA/GAL network as they advocate for children who have experienced neglect and abuse. S/he will be leading the curriculum and training design process to support the development of high quality, context-responsive, evidenced-informed programs. This position will collaborate with subject matter experts to design and write curricula to support the intended course objectives and outcomes using adult learning principles.

Reporting Relationships
The Curriculum Design Director will report directly to the Senior Program Officer for Program Design & Innovation.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct needs/audience analysis; develop/revise training objectives and course outline; design/revise course using a range of methods, as appropriate based on the content, learning objectives, and associated Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSAs); develop/revise scaffolded, and interactive course activities and assessment. This includes compiling and organizing information and writing and editing instructional materials for adult learners.
  • Facilitate the orientation and training of instructors as needed including engaging participants in appropriate learning activities that are time-relevant and performance-based to support our mission.
  • Manage the curriculum design process from end to end.
  • Build, manage and leverage positive, collaborative partnerships among internal stakeholders, local programs, subject matter experts, and advisory groups.
  • Provide functional expertise to identify, research, and resolve complex problems related to program development, curriculum and instruction, and implementation.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required, master’s preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years in training or learning and development
  • Demonstrated knowledge in current learning & curriculum development techniques, practices, trends, and technology.
  • Knowledge of adult learning theories and their application to curriculum and training design.
  • Experience designing curriculum to align with logic models and theories of change and creating effective programs for diverse audiences.
  • End-to-end project/program management experience in successfully conceptualizing, planning, writing, managing, and delivering multiple and concurrent workstreams
  • Subject matter expertise in human development, child welfare, family studies, social work, or related field preferred.
  • Creative, divergent thinker, demonstrated ability to think outside the box and contribute innovative ideas, approaches, and solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize both quantitative and qualitative data from multiple sources to identify themes and develop relevant training recommendations
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills and high-level presentation skills, in addition to excellent people skills.
  • Confidence and comfort interacting with employees and volunteers at all organization levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to build, develop and foster relationships internally and externally.
  • Experience working across multiple offices.
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office).
  • Occasional travel may be required.

Salary and Benefits
National CASA/GAL offers a competitive salary, health and welfare benefits, and generous paid leave including vacation and sick leave. This is a full-time exempt position.

Organizational Values
Adaptability ◦ Collaboration ◦ Integrity ◦ Respect ◦ Quality ◦ Service ◦ Stewardship

National CASA/GAL, headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices in Washington D.C. and Atlanta, GA, is committed to an inclusive and welcoming workplace environment.

To Apply
Please send resume and cover letter to

National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children