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Director of Professional Development

National CASA/GAL Association

Director of Professional Development

Location: Seattle, WA; Washington D.C.; 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 an abused or neglected child’s best interest. 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 abused or neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive. Today, only 45% of the abused or neglected children in the system 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
Starting in 2019, National CASA/GAL launched a multi-year campaign, “Change a Child’s Story”. 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 position’s primary responsibility will be to develop, implement, manage, resource and oversee a robust professional development strategy for the CASA/GAL network as well as National CASA/GAL. The strategy will provide opportunities for CASA/GAL staff and governing authority members to develop, build and fortify skills, knowledge and competencies to increase effectiveness and build capacity of the network to provide quality volunteer advocacy for children who have been abused or neglected.

Partnering Relationships
The Director of Professional Development works with the leadership team to develop and implement the professional development strategy. Collaborates with the grants team for grant offerings focusing on professional development.

Reporting Relationships
The Director of Professional Development will report directly to the Training and Development Officer.

Primary Responsibilities
Leads the development, implementation, and execution of a formal leadership and professional development strategy within the national organization, as well as for the CASA/GAL network, to advance professional and organizational development goals through:

  • Conducting needs assessment to inform data driven strategy decisions
  • Designing and implementing strategies to meet leadership development needs with alignment to National CASA/GAL Standards, Core Values and Mission
  • Selecting and/or designing materials for seminars and development activities
  • Executing development activities through personal facilitation of events
  • Identifying tools and assessments to measure participant progress and impact
  • Being knowledgeable of professional development trends, external resources and technology tools
  • Consistently assessing the training and development landscape to identify innovative approaches and benchmarks for success
  • Interacting with external subject matter experts and vendors to identify resources to help execute innovative and scalable learning strategies, programs and solutions
  • Partnering with leadership team and Organizational Development to formulate learning and development plans that address the skills gaps, enhance productivity and quality of work for National CASA/GAL staff
  • Managing the training calendar
  • Working in collaboration with the grants team, design and monitor grant initiatives to support professional development in the CASA/GAL network
  • Creating and implementing a project management framework that defines standards, tracks progress, manages change, and evaluates the impact of all learning initiatives
  • Managing resources appropriately to ensure delivery of outcomes within a budget approved
  • Designing and implementing professional development opportunities for the National CASA/GAL conference
  • Provide support to Organizational Development with change management strategy
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum of bachelors degree with at least 10+ years of learning and development leadership experience
  • Experience working in a federated network preferred
  • Strong knowledge of and demonstrated ability in applying learning principles and methodologies
  • In depth experience with multiple approaches and leading-edge technologies related to change, performance management, and talent management and leadership development initiatives.
  • Strong program and project management skills.
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office)
  • Ability to work both tactically and strategically
  • Ability to lead some internal training programs
  • Confidence and comfort interacting with employees at all levels of the organization
  • Experience working across multiple offices
  • Demonstrated ability to build, develop and foster relationships internally and externally
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills and high-level presentation skills, in addition to excellent interpersonal skills
  • Some 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 is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with a second office in Washington D.C. and is committed to an inclusive and welcoming workplace environment. National CASA/GAL has been certified by the Standards for Excellence Institute for ethics and accountability in the nonprofit sector.

To apply: Send resume and cover letter to with a subject line of Director of Professional Development.

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