Director of Professional Learning & Equity

Compensation: $115,000 – $130,000 DOE/Neg.
Location: Remote, with ability to travel up to 20%
Reports to: Sr. Director, Research and Professional Learning
Direct reports: 3 to 4 Implementation Specialists + 4 to 5 Part-time Trainers

Who We Are:

In 2014 National University launched the Sanford Education Center, with a mission to create positive societal change by 1) training educators to deliver inspirational programs and serve worldwide needs and 2) developing effective nonprofit leaders. The center is comprised of three major initiatives: Harmony SEL: the largest of our three programs, Harmony is a social and emotional learning program for pre-K-6 grade students designed to foster communication, connection, and community both in and outside the classroom and develop young people into compassionate and caring adults.

Inspire Teaching & Learning: our mission is to empower educators with research-based knowledge and classroom-tested tools and practices, so they can inspire students to achieve academic and social success. Inspire offers more than 70 free, on-demand courses to support teacher training in the areas of social and emotional learning and inspirational instruction in the pre-K-12 classroom.

Fundraising Academy: we prepare nonprofits and their fundraisers for greater, measurable impact by providing learning opportunities designed to enhance their cause, their communities, and the world. Through peer-to-peer instruction, our participants develop time-tested, relationship building skills they can apply to their organizations now and in the future. https://www.fundraising We are an extremely unique organization within the National University system, as we are an entrepreneurial start-up business thriving within a large academic institution. As a philanthropic organization, all our programs and resources are provided at no cost. Since our launch, we have helped over 24,000 classrooms nationwide to develop strategies that benefit children socially, emotionally, and educationally. The COVID pandemic has increased our mission’s urgency, accelerating our rate of innovation and transition to a fully digital platform.

Position Summary:

The role of Director of Professional Learning & Equity (D-PLE) was created to ensure the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion are infused into every aspect of our learning and development practices. The D-PLE will work across all 3 programs to enhance and execute our learning, training, and support capabilities for the educators we serve and ensuring that we apply a strong equity lens to everything we do. The D-PLE will lead a team of implementation specialists to execute professional learning and coaching initiatives, manage the operational logistics of professional learning and support, and ensure content throughout our programs allows for equitable access by students, educators, out-of-school time staff, and non-profit leaders. The D-PLE will report directly to the Sr. Director of Research and Professional Learning to set the professional learning and equity agenda for the organization. Specifically, the D-PLE will lead in the following four functional areas:

  1. Create and implement an equity vision across all our products and services.
  2. Oversee professional learning for the educators we serve on the Harmony and Inspire platforms.
  3. Lead and manage our team of implementation specialists and per diem trainers.
  4. Partner with users to ensure product and services are meeting their needs regarding equity and/or training.

The D-PLE will serve as senior advisor and thought partner to the SEC leadership team in all areas related to DEI, to ensure an equity lens is applied to everything we do. They will help infuse these principles and practices are into the culture of our organization and make sure they truly come alive.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Analyze our current degree of equity across the Sanford Education Center (SEC) and make recommendations for improving outcomes.
  • Think creatively about our assets and capabilities to pilot new and innovative ways for driving equity and our learning agenda.
  • Ensure SEC is staffed appropriately and ready to execute on those recommendations.
  • Foster and maintain a robust culture of professional learning in the areas of equity and inclusion, as well as effective implementation of Harmony and SEL  practices, by offering and promoting professional development programming both in-house and externally.
  • Coordinate professional learning initiatives to include all logistics of the life cycle of professional learning including, but not limited to the requests for  training, scheduling trainers, maintaining webinar calendars, managing training materials, and assignment of resources, for all professional learning models  offered by SEC programs.
  • Oversee monthly and quarterly reports on the professional learning offered and measures and metrics related to professional learning.
  • Maintain accurate records of professional learning delivery and account management.
  • Develop innovative programs and strategies for all community members that promote and further the organization’s responsibility in advancing an equitable  and inclusive environment for adults and students in educational and out-of-school time settings.
  • Collaborate with key internal (Social Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office at National University System, the affiliates, and leaders across the three  programs) and external stakeholders (district, OST partners, and educators) to assess potential barriers and develop strategies to promote a culture of  inclusion.
  • Ensure the Harmony and Inspire programs reflect themes of inclusivity, cultural awareness, social justice exploration, and DEI.
  • Partner with researchers and users to ensure our tools facilitate diverse, equitable and inclusive (DEI) communities.
  • Assist in growing our programs and professional services by ensuring our Field Ambassadors have the skills and strategies they need to bring more school  districts onto our platforms.
  • Coach, mentor and develop team members to their highest potential.
  • Set clear success metrics and hold others accountable to achieving their goals.
  • Stay current on developments within the fields of DEI and SEL.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Competencies & Capabilities

  • Strong leader with experience managing and leading diverse teams, including professional learning teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop an inclusion, equality and diversity framework that is connected to vision, mission, and strategy.
  • Proven track record delivering results for both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work across a variety of teams and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience building strategies and execution plans, including budget and project management.
  • Familiarity with Pre-K through high school education institutions and nonprofit organizations, with a strong knowledge of child development.
  • Focus on getting things done and making tangible impact.

Leadership Attributes

  • Visionary: an ideas person who is inquisitive by nature and always learning; someone who can envision the future and devise a path to get there.
  • Transparent: a collaborative leader who empowers others through the sharing of information and uses an open and inclusive decision-making style.
  • Communicative: always employs strong written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate the importance and value of both equity and learning  and development.
  • Approachable: a team player who works hard to ensure they are present and available to their staff; charismatic, warm, and welcoming; a true “people- person.”
  • Reflective: a skilled listener who is effective at giving and receiving feedback and critique.
  • Tactful: patient and diplomatic; highly skilled at identifying and activating connections and relationships to help the organization reach its goals.
  • Confident: comfortable and effective working with senior executives; not afraid of having the difficult conversations.
  • Analytical: uses well-researched ideas and other datapoints to support their strategies and business plans; ability to carefully study issues, identify trends and  formulate new ideas.
  • Proactive: a self-starter who demonstrates strong personal initiative and the ability to drive projects through to completion; demonstrates exceptional follow- up in everything they do.
  • Adaptive: ability to manage multiple (and sometimes conflicting) priorities, projects, and deliverables; enjoys working both independently and in teams.

Skills, Experience & Education:

  • Education – BA/BS required, MA/MS preferred, Ed.D or Ph.D desirable.
  • Professional experience – 10+ years of professional experience within the fields of education, professional learning, SEL or DEI.
  • Sectoral experience – prior professional experience developing and managing relationships with education leaders, ideally at the Pre-K through 6th or K-12  levels within both large and small school districts.
  • Technical experience – Five (5) years’ experience in adult learning (coaching, mentoring or training) experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Tia Anzellotti, Director
Blair Search Partners: 1855 First Ave., Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101