Training Director

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary commensurate with experience



Application Deadline:



New York
New York
United States


Position:                    Training Director

Reports To:                CEO and Managing Director


About the Jefferson Awards Foundation

Founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard, the Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) is America’s longest standing and most prestigious organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service. Our mission is to power others to have maximum impact on the things they care about most. Through celebration, we inspire action. Our programs and partnerships drive Americans to change their communities and the world. Since our founding, JAF has honored over 61,000 grassroots unsung heroes and trained over 25,000 young people to become service leaders in their own communities. 

Job Description

The objective of the National Director, Youth Training is to see to successful delivery, consolidation and expansion of Jefferson Awards Foundation training programs for young people. This position will see to the expansion and delivery of accessible, effective, standardized and sustainable programs available to our constituencies in all areas of the United States. This position requires depth of experience in leadership training, the ability to successfully support the Jefferson Awards Regional Executive Directors, and expertise in establishing mutually beneficial partnerships that enhance and financially support the programs.


The ideal candidate will have extensive experience with training others, program facilitation, delivery, youth development, student engagement, and behavior management. They will be active learners, problem solvers, and open to growth from ongoing feedback. They are comfortable with being flexible and thinking on their feet to find solutions in real time. They will be focused on training quality to support optimal student achievement ongoing evaluation and improvement of training methods to achieve results. This person should be a stellar trainer themselves, possessing the knowledge, skills, mindset, and resources necessary to execute their role in unique training contexts, schools, companies, and regions.


The job description below covers a wide variety of roles and responsibilities. The short-to-medium term goal is to standardize program training and delivery across regions. The long term goals will be established in partnership with the Jefferson Awards Foundation management, but will be designed around making the programs scale-able, best in class leadership training and public service platforms. 


Roles and Responsibilities: 


·      Vet and share program best practices from our leadership communities and outside training organizations and ensure those best practices have been incorporated into training manuals for each program

·      Update and standardize existing curricula and be responsible for the development of any additional training curricula

·      Work with regional staff to construct and implement any region-specific trainings within the standardized curricula

·      Support ongoing education, observation, and training in the field.

·      Review and update standard turnkey training manuals for the trainers of youth and teachers, for students and for mentors and coaches

·      Participate as part of national leadership team of The Jefferson Awards; work across programs and departments to ensure cohesion and alignment of objectives

·      Form mutually-beneficial partnerships with like-minded and synergistic organizations who may already have training resources that support JAF training goals

·      Interface with creative, technology, media, fund development and other professionals as relates to meeting training program objectives

·      Fundraising

·      Assess the needs of those being trained in real time in order to get them to the intended outcomes of the training session

·      Assess training evaluation feedback, improve quality of delivery in the program model, its curricula, and determine necessary resources to reach maximum impact




·      A bachelor's degree or better, ideally within the education or youth development field

·      Minimum 5 years of executive or senior level management experience

·      Minimum 5 years of youth training experience; 3 years direct experience with Students in Action program or similar youth leadership program preferred

·      3+ years of formal classroom teaching experience as a lead teacher, including conducting observations, training and modeling, and evaluation of teacher effectiveness.

·      Extensive curriculum or educational program development experience

·      Understanding of functional applications of a variety of technology platforms

·      Strong interpersonal, problem solving, big picture thinking, written and communication skills

·      Successful track record creating working partnerships with local, statewide and national organizations

·      Able to communicate effectively and build relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders, students, volunteers, coaches, staff, school professionals, and other adult professionals

·      Preference for candidates with experience in creating content and coaching teachers on digital learning and using technology in a classroom setting

·      Very outcomes-focused; cares deeply about training outcomes and service engagement impact

·      Able to travel throughout the US at least once a month.

·      Comfortable with quantitative/qualitative data to understand the impact of training; able to translate feedback and data that arrives in a variety of ways into effective and responsive training and support

·      Experience empirically evaluating curriculum and programs, familiarity with cycles of inquiry and how to investigate the effectiveness of training to deliver student outcomes

·      Spanish speaking is a plus


JAF offers a generous benefits package, including health, dental and vision coverage, paid vacation and 401(K)

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Robin Adelson, Managing Director, at Please include "Training Director" in the subject line.