Senior Director, Training

Senior Director, Training
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Flamboyan Foundation
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Job Description: 

Flamboyan Foundation seeks a Senior Director of Training to support our family engagement portfolio in Washington, DC and across the country. This position offers an incredible opportunity to work in an entrepreneurial and collaborative environment focused on improving educational opportunity for all students, particularly those living in communities most affected by systems of inequity. This position will lead Flamboyan’s professional development work to support teachers, school leaders, and system leaders in developing the knowledge, skills, and mindsets necessary to implement effective family engagement in schools in Washington, DC and across the country. The ideal candidate will combine a passion for improving public education with a proven track record in shifting mindsets through the creation and delivery of effective and impactful training and professional development.

What You Will Do

The Senior Director of Training designs and leads Flamboyan’s family engagement professional development content for local and national audiences of teachers, school leaders, and system leaders with a particular focus on equity. Locally, the Senior Director of Training will manage partnerships with alternative certification programs, and will manage and develop a diverse cohort of parents and teachers who facilitate Flamboyan’s trainings for educators and school partners in D.C. Nationally, this person will be responsible for building the capacity of school and system leaders by creating training modules and “train the trainer” engagements with districts and other partners who work directly with practitioners. This position reports to the Managing Director, National Partnerships, and is based in Washington, DC. Some work on evenings and weekends will be required for the Senior Director of Training.


Family Engagement Training

  • Design family engagement sessions for teachers, school leaders and district staff in Washington, DC to support educators in partnering with families to drive student success
  • In collaboration with coaches and other program staff, design training strategy and products using a deep understanding of the barriers teachers and schools face to engaging families
  • Develop content, materials and resources designed to address teachers’ mindsets and biases about families so that educators intentionally interrupt bias, seek to dismantle systems of oppression, and elevate the voices of marginalized people and communities
  • Develop strategies for incorporating direct parent and teacher perspectives into teacher and leader trainings, challenging ourselves and our trainers to be keenly aware of the interests of people from historically marginalized groups and most impacted by inequity
  • Create “train the trainer” modules including sessions and materials to support partnerships outside of DC in collaboration with MD, National Partnerships

Manage the Trainer Cohort

  • Recruit, select, train, and support a diverse team of teacher and parent trainers
  • Design and manage professional development for trainers that sets them up to be effective stewards of Flamboyan’s brand and core values
  • Coach Flamboyan trainers so that they develop and maintain excellent facilitation skills with particular emphasis on practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
  • Collect, synthesize, and analyze feedback from training participants and coaching observations in order to improve and refine session design and content
  • In collaboration with the External Affairs team, prepare and support trainers to serve as Flamboyan ambassadors at trainings, events and panels
  • Develop and implement a cycle of reflection and feedback for trainers to support their growth and development

Relationship Management

  • Support the Managing Director of National Partnerships and the Managing Director of DC Partnerships to develop and manage partnerships with local and national entities with a focus on delivering family engagement professional development for schools in DC and nationally
  • Serve as the primary liaison with DC based alternative certification programs

Organizational Stewardship

  • Serve as an ambassador for Flamboyan’s organizational brand generally and our family engagement work specifically locally and nationally
  • Model and foster the Flamboyan core values of People, Impact, Catalytic Action, and Equity
  • Responsibly steward financial and human resources
  • Continuously deepen your expertise and readiness to be an equity-centered team member, trainer, expert in effective family engagement, and inclusive agent of change

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to drive change in others without a direct reporting relationship
  • Training design and facilitation skills
  • Skills in project management in a team environment
  • High standard of quality and attention to detail
  • Passion for family engagement
  • Ability to take initiative and chart a path forward in circumstances that are ambiguous or have competing priorities
  • Excellent and concise communicator, both in writing and in speaking
  • Ability to identify outcomes and backwards-plan from those outcomes, including ability to design programs and/or approaches to meet desired results
  • Ability to analyze problems and identify solutions independently and collaboratively
  • Good sense of humor, diplomatic, and cooperative spirit
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Strong relationship building skills

Education and Experience

  • Minimum of 8-10 years of relevant professional experience
  • Teaching experience in an urban setting required, with education experience in Washington, D.C., preferred
  • Adult facilitation experience required, with experience designing sessions to achieve outcomes preferred
  • Coaching experience required, with experience challenging and developing equitable mindsets preferred
  • Design experience required, with experience developing sessions and resources on overcoming bias preferred
  • Experience using family engagement to improve student outcomes required, with experience in parent-teacher home visits and Academic Parent Teacher Teams preferred
  • Experience training in situations that require mindset shifts, in addition to experience training for knowledge and skills
  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred

How We Value You

Flamboyan offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position, a comprehensive benefits package, generous vacation time, and professional development opportunities. We are a people-centered, flexible, family-friendly workplace with a beautiful office environment. Our work is guided by four foundational core values that keep us grounded.

People. We believe in the power, dignity, value, potential, and good intent of all people.

Equity. We challenge ourselves, one another, and our partners to collaborate to identify and eliminate the barriers faced by historically underserved populations [so that everyone has the same access, consideration, respect, and opportunity].

Impact. We create lasting, meaningful social change.

Catalytic Action. We pursue our goals with passion and urgency and activate others internally and externally to carry our work even further.

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How to Apply

Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online at: It is in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. We recommend that your cover letter include why you are interested in Flamboyan Foundation and how your experience has prepared you for this role.

Note that the application must be completed in one sitting - it cannot be saved and edited later. We recommend completing it in one sitting or answering the questions offline and copying them to the application when you are ready to submit. Applications submitted by February 28, will receive best consideration.

Flamboyan Foundation is committed to being an inclusive organization that challenges historical inequity with a focus on dismantling systemic racism. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation gender identity or expression, veteran status or disability. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply.