Position Summary :
Providing high quality training and development opportunities for staff, Program leaders and partner organizations is critical to the successful achievement of Special Olympics’ strategic goals and objectives.
It enables us to improve quality, expand our reach and establish the foundations of more inclusive societies.
The role of Senior Manager, Learning & Development is focused on, in collaboration with HR, leading development and implementation of a professional, holistic approach to staff learning and development that empowers staff and internal leaders, supports strong performance and drives strategic outcomes.
The position requires :
Ability to obtain resources to support the provision of high-quality learning & development opportunities for internal and external audiences
Thought leadership and up-to-date knowledge of trends in learning & leadership development, blended and digital learning
Ability to create and implement high quality, impactful learning, and development programs in collaboration with the HR team
Proficiency in management of multiple, time-sensitive projects
Strong communication and relationship management skills to engage successfully with internal and external stakeholders
Outstanding candidates will have experience in multi-modal learning & development, expertise in digital communications, an execution-driven mindset, a strong influencing ability, and previous experience of fast-paced international contexts.
Primary Responsibilities :
Coordinate capacity building and leadership development initiatives across programming areas.
Lead and collaborate with the HR team to develop and implement strategies for training and development of staff, from on-boarding through to executive leadership coaching and development
Lead content development for and management of the Leadership section of the Special Olympics website and internal resource-sharing platforms
Develop content for and distribute regular electronic updates on Special Olympics’ leadership work to internal and external audiences
Help identify and obtain resources, in particular funding, to support the continuation and expansion of the Special Olympics leadership development and capacity building of movement leaders, working with the Development team as necessary
Coordinate assignment of coaches to selected Special Olympics staff and leaders and management of partnerships with coaching organizations
Identify and build partnerships to obtain pro-bono resources that support the promotion of learning and higher quality training for Special Olympics staff and leaders, including the Global Leadership Team
Maintain strong knowledge of trends and latest materials on learning and development, in particular leadership development
Work with HR to coordinate the logistics for Special Olympics staff learning & development programs, using a project management approach
Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders at all levels of the Special Olympics organization
Deliver and set the standard for New Program CEO / National Director global and regional orientation.
Support content design and delivery of Global Special Olympics Leadership Academy (internal leadership development program).
Support Special Olympics Regional teams to ensure that National Programs achieve basic standards of governance and leadership quality and progress along a consistent ongoing roadmap of improvement.
Any other duties as may be reasonably requested from time to time
Required Qualifications :
University degree or other qualification in learning & development, leadership development, training & education or similar
Minimum of 6 years work experience in a similar role
Self-starter with demonstrated ability to make decisions and drive results
Proven experience in development and delivery of high quality learning & development programs
Outstanding writing and communication skills with technical aptitude and attention to detail
In-depth knowledge of learning & development technology and communication platforms
Strong analytical, strategic thinking, organizational and prioritization skills
Proven leadership experience, including working with and influencing senior leadership teams and senior personnel
Willingness and ability to travel independently both nationally and internationally, including non-traditional work hours (nights and / or weekends) where required
Ability to steward existing and potential funders / partners and obtain resources required to ensure the sustainability of assigned work areas
Ability to work day-to-day without face-to-face on-site supervision
Ability to work professionally with multiple internal and external stakeholders
Positive, high energy work approach with proven ability to stay proactive and focused on routine tasks
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Desired Qualifications :
Experience in the intellectual disability community and / or Special Olympics
Experience working in the non-profit sector
Ability to utilize project management tools to plan and execute work
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