Position: Senior Director, Professional Learning Services (PLS)
Reports to: Deputy Executive Director for Leadership and
Professional Development Service
Revised: September 2014
The Senior Director of Professional Learning Services provides the strategic staff leadership for professional learning programs and services related to the international education field. The Senior Director provides vision and direction for the association by working within NAFSA’s strategic plan scanning trends in the field of professional learning; leading the development of product offerings; analyzing registration, evaluation, and budget data to achieve quality and financial goals; and managing the budget. The Senior Director will bring an entrepreneurial leadership to the department
The current portfolio of Professional Learning Services programs includes face-to-face cohort based programs (Academy for International Education, the Management Development Program, and a Workshop series) and online learning (primarily Webinars and E-learning courses). The Senior Director supervises four Associate Directors, each responsible for managing a portfolio of programs and projects with targeted goals.
The Senior Director works with the volunteer leadership of the Training Coordination Subcommittee (TCS) to ensure productive communication regarding staff work and input from SMEs and volunteer leader groups. Maintenance of a productive relationship with volunteer groups (TCS, Academy and MDP chair streams and coaches/trainers, Trainer Corps chair and trainers, Workshop Deans and Dean Mentor, and the Annual Conference Committee workshop coordinator) is a key expectation of job performance for the Senior Director and the PLS staff.
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