Atla seeks an energetic, creative, and seasoned professional to join the Member Programs team as Education & Professional Development Manager. This position is primarily responsible for leading the Association’s education, leadership, and professional development programs. As reflected in the Organizational Ends established by the Board, Atla is committed to advancing the profession of religious studies and theological librarianship and aiding members in their work through skill development, leadership opportunities, and knowledge acquisition.
This position facilitates the development of educational content and professional development programming; engages with members to gather valuable input and insight into member needs and effectiveness of programs; collaborates with peer organizations to develop and implement educational and professional development programs and events; coordinates with other staff to implement professional development opportunities focused on their specialty areas; and develops and administers leadership and mentoring programs for members. This position is responsible for content development and content provider recruiting and coaching for instructor-led programs and managing volunteer coordinators of specialized skills development programs.
The person in this position serves as the staff liaison to the Association's Professional Development committee, assists with the International Theological Librarianship Education Task Force, and is an ex-officio member of the Annual Conference committee. They are responsible for collaborating with the Association’s Meetings Specialist to oversee content for Atla Annual and other in person events each year and administering committee and task force grant, scholarship, and other funding programs.
In the areas of education and professional development, this position conducts member needs assessment and implements appropriate programming; supports and maintains programs and tools; designs and implements programs that leverage member and peer organization knowledge and expertise; works closely with colleagues and manages positive relationships with members, peer organizations in the library community as well as the religion and theology communities, consultants, content creators and providers, and vendors; and evaluates effectiveness of programs, measuring outcomes and reporting on progress towards achieving the Association’s Organizational Ends.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Oversee development of all current educational, leadership, and professional development programs and develop new programs as needed. Create documentation including guidelines, protocols, and best practices and ensure documentation and process is followed to maintain a high-level of quality and consistency. Evaluate and assess programs and their effectiveness, measuring outcomes and reporting on progress towards achieving the Association’s Organizational Ends.
Oversee content programming for Atla Annual, working closely with the Meetings Specialist, to ensure a high-value experience for attendees and exhibitors. Services as an ex-officio member of the Annual Conference committee and participates in Atla Annual planning and execution.
Coordinate with the Meetings Specialist and other staff to develop, plan, and execute learning events that may be standalone, or in conjunction with another conference or meeting.
Manage consultants, instructional designers, volunteers, and other content creators and providers. Provide training, coaching, and support to instructors prior to and during learning.
Create engaging learning activities and compelling content, work with subject matter experts to identify needs, set instructional goals, and create content to match.
Organize and oversee delivery of content in a variety of modalities including but not limited to webinars, articles, self-guided learning modules, in person seminars, pre- and post- conference programming, and white papers.
Write effective copy, instructional text, and scripts; create compelling presentations, supporting material or media; develop clear templates, guidelines, and applications.
Engage with members to conduct needs assessment, implement appropriate programming, and evaluate effectiveness.
Collaborate with peer organizations in the library, religion and theology communities to develop and implement educational and professional development programs and events.
Develop and administer leadership programs for members, either standalone or in collaboration with peer organizations.
Develop and administer mentor programs for members across areas of specialization, experience, and location.
Serve as the staff liaison to the Professional Development committee and assists with the International Theological Librarianship Education Task Force. Coordinate with committee members and other staff to administer grant, scholarship, and other funding programs.
Manage volunteer coordinators of specialized skills programs, including the NACO / SACO / CONSER Funnels program.
Support and maintain program tools and materials.
Assist in the development of marketing and outreach materials to create awareness and participation in education, leadership, and professional development programs.
Maintain knowledge of adult learning, e-learning, and instructional design standards and best practices.
Gather and disseminate knowledge on current trends in librarianship.
Participate actively in appropriate professional societies and report insights gained from professional conferences and activities.
Other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in Education, Instructional Design or related field or MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited graduate school or seven to ten years related experience and/or training.
Five to seven years’ experience in/with higher education, online learning, or instructional design
Experience working with volunteers, subject matter experts, and other key stakeholders to and developing strong relationship and effective formal and ad hoc teams.
Knowledge of adult learning, e-learning, learning theories and instructional design models.
Proven proficiency in program design, development, delivery, and evaluation.
Ability to prioritize and execute accurate and complete work products with limited supervision.
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
Excellent written and oral communication, presentation, interpersonal, organizational, project and time management skills.
Skill with using Microsoft Office software suite (e-mail, calendar, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, collaboration) or equivalent.
Experience working in a library or cultural heritage organization; membership association; or affiliated educational, nonprofit, or professional organization.
Experience with higher education religion or theology programs or institutions.
Use and knowledge of related technology including association management systems, virtual meeting platforms, survey instruments, and content management systems.
Experience with committee management.
Evidence of potential to succeed in a rapidly changing environment.
This is a full time exempt position and may work remotely from a location based in the U.S. Travel within and outside the U.S. will be required.
Review of applications will begin January 27, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.
To apply, please e-mail to email@example.com (1) a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position, (2) a current resume, and (3) a completed employment application form (available at https://www.atla.com/job/036/). Please include “Education & Professional Development Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Atla offers an excellent benefits package.
Established in 1946 as the American Theological Library Association, Atla is a membership association of librarians and information professionals, and a producer of research tools, committed to advancing the study of religion and theology. Our membership includes more than 800 individuals and libraries at academic institutions from diverse religious traditions and backgrounds. As a community of collectors and connectors, Atla works to promote worldwide scholarly communication in religion and theology by advancing the work of libraries and related information providers. Atla is an equal opportunity employer located in downtown Chicago.