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Director of Learning

About the role:
The Learning Director leads all of the Youth Alliance’s learning programs, including its signature program, NOLA Youth Program Quality Initiative (NOLA-YPQI). 

Lead NOLA-YPQI. Responsible for the coordination and management of NOLA-YPQI, including the following components: 

    1. Working collaboratively with other team members, coaches to ensure the ongoing development and implementation of the NOLA-YPQI;

    2. Serving as first point of contact for participants and consultants;

    3. Maintaining regular project-related communication with all project stakeholders;

    4. Managing the outreach, recruitment, selection, support and accountability for participating programs;

    5. Assisting with budgeting and fundraising;

    6. Developing new trainings and learning activities to facilitate skills development for youth development professionals

    7. Planning all trainings;

    8. Managing supports for all coaches and external assessors;

    9. Working with the coaches to coordinate learning communities among YPQI Team Leaders, Youth Work Methods Trainers and Coach/Assessors ;

    10. Coordinating technical assistance and project evaluation activities with the Weikart Center, local consultants and project stakeholders;

    11. Scheduling, coordination and logistical support for all trainings;

    12. Developing and updating the project calendar;

    13. Management of project-related data, including attendance, Scores Reporter account passwords, Eventbrite online workshop registrations, and contact lists;

    14. Managing, ordering, storing, and keeping inventory of all training materials; and

    15. Ensuring a consistent, welcoming and responsive presence at all NOLA-YPQI activities.

Serve as Lead Coach and Lead Trainer. Serve as the lead coach and lead trainer for the New Orleans Youth Program Quality Initiative. Responsibilities include:

    1. Delivering Planning with Data sessions

    2. Delivering Quality Instructional Coaching session

    3. Facilitating Trainer Community of Practice (CoP) meetings

    4. Facilitating the Coaches Community of Practice (including quarterly meetings)

    5. Working with the NOLA-YPQI Coaches to facilitate the development and delivery of Team Leader CoP meetings

Policy Advocacy. Support policy advocacy projects and efforts of the New Orleans Youth Alliance. Responsibilities include:

  1.  Serving as a surrogate for the executive director at policy related meetings and activities 

  2. Assisting with the development of policy related materials related to youth well-being and the organization’s youth-centered policy platform

Working with New Orleans Youth Alliance leadership and staff on other projects, as necessary.

What Success Looks Like:
The fantastic human that serves in this role leads through collaboration, problem solving, innovation and courage. Success in this role includes:

  • positive feedback from peers, supervisors, direct reports, colleagues

  • successful programming, including participation, positive feedback on program adjustments, and overall increases in program quality 

  • collaboration that increase the ability to use data to drive quality

  • coaching and training are well managed and experienced positively by participants


  • Education: Bachelor’s required in education, youth development, counseling, social work or other related field. Master’s Preferred.

  • Teaching and training experience in youth development (e.g., out-of-school time programs), K-12 and/or adult education experience required.

  • Experience with coaching adults as well as curriculum development experience required.

  • Successful experience managing learning initiatives and supervisory experience preferred.

  • Knowledge of restorative justice practices, trauma-informed practices, and/or cultural responsive practice a plus. 

  • Candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and must have a demonstrated commitment to youth development and youth leadership.

  • Experience with the Weikart Center’s Youth Program Quality Intervention a plus.

  • Candidate must be a self-starter, work well collaboratively, have strong written and oral communication skills and strong analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Candidate should be flexible and comfortable working in a collaborative, fast-paced environment.

  • Candidate must demonstrate adaptability, self-awareness, social awareness, motivation, empathy, self-regulation and capacity to build strong and meaningful relationships with colleagues and partners. 

Salary range: $45,000-$55,000 

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to