The National Recreation and Park Association seeking to hire a Director of Professional Development. NRPA is a national, nonprofit with a mission to “advance parks, recreation, and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.” NRPA has an extensive nationwide reach that represents a network of over 60,000 park and recreation professionals.
This position directs the organization’s professional development offerings and programming including those delivered through conferences, e-learning, certificate programs, curriculum development, and accreditation of baccalaureate programs and park and recreation agencies.
In this position, you will:
Develop education program content that is consistent with the mission, strategic goals and tactics of NRPA. Investigate and develop various content delivery models and mechanisms and topical areas that are responsive to the needs of the membership and that meet the programmatic and fiscal goals of the Association, including programmatic growth. Identify new education topic offerings and innovative delivery methods that meet the evolving needs of the profession. Provide overall management and support for the production and implementation of all education programs.
Direct accreditation certificate programs in accordance with education best practice guidelines and best practices relative to approval, testing, maintenance, and standards setting. Oversee strategic programmatic growth. Manage outside consultants and providers. Ensure compliance with external regulators.
NRPA is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. We encourage racial and ethnic minorities to apply.
Salary Range: $75,000 - $85,000
Discover the Benefits at NRPA
NRPA boasts a warm professional environment, with a relaxing and peaceful view of nature at its finest! At NRPA we are committed to promoting an environment of work-life balance. In the office, you will have access to a fitness room with access to showers, walking and running trails, and indoor and outdoor eating areas. To promote healthy lifestyles, at work and away, we have established programs like Teleworking, Flextime Schedules, 37.5 hour work-week, Employee Assistance Programs, Educational Assistance Programs, Lunch-and-Learn sessions and more.
Full time staff enjoy a very rich benefit package that includes:
403(b) matched at 6% and fully vested upon hire;
Group Health, Dental, and Vision for employee and family paid 80+% by NRPA;
Life insurance, Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability paid 100% by NRPA;
26 Paid days off per year plus 13 paid holidays, eligibility in the first month of employment;
Length of Service Awards and much more.
Exceptional organization and time management skills including multi-tasking and the ability to set/adapt to changing priorities. Establishing and maintaining productive interpersonal relationships (oral and written).
Strong listening skills are critical as the incumbent will be working closely with many parties with diverse needs and perspectives.
Ability to work independently and as part of a project team in collaboration with NRPA staff and contractors and adapt well to changing conditions or parameters.
Bachelor's Degree in a related field required. 5+ years of experience in a higher-education, association, not-for-profit, or business setting.
About National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association
NRPA is a national, non-profit service organization devoted to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all Americans. The Association works to extend the social, health, cultural, and economic benefits of parks and recreation. Through its network of over 21,000 recreation and park professionals, NRPA encourages recreation initiatives for youths in high-risk environments, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and the conservation of natural and cultural resources. NRPA works closely with national, state and local recreation and park agencies, corporations and citizen groups in carrying out its vision.
NRPA is committed to improving public understanding of leisure¡¦s significance in a full and meaningful life. Its long-range plan embraces the following goals.
„h To promote public awareness and support for recreation, park and leisure services, the constructive use of leisure, and the physical and mental health of the individual. NRPA also strives to promote public awareness of the environmental and natural resource management aspects of recreation and leisure services.
„h To facilita...te adoption of socially progressive and environmentally appropriate public policy for recreation and leisure services.
„h To strengthen professional and citizen skills and effectiveness, thus enhancing services to the public.
For more information, contact NRPA headquarters at phone: 703-858-0784, fax: 703-858-0794 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.