The Society of American Archivists (SAA) invites applications for a full-time Director of Education. We are seeking a multi-talented, service-oriented individual to provide both a vision for growth and hands-on management of SAA’s successful professional development program.
The Director of Education designs, develops, markets, implements, and evaluates a variety of face-to-face, distance, and online, on-demand education offerings and resources. The focus of these programs is on continuing education for professional archivists and others in related roles whose responsibilities include preservation, management, and provision of access to archives and records in various formats.
The Director of Education coordinates the work of the Committee on Education, the Digital Archives Specialist Subcommittee, archivists and others with content expertise, staff, and professional consultants to create and administer SAA’s broad spectrum of professional development offerings.
Key Job Elements:
Direct processes for all education program development, including workshops, seminars, webinars, symposia, and conferences.
Identify new opportunities for growth, conduct market research, and implement new programs and initiatives.
Work closely with the Committee on Education, subcommittees, the SAA Council, and senior staff members to advance SAA’s strategic priorities as they relate to continuing education/ professional development. Prepare reports, memoranda, correspondence, articles, and marketing materials related to SAA’s education program.
Research new training, development, and education materials and methods; evaluate and update education programs and vendors to keep current with best practices and emerging industry trends.
Train, supervise, and mentor two staff members to support day-to-day management of all department activities.
Foster member engagement in SAA education program planning, development, and delivery.
Build collaborative relationships with allied organizations in the archives/libraries/museums/records community, leveraging mutually beneficial opportunities to grow the SAA education program and reach new audiences.
Solicit host institutions for SAA program offerings.
Reports To: Executive Director
Working Relationships: All SAA staff members, SAA Council members, SAA Foundation Board members, component group leaders, SAA members, nonmember archivists and records professionals, and vendors.
Minimum of five years of recent, continuous professional experience managing continuing education/professional development activities.
Experience with operational process improvement, particularly as it relates to learning administration and management systems.
Experience with on-line learning management and delivery systems. Experience with Bluesky Path and Adobe Connect highly desirable.
Experience in guiding and directing the efforts of volunteer subject matter experts in the development of strategic, education, and training plans.
Experience with developing and promoting new courses and products.
Successful track record of budget development and management.
Experience serving as the primary liaison to a volunteer committee.
Experience in association management preferred.
Knowledge and Skill Set:
Knowledge of the fundamentals of product development and marketing, from research through implementation and promotion.
Working knowledge of adult learning theories, practice, and instructional design highly desirable.
Excellent project management skills. Ability to meet deadlines while managing conflicting priorities—and ensure that others do the same. Ability to make things happen.
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate ideas in a simple and effective manner.
Knowledge of association management software (AMS) systems and/or relational databases highly desirable.
Proven ability to develop budgets and monitor and project finances.
Collaborative team player.
Strong customer-service focus; understanding of member-based organizations; proactive and service-oriented.
Courteous and professional demeanor.
Ability to travel to SAA’s Annual Meeting.
Strong working knowledge of Outlook, Microsoft Word, and Excel. Familiarity with content management software; Drupal experience a plus.
Sense of humor!
Four-year college degree required. Master’s degree or additional certification in adult education and/or association management preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience.
Growing professional association in downtown Chicago that offers a full range of services to its more than 6,100 individual and institutional members. Twelve staff members. Comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental, and retirement plans; close to public transportation; collegial environment. SAA values, and expects from all of its employees, the following attributes and skills: Great a...ttitude; professional and personable behaviors; strong member/customer service orientation; critical thinking and problem-solving ability; desire to learn new information and techniques; computer/technical literacy; strong communication skills; ability to stick with a project and see it through to completion; ability to link member/customer needs with SAA capabilities to imagine possibilities for new activities and/or new ways of doing things.