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Senior Leadership Development Specialist



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World Vision is hiring a Senior Leadership Development Specialist to serve on the Organizational Communications and Development team.

01 At a Glance: 

Role: Senior Leadership Development Specialist, Organizational Communications & Development, Human Resources

Location:Hybrid from Federal Way, WA. Required on-site for delivery of leadership training programs. 

Reports to: Senior Director, Organizational Communications & Development, Human Resources

Required experience: Bachelor's degree in leadership, organizational development, human resources or related field or equivalent work experience (8 years). Master’s degree preferred. In addition to education or education equivalent, requires 5-7 years of work experience in learning and talent management with specialized mastery in leadership development programs, program design and delivery and organizational development. Experience successfully implementing diversity and inclusion programs required. 

Work Authorization: Must be authorized to work in the U.S.A. for any employer.

02  About World Vision USA: When you work at World Vision, your passions and talents come together to meet the greatest needs in the world today. We're a global Christian humanitarian organization, and we partner with children, families, and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. We empower people out of poverty. We're Christian and follow Jesus' example to show unconditional love to the poor and oppressed through serving every child we can regardless of faith. Are you feeling called to explore joining us? We hope so.

03  The Job: As a Senior Leadership Development Specialist within Human Resources, your joy for God’s people and desire to ensure an environment in which employees realize their full, God-given potential, will come together in a role that will create life-changing impact – for both our staff and those World Vision serves around the world. 

This position will develop and implement programs, curriculum and services to support World Vision’s leadership development, strategies, practices, and initiatives, including an emphasis on delivering Biblically-based diversity, equity, and belonging initiatives. The goal of Leadership Development is to ensure every core leader reaches their full potential, by offering formal and informal, on-the-job, virtual and in-person classroom learning experiences, tools, resources, and programs that enhance individual and organizational capabilities and creates a high performing learning culture that inspires and develops current and future leaders. The Senior Leadership and Development Specialist helps carry out our Christian organization’s mission, vision, and strategies and personifies the ministry of World Vision by witnessing to Christ and ministering to others through life, deed, word, and sign. This leader will help carry out our Christian organization's mission, vision, and strategies, and additionally personify the ministry of World Vision by witnessing to Christ and ministering to others through life, deed, word and sign.

Responsibilities of this role include:

  1. Keep Christ central in our individual and corporate lives. Attend and participate in the leadership of devotions, weekly Chapel services, and regular prayer. 
  2. Contribute to the creation, design, and delivery of targeted accelerated leadership development programs for individuals and cohorts. 
  3. Partner with senior leadership to collaborate alongside the Diversity, Equity and Belonging (DEB) Council to integrate and drive sustainable DEB workforce plans that improve business results through focused development strategies; assess progress and ensure results are achieved. 
  4. Create, facilitate, and refresh training resources focused on diversity, equity, and belonging as part of the organization-wide DEB strategy implementation. 
  5. Lead the creation of formal and informal, on-the-job, virtual and in-person classroom learning experiences, tools, resources and programs that enhance individual and organizational leadership capabilities. 
  6. Coordinate local, regional and partnership-wide WVUS employee leadership events. 
  7. Assist in WVUS' talent assessment process using analysis and assessment tools. 
  8. Facilitate leadership development workshops and programs including the WVUS Management Essentials Training program. 
  9. Support and/or lead ongoing engagement and retention activities, ensuring events are delivered according to the expected timelines and standards and that other team members involved are adequately supported throughout the planning and implementation processes. 
  10. May mentor, coach or train less experienced peers.  
  11. Work collaboratively with team members when assigned to work as part of a team. 
  12. Perform other duties as assigned. 
  13. Keep informed of organizational announcements, activities and changes via regular reading of the WVUS Intranet and other corporate communication tools.

04 What Success Looks Like: (1) You will design and implement best-in-class leadership development programs to attract, retain, and develop the pipeline of talent within World Vision. (2) Through your deep commitment to the dignity of all employees, you demonstrate fairness and equity in all aspects of the workforce. (3) You bring your previous experience in diversity, equity, and belonging programs to designing and implementing DEB initiatives at World Vision. (4) As a visible leader within the organization, you unfailingly represent the beliefs and policies of World Vision with conviction. 

05 You Bring: Bachelor's degree in leadership, organizational development, human resources or related field or equivalent work experience (8 years). Master’s degree preferred. In addition to education or education equivalent, requires 5-7 years of work experience in learning and talent management with specialized mastery in leadership development programs, program design and delivery and organizational development. Experience successfully implementing diversity and inclusion programs required.  

06 Additional Skills We're Interested In: 

  • Coaching/Group Facilitation: Works one-on-one or in a group setting to convey information and facilitate learning and skill development 
  • Instructional Design: Assesses organizational needs and develop interventions applying knowledge of human psychology, motivation and learning theory. Assesses employee skills to measure effectiveness of courses developed. 
  • Adult Learning Techniques: Understands and applies human psychology, motivation and learning theory to develop effective training programs 
  • Collaboration/Relationship Building: Establishes rapport with people easily, developing and maintaining a network of internal and external contacts who can provide information, help, and access to others. 
  • Intercultural Awareness: Recognizes the cultural contexts that may contribute to the formation of one’s sense of identity. Creates generous practices which engages others with courage, loving curiosity, and mutuality. 
  • Executive PresenceInspires and empowers others. Motivates and influences the actions of others toward a common purpose or goal. 
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Belonging: Respects the dignity, uniqueness, and intrinsic worth of every person. Celebrates richness of diversity in human personality, culture and contribution. Commits to implementing a Biblically-based diversity, equity, and belonging framework in the workplace.  

07 Let Your Work be Your Faith in Action: Every day, nearly 16,000 children under the age of 5 die from preventable causes. Our call to action is urgent. That’s why we’re looking for someone who is ready to place their expertise behind helping the world’s most vulnerable children by continually developing our professional staff at World Vision. “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”  - 1 Corinthians 12:26 

We know our employees are the most valuable assets of our organization. Every training presentation that you lead, or leadership development program that you refine, are opportunities to guide our World Vision staff to their fullest potential. If this role isn’t for you, then who? 

08 Salary Range & Benefits: Your salary is important to you so it’s important to us. If you need the approximate range to inform your decision on whether to apply or not, contact Melissa DiFrancesco at mdifrancesco@worldvision.org. We have a robust and comprehensive benefits package to round out our total compensation package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 403(b) retirement program with a employer match plan, access to an Employee Wellness Program, generous parental bonding leave, tuition reimbursement, and more

09 What happens next? Glad you asked. We owe you that and strive to not leave you wondering. Short-listed candidates are contacted for an initial phone conversation with our recruiting staff. Moving deeper into our selection process you can expect to interview 1:1 with the Senior Director of Organizational Communications & Development. Finalists will then participate in delivering a mock classroom training presentation to members of the panel interview and close out the interview with Q&A from the panel. 


Job Location

Federal Way, Washington

Position Type

Full-Time/Regular

Working Environment / Conditions

Standard office environment.

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