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Learning and Development Director (Volunteer)

Learning and Development Director (Volunteer)

*Note: The following is an opportunity for flexible, part-time, volunteer work. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid employment. All positions are remote/ work-from-home.

Are you experienced in Learning and Development? Are you passionate about making a difference? Would you find it exciting to work with smart and talented individuals committed to producing great journalism in the public interest? Can you commit 10 hours a week to our mission, working remotely on your own schedule with our far-flung, diverse team? 

WhoWhatWhy is seeking a Learning and Development Director to look at processes and create learning opportunities across our organization. The team of directors will reverse engineer solutions to complex problems. They will be responsible for monitoring industry trends and looking at training techniques. We plan to measure their success as their ability to lead the department and training initiatives, not simply to create the documentation. Strong candidates are training-minded and know the news-media business. All candidates are welcome to apply.

WhoWhatWhy is a nonpartisan, agenda-free news organization. Not left-wing, not right-wing, not consensus-seeking, we report the truth, whatever it is. We approach each story with an open mind, boundless curiosity, and a willingness to dig deep beneath the surface  —  and don’t back away in the face of pressure from powerful institutions and groupthink. 

We are a nonprofit. We are not funded by a zillionaire. We do not accept corporate ads. As such, we seek skilled volunteers to fill out our growing organizational infrastructure. 

Age does not matter. We have among us young students, vibrant retirees, and everything in between, from all walks of life.

Join us! 

Responsibilities

  • Perform needs analysis to identify strategic training needs and articulate the organizational learning objectives at WhoWhatWhy
  • Create a training development plan and schedule
  • Advise leadership at WhoWhatWhy on low cost and cost effective tools and methodologies for reaching organizational learning and development objectives
  • Work with training associates to create and deliver training and learning experiences (online, self-study, and in-person)
  • Tap into your knowledge of learning science, curriculum development, and best practices in instructional design to solve problems and increase the breadth and depth of the  journalistic and professional skills of members of our organization
  • Evaluate learning outcomes from training experiences to report on results and continuously improve offerings
  • Collaborate with other leaders at WhoWhatWhy to establish a culture of mentorship and learning

Qualifications 

  • Experience or education in learning and development, training, or instructional design
  • Solid project management skills
  • Experience leading collaborative teams, especially teams that include volunteers
  • Passion for the WhoWhatWhy mission
  • Experience in journalism, media, or information management is not required but may be helpful
  • Experience with government integrity, election integrity, criminal justice, or environmental issues is not required but may be helpful

Perks

  • Channel your passion in a stimulating environment
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations in an up-and-coming organization
  • Develop new skills and gain valuable experience that can enhance your professional trajectory
  • Do amazing work on a flexible, part-time basis
  • Have fun while you make a difference

Expectations 

You will be expected to attend your department’s recurring meetings. Beyond this, you will work on your own schedule. We ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months for at least 10 hours a week. Because our team is spread throughout the world, we rely on a combination of Slack, email, and conference calls, and expect everyone to be responsive in a timely manner. 

To Apply 

We will not review applications that appear to be mass submissions. To apply, send your resume and a customized cover letter, making clear you are familiar with our mission and work. You should confirm your understanding that this is a volunteer position. If there is no option to attach a cover letter, please send a cover letter to hr@whowhatwhy.org. 

Please note that response emails from us sometimes end up in spam folders; don’t forget to check them. Thank you!


 

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