Third Sector New England Director of Consulting and Professional Learning, TSNE MissionWorks in Boston, Massachusetts

Organization Description

TSNE MissionWorks(TSNE) provides management and leadership resources to help nonprofits support healthy, just communities. With a staff of dedicated nonprofit professionals, TSNE is an effective fiscal sponsor, convener, consultant and grant-maker, offering a unique blend of capacity-building programs and services focused on strengthening nonprofits for a deeper impact in the communities they serve.

Position Summary

As the Director of Consulting and Professional Learning, you will be in a newly created position in a department that has recently been re-aligned to be thought of as the programming and service team. You will oversee a team of five with four direct reports, in consulting, executive transitions. You will be responsible for development, design and implementation of the content for the organization’s consulting practice, leadership and professional development programs, and cohort learning groups.

Essential Job Functions

Content Development and Management

  • Design and develop strategic long-term goals for content and curriculum that support nonprofit organizational needs with clear objectives and goals that align to TSNE’s vision and values;
  • Work collaboratively with, leverage, and utilize the knowledge and diverse skill set of colleagues to plan, design, develop, and ensure implementation of content and curriculum for leadership and professional development programs, consulting engagements, and cohort learning groups;
  • Work collaboratively with the Learning and Evaluation team to develop assessment tools to inform continuous learning and improvement;
  • Ensure that programs, engagements, and other learning activities are meeting intended objectives and requirements;
  • Develop, maintain, and continually update research and trends in the field of nonprofit organizational development and learning.

Consulting Team Management

  • With the program team, design, plan, implement, and regularly review a comprehensive, responsive, and culturally competent framework and methodology for consulting and executive transitions engagements, including the implementation of content with assessments;
  • Responsible for ensuring consulting, learning programs, and other client engagements are well supported;
  • Ensure that the staff team are supervised, supported, and provided with staff development opportunities;
  • Ensure that the external consultant pool is supported, annually reviewed, and updated to reflect the skills, competencies, and diversity needed to deliver high impact, responsive, and culturally competent engagements;
  • Ensure that the consulting team works in partnership with the intake, learning, and evaluation teams to create aligned and integrated client engagements;
  • Provide client services as needed, including consulting and other supports.

Organizational Leadership

  • Serve as a thought leader and work in collaboration with consultants, team members, and staff throughout the organization to lift and share lessons learned;
  • Ensure that high-quality, culturally competent services are designed and delivered;
  • Serve on the Leadership Team and collaborate on organizational and learning initiatives;
  • In partnership with colleagues: develop proposals for prospective client requests for services and for foundation support for TSNE MissionWorks’ hallmark, values-driven services; market services and build partnerships using existing and new networks; develop new client relationships;
  • Provide technical assistance to clients as necessary.

Core Competencies Required

  • Minimum ten years of experience working in program and content design required
  • A minimum of eight years of experience supervising staff, preferably in a nonprofit setting or with cross-organizational staff teams required
  • Proficiency in adult learning, assessments, group dynamics and facilitation techniques, especially in a nonprofit context
  • Proficiency with current techniques and procedures in the design and development of program and content, with expertise in creating methodology and standardizing implementation processes
  • Demonstrable knowledge in organizational development, consulting or non-profit management preferred
  • Competence with understanding and meeting diverse learning styles, with emphasis on a culturally proficient lens
  • Experience working with diverse constituencies and stakeholders, with demonstrable cultural competence
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written contexts
  • Excellent research and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Commitment to learning and continuous improvement practices
  • Proven ability to identify and strengthen effective practices and to challenge a “status quo” approach
  • Commitment to participatory management and shared leadership practices
  • Awareness and sensitivity for different needs expressed by different stakeholders and groups
  • Proficiency with technology including MS suite and Customer Relationship Management platforms (CRM)
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, team-based environment
  • Ability to travel as necessary
  • Experience working in, or a strong commitment to the social justice, racial and economic equity or related field strongly preferred

This position is for you if you…

  • Want to be part of a mission or social cause-based organization. Our projects focus on things like community boat building, farm to institution networks, financial transparency, women in software, eradicating youth homelessness, immigrant success, teaching kids to be chefs, public health, keeping childhood commercial free, among others. While you won’t be working directly with these organizations, the work you do will provide support for the work they do;
  • Would like to work somewhere that truly has a supportive culture - we’re not just saying it – we make decisions thinking about the whole person. We have a strong belief in, and advocate for, a healthy work- life balance;
  • Enjoy being challenged and thinking on your feet. While we’ve been around for a while (since 1959), our organization is, in many ways, entrepreneurial. We’ll want to hear from you about how best to address things as they come up;
  • Do whatever it takes—from presenting to executives to sharing a cup of coffee with a receptionist to better understand the impact of changes to those on the front lines. There are approximately 60 staff and we mix it up a lot, whether in the lunchroom, at interdepartmental meetings, or monthly staff updates;
  • Like to be part of a team and work with colleagues (sometimes) or leaders (other times) when your work requires it. We definitely like the group process, but value those who are able to think for themselves;
  • Like to lead by influence rather than by command;
  • Are curious! When you see a problem, you ask questions, seek to understand fundamental drivers and outliers, and work to understand root causes before coming to a solution;
  • Challenge the status quo and resolve conflict, all while having lunch together;
  • Can prioritize competing interests;
  • Believe that transparency helps to facilitate ownership, and enjoy sharing information and communicating with others.
To Apply

We strongly encourage online applications. Please include a resume and cover letter.

Click here to apply online.

We do accept applications by mail or fax. Send to: Third Sector New England; NonProfit Center, 7th floor; Attn: HR – 89 South Street; Boston, MA 02111 or Fax: 617.523.2070

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, and veteran or disability status

Location: Boston, Mass.

Posted: Jun / 28 / 2017