Sr. Director, Station Leadership Development @ PBS

The Station Leadership Development initiative will work with member stations to identify and develop rising and diverse leaders both inside and outside of the station community.

Location: Arlington, VA

DEPARTMENT:  Station Services
STATUS: Full-time/Regular/Exempt
 
JOB OBJECTIVE:

A network of vibrant, thriving member stations across the country is the foundation of a healthy public broadcasting system. PBS and our member stations are all interconnected and reliant on one another for success, which hinges on our ability to meet the needs of the communities we serve. PBS Station Services is committed to carrying out three interrelated initiatives - focused specifically on Community Engagement, Organizational Capacity and Station Leadership Development – that are viewed as critical to increasing member station effectiveness.  

The Station Leadership Development initiative will work with member stations to identify and develop rising and diverse leaders both inside and outside of the station community.  A key component of the initiative is training local station leadership on how to build and engage effective station boards and volunteers in the community.

The initiative strengthens station and system sustainability by identifying and training the next generation of public media leadership and helping stations grow the capacity of their volunteer boards and volunteer support in the community.  The initiative also furthers the goal of strengthening station diversity and vitality.
 
The Sr. Director, Station Leadership Development will lead this initiative, working directly with member stations, cross-departmental teams at PBS and our partners.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  • Lead the overall strategy and development of PBS’s new Station General Manager Leadership Program, using subject matter expertise to develop customized plans and curricula;
  • Partner with Station Leadership to build a solid and stable infrastructure of strategic staffing and leadership development;
  • Partner with Station Leadership to implement succession planning to attract, develop and retain high performers within the system;
  • Oversee all project timelines and milestones; track all initiative budgets and grants;  
  • Develop pilot PBS externship program to encourage and facilitate PBS Corporate and Station relations, partnership and development;
  • Develop training for local station leadership on how to build and engage effective station boards and volunteers in the community;
  • Advise station leaders on attracting talent for community advisory boards, Board of Directors and volunteers, including working with outside community groups;
  • Participate in PBS Regional Meetings, trainings and annual conferences, leading discussions and panels related to the leadership development;
  • Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
  • 8+ experience developing management training for nonprofits;
  • 8+ experience designing Leadership Development curricula;
  • Experience with Board development;
  • Prior experience in a consultant role or consulting environment helpful.
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:
  • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Graduate work desirable
SKILLS/ABILITIES REQUIRED:
  • Superior project management skills;
  • Excellent communications skills – verbal, written and presentation;
  • Expert knowledge of the schools of thought on, and approaches to, leadership development;
  • Ability to successfully deliver on key organizational imperatives by working effectively across departments and with multiple internal/external stakeholders;
  • Persuasive, with the ability to motivate others to action;
  • Excellent organizational skills, with a keen ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and work effectively under pressure;
  • Strong knowledge of the leadership development field;
  • Strong commitment to valuing diversity and embracing inclusion;
  • Entrepreneurial, willing to experiment and take risks;
  • Attention to detail and pride in high-quality execution of work;
  • Independent thinker who is able to take initiative and work self-sufficiently;
  • Passion for public media with a dynamic, high-energy, self-motivated, and independent professional work style. 
PBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities

 

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