Associate Director of Professional Learning

Global Online Academy - Seattle, Washington or Remote - Full time

Associate Director of Professional Learning

GOA seeks an Associate Director of Professional Learning to support one of the organization’s primary strategic roles as a professional learning leader. In this position, the Associate Director of Professional Learning will design and implement professional learning programs and partnerships.

The Associate Director of Professional Learning reports to the Director of Professional Learning and works collaboratively with the GOA Professional Learning Team to ensure high quality programs and curriculum across all professional learning services.

The Associate Director of Professional Learning:

  • Leads professional learning partnerships with schools and learning organizations around the globe
  • Aligns GOA strategies and best practices to curriculum and content for school partnerships
  • Has deep experience in instructional design and pedagogy, and the role of leaders and educators in school and organizational change
  • Manages and collaborates with GOA Learning Design Coaches to ensure successful school partnerships
  • Leads the training of professional learning design coaches aligned with GOA strategies and best practices
  • Designs, builds, and facilitates in-person workshops and online courses
  • Is an expert communicator (written and oral)about programmatic work across platforms using a variety of media, and engages audiences of stakeholders (school leaders, educators, coaches, etc.)
  • Works closely with the Director of Professional Learning and is a contributing member of the GOA Team

Who you are

  • You are an an experienced educator. You love working with educators and helping them grow.
  • You are a great communicator and coach. You communicate effectively across a variety of platforms and for different types of audiences. You actively listen and ask smart questions. You are an articulate speaker. You know how to be candid and kind at the same time. You can hold accountability and be supportive at the same time.
  • You are a project manager. You have a strong work ethic and are accustomed to working on a deadline and creating your own deadlines, pacing your own work to complete deliverables on time and of high quality.
  • You are comfortable with ambiguity. You are intellectually curious and have a strong sense of agency. You are comfortable not always having or knowing the answers.
  • You are a great collaborator and team member. You enlist your problem solving and communications skills, sprinkling in your high EQ and fun personality, to build strong relationships. You know the importance of leveraging divergent viewpoints for the improvement of our collective work. You hold your colleagues accountable, and you are receptive and humble when they hold you accountable.
  • You are a lifelong learner. You have a growth mindset and you pick up new ideas quickly and think critically. You are intellectually curious and deeply committed to learning and growing.

What you will do

  • Lead and design school professional learning partnerships using high quality instructional design knowledge, deep knowledge of pedagogy, and a strong understanding of the design of meaningful professional learning experiences for educators
  • Design, build, and facilitate high quality online courses and in-person professional learning workshops
  • Collaborate with Learning Design Coaches to ensure high quality learner experience for school partners
  • Communicate programmatic work and developments using a variety of media and platforms in a way that appeals to many stakeholders
  • Develop instructional materials for professional learning


  • Minimum of Master's degree is required
  • Superb communicator
  • Highly motivated, collaborative individual with the ability to manage a large number of professional relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • At least 4 years of related experience in education. GOA works with independent, public, and international schools. Experience working in independent schools, public schools, and/or international schools a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to develop high quality professional learning based on best practices and leading edge thinking
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and comfort with ambiguity and a fast-paced work environment
  • Experience in instructional coaching and improvement
  • Exceptional organizational, prioritization and time management skills, with the ability to execute against multiple, high-priority projects in a timely manner
  • Willingness to travel

GOA supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other protected class.

The person in this position will work remotely.

Please provide your resume, a cover letter, a sample piece of your writing, and two references. 

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Experience Level

Mid Level

Global Online Academy

GOA is dedicated to innovation in teaching and learning. Our staff culture resembles that of a startup: we experiment, we thrive on feedback, we move quickly, and we believe in close collaboration. 

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