Senior Director, Networked Communities

National Geographic Society - Washington D.C., District of Columbia - Full time

Job Description Summary

The Senior Director, National Geographic Society Networked Communities leads NGS efforts to develop and scale three diverse global networks: educators, youth, and explorer/experts. The educator community is designed to connect 1M+ diverse educators with the goal of equipping them with game-changing tools and resources to foster continuous, impactful professional learning; scale and spread effective instructional practice; reduce isolation; elevate the profession; and prepare the next generation of planetary stewards to protect the natural world and live smarter on our planet. The youth networked community is designed to connect 5M diverse, inspired, and engaged youth, ages 15 – 25; to equip them with the tools, supports, and resources to collaborate and learn from each other; develop leadership skills; build significant momentum for collective action; and have visible, meaningful impact on National Geographic imperatives. The Explorer/Expert network will allow educators to directly incorporate scientists, explorers, and other content experts into classroom instruction and meaningful interaction with students. In addition, it will afford educators and students with the opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways to the explorer work – collecting data and analyzing research from the field that is both relevant to explorer work and classroom instruction. The Senior Director will develop the overall strategy for each of the three communities as well as implementation plans, schedules, and impact measures. The Senior Director oversees the day-to-day stewardship of the communities and programs, leading individuals to engage, inspire, and connect educators, expert, and youth to NGS and to each other.

Job Description


    • Develop and implement a strategic plan for the networked educator community that connects 1M+ educators across the globe in a virtual and face-to-face networked community built on shared teaching & learning goals - sharp instructional practice; rigorous content; and a spirit of collaboration, learning, and leadership. (20%)
    • Develop and implement a strategic plan for the networked youth community that connects 5M+ youth across the globe in a virtual and face-to-face networked community built on shared empathy for the earth, a desire to lead, and inspiration to act. (20%)
    • Develop and implement a strategic plan for the explorer/expert network in collaboration with our SciEx team that includes our explorers and reaches across our partners and others to bring a broad array of experts to bear on classroom instruction and student learning. (20%)
    • In collaboration with the National Geographic Society Education Team, National Geographic Partners, and National Geographic Learning teams, ensure educators in the community are equipped with game-changing resources in interdisciplinary content, pedagogy, storytelling, and professional learning opportunities. Ensure youth are equipped with tools and skills needed to lead and take action such as storytelling, communications, and engaging others. Ensure explorers/experts have the tools and learning strategies they need to be effective with teachers and students. (15%)
    • Oversee development of community storytelling assets in collaboration with National Geographic photographers, storytellers, and designers. Help educators, students, and experts share their stories in compelling, elegant ways to elevate and celebrate the promise of a generation of young people prepared with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to tackle the planet’s toughest challenges. (10%)
    • Develop CRM, LMS, and community features that integrate with each other for a seamless user experience. (10%)
    • Work closely with the broader NGS Education Team to communicate educator and youth needs from the community and use the findings to help drive the NGS content development strategy. (5%)

    Minimum Education Required

    Bachelor's degree required. Masters preferred.

    Minimum Years and Type of Experience

    10+ years of experience in education, community architecture, professional development, curriculum design, or similar and 5+ of management experience. Experience developing a large networked community (at least 1M).

    Knowledge and Skills Required

    Excellent networking skills and cross-functional collaboration. Ability to telescope between long-range strategic thinking and day-to-day tactical operations. Superior interpersonal skills at all levels, including people-management, leadership and both written and verbal communication skills. Ability to manage numerous projects and work streams from planning through to delivery. Deep understanding of the education landscape, teacher mindsets, network and community science, and learning theory. Experience with engagement of digital communities and social media. Position requires an experienced leader with the ability to develop strategic goals for a complex set of programs and content. Highly effective organizational skills; high attention to detail. Ability to work under deadlines, with changing priorities in a dynamic, fast-paced environment essential. Ability to influence and provide leadership to a community with a broad diversity of personalities and styles.


    No direct reports

    Responsibility percentages may vary depending on business needs. 

  • National Geographic's headquarters is located in the heart of Washington, D.C. In addition to a unique and dynamic work environment, National Geographic offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental benefits, generous vacation and leave time, a 401(k) plan, and flexible work options. National Geographic is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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The National Geographic Society uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate the wonder of the world, define critical challenges and catalyze action to protect our planet.

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