National Training Director, Power Lab

National Training Director, Power Lab Job Description

This is an exciting time to join the team at Girls Leadership. We are growing rapidly and are seeking a National Training Director to develop and lead our Power Lab training at our headquarters in Oakland, California. Our growth is driven by a three-year strategic plan to expand our work across lines of difference, such as race/ethnicity and class, to impact as many girls as possible. The National Training Director will report to the Chief Program Officer and is a member of the Program Department team. The primary job responsibilities include leading development of the Power Lab curriculum and training programming, and supervision of the Power Lab Training Team.

We ask people to join our team who are skilled, experienced professionals in their field, but this is only part of what will make you successful as a Girls Leadership team member. We also seek team members who are authentic, seek to contribute to an equitable and inclusive community and build strong relationships with fellow team members, Girls Leadership clients and partners.

The National Training Director, Power Lab will:

40% – Use Design Thinking to develop, adapt, and innovate Girls Leadership curriculum through a culturally responsive, trauma-informed lens

  • Lead Power Lab Training team to design Girls Leadership curricula for 6th through 12th grades with a culturally responsive, trauma-informed lens, incorporating Educational Theater or arts integrated methods to meet the social-emotional needs of girls, particularly girls from low-income communities;
  • Partner with a Bay Area school or organization to support curriculum development;
  • Conduct needs assessment processes and focus groups with girls and partner educators to identify areas of need for lesson and curriculum design;
  • Design, facilitate and iterate lessons and activities for girls, based on girl and partner educator input;
  • Collaborate with National Program Director and Summer Program Director, Adolescence to iterate Girls Leadership workshop curriculum and Summer Program curriculum;
  • Evaluate effectiveness of lessons through informal and formal assessment methods;

25% – Develop training and support for Educators

  • Lead Power Lab Training team to design, develop and iterate Girls Leadership Power Lab teacher training;
  • Conduct needs assessment processes and focus groups with partner educators to identify areas of need for support and training to effectively deliver curricula;
  • Observe partner educators and provide feedback and support to effectively deliver social-emotional based lessons and activities;
  • Design and facilitate learning experiences for educators to address identified areas of need;
  • Evaluate effectiveness of learning experiences through informal and formal assessment methods;

20% – Manage and support Training Team and consultants

  • Supervise two regional Training Managers through 1:1 check-ins and Training Team meetings;
  • Provide ongoing curriculum development and training facilitation coaching and support for Training Managers;
  • Manage content-specialist consultants (e.g., social media, body image, sexual health);
  • Partner with Chief Program Officer to recruit, cultivate, and sustain Power Lab advisory board;

15% – Deliver training for Educators

  • Facilitate Teacher Training in CA (possibly in other regions);
  • Evaluate effectiveness of Teacher Training;
  • Iterate Teacher Training.



Minimum qualifications:

  • Passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership, across lines of difference
  • Experience in facilitating and developing culturally responsive curricula and programs
  • Knowledge and experience with trauma-informed teaching strategies and practices
  • Experience designing and facilitating professional development for educators through a culturally responsive, trauma-informed lens
  • Experience managing teams towards ambitious outcomes
  • Several years of recent middle and/or secondary school classroom experience, including experience teaching and/or working with youth from low-income communities
  • Attentive to detail and efficient in the management of diverse tasks and competing priorities
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, innovative, and comfortable working independently with high personal accountability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including cross-cultural communications
  • Demonstrates social and emotional intelligence
  • Committed to our values of Authentic Communication, Courageous Growth, Equity and Play
  • Resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, and can work from our Oakland headquarters

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience organizing and conducting educational focus groups and/or needs assessment with K-12 youth from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience and knowledge of mindfulness and self-compassion practices
  • Experience with Design Thinking
  • Background in Educational Theater and arts-integrated education
  • Experience building partnerships with community-based organizations
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English)
  • Advanced degree in education or similar field

Compensation & Benefits: This is a full-time exempt position. The starting salary for this position is $80,000. Benefits include health insurance (99% coverage for employee), optional dental/vision, unlimited paid time off with supervisor pre-approval, separate sick time, 11 holidays per year, and a 401(k) plan available after one year of service.


Girls Leadership encourages individuals of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. Girls Leadership is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter in Word or PDF format to The subject line of the email should include your full name and “National Training Director.”

Applications will be reviewed and processed in the order received through December 14, 2018, or until the position is secured. To learn more about Girls Leadership, please visit