OWLC Program Developer
For over 40 years Omega Institute has been an idea lab for thought leaders, creative talent, and social visionaries, helping to drive social, cultural, and environmental change. As one of the premier lifelong learning centers in the world, Omega is at a critical juncture in its development. We are poised to scale our impact through creation of a new membership program and expanding our online learning curriculum.
In this context, we are seeking an experienced program developer to build significant new capacity at the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC). Ideal candidates will have demonstrated success in creating onsite, online, and blended learning experiences in women’s leadership.
The OWLC, launched in 2012, is dedicated to promoting women’s leadership by convening, inspiring, and training women to #DoPowerDifferently. We want to help women leaders create a power and leadership paradigm shift, from “power over” to “power with” others. The OWLC offers an interdisciplinary leadership curriculum to support personal and professional development throughout the lifespan—for aspiring leaders who want to hone skills and deepen self-understanding; and for established leaders who are looking to make a change, give back, and impact the world.
The OWLC Program Developer works closely with the OWLC Director, OWLC team members, the Marketing Department, and other organizational stakeholders to create compelling programs and adjunct materials that support the learning, community building, and inspiration of OWLC constituents. Responsibilities include researching, developing, producing, and evaluating onsite and online educational courses and programs, contributing to the financial management and strength of the OWLC, building and sustaining relationships with faculty, collaborating strategically with Omega’s Programming Department, managing OWLC events including supervising volunteers, and supporting the refinement of the OWLC curriculum.
Core Staff benefits include health, dental, vision, life insurance, 403B plan, holidays, vacation, sick, and personal days. In addition, core staff enjoy use of campus property (lake/beach, tennis & basketball courts, the hiking trails and the sanctuary), can attend all optional classes that are offered to program participants as well as select over 1,500 specially designed classes that are offered only to the staff community. Core staff receive a complimentary catalog workshop as well as discounts on other catalog workshops, discounts in the Café, Omega Store, and Wellness Center. When campus is open, we are happy to extend complimentary lunch in the dining hall to staff when they are at work.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Omega complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and all applicable New York State or local laws. Consistent with those requirements, Omega will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a disability if such accommodation would allow the individual to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Three years’ experience in developing education programs and curriculum rooted in a holistic approach to learning, preferably with a focus on women’s leadership
- Two years’ experience in curriculum development, online course implementation and evaluation
- Knowledge of instructional design practices, such as needs assessment, analysis, evaluation competencies, learning and behavioral objectives
- Knowledge of adult learning principles and ADDIE principles (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation)
- Prior experience with learning management systems is required
- Knowledge of best practices in digital learning environments, emerging ideas and tools, including the creation of compelling communications and learning materials
- Commitment to the empowerment and advancement of women, and engaging people across the gender spectrum in supporting gender equality
- Knowledge of women’s history, the psychological and spiritual dimensions of leadership and empowerment, the global women’s movement— including intersectionality, power, and privilege—and progressive social change strategies
- Understanding of Omega’s and OWLC’s programmatic content and trends and development in the holistic education field
- Substantial work experience in a related field, including two to three years’ experience in business development
- Demonstrated success in catalyzing new stages of growth in educational programs and with projects that involve building constituencies
- Solid experience working with budgets and financial management
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work autonomously or collaboratively as part of a team, as environment or project dictates
- Strong negotiation skills
- Ability to manage complex details, including large projects and timelines
- Alignment with Omega’s mission, goals, strategic plan, and core values, and OWLC vision, purpose, strategic plan, and goals
Preferred Education and Experience:
- Master’s Degree
- Training and/or courses in Women’s Studies and Leadership
- Solid understanding of the nonprofit sector and of organizational development
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Plan and implement OWLC learning experiences, including conferences, workshops, and special offerings for members, both on Omega’s Rhinebeck campus and in satellite locations, in close collaboration with OWLC Director and integrating input from the OWLC Team
- Design, plan, implement and refine online learning courses
- Manage program budget, develop and implement innovative strategies to diversify and increase program revenue, in order to achieve the OWLC’s financial goals
- Collaborate with Omega’s Programming Department to ensure strategic coordination of women’s empowerment programs
- Research, develop, and produce new programs and refine existing programs to maximize enrollment and successfully meet or exceed program goals
- Develop and sustain faculty relations, including making initial contact with faculty; cultivating positive and ongoing relationships with faculty; negotiating honoraria; overseeing contracts and logistics; using independent discretion to tactfully and effectively handle conflicts or issues; collaborating with marketing & communications strategist on customized workshop promotion with faculty
- Support the development and refinement of OWLC curriculum design through research and evaluation
- Design and implement evaluation strategies to evaluate program effectiveness and measure progress toward impact goals
- Plan and manage OWLC events, such as Women & Power, with input and collaboration from the OWLC Team. Areas include coordinating across Omega departments, managing program and faculty logistics, overseeing event flow, and supervising volunteers
- Work across the organization to ensure integration of all aspects of the OWLC
- Be a strong ambassador for the OWLC and develop strategic relationships inside and outside the organization
This position supervises volunteers and seasonal staff
- Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation volunteers and seasonal staff
Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws
- Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems
- This position functions in Omega’s administrative offices on the Omega campus.
- Physical demands: This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing and moving of supplies is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets, and bend or stand, as necessary. Office workers aren't expected to perform heavy lifting regularly, but they may be expected to lift a box of paper, which weighs approximately 20 pounds. To support our hosting of events, they will very occasionally be required to move swiftly around the campus to run errands.
- This is a full-time position.
- The typical days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This schedule may vary when special needs and projects arise.
Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in completing this application to the extent required by applicable law. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done that will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Omega, such as providing an application with larger font for applicants with impaired vision. Please inform Omega’s People & Culture Department if you need assistance completing any forms or participating in the application process at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Omega Institute is an equal opportunity employer.
We seek diversity within our staff that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.