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Senior Director for Training, Culture, and Leadership Development

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RespectAbility is a diverse and disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities and that advances policies and practices that empower people with disabilities to have a better future. Our mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so all people with disabilities can fully participate in every aspect of community.

This newly formed position of Senior Director for Training, Culture, and Leadership Development will lead the department responsible for realizing the Leadership goals of RespectAbility’s strategic plan. The role will oversee programs designed to cultivate disability leaders and empower them to acquire the skills, support, training, and cross-cultural competency to have seats at decision-making tables. As part of that, this individual will:

  • Oversee RespectAbility’s existing leadership pipeline programs: the National Leadership Apprenticeship Program and the Disability Training and Speaking Bureau, and strategically support and engage the alumni of these programs.
  • Serve as the organization’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) leader, equipping the program participants and the internal disability leaders on our staff and consulting teams with training and support for DEIA competency.
  • Design and build financial and program capacity for the additional pipelines envisioned in the 2021 strategic plan, including the Rising Leaders Fellowship Council.

This position will report directly to the President and have senior-level responsibilities that include overseeing an expanding department and managerial responsibilities of multiple other individuals. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of mentorship, skills development of direct reports, and experience overseeing programmatic and departmental budgets.


Supervise the National Leadership Apprenticeship Program and its proven managerThe “earn-while-you-learn” program currently trains two virtual 5-and-a-half month cohorts of 15 leaders each. Participants are committed to disability issues and plan to go into careers in public policy, advocacy, communications, the entertainment industry, diversity, equity and inclusion, fundraising, nonprofit management, or faith-based inclusion where they can advocate on behalf of people with disabilities. The program enables participants to gain skills and contacts while making a positive difference. Together with the Manager of the National Leadership Program and the department heads who supervise individual Apprentices, the Senior Director for Training Culture, and Leadership Development will:

  • Support the 230+ alumni of Leadership Development Programs as a job and opportunity developer. This could include:
    • Building community by hosting alumni events and networking opportunities.
    • Identifying and sharing relevant employment opportunities.
    • Providing individualized career support and meeting with program alumni as needed, maintaining regular and timely communication.
  • Enhance existing program and strategy to ensure consistency in recruitment, training, task development assignment, and career placement of alumni.
  • Ensure that recruitment practices and the full program experience are fully accessible, inclusive, and welcoming to individuals encompassing a broad set of intersectional experiences including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and ELL communities.
  • Strengthen training curriculum for program participants, comprehensively covering relevant topics including advocacy, intersectionality, accessibility best practices, resume writing, technological/computer proficiency, professional communication, disability history and inclusion and more.
  • Work with program manager to continue to foster and cultivate partnerships with external organizations, schools, and key advocates and allies to identify future program participants and create a pipeline, as well as create potential professional opportunities for graduates.
  • Partner with the development team in assuring continuing funding relationships for the program, especially with those funders who directly sponsor particular Apprentices for particular outcomes.
  • Oversee the tracking of program alumni progress, successes, and necessary supports to place them into meaningful career positions, with the goal of at least 75% of program graduates being in roles with significant opportunity to make positive change on behalf of people with disabilities within three years of program completion.

Supervise the Disability Training and Speakers Bureau and its Staff: This program brings authentic and knowledgeable voices of people with disabilities, as well as disability inclusion training, to conferences, teams, events, and Employee Resource Groups. While we provide our speakers with our existing content on disability inclusion, they bring their lived experience and insights. As the manager of this program, responsibilities include:

  • Mentor and manage the Speakers Bureau Associate, who currently runs most of the day-to-day operations.
  • Develop and implement a business plan, which will include recruitment and training of relevant speakers, creation of additional trainings to upskill trainers, revision of pricing model, and marketing strategy.
  • Raise profiles of talented speakers so they become widely regarded experts.
  • Ensure that the program brings in enough funds in speaker/training fees to cover expenses.

Lead RespectAbility’s DEIA Program: RespectAbility is committed to transformational, societal, and organizational changes that drive measurable improvements to access and equity. We aspire to achieve full inclusion by ensuring diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility are fully integrated into our organization and our work. Leadership of this program includes:

  • Foster DEIA consciousness and belonging across all departments and for all RespectAbility-affiliated individuals, including staff, consultants, and speakers. Develop full DEIA competency organization-wide through a combination of efforts, which can include individualized support, securing external consultants, and utilizing outside training. It also can include ensuring appropriate recognition of both designated months and the holidays and celebrations of the many cultures represented within our community.
  • Devise and implement a system of measuring and evaluating progress against specific goals, pillars, and holding leadership accountable. This will be done in collaboration with RespectAbility’s Senior Management Team and DEIA committee, a group comprised of staff at all levels as well as board members.
  • Report annually and in a transparent fashion to the Board on the progress of these goals and using that report as the basis to train, course correct, and achieve continued progress.
  • Oversee the creation and management of internal Employee Resource Networks.
  • Work with speakers, new hires, and any affiliated individuals to ensure cross-cultural competency in the delivery of all services.

Lead the Expansion of the Leadership Department Envisioned in the Strategic Plan: Within the next five years, RespectAbility envisions becoming a premiere go-to cross-disability national leadership organization. We want to be known for creating a premium talent pipeline and cultivating the talents, skills, competencies, energy, and innovative spirt of emerging leaders with disabilities from all backgrounds. This will be accomplished through a series of leadership development initiatives. Envisioned expansions include expanding staff and efforts to create, among others:

  • Rising Leaders Fellowship Council comprised of Leadership Development Program and other pipeline programming alumni to have a decision-making role in RespectAbility’s influential projects, with the primary purpose of turning our alumni into an engaged community supporting our work in pushing for change and greater inclusion in the world.



Salary range $80k-$100k plus employer-paid health insurance, optional dental insurance, paid time off and holiday time, retirement matching and other benefits.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: HR@RespectAbility.org.

RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.



We recognize that this is a new type of position, and it is unlikely that candidates will have all the qualifications listed below on day one. Please do not hesitate to apply if you will need to learn some of the areas while on the job. The bottom line is that the successful applicant must be fully committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) of all kinds, and must be deeply passionate about ensuring that all organizations are fully accessible to, and inclusive of, talented people with disabilities. The successful applicant will understand that DEIA takes a lot more than simply good intentions – it takes true learning, skills, performance metrics, and more.

  • Real passion and experience in unlocking human potential and training and mentoring passionate advocates and professionals.
  • Deep experience in disability access, equity, inclusion and creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of RespectAbility as well as to Employment First policies.
  • Seven or more years of prior experience in a related field including at least two that included strategic, management and tactical responsibility, as well as staff, budget, marketing/fundraising, and department management.
  • Strong background creating and launching programmatic initiatives. Experience in building, running, and holding accountable significant training programs that need offer concrete job skills, networks, and contacts so that people can gain the jobs they need to move the disability agenda forward.
  • Background as a job developer/coach + credential from APSE as a Certified Employment Support Professional. (Could be acquired on the job).
  • Empathetic communicator and listener who can manage conflict, maintain confidentiality, build consensus, and foster mission buy-in.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally and with a variety of stakeholders, including external partners, clients, executives, senior leadership, staff, and board members.
  • Relevant experience in areas such as internal DEIA strategy, learning and development, organizational change management, and/or leadership/pipeline programming a huge plus.
  • Commitment to uplift historically excluded communities and understanding of intersectional ableism.
  • Experience and/or knowledge of barriers arising for people with disabilities in a professional environment as well as accommodations leading to professional success, with strong resourcefulness to find relevant opportunities, speakers and resources.
  • Commitment, and sufficient knowledge, to ensure that all materials will be fully accessible to people with disabilities (i.e., captions, screen reader accessibility).
  • Background and/or degrees in special education, vocational rehabilitation, HR, and other skills a strong plus.
  • Preference for someone who is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Posted: 2022-01-06 Expires: 2022-02-05

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