The Manager of Professional Development is responsible for recommending, researching, implementing and promoting professional development opportunities and training for the diverse membership of SNA, with a major focus on education provided at SNA’s face to face conferences/meetings and webinars. Manages professional development programming to support the SNA Certificate in School Nutrition program, the SNS Credentialing program and meet USDA Professional Standards for school nutrition professionals.
Develops, recommends and manages production of training and education sessions to meet members’ needs including identifying potential speakers on current topics and ways for members to share experiences and best practices primarily around SNA live conferences and SNA’s growing online/ “virtual” opportunities like SNA’s virtual tradeshow and webinars.
Plans and manages professional development and training programs at SNA conferences, including ANC and SNIC, incorporating input from volunteer leadership, CEO and Senior staff. Works closely with Business Development and Meetings Center for financial, logistic and technical support and with support from Professional Development Coordinator.
Participates in SNA conference preparations and planning with Senior staff, Conference Co-chairs and SNA leadership.
Working with SVP Membership and Professional Development, manages and updates education session scheduling at conferences. This includes decisions on when to plan specific sessions and plotting sessions in appropriate rooms sizes based on available data on popularity of speaker/topic.
Manages the flow and accuracy of information about education at SNA conferences. This includes entering and updating information from speakers to ensure accuracy and consistency of information in SNA database, on SNA website, conference promotional materials, conference printed programs, learning journals and mobile app.
Troubleshoots and assists speakers on site as needed with support from conference Audio Visual team
Develops tracking grids for attendees to track training for SNA certificate and credentialing programs and meet annual training hours for Professional Standards.
Creates and monitors onsite tracking grid for live conference to allow capture of attendee attendance for each session and ensure all sessions are being monitored.
Drafts quiz questions for attendees based on content video capture for input/approval from professional development team and speakers.
Supports SNA’s goal to innovate around professional development by recommending, researching and implementing new approaches to deliver content and ways to engage attendees in professional development at live meetings.
Leverages conference programming and speakers to plan SNA “best of “conference webinar series.
Serves as liaison and moderator on webinars with subject matter experts including speaker outreach, troubleshooting during any webinar rehearsals and live webinars.
Adapts presentations from live conference format to webinar format.
Annual National Conference
Manages Call for Proposal process including selection of session speakers, speaker communication and assignments and follows through and reviews all education session presentations
Provides on-site management (including Speaker Ready room) and monitoring at ANC for all Pre-Con and Education Sessions.
Works with presentation management companies from concept to execution
Ensures all presentations and handouts are accessible on ANC page on SNA website.
Manages planning, speaker and vendor coordination of onsite video recording of key education sessions for use on SNA virtual tradeshow.
School Nutrition Industry Conference
Works with Co-Chairs and SVP Membership and Professional Development to develop pre-conference and educational planning sessions
Manages speaker selection, communication and review of all presentations
Provides on-site management and monitoring at SNIC for all Pre-Con and Education Sessions including draft script writing for general sessions.
Ensures all presentations and handouts are accessible on SNIC page on SNA website.
Assists professional development team in assigning CEUs for SNA conferences including ANC, SNIC, NLC, LAC Industry Boot Camp and Georgetown Executive Management program
Assists SVP, Membership and Professional Development to support ANC and SNIC Planning Committees and Co-chairs.
Manages development and regular updating of Study Guide for the SNS exam and SNS exam preparation study guide and book sales.
Serves as moderator on webinars, as assigned.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required.
Experience and Knowledge:
Four years or more of progressively responsible experience in managing professional development and training programs in a nonprofit, association, professional services organization or nonprofit education environment, including needs assessment, planning, development, funding, financial management and program evaluation with a focus on live conferences/meetings.
Demonstrated work experience in developing and managing a wide range of professional development opportunities in various formats, including live sessions, pre-recorded sessions and webinars to develop a cohesive, focused professional development program for adult learners.
Knowledge of adult learning principles and practices to meet expectations of today’s adult learners and learning styles required.
Work experience assessing training needs and evaluating feedback on professional development offerings to apply to future programming.
Work experience transferring education content into successful formats that match organization culture and individual recipients’ needs.
Demonstrated experience in management of multiple projects as well as daily operational workloads to meet organizational goals and strategies.
Work experience with volunteer leadership in an organization in planning and evaluation of professional development programs, preferred.
Demonstrated skills in planning and developing professional development programming for conferences/meetings
Demonstrated skills in planning, implementing and managing successful and innovative professional development programs, training sessions and training formats for members/customers.
Demonstrated ability to work with content experts, effectively assimilating content into various content training formats.
Demonstrated skills using evaluation tools to assess program participant satisfaction and implement changes responsive to needs and concerns.
Demonstrated skills in the analysis of trends and best practices in the development and delivery of professional development training programs and conferences in nonprofits.
Excellent project management skills including ability to juggle multiple projects while responding to daily workload demands.
Demonstrated ability to provide creative thinking to problem solving leading to solutions.
Demonstrated ability to think creatively and apply new and fresh ideas to live training.
Requires strong communication skills, including excellent professional writing and editing, ability to produce complex information in understandable language, both in writing and verbally, for internal and external audiences.
Strong interpersonal skills in teamwork and collaboration in order to achieve positive results.
Ability to use Microsoft word applications, including excellent skills in excel, power point, database management, etc.
Requires excellent attention to detail and accuracy
Ability to be flexible and adapt to organizational change and unexpected changes that may occur with speaker schedules/changes at live meetings.
Vision: Be the authority and resource for school nutrition programs. Mission: SNA is the national organization of school nutrition professionals committed to advancing the quality of school meal programs through education and advocacy. Values: •Collaboration, Relationship Building and Teamwork •Caring Commitment and Service •Lifelong Wellness and Healthy Lifestyles •Passion for Lifelong Learning a...nd Professional Development •Integrity and Ethics Strategic Goals: I. Education & Professional DevelopmentSchool nutrition professionals will have the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise to administer, manage and deliver healthy school meal programs. II. Advocacy and Public Image Policy makers, school officials and parents will rely on SNA as the authority for designing and funding school meal programs. III. CommunitySchool nutrition programs nationwide will be strengthened through collaboration with members, state affiliates, industry and allied partners. IV. Infrastructure SNA will have a financially sustainable funding model with a nimble governance structure and headquarters staff organization that is aligned with the strategic plan and reflects contemporary association business practices