Education Program Manager

Company Name:
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA, Lincoln, NE and a training facility in Madison, WI is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America's electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years:
100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine
50 Greatest places to Work - AARP
50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian
CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance
At NRECA, we work with people who are leaders in their fields, they are down-to-earth, hardworking professionals committed to helping our members serve their communities. Our work is interesting and constantly evolving and requiring new skills to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic industry. In this collegial, inclusive work environment, united around the compelling purpose and history of electric cooperatives, we thrive. And topping it off, NRECA cares about each person's overall well-being, encouraging health, financial security, and a sustainable work/life balance.
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This position is responsible for leading teams of inter-departmental and outside subject matter experts in the development, design and project management of innovative educational programs and resources (in-person and online) for electric cooperative leaders and staff. Our programs are designed to enhance knowledge, build skills and create peer connections to help them be successful in serving their cooperatives and communities. This position will produce, develop and deliver educational components for educational programs, conferences and other meetings. The incumbent manages budgets, is accountable for marketing strategies and manages delegated programs and collaborates across the department, NRECA and the co-op network. This role has to ability to be located in Madison, WI or Arlington, VA. It will require travel to the other site.
Purpose and Mission
Design, Development, and Project Management of Educational Programs including conferences, orientations, courses, webinars, workshops, and online programs
Collaborate with the Learning Management System (LMS) administrator for online program set-up and after event strategies to ensure learner access, pricing, delivery, and testing
Work with digital media specialist and instructional designer to identify innovative instructional strategies, channels, practices to improve the effectiveness of educational program development, delivery, and evaluation
Develop, manage and monitor budget for assigned programs.
Collaborate with others across NRECA regarding budgets, marketing plans and promotions, site selection, audio-visual and catering specifications other hotel and related logistics and event registration
May serve as an instructor in the areas such as management, accounting, finance, budgets, technology application, industry strategies and organizational effectiveness etc., as appropriate with background and expertise
Research, design and develop new courses, products and services, that complement NRECA's executive and staff education and that will enhance the effectiveness and success of the cooperative network
Consult with advisory groups, stakeholders, and subject-matter experts to determine the needs, scope, content, and delivery method (in-person, online) of the program depending on the needs of the audience
Identify, recommend, and implement strategies and tactics to achieve market penetration for new courses, products or services such as new certifications, preparatory programs to support outside certification etc. such as Project Management Institute or Institute for Supply Managements certifications
Research partnerships with organizations like the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and IEEE and make recommendations on a path forward
Participate in non-NRECA sponsored electric utility events and trade shows for purposes of networking, identifying potential partner opportunities, subject matter experts, and speakers and otherwise collecting information that can be used to enhance NRECA programs.
Build relationships with member cooperative employees and network partners, including Associate Members and exhibitors, to stay on top of trends, challenges, opportunities and issues that impact electric cooperatives.
Requirements and Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in education, business, accounting, communications, or related degree with 7-12 years of relevant business or association experience
5 years demonstrated experience in designing, developing and managing educational programs (both in-person and online programs)
Proven effectiveness in education program management from inception to evaluation
Must have excellent interpersonal skills, written and oral presentation skills, data analysis and evaluation skills
Proven ability to work across executive and staff levels, preferably from cooperative business organizations
Demonstrated experience in several development and delivery tools, including Articulate Studio, InDesign, PowerPoint, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Acrobat Standard, and WebEx or ability to learn quickly
Experience in using a Learning Management System (LMS) or similar technology for design and delivery of programs a plus
Experience with online collaboration tools (such as wikis, threaded discussion boards, and social networking), mobile learning technology.
Ability to travel ( 25% annually) as needed and on short notice, in Madison, Wisconsin.
Employment experience in a membership organization a plus
Amount of Travel
Job Title : Education Program Manager
Location : Arlington, VA, US

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