In the San Francisco Bay Area, there are over 20,000 youth aged 16-24 who are historically excluded from the education, employment, and social support they need to successfully transition to adulthood. The events that occurred in 2020-21 caused the already growing opportunity gap to expand exponentially.    

Founded in 1981, New Door Ventures was born out of the belief that by providing resources for youth to build foundational education and job skills, personal support, mentorship, and pathways to higher education and career opportunities, these young people can experience greater economic opportunity and stability in independent adulthood. 97% of New Door youth are low-income people of color who are experiencing barriers to employment and education.  

In 2021, New Door served more than 200 youth through our employment, transition, and education services. As a result, 85% of youth were employed and/or in school six months after graduating from New Door’s programs.  We’ve identified a key challenge for New Door: our ability to equip our staff for the most current and relevant skills and knowledge to effectively deliver programs. 

To meet this need, we’re excited to announce that we’re hiring a Director of Staff Learning and Development.  

About the Opportunity:   

The Director of Staff Learning and Development facilitates the planning, implementation, and monitoring of professional learning opportunities for New Door staff. In addition to understanding effective, research-based professional development standards and delivery models, the Director will demonstrate knowledge of the skill necessary to meet the needs of diverse learners. The goal of this position is to make significant contributions to improving youth participant success by designing, delivering, and promoting high quality professional learning and communicating the New Door’s high expectations for each young person, staff member and partner.

Who We’re Hiring:   

Under the supervision of the Chief Program Officer, the ideal candidate will be a self-motivated and accountable leader who demonstrates effective program leadership and management skills, comfort working in an adaptive and innovative work environment, superior communication and interpersonal skills, and a commitment to advancing equity and economic mobility for youth.

What Success Looks Like: 

  • Supports New Door program staff with timely, high quality professional development.
  • Develops sustainable and successful professional development programs.
  • Builds strong relationships across cross-functional teams at both the leadership and individual contributor levels.
  • Inspires others  to do their best work and helps create a supportive environment that enables growth.
  • Advances New Door’s vision for a well-developed staff as the primary driver of organizational success

Primary Responsibilities:  

Collaborative Leadership and Vision Development

  • Contribute to and lead cross-functional efforts to advance New Door’s impact in the Bay Area. 
  • Collaboratively design and clearly communicate a vision for how to successfully ensure New Door program staff have the mindset, skills, and curricula resources to meet organizational goals in an evolving context.

Program Administration and Management

  • Analyzes and uses data to identify professional development needs and to evaluate, improve and report on staff development program effectiveness.
  • Develops, coordinates, and oversees professional learning programs in alignment with organizational goals and initiatives.
  • Collaborates on the design and implementation of a comprehensive Professional Development Plans for staff.
  • Implements professional learning opportunities through multiple delivery models including formal structured workshops, individual coaching, and external resources. 
  • Develops and curates a library of relevant online learning resources.
  • Organizes, maintains, and supports professional learning communities.
  • Collaborates and maintains the recording and reporting of Professional Development hours and participation.
  • Serves as in-house resource on curricula development for youth and staff.
  • Monitors professional services (e.g. curricula consultants, training course outcomes, staff training, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring that performance outcomes are achieved within budget and meet program objectives.

Program Development

  • Keeps abreast of innovative professional development techniques to provide New Door with the highest quality of professional development activities.
  • Researches a variety of information (e.g. courses, materials, training consultants, etc.) for the purpose of developing new programs that meet staff training needs.

Preferred Qualifications & Skills:  

  • The equivalent of, or a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a related area to social services
  • 6+ years’ experience in staff development, leadership development, instructional design, and program improvement, preferably in youth employment program settings.
  • Knowledge of staff development as it applies to both teaching and learning, and leading professional learning communities.
  • Knowledge of current trends in curriculum, teaching methods and strategies; best practices in youth development and/or workforce development, leadership development; adult and youth learning theories and professional development; planning and project management; and, collaboration, coordination, and facilitation of work groups.
  • Knowledge / experience / familiarity of the communities New Door delivers programming.
  • Inspirational leader who has exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building abilities. 
  • An organized and strategic thinker who is comfortable with oversight and project management and holds a high attention to detail. 
  • Demonstrable knowledge in conflict resolution and restorative practices. 
  • A self-starter with strong problem-solving skills. 
  • Ability to use appropriate computer and reporting systems including Windows operating system, Microsoft Office Suite, and Outlook (Apricot or Salesforce knowledge a plus).


The Director of Staff Learning and Development will earn $90-$100,000 annually dependent on experience. New Door offers a generous benefit package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, matched 403(b) retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement, commuter benefits, 13 vacation days per year, 10 sick days, and 13.5 company holidays per year.

Organizational Benefits

New Door Ventures challenges staff professionally and provides ample professional development opportunities and on-the-job growth. New Door culture is stimulating and motivating, populated with dedicated, intelligent staff and a strong, established leadership team.

New Door Ventures is a safe space for all, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, country of origin, religion, or ability. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. New Door Ventures is a 501(c)3 community-serving nonprofit and an Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to have a diverse team representative of the young people it serves. 

How to Apply: Please send your resume and a thoughtful cover letter letting us know why you think you’d be a great addition to our team. Please include Director of Staff Learning and Development in the subject line and email the resume and cover letter to: 

**Submissions sent without a cover letter will not be considered**