Director of Leadership Development

The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington ( is an alliance of 325 nonprofit leaders and community partners. We advance our Allies’ work in health and human services, education, the environment, the arts and more to improve the quality of life for all. We believe that collaboration that collaboration will solve our community’s problems. After a decade of growth, the Roundtable has grown with a strong balance sheet, visionary leadership and a comprehensive professional staff. Today, the Roundtable puts nonprofits ‘at the table’ with leaders in media, business and government to create a stronger and more effective region. Both seasoned and emerging leaders look to us for opportunities to sharpen their leadership skills through high-level, high-quality programs.


The Director of Leadership Development reports to the Deputy Director and is the Roundtable’s internal expert on leadership development, adult learning and facilitation. He or she is fully responsible for developing, leading and implementing our leadership development programs. He or she also trains other staff in best practices around facilitation and leadership development. The Director of Leadership Development is a core member of the Roundtable’s Senior Staff.

Current Leadership Development Programs:

  • Future Executive Directors Fellowship Program: A 9-month program for nonprofit leaders who aspire to become Executive Directors of local serving nonprofits in the next five years. The program is based on six key competencies of nonprofit leadership, includes mentoring, a stretch assignment and focuses on developing a cohort of networked, dedicated leaders to fill the nonprofit sector’s leadership pipeline.
  • Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications: Summer immersion program that places high-potential minority and first-generation undergraduate students in leading nonprofit organizations that vigorously promote the public interest for a hands-on, experiential summer fellowship. The program also opens fellows up to networks of established public interest communications leaders to encourage a diverse group of students to peruse public interest communications as a career choice.
  • Nonprofit Energy Alliance: The Director of Leadership Development will be the Roundtable’s go-to staff person to integrate environmentally sustainable best practices into our own operations, events, programs, etc. The Nonprofit Energy Alliance, in partnership with Groundswell’s Community Power Program, helps nonprofits collectively purchase green energy to reduce costs and have a positive impact on the environment. The Director of Leadership Development is responsible for outreach to members and other nonprofits in MD and DC to encourage participation in the Energy Alliance and the Community Power Program.
  • Financial Reporting & Management Institute (FIRM): FIRM is a public-private initiative that aims to enhance the ability of local nonprofits to serve the community by strengthening their financial management and leadership through a 2-day intensive workshop with follow-up support and tutorials. Workshops are taught by well-respected financial educators who have developed the program’s unique curriculum. Montgomery County personnel also teach a session on compliance and accountability for county contracts and funds. Currently, FIRM is run by a consultant to the Nonprofit Roundtable. The Director of Leadership Development is responsible for overseeing the consultant, and working closely with the consultant to implement the program, plan for future work, including expansion beyond Montgomery County to the District and other possible areas.
  • Tables for Ten: The Director of Leadership Development is responsible for all Tables for Ten across the entire organization. Tables for Ten are a series of three candid discussions over three months, designed to foster peer support and accelerate familiarity, trust and bonding among group of nonprofit professionals. The Roundtable routinely organizes Tables for Ten for CEOs, COOs/Deputy Directors, Development staff and sometimes other groupings of staff across organizations. Tables for Ten will be planned and implemented in partnership with other staff including the leaders of Nonprofit Montgomery, Nonprofit NoVA and Nonprofit Virginia.
  • Large Events: The Director of Leadership Development is an integral part of our Events Team to plan and implement our four large events every year. The Director of Leadership Development will be responsible for the content (speakers, panels, presenters, etc.) of events and will work closely with development staff, membership staff, and others to implement these events.

It is likely that the Roundtable will be seeking funding to develop and implement additional leadership development programs, or expand on the existing programs, within the next year.

The Director of Leadership Development is wholly responsible for these programs including administrative duties, logistics, managing program budgets, etc.


  • Direct Nonprofit Roundtable programs from start to finish including assisting with fundraising, directing planning, directing implementation and overseeing evaluation.
  • Where applicable, oversee and work directly with consultants or contractors who implement Nonprofit Roundtable programs to ensure that goals and outcomes are met within the specified timeline.
  • Responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of programs, working with outside evaluators when appropriate.
  • For programs without funding for an external evaluation, develop an evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the program and to identify areas for improvement
  • Serve as a representative of the Nonprofit Roundtable to external stakeholders including members, funders, government partners, board members, advisory committee members, etc.
  • Identify and evaluate risks associated with program activities and take appropriate action to control the risks.
  • Responsible for maintaining programmatic and administrative expenditures within budgeted parameters.
  • Develop funding proposals for leadership development programs to ensure the continuous delivery of service.
  • Serve as the Nonprofit Roundtable’s internal expert on adult learning and facilitation and lead staff development in this area by teaching others how to be better facilitators.
  • Appropriately document all program activities.


  • Deep knowledge of and experience in program management
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit sector and common issues that nonprofits face, especially nonprofit CEOs
  • Experience in facilitating adult learning
  • Excellent problem solving and planning skills
  • Excellent leadership and decision making skills
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Outstanding communication skills, written and oral
  • Ability to multitask and approach work with a flexible attitude
  • Outstanding interpersonal relationship skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, Google applications
  • Ability to learn Salesforce


Bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree preferred.


The Director of Leadership Development is responsible for supervising any consultants or contractors working on our leadership development programs. There is no staff supervisory requirement at this time.


The Nonprofit Roundtable strives for excellence in everything that we do. Each staff member is expected to be a team player, self-motivated, and committed to an atmosphere of respectful, honest, and open communication. The work environment is one of high energy, high activity, and mutual support. The Roundtable’s executive leadership provides opportunities for learning and professional development, and a gratifying work experience.

How to apply

Send resume and cover letter to by Friday, December 13, 2013. No phone calls, please. Please write LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT in the subject line.

The Nonprofit Roundtable believes that a diverse staff is critical to achieving excellence. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We are fully committed to equal employment opportunity and compliance with the full range of fair employment practices and non-discrimination laws.

Washington, District of Columbia
The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington

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