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Professional Development and Training Specialist


The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) in Washington, D.C., is seeking an experienced Professional Development and Training Specialist to maximize the effectiveness of NDRN’s training to build the skills and knowledge of the nationwide network of Protection and Advocacy (P&A) agencies and Client Assistance Programs (CAP).

Who We Are: NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the congressionally mandated, disability rights agencies known as the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP). P&A agencies have the authority to provide legal representation and other advocacy services, under federal laws, to all people with disabilities. NDRN provides training, technical assistance, and legal support to the P&A agencies. NDRN is also involved in legislative advocacy to create a society in which people with disabilities are afforded equal opportunity and are able to fully participate by exercising choice and self-determination. For more information on our organization go to .

Responsibilities Include:

  • Monitor emerging issues, trends and promising practices for instructional design to assist NDRN stay on the cutting edge in its on-site and virtual training.
  • Collaborate with NDRN subject matter experts and NDRN Deputy Executive Director for Training and Technical Assistance to identify training topics, develop curriculum and deliver effective on-site and virtual trainings on a full range of advocacy and management topics designed to meet the identified needs of P&As.
  • Identify expertise among the P&As and the broader community to build NDRN’s reserve of content area specialists, especially those that will bring racial, ethnic, cultural and disability diversity to NDRN trainings.
  • Review and maintain system to evaluate impact of trainings and use that information to update NDRN trainings and instructional design.
  • Develop and manage training calendar for twelve on-site training events yearly including: the P&A/CAP Annual Conference, two meetings of the Chief Executive Officers, two new CEO orientations, the new Fiscal Manager Orientation, the Financial Management Meeting, two core trainings for the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security, the Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation and two meetings for the Representative Payee Program.
  • Update training policies and protocols in order to standardize the process of organizing on-site and virtual trainings.
  • Develop in-house training for staff professional development in instructional design and delivery.
  • Manage communication between the program staff and the training unit with the administrative, communications and IT teams.
  • Oversee NDRN’s contracts for logistics and procurement of hotel contracts.
  • Manage continuing education credits for NDRN trainings with outside organizations as well as internal PAL program.
  • Manage speaker agreements, communications and coordinate travel where necessary.
  • Support the development of other trainings as needed.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of experience conducting and managing training programs.
  • Demonstrated experience as a trainer on-site and virtually.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the contributions of citizens with disabilities and to efforts to make possible the realization of that potential.
  • Knowledge of the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System and non-profit program experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including, but not limited to, sensitivity to other people and the ability to work with others on a cooperative basis.
  • Excellent demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal English.
  • Willingness to travel, work evenings and weekends when necessary.
  • Background in meeting management a plus.

Compensation and Benefits: NDRN offers a competitive salary, based on experience. Benefits include health plan; Flexible Spending Account; transit and parking benefits; 403(b) retirement plan; paid vacation/sick leave; 10 paid holidays and an onsite gym.

To Apply: 

How To Apply: Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the attention of Nachama L. Wilker, Deputy Executive Director for Training and Technical Assistance, NDRN, 820 First Street, NE, Suite 740, Washington, DC 20002, via e-mail at  , Subject: Training Coordinator ; or via facsimile: 202-408-9520; or via U.S. Postal Service.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

NDRN is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Submission Deadline: 
February 28, 2019
Organization Information: 
National Disabilty Rights Network
820 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
United States
Phone: 202-408-9514