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About Neal Reed WorldwideAnimation Studios
Neal Reed Animation Studios (NRW●AS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Neal Reed Worldwide Company, is a virtual animation studio which utilizes the latest digital technical, creative and production technologies in the art of computer animation. NRW●AS has more than a dozen projects in various stages of development, pre-production, and production. NRW●AS's first major animated feature is Caitlin's Adventures in Miseryville.

Position Summary: Director of Staff Development.
Neal Reed Worldwide University also known as (NRWU) is Neal Reed’s in-house education, training and development organization. NRWU’s mission is to establish, maintain and administrate a collaborative virtual and physical learning environment to provide to our employees and collaborators the creative, technical, production and administrative skills necessary to succeed at NRW●AS. NRWU provides artistic, technical, professional, managerial and leadership training experiences, as well as training for trainers.

The Director of Staff Development is a Cabinet level position reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. The Director of Staff Development is responsible for the development and delivery of workforce training, coaching and staff development, as determined by the immediate and long-range goals of the Company. The Director of Staff Development will work closely with Neal Reed University and Neal Reed’s Human Resources Team, management, directors and administrators across the entire company spectrum to assess and evaluate employees, identify training, coaching and development needs; develop custom learning experiences, curriculum and programs; train trainers; and document the process, and audit results.

• Oversee curriculum development in areas of communication, leadership and management learning, including mandated training (ethics, sexual harassment awareness, copyright).
• Partner with Human Resources and other groups to identify training and development needs on a number professional development topics, including communication, leadership and management.  Assist  with determining training priorities, objectives and desired outcomes.
• In collaboration with Human Resources, implement studio-wide development efforts to support sustained learning and implement positive behavior change.
• Work with internal and external subject matter experts to determine optimal delivery methods, design courses, and develop content.
• Manage development, customization and implementation of learning solutions specific to audience needs; oversee and implement the design and delivery of unique learning and development programs to the NRWU community.
• Using feedback and metrics, audit the effectiveness of NRWU’s staff development learning and development activities.  
• Facilitate group meetings, classes, round tables, distance learning and other learning formats.
• For selected courses, deliver training directly through classroom instruction, online training and webinars.
•  Develop and maintain high-quality training materials and resources that are reflective of Neal Reed Worldwide culture.     
• Identify and recommend vendors; and manage multiple vendor relationships and the work of multiple vendors as needed.

Experience/Skills Required:
• Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 2-10 years of progressive career experience developing and delivering effective learning and professional development programs, with a focus on supervisory management programs, including ‘train the trainer’ experience.
•  Extensive experience in assessing and improving learning and professional development programs, with a focus on supervisory and management programs, including curriculum development/instructional design, and the ability to translate professional development needs into high impact, high-quality programs.
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; must be a direct, articulate and thoughtful communicator.
• Must possess a consultative approach; easily develop rapport and trust with multiple individuals and personalities.
•  Must possess excellent active listening and coaching skills.
•  Strong instructional design and facilitation skills and ability to support and mentor others in these areas.
• Experience facilitating learning via multiple vehicles, such as instructor-led training, group/round table facilitation, peer-led learning, self-study, etc.
• Proven track record of establishing and maintaining effective and collaborative relationships across a highly interconnected organization comprised of diverse groups and individuals.
•  Strong “off-the-cuff” speaker, natural ability to think on one’s feet.    
•  Excellent interpersonal, group, process and influence skills.
•  Works effectively independently or in teams.
• Comfortable working within a fast-paced, dynamic (and sometimes ambiguous) environment.
• Graduate-level education, background and/or experience in organizational behavior/development, team/group dynamics, adult education, organizational psychology or other relevant area a plus.
•  Working knowledge of general HR practices, policies, and procedures a plus.
• Ideal: Prior training, educational or consulting experience in an artistic, creative and/or high tech industry.