Director of Professional Development

  • 333 John Carlyle St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

The Council on Social Work Education is committed to creating an accessible, supportive environment that recognizes diversity and cultural competence as integral components of excellence.  Candidates who contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area. 

Job Description

The Director of Professional Development is responsible for strategic development and implementation of initiatives that connect CSWE members with the organization and each other, and grow their career through professional development, presentation, and service opportunities. Professional Development initiatives include online learning programming in the CSWE Learning Academy, continuing education and CE management, Annual Program Meeting programming and track engagement, and other projects through the Division of Education. The main goal of the position is to create a suite of tools and services that will support programs and individual members throughout their career.   

The position will be expected to communicate regularly in writing and through meetings and presentations with social work education stakeholders, including CSWE governance groups, faculty, field directors, students, and other social work education stakeholders. The Director of Professional Development will work closely with others in the organization on the strategic planning and marketing of the CSWE Learning Academy and related products.  

Responsibilities include coordination of education offerings for CSWE individual and program members including the new CSWE Learning Academy activities, managing continuing education (CE) certificate processes for education initiatives and Annual Program Meeting (APM) and other education events, supporting the development of member-driven learning communities, and assisting with grant and contract-funded projects within the Division of Education, as well as other duties and special projects assigned by the Vice President of Education as needed. 

Learning Academy 

  • Manage the Learning Academy programs, which entails working with staff, speakers and volunteers to develop programs including an online training, events, supporting curriculum materials, and assessment components, coordinating with the marketing manager to promote the training, setting up registration, and providing technical support throughout events 

  • Provide oversight of the platform and programming, including monitoring of active products, polls, and other features  

  • Work closely with others in the Division of Education on strategic planning and timeline for Learning Academy events 

  • Assist with maintaining annual Learning Academy budget and budget projections each year 

  • Work with platform provider to implement system improvements and updates and address problems 

Continuing Education 

  • Maintain CSWE’s provider approval status through the Association of Social Work Board’s Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program, including submitting materials for recertification 

  • Ensure that CSWE follows all requirements for offering CEs for any education offerings, including data collection, attendance-tracking, and issuance of certificates 

Learning Communities and Tracks 

  • Work collaboratively with CSWE governance groups and track chairs in the development of learning communities for CSWE members. 

  • Develop and implements track chair engagement, recognition, and communication strategies 

  • Work with the Council on Conferences and Faculty Development in recruitment of CSWE members to serve as APM proposal reviewers; assists with selection and assignment as well. 

  • Identify means to recognize and promote the work of track chairs and co-chairs, proposal reviewers, and accepted presenters.  

Other Education Initiatives 

  • Serve as staff liaison to the Commission for Membership and Professional Development and the Council on Conferences and Faculty Development 

  • Network with members and identify champions for programmatic engagement 

  • Contribute member focused items to e- newsletter and social media 

  • Review education content for APM to consider quality, interest to members, and strength of relationship to the APM theme  

  • Support other projects in the Division of Education, such as coordinating online and in-person meeting and training events, assisting with writing grant proposals, and writing reports and articles on project events and updates  




  • Minimum of a master’s degree, preferably in social work or education 

  • Intermediate to advanced skills in MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) 

  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

  • Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills 

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail  

  • Promotes antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion activities. 

  • High level of initiative and ability to multitask 

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills  

  • Understands the specific experiences of historically marginalized racial groups in the U.S., particularly Black, Indigenous and Latinx groups. 

  • Experience setting up and running Web-based meetings and online programs through a learning management system 

  • Experience with certification or continuing education programs desirable.  

  • Prefer 4-5 years of experience, preferably in a nonprofit or social services environment 

  • Prefer experience in website maintenance and HTML 

Additional Information


  • The salary range for this position is commensurate with experience.
  • CSWE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, PTO, 403b retirement contributions, and more.


  • This position is primarily sedentary and is performed in an office setting. The physical demands of this position are limited to the ability to use a computer, telephone, and standard office equipment; move up to 25 lbs. Occasional travel within the United States may be necessary.  

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.  


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