The Navigators

  • Director of Staff Development

    Job Locations US-CO-Colorado Springs
    Category (Portal Searching)
  • Overview

    The Staff Development & Care (SDC) Leader serving as the Director of Staff Development shall serve The Navigators and fulfill the responsibilities listed below in the spirit of The Navigators vision, Core values and calling: “To advance the Gospel of Jesus and His kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.”


    This position will contribute to the success and effectiveness of the SDC department by collaborating with the SDC Leadership Team (LT) in leading the whole of staff training, development and care together as a primary responsibility, with oversight of staff development as a secondary responsibility. Together, the SDC LT will ensure the effective orientation, growth, development, and care of Navigator staff by partnering with Missions, ministries, networks, and departments. The Director of Staff Development will direct all staff development throughout the Navigator organization.


    Staff Development and Care Responsibilities


    • Serve on the SDC LT and own the shared responsibilities for the whole strategy of staff training, development, and care.
    • Ensure the integration of training, development, and care into the life cycle and health of all Navigators in partnership with the Missions, ministries, networks, and departments.
    • Ensure consistency and quality in staff training and development throughout the organization.
    • Steward The Navigators Core while developing individuals for aligned organizational and personal outcomes.
    • Platform the strategic priorities of the NLT in staff training and development, to ensure these priorities are valued, owned, and practiced by all Navigator staff.
    • Execute best practices in developing all of our staff throughout their entire career with The Navigators.
    • Create a culture of valuing one’s unique design and encourages the pursuit of life-long learning


    Staff Development Director Responsibilities


    • Develop and direct the implementation of staff development resources and practices throughout the Navigator organization to provide personal, theological and professional development to staff throughout the entire life cycle of their Navigator experience following initial training and qualification.
    • Develop a plan for ongoing staff development programs working with the SDC Project Specialist for implementation timelines over the next 3 to 5 years.
    • Develop and direct a framework of career options for each Navigator mission, department and ministry with clear pathways of development for each option.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of staff development throughout the Navigator organization including:
      • Quality of outcomes and objectives
      • Tracking progress of staff in designing and implementing their PPR development plans
      • Status of development resources
      • Dedicate and assign appropriate resources       for staff development needs      
    • Connect, collaborate with and, as appropriate, combine staff development activities and events across the Navigator work and direct the accessibility to those activities and events, as appropriate, to applicable staff in every corner of the work.


    Additional Responsibilities

    • Raise and maintain personal funding to meet salary, benefits, and personal ministry needs.
    • Directly supervise the Leader Development Manager and the Staff Development team.
    • Perform annual Plan and Progress Reviews (PPR) for all direct reports and ensure the Leader Development Manager does the same.
    • Approve expense reports for direct reporting staff.
    • Model The Navigators Core Leadership Model (lead, develop, care), lead with a developmental bias, and engage in lifelong learning.
    • Serve on additional job related teams as needed
    • Occasional travel may be required


    • Belief in and adherence to The Navigators Statement of Faith
    • Is strongly grounded in the Scriptures
    • Bachelor’s Degree or above in related areas of understanding and competence, or equivalent experience
    • 8-10 years Field ministry or equivalent experience
    • Navigator experience strongly preferred
    • Demonstrated executive leadership experience.
    • Experienced in leading a team and other leaders
    • Experienced in leading people development and training
    • Demonstrated high collaborative ability
    • Possesses high emotional and cultural intelligence
    • Able to lead and develop the next generation
    • Understands and has experience to lead and instruct in change leadership
    • Demonstrates effective communication skills, both verbal and written
    • Able to align resources to achieve strategic goals
    • Has passion and conviction in developing the maturity of our staff


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