The Navigators

  • Leader Development Manager

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

    The Staff Development & Care (SDC) Leader serving as the Leader Development Manager 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 leader 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 for job-specific training. The Leader Development Manager will also bring management, collaboration and coordination to leader 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


    • Work directly with the Director of Staff Development to develop implement leader development resources, events and practices throughout the Navigator organization for current and prospective leaders at various levels
    • Manage all leader development programs, events and practices in The Navigators.
    • Ensure that the leader development resources produce godly, skilled leadership and to meet organizational leadership staffing needs.
    • Establish, manage and maintain a framework of leadership options nationally and for each Navigator mission, department and ministry available to all ethnicities and genders and identify clear pathways of development for each.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of leader development throughout the Navigator organization including:
      • The quality of outcomes and objectives
      • Tracking progress of staff in leader development and experiences
      • The status of leader development resources
      • Identifying leadership staffing needs and actions necessary to meet those needs, particularly succession planning & developing a leadership bench
      • Provide reports and statistics of progress and needs to the Director of Staff Development
    • Provide excellent leader development activities, events and opportunities across the Navigator work and facilitate accessibility to those activities and events, as appropriate, to applicable staff in every corner of the work,
    • Network and research excellent leader development outside The Navigators and connect applicable staff with these opportunities.
    • Maintain an eye (focus) toward developing next generation leaders and organizational leaders.
    • Connect and work closely with the National Leadership Team (NLT), Field Leader Team (FLT) and the National Personnel Group (NPG) to identify, place and develop next generation leaders.
    • Directly supervise the Leader Development staff team.
    • Perform annual Plan and Progress Reviews for all direct reports.
    • Approve expense reports for all direct reporting staff.


    Additional Responsibilities

    • Raise and maintain personal funding to meet salary, benefits, and personal ministry needs.
    • 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
    • 7 years Field ministry or equivalent experience
    • Navigator experience strongly preferred
    • 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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