Director of Training / Professional Development

ETR is in need of an extraordinary Director of Training! Are you interested in leading the conceptualization, expansion and management of ETR’s training and professional development work? Do you have experience effectively leading and managing a dynamic team? Being a solid contributor to client and business development efforts, including proposal writing? If you are interested in making a difference in an innovative results-oriented organization, this is the career opportunity for you! This position is located in one of ETR’s co-located offices (Oakland, Sacramento, or Scotts Valley); exceptions will be considered.

ETR is a behavioral health non-profit devoted to providing science-based programs and services. We are driven by our mission to advance health and opportunities for youth and families. Our multidisciplinary staff of health educators, program developers, trainers, curriculum specialists, writers, editors, graphic artists, librarians, publication and distribution experts, technologists and social scientists work to transform outcomes in four areas:

  • HIV, sexual, and reproductive health (HIV/SRH)
  • Equity and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields
  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • School-based health and wellness

Our strategies are based on the philosophy of linking research to practice. We use leading edge and traditional strategies in applied research, evaluation, training technical assistance and capacity building assistance (CBA), program development, product development and evidence-based program dissemination to achieve our mission.


Reporting to the Chief Science Officer, the Director of Training/PD is responsible for providing strong practice and programmatic leadership and management, such as ensuring adequate staffing and oversight in all activities, developing and monitoring budget as well as policies and business practices, overseeing resource development planning and program implementation. This role includes representing Training/PD at agency meetings, and conducting, implementing and monitoring Training/PD strategic planning. Key to this position is leading the conceptualization, expansion, and management of ETR contract and enrichment training, and contributing to or leading business development efforts, including proposal writing, funder and client relationship development and management, and external promotion through presentations at professional conferences.

Essential (core) duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may also be assigned):

General ETR

  • Plans, executes, and reports on Training/PD components of the ETR Strategic Plan and contributes to the advancement of ETR’s mission and strategic goals.
  • Collaborates with ETR business development team, identifying key strategic growth opportunities for ETR Training/PD; contributes to proposal development process as needed.    
  • Maintains effective working relationships with supervisors, staff and colleagues. Fosters positive climate and high staff morale.
  • Participates as an active member of Cross Fertilization Integration Team (C-FIT) and assists the leadership team as needed.
  • Provides input on ETR policies and business practices with special attention to ETR Training/PD.  
  • Establishes and fosters relationships with existing and potential clients, partners, and funders.

Training/PD Oversight and Leadership

  • Provides overall leadership in the strategic growth of ETR’s training/PD portfolio, including identifying and pursuing new contract or grant funded training/PD projects, as well as, opportunities to expand commercial training offerings.
  • Provides overall management of ETR Training/PD operations including monitoring project tasks and timelines, meeting regularly with key staff, completing required monthly and annual reports/budget reviews, and providing oversight on ETR policies and procedures.
  • Provides financial oversight for the Training/PD budget and ensures staff adherence to ETR’s budget policies and timelines for completion and submission of documentation.
  • Assists in developing budgets and pricing strategies appropriate to our training/PD work.
  • Supervises and supports Training/PD staff; prepares annual staff evaluations for direct reports.
  • Engages in continuous learning; keeps current on research and best practices related to effective Training/PD, informing staff of important trends.
  • Adheres to ETR’s frameworks for research and best practice-based professional development;
  • Promotes ETR frameworks and standards of practice internally, with ETR staff, and externally, with ETR clients and partners. 
  • Identifies and engages Training/PD team in opportunities for cross-team collaboration at ETR.
  • Provides oversight on ETR Training/PD contract training—intake, trainer cadre communications, training delivery systems, follow-up support, evaluation.  
  • Provides training and technical assistance for ETR-sponsored training of educators, training of trainers, and consultative services, as needed.  
  • Collaborates with ETR sales and marketing team; contributes content for promoting ETR Training/PD services; contributes to ETR website.
  • Represents ETR at local, state and national meetings, conducting presentations, as needed and appropriate.

Other Responsibilities

  • May serve as Project Director and/or other senior lead (e.g., Co-Director) on selected projects, assuming primary responsibility for the design and implementation of the project activities, report writing and other professional activities, e.g. peer reviewed manuscripts, staff mentoring models. Serves as a liaison between Training/PD and other ETR departments (e.g. Finance, Operations, HR).


  • Functions as an effective member of ETR by providing effective management and leadership through his/her decisions and communication.
  • Ensures that projects meet grant/contract requirements and client expectations in terms of quality of work, management of projects and professional interaction.
  • Establishes and maintains a leadership role in business development. Ensures funding proposals are timely, well organized, well conceptualized and clearly written.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with supervisors, staff and colleagues, including successful mentoring, supervising and fostering staff development.
  • Ensures all Center/Department budgets and projects operate within their parameters, minimizing over-expenditures and extreme under-expenditures.
  • Completes tasks successfully and within specified deadlines, e.g., preparation and presentation of reports, timesheet reviews and approvals.
  • Prepares materials and documents (e.g., funding proposals, correspondence, and project protocols) that are timely, well organized, well conceptualized and clearly written.
  • Grows ETR’s reputation for its expertise in its mission as well as diverse funding sources for projects and core activities. 
  • Keeps direct supervisor(s) timely informed.
  • Provides guidance and supervision to direct reports.
  • Demonstrates successful promotion of ETR’s work and findings, as well as own work at external conferences and meetings.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and adherence to ETR policies and procedures.
  • Maintains confidentiality of sensitive information.

Reasoning Ability

The reasoning ability demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, spreadsheet or diagram form. Ability to identify a potential problem, determine how to best deal with it, and seek consultation from the appropriate ETR staff, if necessary. Ability to conceptualize, coordinate and communicate effectively.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects or control; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and use the telephone or computer. The employee is regularly required to stoop, reach, kneel, particularly in moving pieces, stacks or boxes of materials. The employee must occasionally correctly lift and/or move up to 35 lbs.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in fields such as public health, education, mass communications, or public administration.
  • Ten or more years’ experience in project management and managing and mentoring all levels of staff.
  • Five or more years’ experience in contract/grants management.
  • Strong track record of competitive contract and grant (research) projects, including writing funding proposals, developing work plans and budgets, negotiating and acting as liaison with funders, interpreting contract/grant requirements to project staff and ensuring requirements are met.
  • Familiar with various health program areas applicable to the work of the ETR.
  • Ability to assess appropriate levels of staffing for project activities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the workings of state and federally funded projects.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to manage several tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to adapt to timeline adjustments and reorganize work accordingly.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information and records with tact and discretion.
  • Computer literate with strong knowledge of computer software (spreadsheets, Microsoft Office Suite)
  • Able and willing to travel.
  • Valid driver’s license; acceptable record and proof of insurance required.

Salary Range:

Competitive compensation commensurate with experience.  Full-time. Exempt.

Deadline Date:

Until filled.


Please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: T. Sanders, Human Resources Department, ETR Associates, 100 Enterprise Way, Suite G300, Scotts Valley, CA  95066.  Email:

ETR is Proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer

EEO and AA Employer/VET/Disabled