Education and Training, Project Management/Program Development
4 Year Degree
POSITION AVAILABLE: Professional Development Director
Why join us?
The Irrigation Association is seeking an experienced professional development director in our Fairfax, Virginia office. The Irrigation Association team is a hardworking group that serves the irrigation industry by promoting efficient irrigation through advocacy and professional development. We support our member companies who feed the world and provide healthy spaces for recreation, clean air to breathe and an overall quality of life that would not be possible without irrigation.
As part of a compact team, you will be responsible for managing the overall education and certification business units of the association. The professional development director will report to the chief executive officer.
The Irrigation Association has built a culture fueled by integrity, expertise, strong work ethic and a high level of commitment to the industry we serve. This has allowed us to become the recognized leader for the agriculture and landscape irrigation industry, promoting efficient irrigation technologies, products and services. We strive to create a work environment that is friendly, creative and supports a life-work balance.
The Irrigation Association has just been named one of this year’s Best Manufacturing Associations to Work for, by the Council of Manufacturing Associations.
You will have the opportunity to help irrigation professionals achieve success in their workplaces by:
managing the strategic direction of the professional development programs.
developing and implementing a plan for irrigation education and certification targeting industry professionals, including budgets and projections to result in a profitable, self-funded program.
working with volunteers to develop new and improved existing educational materials and programs to fulfill the association’s mission.
overseeing existing education programs including delivery through face-to-face classes, online classes, live webinars and licensing.
developing contracts for IA-sponsored classes.
creating win-win educational partnerships with related organizations.
overseeing education book inventory and printing.
analyzing education and certification sales data.
maintaining knowledge of current certification policies, procedures, certification programs and requirements to sit for exams.
overseeing the production and distribution of department communications including exam registration and renewal confirmations, score reports, certification packets for newly certified people, education certificates and registration confirmations.
overseeing printing and shipping of exam materials to licensed providers, state and international programs.
managing the certification renewal program including audits and overall candidate issues.
analyzing certification data for pass-fail and other trends.
planning and leading certification board meetings and annual Education Conference.
acting as or supporting the staff liaison to the Education Committee and Certification Board.
What we’re looking for:
Bachelor’s degree or higher
Five to 10 years’ experience in education program implementation
Strong technology skills, including database management and learning management systems
Excellent written and verbal communications as well as organizational skills
Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
Knowledge of iMIS, Articulate, LMS software platforms, Webassessor and/or HTML a plus.
Occasional travel including the Irrigation Show (one week per year, November or December)
Full time, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Salary and benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience
100% company paid individual medical, dental and vision insurance coverage
Flexible spending account, 401(k) plan, and college tuition reimbursement after one year of service
Generous paid time off policy
Nine company paid holidays
Convenient location, shuttle to and from the Dunn Loring metro stop
Free parking, coffee lounge and access to building gym
Irrigation Association | 8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Suite 400 | Fairfax, VA 22031
About Irrigation Association
The Irrigation Association is the leading membership organization for irrigation companies and professionals. Together with our members, we are committed to promoting efficient irrigation and to long-term sustainability of water resources for future generations.