Lead Learning Designer

The Holdsworth Center

Posted: 11/11/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Education

City: Austin

Postal code: 78746

State: Texas

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available



Mission statement:

The Holdsworth Center is a non-profit organization founded and largely funded by Charles Butt, Chairman of H-E-B, a regional retail company.  Our mission is to impact, over time, the quality of K-12 public education for all Texas students by supporting and developing leaders. Based in Austin, Texas, our campus and programs are being developed in honor of Charles’ mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, who was an educator, a philanthropist, and a lifelong champion for social justice.

We partner with public school districts over five years to help them grow outstanding leaders at all levels so that staff thrive, and students excel in every classroom.  At Holdsworth, we believe leadership isn’t just about titles.  We make a deep investment in leaders at both the district and campus levels, including teachers who lead students in the classroom and influence and lead their colleagues. 

The Holdsworth Center is seeking a Lead Learning Designer who shares a deep commitment to our mission and whose experience and vision will deepen our capacity and enhance our impact as we aim to be of service to public school districts across the state of Texas.


Position Details:

Job Description:

The Lead Learning Designer will work in a team led by the Director of CLP to design, deliver and refine our Campus Leadership Program (CLP), a world-class leadership development program for principals and campus teams that blends the best practices in leadership from inside and outside the education sector. Alongside another Lead Learning Designer and team of facilitators and program coordinators, you will guide cohorts of campus leaders through a comprehensive two-year CLP.

You must have a strong desire to help Leaders in our programs thrive in their careers and lead their campuses effectively. We are looking for individuals who share our passion for developing leadership in public education in order to improve the life chances of all students.

Reporting to the Director of CLP, you will work with talented, mission driven peers in a fast paced, dynamic environment to:

  • Support the Director of CLP to continually improve the CLP curriculum by incorporating lessons learned from prior cohorts, aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the program at achieving our goals for excellent and equitable student outcomes and stronger leaders
  • Apply learning principles and methodologies to redesign existing learning materials and experiences as needed, based on analysis of program evaluations and data gathered from real learner experiences
  • Adapt and differentiate the curriculum to maximize Leaders’ learning and achievement of learning objectives through the design, implementation and monitoring of learning assessments
  • Lead the detailed planning of content, learning experiences, and logistics to help ensure that learning outcomes and objectives for each session of the CLP are met, and that the content delivered through program sessions is part of a coherent and powerful arc of learning.
  • Serve as one of the “faces” of CLP, facilitating openings and closings for each session that give context to the learning, increase coherency of the overall program, and reinforce critical messages
  • Use our equitable design and facilitation principles to support and develop a team of faculty, presenters, facilitators and coordinators to deliver effective and engaging learning experiences that bring cohorts together over a two-year journey, building a psychologically safe environment where Leaders can effectively collaborate on a range of issues to grow their capacity and ability to lead sustainable campus improvement
  • Identify and secure critical resources in the leadership development and change management sectors needed to support learning sessions, including case studies, activities and reading materials 
  • Leverage our Learning Management System (LMS) to support the CLP curriculum and test new uses of the LMS to maximize its impact on cohort learning


  • Strong alignment with organizational values—Drive for Excellence & Equity, Be of Service, Believe in People
  • Demonstrated commitment to and engagement in learning and actions to promote equity, including conversations about race
  • Experience leading, designing and delivering high quality adult learning/training (in any sector) and proven ability to facilitate engaging, challenging, and thought-provoking discussion among diverse audiences, manage group dynamics, and encourage a commitment to action and lasting personal growth and change
  • Ability to synthesize complex information and create clear and compelling learning experiences and materials
  • Highly collaborative work style and ability to work well in a team environment, establish good rapport at all levels of the organization, collaborate with other faculty and experts and work with and relate to people from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive and lead in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, to adapt to an ever changing, growing organization and to bring structure to highly ambiguous or complex topics
  • Self-motivated individual who demonstrates initiative without waiting for direction, openness to receiving feedback from peers and Holdsworth staff, and deep curiosity and motivation to learn coupled with a strong results-orientation
  • Superb time management and organizational skills; the ability to independently manage multiple events at one time at a rapid pace; demonstrated ability to be thorough, with strong attention to detail
  • Credibility with school leaders, faculty/experts, and our partner organizations and working knowledge of the education landscape in Texas, including knowledge of the context within which our Leaders work
  • Ability to travel (up to 10%) for events


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Interested candidates can submit a current resume and a cover letter detailing why working at The Holdsworth Center appeals to you along with your interest in the Lead Learning Designer position by clicking here: Lead Learning Designer application. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

If selected for the interview process, next steps are tentatively scheduled to begin mid-January 2021.

The Holdsworth Center is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. All employment decisions are based on job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.




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