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Director, Training and Development

Who We Are

The Congressional Hunger Center is on a mission to develop, inspire, and connect leaders, and advocate public policies that create a food secure world. We envision a world without hunger and poverty where every person can achieve their full potential because equitable systems exist to achieve financial freedom and full access to healthful, affordable, and culturally appropriate foods.

Our program work consists of:

  1. Leadership Development – We provide leadership development opportunities for hunger fighters to connect policy with practice, learn together in peer cohorts, apply an equity lens to their work, and make meaningful contributions to the fight against hunger in the U.S. and overseas. Our programs include the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program, the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program, and Zero Hunger Initiative.
  2. Network Building – We facilitate collaboration across our network of 550 fellowship alums and 300+ partner organizations and work at the intersection of hunger and its root causes. We break down silos and engage a broad range of allies who have a vested interest in ending hunger.
  3. Advocacy – We are a one-stop shop for policymakers in need of accurate, field-based information, and expertise on hunger and its root causes.

Woven into all the work we do is a commitment to equity and ensuring that people who have experienced hunger and poverty are leaders in designing, implementing, and evaluating community solutions and public policies. We also believe that leaders at the field and policy levels must collaborate and share knowledge to effect the systemic changes required to end hunger and poverty.

Who You Are

  • You are an energetic, flexible, self-starting team player with a direct, honest, and respectful approach to problem solving.
  • You have 5-7 years of experience designing, managing and evaluating training and/or adult learning programs.
  • You have knowledge of and/or interest in leadership development, food security and nutrition, youth development, agricultural development, and reduction of poverty and hunger.
  • You thrive in a team-oriented, multi-cultural, multi-generational environment.
  • You have exceptional presentation and facilitation skills and the ability to adapt your style to various audiences.
  • You are a self-starter with excellent follow through, a high level of attention to detail and the ability to effectively synthesize feedback from multiple parties.
  • You quickly build relationships across varying identities and have experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds.
  • You have a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

The Position

The Hunger Center seeks a Director of Training & Development. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Training & Development is responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating in-person and virtual learning opportunities for the Hunger Center’s leadership development program participants.

This is a full-time non-exempt position based in Washington, D.C.

Highlights of key positions responsibilities include:

Training Design and Delivery

  • Codifies the Hunger Center’s leadership development philosophy and learning approach
  • Designs and executes fellowship training curricula in consultation with program leadership
  • Serves as lead facilitator during in-person and virtual fellowship trainings
  • Advises design and evaluation of new leadership development initiatives such as Zero Hunger Academy, an online learning experience, as well as a seminar series for summer interns
  • Oversees budget, process, timeline, and staff roles/responsibilities for implementing in-person trainings and delivering virtual learning content
  • Develops and manages Hunger Center’s faculty of trainers and facilitators, including alum coaches
  • Researches effective practices in adult learning and leadership development to ensure Hunger Center is best in class

Expected Results:

  • Design, coordination and evaluation of Emerson and Leland Fellowship program field training (two 7-9 day trainings in August and September), periodic program retreats (three 3-5 day trainings in fall and spring). Includes overseeing agenda design, session design, and identifying potential speakers/trainers.
  • Management of Curator online learning management system including updating of program materials and orientation and training materials.
  • Management of Hunger Center “trainer” database in Salesforce including ensuring relevant contact info, session materials, and feedback is tracked.
  • Training design and evaluation plan for new initiatives including Zero Hunger Academy online course and Zero Hunger Internship summer seminar series.
  • Facilitation of 360-degree assessments for fellowship participants.

Evaluation/Applying Lessons Learned

  • Facilitates the design of the Hunger Center’s program evaluation framework, in line with Hunger Center’s Leadership Capabilities model, and in consultation with program leadership
  • Determines how best to capture program data (when, where, from whom, and how)
  • Oversees development and revision of data collection instruments
  • Oversees process, timeline, and staff roles/responsibilities for analyzing and reporting out on program data
  • Identifies ways for Hunger Center to better share its impact and lessons learned internally and externally

Expected Results:

  • Update or produce logic models for Emerson, Leland, and Zero Hunger Initiative programs, in coordination with program leadership.
  • Develop or update surveys to capture outputs, outcomes, and other actionable information.
  • Oversee administration of survey collection and analysis by program staff.
  • Oversee process for disseminating data about our programs’ results and informing program improvements.


The Hunger Center provides an attractive benefits package that includes employer-paid health, dental, life and disability insurance, a retirement plan that includes an employer match contribution after one year of service, and a generous paid time-off policy, including a one-week organization wide vacation at the end of each calendar year.
The Hunger Center pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size and location.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until our ideal candidate is identified. Candidates are encouraged to apply promptly, as the review of applications will begin immediately.

People of color, women, people with disabilities, Veterans, LGBTQ people, and gender non-conforming people are strongly encouraged to apply. The Hunger Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Please submit your application, along with a cover letter and resume, at the link below.

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