Director, Training and Learning Development

Washington, DC /
Office of the Executive Vice President, Health Care (HCD) – Education /
Full Time - Non-Union
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the national umbrella organization for the nation’s leading network of women’s health care providers, educators, and advocates, serving women, men, teens and families. Planned Parenthood Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm of PPFA. For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood has done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible health care decisions.  

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Planned Parenthood Action Fund seeks a focused, driven, creative professional whose expertise is rooted in curriculum development and adult-learning theory to serve as Director, Training & Learning Development. This job reports to the National Director, Education in the Health Care Division of PPFA. The Department of Education works with all Planned Parenthood affiliates to strengthen their programs and evaluation, supports the internal development of innovative approaches to digital sex education, collaborates with other departments to conduct large scale media and social marketing campaigns, leads federal, state and local efforts to advance sex education, provides training expertise throughout the organization, and participates in research and evaluation efforts to determine the efficacy and effectiveness of key national office programs and interventions. 

The Director of Training & Learning Development reports directly to the National Director of Education and is responsible for leading the strategic development, creative adaptation, and optimal implementation of an organizational training strategy that will transform programming to Planned Parenthood affiliates and National Office staff.

With a focus on adult-learning theory, evidence-based and evidence-informed practice, and by employing an equity lens, the Director will launch and lead the Training & Learning Development team to support Planned Parenthood’s implementation of accessible, inclusive and engaging learning practices to support training and professional development needs across the organization, both virtually and in-person. 


    • Drive strategic planning for an organizational training strategy that identifies and addresses needs of the national office and affiliates to include opportunities for virtual and distance learning 
    • Provide administrative oversight, supervision, and leadership to the Training & Learning Development workstreams
    • Lead, motivate, and manage training teams in the dissemination of trainings, content and session reviews, expansion of internal and external learning development support, serving as a trainer when necessary and appropriate
    • Serve as the lead and point of contact for the portfolio of projects undertaken by the Training & Learning Development workstreams
    • Expand the reach, influence, and partnership of the Training & Learning Development work streams by analyzing gaps, identifying opportunities and existing resources, creating new partnerships, and capturing critical aspects related to ensuring optimal design and delivery
    • Anticipates and plans for project, program, and resource needs to create conditions for optimal and successful delivery of programming to support the mission of the organization
    • Represent the Education department as a subject matter expert in the application of adult learning theory, creating engaging learning opportunities, promoting contraceptive equity, and training design in service of learning throughout the federation and externally
    • Exemplify and promote a positive and progressive team environment to support the professional development needs of staff through coaching, leveraging strengths, and identifying and creating opportunities for growth and development 


    • Engage affiliate leadership to promote and persuade active participation in training program development and delivery to increase quality and safety of services and programming at the affiliate level
    • Build a community of practice of training professionals across the organization to support participants continued development, grow the profession, and build relationships
    • Serve as a resource and representative for contraceptive equity and justice
    • Manage and build relationships with training departments and teams within affiliates
    • Partner with all departments and divisions at the National Office and it’s existing partners (to include but not be limited to ARMS, CAPS, Human Resources, OEC, and Digital Products) to establish training standards, models, and best practices to enhance initiatives
    • Collaborate with various stakeholders to build and execute virtual and in-person convenings designed to build capacity, enhance service quality, and develop staff professionally
    • Identify and capture aspects for new opportunities for collaboration and engagement with a diversity of stakeholders internal and external to the organization
    • Collaborate with various departments to enhance professional development opportunities to include virtual and in-person convenings for affiliate and national office colleagues 
    • Collaborates and engages external organizations on the national, state, and local levels to advance the mission of Planned Parenthood in the areas of training, development, and contraceptive equity. 


    •  Master’s Degree in public health, education, curriculum and instruction, or 5 years’ experience in a related field
    • Understanding of basic health center operations and training, contraceptive counseling, contraceptive equity, and the history of contraceptive coercion, preferred
    • Experience in project management, strengths-based facilitation, and leading a team
    • Knowledge of and ability to apply adult-learning theory and equity analyses to training and learning content
    • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering trainings and facilitating group learning and skills-acquisition; sexuality education lens a plus
    • Ability to creatively problem solve, take initiative, and think sequentially
    • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
    • Ability to balance multiple projects, prioritize effectively, and delegate appropriately based on strengths and opportunities of team members
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Familiarity with learning management systems
    • Effectively collaborate, communicate, and engage with diverse groups of stakeholders across various projects and processes
    • Demonstrated proficiency with digital training tools and conference platforms, in addition to Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Adobe, Zoom, BlueJeans, etc. 


    • 0-30% domestically, as needed

PPFA participates in the E-Verify program. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. PPFA does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  We're committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.