Jobs: Nonprofit Jobs

Lead Training Specialist, Tools of the Mind

Flexible, must have home office
Jul / 6 / 2016

Organizational Description

Tools of the Mind is a national organization that provides professional development to school districts and other organizations that serve young children. The mission of the organization is to prepare children, especially those educationally at-risk, to succeed in school and life by helping them develop the mental tools they need to become successful self-regulated learners. To that end Tools of the Mind has created a research based and innovative curriculum that supports the development of executive function skills in preschool and kindergarten children. Each year thousands of students access the curriculum through our work with teachers and educational organizations. Tools of the Mind is a fiscally sponsored project of Third Sector New England.

Job Summary

The Tools Lead Training Specialist (LTS) is responsible for the coordination and execution of professional development experiences at assigned sites. The LTS must be able to ensure a dynamic learning experience for all participants. The LTS must be able to develop training materials that support the application of Vygotskian theory in a classroom and provide on-site technical assistance to teachers. We are anticipating possible openings for at least one LTS for the coming school year. This is a full-time exempt position that requires extensive travel.

Essential Job Functions

  • Conducts engaging and dynamic learning experiences for adults;
  • Plans successful training experiences for teaching teams, coaches, administrators and special groups for an assigned site including but not limited to: answering email queries in a timely fashion, conducting webinars on assigned topics, sending reminders for workshops and technical assistance visits, ensuring books/materials are ordered & received, maintaining a database of registered workshop participants;
  • Works collaboratively with the training team to establish a set of goals for an assigned site;
  • Supports implementation with assigned clients including the establishment of a communication system, identifying implementation issues with fidelity of curriculum, monitoring training protocol of administrators, coaching and teaching teams, evaluating progress and setting goals, completing follow-up assignments, providing necessary written documentation and meeting timelines;
  • Provides in-classroom technical assistance on the curriculum to teachers, administrators, coaches and other key stakeholders;
  • Provides training and technical assistance virtually via webinar and/or other technology platforms;
  • Facilitates communication between site administrators, coaches, teaching teams and training team;
  • Supports outreach and recruitment activities of new sites within designated region;
  • Represents Tools of the Mind at local and national conferences as requested;
  • Complies with all deadlines;
  • Abides by travel and personnel policies;
  • Coordinates and manages all aspects of work related travel;
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Special Requirements

  • Ability to travel extensively, both regionally and nationally, up to 75% of the time. Travel will often include overnight stays and may include evenings and some weekend days;
  • Ability to work independently in a virtual work environment, as well as part of a team in fast-paced situations;
  • Ability to maintain a home office;
  • Ability to maintain flexible work hours, including some evenings, to accommodate clients in all domestic time zones



  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field; MS in Education, preferred;
  • Experience teaching in a preschool or kindergarten classroom;
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver professional development experiences to adults in a variety of settings (i.e. small and large groups) and through a variety of modalities;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with Tools of the Mind curriculum
  • Proficient with current technology used in the virtual workplace (i.e. web, email, Google docs, Google calendar, computer based questionnaire systems, webinar platforms, skype) and commonly used software (i.e. Word, Pages, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Evidence of leadership skills;
  • Experience coordinating projects.


  • Understanding of Vygotsky theory and its relationship to Tools of the Mind curriculum;
  • Degree or professional experience related to working with students with special needs;
  • Experience as a trainer, coach or technical assistance specialist working with adults;
  • Experience teaching primary grades in addition to experience with teaching preschool or kindergarten;
  • Experience aligning curriculum and assessments with state standards and other regulatory guidance;
  • Fluent in a second language;
  • Demonstrated ability to read research articles and translate for practitioners

Personal Qualities

  • Commitment to Equity: Passionate about closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education
  • Leadership: Coaches, mentors and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations
  • Innovative Problem-solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem-solving; takes initiative to explore issues and finds potential innovative solutions
  • Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations, including virtual work environment
  • Commitment to Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others
  • Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed work plans, and balancing of multiple priorities
  • Communication and Customer Service Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to customer needs in a high-quality and courteous manner

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefit package included.

How To Apply

Apply online here.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Apply by mail to:

Third Sector New England, Attn: Employment Manager – Tools of the Mind NonProfit Center, 89 South Street Boston, MA  02111; or by fax to 617.523.2070.

Third Sector New England/Tools of the Mind is an equal opportunity/affirmative action provider and employer and will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran or disability status.

We strongly encourage applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.