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Manager, Learning & Development

Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level Senior  
Organization Type University  
Pay Range $59k - $84k  

Job Title: Manager, Learning & Development

Location: In-Person in Atlanta (GA), Chicago (IL), Newark (NJ), or New York City (NYC) 

Employment Type: Full-time

FLSA Classification: Exempt

Start Date: ASAP

About Braven

We believe that the next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere. We empower promising college students with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact.  

Learn more about Braven’s impact:



About the Role

In order to achieve its ambition of serving 80,000-100,000 Fellows over the next decade, Braven must ensure our teammates have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to thrive as leaders. In that effort, Braven is hiring a Manager, Learning & Development (L&D) to help us design and execute customized employee learning experiences at scale. You will help us create and deliver best-in-class L&D for Braven, including on-the-job skill-building experiences (OTJ), inclusive social learning opportunities, and design and facilitation of formal coursework and training sessions.

Sitting on the People & Culture (P&C) team and reporting to the Director, Learning & Culture (L&C), you will support the work required to onboard new staff into the organization and train and develop current staff, ensuring we give them a professional development experience that is aligned with where they are in their career.

You will play a crucial role in our mission by deeply internalizing our vision, mission, and values and applying this lens to any learning experience you create or facilitate. You will ensure the approach and execution of learning and development are aligned to our values of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

What You’ll Do 

Learning Design & Facilitation (50%)

  • Design and facilitate in-person and virtual workshops, e-learning materials and other learning experiences across a variety of topics based on needs and organizational strategic roadmap and goals
  • Apply evidence-based practices in adult learning, universal design principles, accessibility, inclusive design and DEI to design and development materials
  • Manage and facilitate new hire onboarding and training – scheduling sessions, redesigning materials as needed, answering questions, and providing a high-quality experience for all new staff
  • Use quantitative and qualitative data and evaluation processes to assess the effectiveness of all learning opportunities and create continuous learning and improvement cycles

L&D Project Management (30%)

  • Partner with the Director, L&C to design and execute projects and initiatives that support our staff’s learning and developmental journeys 
  • Partner with managers and staff to identify org-wide and team-specific learning gaps, and develop learning plans and materials accordingly
  • Partner and manage relationships with external learning consultants (such as content providers, vendors, facilitators, etc.)

Learning Assets Management  (20%)

  • Track and organize learning materials and assets, including those in our file management system,  Learning Management System, and e-learning authoring tool
  • Troubleshoot user issues in our LMS and/or external learning content library 
  • Other duties as assigned

Who you are:

Minimum Requirements

  • You have 3-5 years of experience designing clear, engaging, purposeful, and culturally competent online learning experiences for adults
  • You have at least 1 year of experience creating and curating content in learning management systems and content editors (we currently use Canvas, Articulate Rise 360 and LinkedIn Learning)

Preferred Qualifications

  • You are an exceptional writer who expresses ideas clearly and simply and has strong design instincts
  • You are proficient in synthesizing different kinds of data – observations, user interviews, research, feedback, and quantitative data – to determine root problems and key improvements to make to designs
  • You seek out feedback, are receptive to feedback given proactively, and actively use it to improve
  • You are proficient in using video editing software such as Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro (or alternative video editing tools) to create training content on video
  • You are detail-oriented and meet project deadlines
  • You have a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
  • You exemplify Braven’s core values
  • Your experiences have informed your belief in Braven’s mission and have prepared you to work with, or for, Braven’s student Fellow population

Please know that no one ever meets 100% of the preferred qualifications. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to apply.

Work Demands

  • Ability to work in-person in Atlanta (GA), Chicago (IL), Newark (NJ), or New York City (NYC)
  • Ability to travel out-of-town 2-3 times/year for quarterly team meetings and other gatherings 

Additional Requirements

  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Must be fully vaccinated and have received the Booster vaccination against COVID-19 and provide proof of such by the date of hire. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Exempted individuals will be subject to weekly testing if they engage in any in-person work activities.  

Application & Interview Process

While the interview process vary slightly, the general process will be:

  • Phone screen with Talent Team member
  • Performance Task
  • Interview with Hiring Manager
  • Panel Interview with Key Partners
  • Reference Checks

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position, which depends on prior work experience and our assessment of your demonstrated fit for the role, will likely be between $59,000 – $74,100 for Atlanta, $62,300 – $77,900 for Chicago, and $67,300 – $84,100 for Newark or New York. Braven offers competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size, with opportunities for salary growth over time. We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization, and take internal and external equity seriously. Given our commitment to equity, Braven does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully using external and internal benchmarking. You will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

Braven also provides competitive, comprehensive benefits, recognition, and career development. While Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time, current benefits include: 

  • Unlimited vacation time in addition to org-wide holidays and week-long shutdowns in July and the end of the calendar year (this is a minimum of 19 days per year)
  • Match of your 401K contribution up to 5% of your base annual salary, starting your first full month
  • Coverage of 85% of health insurance premium for employee and dependents
  • A one-month paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff


We gather in the office two to three days a week. Therefore, we require teammates to live within commuting distance of one of our hubs: Atlanta, Chicago, Newark, or New York City. Each teammate can use at least two flex days per week of their choosing to work remotely. We believe in the magic, connection, and collaboration that happens when people work together face-to-face and we believe in giving people flexibility to focus, balance personal priorities, and save themselves two commutes per week.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

At Braven, we are committed to attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining a diverse team. Braven operates in the context of our American culture, against the backdrop of systemic racism and oppression of marginalized people since our country’s founding. We are committed to assembling leaders at our organization who have emerged from everywhere, with a particular emphasis on those who share the racial and income backgrounds of our Fellows, and creating an inclusive culture that allows all teammates, of all experiences and identities, to thrive.  

Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.  We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

About Organization

Braven empowers promising young people on their path to college graduation and strong first jobs. We believe that our next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere, so we take a particular interest in ensuring our talent network is filled with people from underrepresented backgrounds. To do so, Braven partners with educational institutions, volunteer professionals, and employers to offer a rigorous and relevant career readiness course, that is followed by robust campus-based alumni programming. The course is targeted as a part of the sophomore or transfer junior experience.

Through The Braven Accelerator, a hybrid online and in-person course, Braven Fellows will get:
--Skills: learn the hard and soft skills companies and organizations want and practice them in mock professional settings.
--Experience: apply skills to solve real-world challenges with a cohort of peers.
--Coaching: receive small group and one-on-one coaching from a local young professional to achieve personal and professional goals.
--Networking: expand one’s circle of champions to include motivated peers, supportive adults, and respected thought-leaders.

The Braven Accelerator is principally facilitated by volunteer Leadership Coaches who come from all walks of life and all believe that our nation is better off when a person’s starting point does not limit their opportunities. Leadership Coaches guide our nation’s future leaders through this meaningful experience. At the same time, they develop and practice leadership and management skills that accelerate their own careers. They also develop their own network and deepen their connection to the community in which they live and/or work. This unique, high-impact volunteer opportunity employs a primarily virtual coaching model.

From The Braven Accelerator will come a generation of leaders as diverse as our future demands.