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Senior Development Specialist - Georgia

Senior Development Specialist - Georgia

Division:  Research

Managing Office:  Development Department

Work Location:  Alpharetta, Georgia

Reports to:  Vice President, Development

FT/PT Classification:  Full Time (40 hours per week)


Position Summary

The Senior Development Specialist is a key position in the Research Division.  The primary role of the Senior Development Specialist is to identify and create innovative resources, products, and processes that promote, support and improve education in a variety of teaching, learning and organizational settings.  A successful Senior Development Specialist utilizes current knowledge and expertise in education and other fields to support, enhance and continuously improve teaching, learning and organizational effectiveness of education providers. 



  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to assess and scan the past, present and future trends within the education industry 
  • As appropriate, lead the conceptualization, design, development, evaluation and management  of projects/products
  • Ideate and present new concepts for possible product development
  • Create, develop and design innovative solutions, tools and resources that support and enhance the effectiveness of education providers to help every learner and improve educational organizations
  • Assist with conceptualization and development of resources, products and processes for educational improvement and excellence
  • Collaborate with the team(s) responsible for implementation to conduct pilot studies to determine viability and effectiveness of newly developed resources, solutions, tools, products, and processes
  • Apply practitioner’s knowledge and experiences to inform and ensure quality product development
  • Serve as content review expert for all resources, products and processes
  • Collaborate and engage with internal and external stakeholders to develop resources, products, and processes
  • Design and conduct professional training in various formats that supports new products
  • Establish and manage product development tasks, timelines, and communications
  • Provide regular project status updates to appropriate levels of management and/or leadership
  • Serve in a leadership capacity on AdvancED Engagement Reviews
  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • Have an extensive knowledge base of current issues and future trends in PK-12 education and research and evaluation
  • Possess and demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Think creatively and analytically
  • Communicate frequently and clearly with team members and supervisor(s)
  • Collaborate with internal employees and external customers
  • Be self-driven and motivated
  • Compose high quality written work and deliver quality professional development through oral, written, and virtual presentations
  • Be an effective team leader and supportive team member
  • Demonstrate ability to simultaneously work on multiple projects and tasks
  • Demonstrate proficiency using Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint and other software and web-based applications



  • Support and contribute to the Mission, Vision and Core Values of AdvancED


Annual Travel Requirements

  • Approximately 25% travel annually with possible weekend travel, depending on the nature of the project or assignment                                            


Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of three successful years of educational leadership experience
  • Minimum of five successful classroom teaching years, preferably in a K-12 setting
  • Demonstrate current knowledge and understanding of PK-12 education, quality learning environments for all students, curriculum and instruction, program development and evaluation, and data collection, analysis, and application  
  • A proven track record of assessing learning institutions’ needs to improve the learning, growth and development of all students and the institutions’ organizational effectiveness
  • A proven track record of providing leadership in various educational settings 
  • Successful experience leading, managing and conducting tasks necessary to complete projects in a timely manner
  • Successful experience in developing school improvement products, testing the products’ effectiveness, and providing leadership from beginning to end



  • Minimum Master’s Degree in teaching, curriculum and instruction, or educational leadership from an accredited institution of higher learning, PhD or EdD preferred; Equivalent combination of education and experience in other related fields will be considered      


Application Process

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About AdvancED 

AdvancED is the world's largest education community, serving over 32,000 institutions in more than 70 countries educating over 20 million students. As the global leader in advancing education excellence through accreditation and school improvement, AdvancED brings together more than 100 years of experience and the expertise of the three national accreditation agencies — the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). The AdvancED Accreditation Process, a protocol embraced around the world, is a clear and comprehensive program of evaluation and external review, supported by high quality standards and dedicated to helping schools, school systems and education providers continuously improve. AdvancED's position as a thought leader in education continues to expand as we provide a national and international voice to inform and influence policy and practice on issues related to education quality. Our research results help us shape educational policy and strengthen learning practices worldwide.


The vision of AdvancED is to create a world of opportunities for every learner. We work to achieve our vision by driving education improvement through accreditation, research and innovation, policy and advocacy, and technology.