Director of Young Adult Initiatives

National Center for Learning Disabilities
Location: 32 Laight Street, Floor 2, New York, NY 10013

The Mission and Vision

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to improve the lives of the one in five individuals with learning and attention issues by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and creating policy and advocacy impact.  We envision a society in which every individual who struggles to learn possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.

The Position

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented, strategically focused professional with strong experience in leading program development and implementation for NCLD’s young adult initiatives. The successful candidate must be an accomplished professional who is self-confident and self-motivated and has a collaborative, open and communicative work style.

The Director of Young Adult Initiatives will report to a member of the leadership team and will also work closely with other members of the senior team and program personnel.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Recruiting, leading and managing a team of staff, consultants and volunteers.
  • Building upon NCLD’s prior work, developing and implementing programs and providing proactive, strategic direction to advance NCLD’s goals.
  • Working collaboratively within NCLD and across teams so that NCLD’s strategic plan, work plans and budgets are developed and aligned to achieve measurable impact.
  • Overseeing internal collaboration and integration of the work resulting in online information, tools, campaigns and resources for adolescents and young adults with learning and attention issues and for others for work with them.
  • Engaging prospective funders and program partners.
  • Assisting in the development of funding proposals.
  • Cultivating and implementing collaborative partnerships with other organizations working with this audience.
  • Measuring and evaluating impact of young adult activities.


NCLD seeks a senior level, strategically focused, entrepreneurial leader 5-7 years of experience in leading outreach and engagement programs targeted at adolescents and young adults.

  • Extensive leadership experience in building and managing young adult programming.
  • Creativity and vision in program conceptualization and design.
  • Experience in educational outreach, partnership building and collaboration.
  • Knowledge of learning and attention issues in highly desirable.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication.
  • Charismatic and engaging personality.
  • Experience as spokesperson and convener.
  • Success in building, managing and motivating individuals and teams of employees, consultants, volunteers and young adults, in cross-disciplinary activities.
  • Ability to develop, implement and negotiate compelling strategies and plans to ensure a variety of stakeholders are persuaded to engage in joint action for young adult initiatives.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with young adults, parents and educational professionals.
  • Fiscal expertise in budget creation and management.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in developing responsive and creative solutions to a wide range of challenges and opportunities.
  • Ability to travel as needed.
  • History of teaching, coaching, mentoring young adults.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate/certification preferred, and experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • School based/after school programming
    • Integration of young adults into non-profit leadership
    • Alumni program building
    • Consultation with young adult serving organizations
    • Young adult leadership programming
    • Campaign building
    • Online engagement
    • Influencing public policy and advocacy

The National Center for Learning Disabilities is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

For additional information on the organization, please visit our website at

For additional information on learning and attention issues, including ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, executive functioning issues, nonverbal learning disabilities, processing issues and more, please visit

Please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject title “Job Application: [First Name Last Name], Director of Young Adult Initiatives.”