Benefits Offered

401K, Dental, Life, Medical, Vision

Employment Type



The Program Director of the Doolittle Leadership Center (DLC) is responsible for developing DLC programs and events that support the AFA vision and strategic plan, and for developing and overseeing all internal and external resources supporting the program. The Program Director will drive the achievement of larger organizational goals with strong emphasis on program development, design, implementation, along with engagement of distinguished military and corporate leaders for the purpose promoting the DLC as a premier educational center for leadership development for air, space, cyberspace forces and civilian leaders.


Program Development and Administration (approximate 70% of effort):

  • Develop new programs that support the strategic direction of AFA
  • Set the vision and manage execution for future online learning and training content
  • Organizing programs and activities in accordance with the mission and goals of the organization
  • Identify opportunities, monitor trends, and explore innovative solutions to capture learning opportunities and leverage prospects that drive premier leadership events and to advance the educational services of the DLC
  • Build trusting relationships with potential clients at all levels, federal, state, local provide thought partnership, meet agreed-upon milestones and keep them informed of the DLC progress
  • Ongoing management throughout the program life cycle, produce accurate and timely reporting of program status
  • Create an evaluation method to assess program strengths, analyzing risk, training impact metrics and outcomes
  • Provide consultation on other relevant current training sources, identify creative opportunities, along with new models/approaches to advance DLC services and negotiate proposals
  • Implement and manage changes and interventions to ensure project goals are achieved

Business Development (approximate 20%  of effort:

  • In careful coordination with appropriate AFA staff, Field, and governance functions, develop DLC fundraising strategies, processes, and management tools
  • Developing strategies and processes to pursue successfully government grants and other government funding sources
  • Draft, coordinate, and prepare for approval grant applications and funding agreements from foundations and other philanthropic sources
  • Support business development for DLC/AFA through leveraging diverse networks along with identifying, building, and cultivating new partnerships
  • Oversee client relationships & quality experience of the DLC
  • Point of contact with customers/clients to arrange meetings, confirm program schedules, and discuss any program problems
  • Coordinates the operation of departments to confirm that assigned programs are completed according to specifications, budgets, and timelines
  • Forecasts potential schedule delays and develops alternate plans


Other Duties as assigned (approximate 10% of effort):

  • Responsively executes other tasks as requested in support of AFA strategic interests



Education and Experience Required:

·         Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent

·         At least 10 years of programmatic work experience at a mid or senior level required

Education and Experience Preferred:

·         Experience in the Air Force, or military

·         Master’s degree in education, instructional design or curriculum program design

Certifications & Licenses Preferred:

  • CPTM Certified Professional Training Management
  • ATD/CPTD Association Training Development Certified Professional Training Development

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Strong business acumen with the ability to think in a variety of business environments
  • Knowledgeable of Air Force and other military protocol
  • Superior communications skills; writing, editing and proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Strong time management skills and ability to prioritize work and meet short- and long-term deadlines
  • Solid project management skills
  • Knowledgeable of curriculum and design
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to consistently attend to details and meet deadlines
  • Ability and commitment to act with integrity, professionalism, demonstrate ethical behavior and maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent technical support, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to deploy sound judgment and willingness to exert influence as appropriate
  • Influencing and Negotiating




The Air Force Association is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and honoring the contributions of our country’s veterans.

Instructions for Applicants:

To apply, complete the application below and send it, along with a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements, to Incomplete and/or unofficial applications cannot be considered.