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ACT, Inc. Senior Director, Learning and Curriculum in Iowa City, Iowa


ACT is a nonprofit organization helping people achieve educational and workplace success. Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning in schools and workplaces around the world. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues. ACT is passionate about making a difference in all we do.

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This key position will lead and oversee the creation of the new ACT Learning/Curriculum Sales and is responsible for day to day management of ACT Account Executives. This team member will lead the ACT sales strategy into this space and work in concert with Product and Sales Support/Implementation to ensure services and new product features are aligned to market needs. They will be responsible for hiring and managing the Learning/Curriculum Sales team(s) and working with their peers in Workforce and K12 Assessment as needed providing key subject matter expertise.

The Sr. Director, Learning/Curriculum is a key contributor in the development of all College Career Readiness Workshops (CCRW’s) and helps ensure client consistency across all territories and across ACT. This person will play a key role, working with other internal ACT groups as needed to dramatically expand ACT’s reach in the “Learn and Navigate” space, identifying needs as well has helping to solution these needs - from Product Development, Lead generation, Sales efforts/acquisition, and successful product implementation and client renewal/retention.

Essential job responsibilities:

Typical work-related activities include:

  • Leads sales team member’s in building and monitoring sales plans

  • Works day-to-day with each Senior Director

  • Leads all territory reviews for his/her team, attends other reviews as necessary

  • Serves as CR primary contact for PLM launch, sunset, and ongoing meetings regarding Curriculum

  • Serves as critical contact for internal groups regarding client onboarding and retention..

  • Works with CR, TS, and Product to identify training needs (for new and current staff) and implement a calendar for execution

  • Team leads the development of CCRW’s and other initiatives to position ACT in the marketplace with ACT research

  • Leads the identification, tracking, and internal strategy calls for upcoming RFP’s in the curriculum space

  • Ensures the use of SFDC for collection, managing, and reporting sales opportunities

  • Works across departments to ensure proper lead categorization and follow-up as appropriate

  • Serves as POC for Client Relations for additional requests, such as pilot/field study requests, launch/sunset teams, and other Client Relations efforts that require interaction with other departments



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related area required, preferably in business administration

  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired


  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience leading high profile projects or contracts, specifically in customer-facing roles

  • Experience in matrix model organizational structures and/or demonstrated ability to navigate within structure of organization

  • Experience with complex project or contract implementations in assessment, education and/or workforce markets

  • People management experience required


  • Ability to establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others

  • Proven leadership and the ability to positively influence colleagues and clients

  • Creative problem solving, especially related to reconciliation of customer requests and internal capabilities

  • Communicating, translating, and interpreting decisions and positions to clients

Job ID2019-1513

of Openings1


Travel50 - 75% Travel

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