Learning Director

Posted Aug. 26, 2021

The Online News Association (ONA) is seeking a Learning Director to oversee the creation and delivery of innovative training and community engagement programs. Key programs include ONA’s annual conference, Women’s Leadership Accelerator and a variety of in-person and virtual meetings throughout the year. This job will be perfect for someone wanting to develop unique training educational opportunities, contribute their creative ideas and support the global journalism community.

Job Details

  • Benefits include, and are not limited to:
    • Flexible hybrid and/or remote work schedules
    • Paid medical, dental and vision
    • Professional development
    • Vacation, personal and sick leave, plus holidays and additional days off annually
    • 401(k) plan with matching contribution
    • Flexible Spending Account
    • Short-term disability and long-term disability insurance
    • Life insurance plan
    • Paid parental leave
    • Partial reimbursement for mobile call and data plans
    • Partial gym/fitness reimbursement

About us

The Online News Association is the world’s largest digital journalism association. Membership includes journalists, technologists, executives, students, educators and other digital media professionals. ONA’s mission is to inspire and support innovation and excellence in digital journalism. The mission is served through work in five focus areas:

  • Developing strategies for emerging tech
  • Sharing best practices on audience engagement and metrics
  • Innovative news storytelling
  • Experimenting and finding new revenue and business models
  • Cultivating newsroom leadership, culture and diversity

Driven by a dynamic staff and Board of Directors, ONA is one of the leading organizations providing digital training through our conferences, fellowships and local groups.


The Learning Director oversees planning, development and implementation of innovative training programs and community engagement activities in line with the organization’s strategic plan. The Learning Director leads and/or contributes to a wide range of innovative programs serving ONA’s target audiences to provide year-round training, networking and resources. The Learning Director works closely with the Director of Programs and Chief Knowledge Officer to support fundraising, budget setting, creating innovative training opportunities, knowledge management and external relationship management.


  • Design creative, engaging training programs that support digital journalism leaders. Key programs include ONA’s annual conference, Women’s Leadership Accelerator and in-person and virtual meetings throughout the year.
  • Create, maintain and adapt a training curriculum that guides development of new ONA training opportunities.
  • Cultivate and maintain strategic relationships with a diverse array of news organizations, educational institutions, partners, event speakers and program volunteers.
  • Direct and oversee program consultants’ scope of work related to assigned programs.
  • Ensure effective program evaluation, measurement, assessment and impact. Responsible for achieving specific strategy metrics and short/long-term outcomes for training, networking and resources goals in the strategic plan.
  • Oversee, develop and manage designated training, networking and resource program budgets, with monthly reporting to the Chief Knowledge Officer.
  • As a director, you’ll have responsibility both for program strategy and execution.
  • In collaboration with the partnerships team, responsible for meeting revenue targets for designated training, networking and resources goals, including membership revenue.
  • Actively contribute to grant cultivation and revenue-generation, application and reporting processes and ensure compliance with grant milestones.
  • Contribute knowledge leadership to the broader journalism and association community through participation in ONA and external committees, contributions to blogs, etc.
  • Representing ONA at local, national and international events as applicable.
  • We are a dynamic organization that works to meet community needs as they arise. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned.


  • At least five years’ experience designing or otherwise leading training programs at events of varying size and complexity.
  • Significant project management experience, with a track record of delivering on objectives.
  • Familiarity with journalism organizations and the roles played by a variety of practitioners is important for this job, as well as how the field intersects with technology and democracy.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • High level of individual initiative required, including ability to work with limited supervision, resolve practical problems independently, multitask and prioritize activities.
  • Collaborative attitude, ability to be flexible in a team environment.
  • Training and facilitation skills are a plus.
  • Journalism experience is a plus.
  • We expect this position to involve travel, up to 40% of the time, as pandemic conditions recede. Travel would primarily include the United States, Canada and Western Europe.
  • We expect all employees to demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion, including contributing to a culture that celebrates all forms of diversity. This position also includes developing relationships with diverse communities and news organizations, as well as educational and funding institutions.
  • We know many candidates bring a full complement of experience, skills and ideas, even if they don’t check every box of a job description. If you meet many of our criteria, please don’t hesitate to apply. Every application will get serious consideration, including those with skill sets we may not have included here. We welcome all applicants who will bring a unique perspective and personal characteristics to our amazing team.
  • ONA hires, supports, compensates and promotes regardless of race, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age or veteran status.
  • This position is open to applicants who legally are eligible to work in the United States. Proof  of eligibility to work in the United States must be provided if selected for hire.
  • Physical requirements: this position may have prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working at a computer.

What can you expect from working at ONA? You’ll join…

  • A team that’s passionate about making a difference.
  • An organization that’s committed to your personal and professional growth.
  • A community of collaborators, innovators and people who care about creating a better society.


Below, please find the application to apply for this role. You will need a .pdf or Microsoft Word file resume, and time to complete a few brief application questions.