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Professional Development Lead

Client Engagement | Silver Spring, MD | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Cook Ross Inc. is a Silver Spring, Maryland-based consulting firm specializing in diversity, inclusion, leadership development, and organizational change management. We are proud to have as our mission a commitment to transform the world to be more inclusive, one organization at a time.

Founded in 1989, Cook Ross has for many years provided powerful solutions through consulting, training, and online products to thousands of organizations across the United States and around the world.  We are thought leaders and innovators in our field, having been internationally recognized for our research and work that explores the inherent human tendency toward bias, and how this consciously and unconsciously impact the way employees, vendors, and customers from different backgrounds all relate to each other.

Our company’s growth has been significant over the past six years having grown from 10 employees to more than 40.

Cook Ross is looking for an experienced Professional Development Lead to work in our Silver Spring office.  The person in this role will develop and implement quality standards for our instructor-led training (ILT), virtual instructor-led training (vILT) and train-the-trainer (TTT) programs. We expect this role to ensure TTT program participants are adequately qualified and prepared to deliver Cook Ross content and present product and service offerings effectively. The Professional Development Lead will develop and execute a system for onboarding all new employees, facilitators, consultants and support their professional development.  This individual will create a learning program to ensure ongoing development occurs for the same constituents.  Below are some of the responsibilities expected to be performed:


Strategy & Quality Management (85%)

Responsible for the overall management and execution of the internal credentialing process for Cook Ross. Includes the management of a facilitator certification database, which includes tracking of core skills, experience, and competencies; establishes process to qualify proficiency (credentialing) to deliver the work, including success measures.

Creates/manages and/or facilitates the professional development programs and process for all internal employees including individual development plans and on-going communications with managers and incumbents regarding employee development.

Creates/manages and/or facilitates the professional development programs and process for all external facilitators and consultants.        

Audits delivery of internal and external consultants for quality assurance.

Collaborates/coordinates with the Learning and Innovation Team or other Subject Matter Experts to ensure development content for internal and client facing programs is developed and delivered to the appropriate audiences.

Collaborates with the Learning and Innovation Team to create and manage the train-the-trainer process for both internal and client facing courses, including pre-decision making criteria, delivery protocols, touch points with trainers post-training, and evaluating performance for continuous process improvement. 

Delivers TTT courses to our clients as needed, using a co-facilitation model in concert with a seasoned Cook Ross consultant.

Ensures the TTT courses are updated for delivery with the most current content.  

Provides the key stakeholders and leadership with regular feedback and reporting on consultant and facilitator performance.

Resource Management and Client Delivery Assurance (15%)

Partners with the Client Resource Manager to ensure assignments of facilitators and consultants match client requirements.

Participates in Company and Departmental Meetings, Development and Training Events (e.g. Weekly/Quarterly Meetings, Annual Retreats, Talent Reviews, Learning and Training Events, etc.) 


10+ years of experience in adult learning, experiential learning, and facilitation 

5+ years in curriculum or learning program design and development

Strong facilitation skills in the areas of Diversity & Inclusion, Cultural Competency and/or Leadership Development 

Proven experience in trainer/facilitator development 

Excellent oral and written communication skills 

Proficient in MS Office programs, PowerPoint, Word and other Microsoft Office Suite programs;

Familiarity with the Salesforce platform is desirable. 

Experience in creating and implementing quality standards for training programs  

Strong organization and project management skills 

Self-starter who is able to work independently 

Demonstrated ability to build relationships and collaborate to achieve results

Proven accountability in managing deliverables. 


Our employees are our greatest asset and we believe in and value our them.  We recognize that employees must work in an environment that supports their life goals.  Therefore, we offer an attractive total compensation package, including:

  • A competitive salary
  • An attractive medical, dental, and vision plan, 75% employer paid.
  • Contributions made to your health expenses
  • 401(k) Contributions
  • Nine paid holidays, including the last week of December off, company paid.
  • Contributions to aid with transit and parking fees.
  • Paid vacation and sick days away from work
  • Paid personal time off
  • Paid volunteer hours off
  • Charitable donation matching
  • A professional development stipend
  • Great coffee, tea, and snacks
  • To learn more about Cook Ross, visit our website at If you match the criteria above and are ready to work for a fast-paced and mission driven organization, we invite you to share your interest by applying for the job.