Sr. Learning & Development Specialist

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Jan 08, 2020
Full time   Human Resources/Equity, Diversity & Affirmative Action

Job Description


Job #: G879

Posted Date: December 17, 2019

Closes On: Open Until Filled

Job Title: Sr. Learning & Development Specialist

Status: Regular Full Time

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Laboratory/Department: Human Resources

The Human Resources department strives to create a working environment for all members of the Salk community that inspires innovation, encourages collaboration and mutual respect, and promotes scientific excellence. We aim to provide high standards of service that anticipate and meet the diverse needs of the Salk community. Through collaboration and partnership, we work to develop programs and systems and identify solutions that are flexible, efficient, and add value.

Position Description:

Responsible for the research, design, creation and delivery of onsite learning and development programs and initiatives. Completes organizational needs assessments, develops and delivers a variety of organizational development programs including leadership development, skills training, succession planning and organizational change initiatives, compliance training, e-learning, and specialized training needs such as modules/programs that support the postdoctoral population and equity and inclusion deliverables.

In consultation with responsible leadership, determines what courses are more appropriate/cost-effective as outsourced modules and makes recommendations accordingly. Manages learning and development program including required administration and logistics.



  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, organizational development, human resources, communication, education or equivalent combination of education and applicable job experience required.


  • Master’s degree in business, organization development, communication, or other relevant field.
  • MBTI Certified Practitioner.



  • 5-7 years of previous experience in the design and delivery of trainings with an emphasis on leadership development, compliance and related topics.
  • A minimum of 5 years in a role that has placed a heavy emphasis on effective content internal communication, logistics and targeted programming management designed to connect and engage workplace stakeholders in furtherance of common goals.
  • Demonstrated experience designing and implementing learning and development programs.
  • Experience with current learning technologies and platforms; to include human capital and learning management systems. UltiPro experience helpful.
  • Ability to work in fast paced, team focused environment and exhibit flexibility within changing environmental business needs.
  • Experience working effectively with subject matter experts (SMEs) across various functions and levels of an organization.
  • Experience working with a diverse employee population audience with multifaceted goals of reaching the targeted audience, successfully implementing new methods of training/development to a variety of audiences and the ability to recognize when communications could be aggregated to move forward multiple agendas.
  • Prior experience with needs assessment, evaluation development, results analysis, expectations management and outcomes implementation.
  • Prior experience in functional areas of Human Resources other than training helpful.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Successful completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support operational needs
  • Must sign a confidentiality agreement.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant adjusting focus, grasping, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting, talking, analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning, writing and working inside.


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Application Deadline

Open Until Filled