Sr. Learning & Development Specialist

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Jul 10, 2020
Full time   Human Resources/Equity, Diversity & Affirmative Action

Job Description


Job #: H143

Posted Date: July 9, 2020

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. Incumbent will focus first and until further notice on the most pressing training and development issues facing the Institute as prioritized by its executive leadership team and work them into the broader landscape and goals related to professional development.

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 issues facing organizations today including diversity, civility, inclusion in addition to leadership development, compliance, etc.
  • A minimum of 5 years in a role 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 designed to connect and engage all 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.
  • 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 be willing to sing an employee 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.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a portfolio on training and development materials. Submit full documents, not links/URLs.


Application Details


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Application Deadline

Open Until Filled