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PDS Tech Inc Learning Specialist (Remote) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

PDS Tech, Inc. is seeking a remote Learning Specialist

The Learning Specialist consults with business leaders and subject matter experts (SMEs) to identify performance needs and recommend solutions. This person leverages instructional design methodologies to design effective learning solutions which are learner-centered, organized, accurate, practical and sustainable. The Learning Specialist will incorporate effective learning strategies using appropriate media and delivery methods to promote learning. This person is a self-starter with excellent time management and planning skills, a strong communicator and has the ability to lead discussions that are critical to the success of the project. The Learning Specialist provides ongoing project management as related to the training, monitoring communication, and problem solving to ensure timely delivery of the training curriculum to meet the needs of the business and improve the customer experience.

Learning Specialist Responsibilities:

  • Provides instructional design and development and facilitates training for project initiatives.

  • Interfaces with business unit leaders and subject matter experts to determine training needs and requirements.

  • Designs, develops, builds and facilitates training programs.

  • Oversees solution design, program/curriculum selection and custom content build. Effectively manages the training development process.

  • Researches, evaluates and recommends delivery strategies, topics, techniques and tools to enhance the learning experience.

  • Designs and develops complex interactive courseware, end user enablement in a variety of delivery media including computer-based, web-based, virtual and simulation-based learning technologies.

  • Interacts with customer and subject matter experts to ensure technical accuracy of instructional content. Develops complex manuals, workbooks, and audio/video content

  • Evaluates emerging development tools and delivery methods used to effectively develop and deliver learning programs

  • Provides direction and coaching to new team members.

  • Gathers requirements for a learning and development need. Advises customers and/or SMEs on appropriate learning and development strategies for the overall engagement.

  • Leads others in the use of an Instructional Design methodology. Expands their knowledge and application of organizational development theories and concepts. Leads curriculum architecture initiatives by applying the Instructional Design methodology.

  • Responsible for creating and documenting the overall solution design, including support materials, for all levels of learning and projects of varied scope and complexity. Manages effective transition between solution design and content build processes.

  • Creates Level 3-4 evaluation plans. Analyzes Level 1-4 evaluation data and makes revision recommendations.

  • Supports all aspects of the training/enterprise program to include: LMS, fulfillment, logistics and vendor management according to schedule and budget. Identifies creative and strategic delivery methods.

  • Able to effectively deliver complex training and organization development programs/presentations to groups.


  • Bachelor's degree plus 3 years related experience or HS Diploma/Equivalent and 6 years of related experience

Skills & Attributes:

  • Exercises creative and innovative training programs to reach impacted audiences in ways that are meaningful to them. Uses video, gamification, simulations and other methodologies to ensure end users understand the concepts.

  • Focuses on user experience and the employees to ensure we are delivering training that meets or exceeds expectations.

  • Builds and develops relationships with the impacted audiences. Fosters a collaborative and team environment and possess the ability to manage conflict. Understands the end user and has a strong desire to help them be successful.

  • Displays a sense of urgency when appropriate. The training development schedule may be condensed. Must be able to to work under pressure to deliver in a short period of time.

  • Ability to communicate to various levels of leadership, including executives. Understands how to develop the right level of supporting content for meetings/trainings based on audience.

  • Requires a relentless pursuit of end-goals and the discipline to do what it takes to plan, organize, and achieve training goals. This goes beyond just performing specific job responsibilities. It involves a deep sense of caring, respect for the team and a commitment to customers. This is supported through the continuous development of tools, processes and approaches that build a heightened sense of confidence in the organization's ability to achieve results.

  • Work with cross-functional teams in a matrixed organization.

  • General skills should include: Business Acumen, Customer Focus, Exeplemary Written and Verbal Communication, Planning and Organizing, Results Driven, Continuous Process Improvement and Quality. This person should also have a solid understanding of how people go through change and the change process; experience with the ADDIE/SAM Instructional Design model is highly recommended.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.