Learning and Development Specialist - Remote

Rockville , MD
Jan 17, 2023
Jan 27, 2023
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

The Learning & Development Specialist is a highly visible member of the Human Resources team. You will roll out companywide learning initiatives and develop professional skills among staff while working closely with employees at different levels across the company.  In this role you will use your social, communication and presentation skills to successfully collaborate within the L&D team and company stakeholders to ensure programming success. You are a negotiator and facilitator that can easily manage in-person, hybrid and/or virtual L&D events. 

Job Responsibilities: 
Program Planning & Evaluation 
•Evaluate program effectiveness through assessments, surveys, and feedback and determine paths to improvement and increased engagement 
•Research and recommend new programs or enhancements to training programs based on the latest trends 

Content Development 
•Contribute to the design, development, and creation of all company training materials, including training manuals, facilitation guides, assessments, training activities, and performance evaluation tools. 
•Use a DEIB lens in the development of all training content 
•Facilitate live and blended training programs; develop and edit on-demand trainings 
•Assist with development of managers training, coordinate and track registration and participation 
•Develop engaging weekly educational series for internship program; coach interns on professional development; collect program feedback 

Program Management 
•Rollout and manage the day to day of organization wide DEI trainings; serve as point person and troubleshoot learners' online learning journeys 
•Upload and organize online trainings 
•Maintain records of learning & development activities, attendance, and results of assessments 
•Create and maintain training procedure manuals, guides, and course materials 

Corporate Communications 
•Coordinate with corporate communications to promote L&D initiatives; serve as point person for learners 
•Cascade communication around training programs and activities  

•Work with IT to Update WesInfo Intranet L&D page; determine strategies to drive traffic to site 
•Serve as liaison for L&D vendors ensuring smooth delivery of programs 
•Develops effective business relationships with leaders, team members, and area subject matter experts 
•Coordinates meetings and virtual classes/events using virtual delivery tools such as MS Teams 

*Performs other related duties as assigned 
Basic Qualifications: 
•Typically requires a bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Learning and Development, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience 
•Minimum of 5 years of experience, including at least 3 years of corporate L&D experience
•Demonstrated experience adult learning principles and theories 
•Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook is required 
•Proven presentation and project management skills, with a keen eye for detail 
•Basic knowledge of instructional design and adult learning principles 
•Experience in group & virtual facilitation and team coaching with a track record of improving overall performance 
Preferred Qualifications: 
•Track record of creative problem solving 
• LMS platform experience 
• Experience working with video creation software 
• Experience developing and managing corporate communications a plus 
*There may be 5-10% travel in this role. 
Minimum Qualifications: 
•Demonstrated communication skills 
•Collaboration with teams, managers and/or clients 
•Organization skills, including time management ability 
•Detail oriented

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account


Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.