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SHRM Instructional Designer in Alexandria, Virginia


The Education Programs Department supports SHRM’s mission and strategic goals through the development and delivery of professional development programs to a global and domestic audience. This department is focused on building and sustaining educational partnerships with human resource professionals by providing curricular offerings to individuals and corporate members across professional experience levels, business sectors, and HR competencies. To enhance relationships with corporate clients, this department also provides discounts and opportunities for organizations to increase their total professional development value.

The Instructional Designer supports the development and delivery of SHRM’s eLearning and Seminar product portfolio directed to both organizations and human resource professionals. These products help human resource professionals develop their skills, competencies, and in turn, support the advancement of the HR profession. In this capacity, the Designer applies proven instructional design methodologies to analyze, design, develop, customize, and maintain eLearning programs and Seminars, in alignment with organizational goals, strategies, and competencies.


Your Day:

  • Performs detailed needs analyses and identifies learning objectives by interviewing subject-matter experts (SMEs) and conducting research.

  • Designs and develops new eLearning, instructor-led training, and virtual training for internal and external audiences.

  • In collaboration with project stakeholders, creates project plans which incorporate key milestones and timelines which align with stakeholder requirements.

  • Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with subject matter experts to ensure optimal learning experiences.

  • Identifies and/or develops resources to support and enhance the learner experience.

  • Advises the instructional design team on technical capabilities, limitations, and risks associated with various e-learning development software tools and approaches.

  • Builds and administers assessments for micro-credential/specialty credential programs.

  • Integrates voice-over, graphics, and video into eLearning modules; including assessments.

  • Provides detailed course feedback in peer review sessions for all developed courses and assessments.

  • Conducts annual eLearning and Seminar product and program reviews by updating courses based on new laws or research.

  • Applies adult learning principles, theories, and practices when designing and developing content, to ensure adult learners are engaged, retain content, and implement what they learned to improve their own, and their organization’s performance.

  • Uses learner, SME, and peer feedback to improve course effectiveness.

  • Other duties and projects as assigned.


Must Haves:

  • High School diploma or equivalent.

  • 3 years of experience developing courses, online training, instructor-led training and/or adult learning theory; or 7 years of experience in lieu of a degree.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Word and Excel for analysis and design documents, PowerPoint for seminar development.

  • Proficient with Adobe Connect (or similar platform) for virtual seminars, and Adobe Creative Suite for graphics editing.

  • Proficient with Articulate Storyline (or other eLearning authoring tools) for eLearning development.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Ability to effectively listen, understand business requirements and translate them into products.

  • Team player with a strong work ethic and strong collaboration skills.

  • Effective written and oral communication skills.

Let us know if you also have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, or a related field

  • SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP preferred

  • Knowledge and experience in Education or Human Resources field.

  • Proficient in executing all stages of the instructional design process - analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation - with an emphasis on new development and redesign.

  • Ability to design and develop experiential and transformational content for a variety of delivery methods including classroom, eLearning, and virtual synchronous (via virtual delivery platforms).

Physical Demands

Regularly required to sit; talk and hear, use hands to type, file, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. Occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Visual acuity to use a keyboard, prepare and analyze data and figures; transcribing, viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading. Light lifting is required. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force to constantly move objects.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is regularly performed in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment. This job requires occasional travel 0-10%.

The Society for Human Resource Management is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran).

Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria

Job ID 2020-1456

Category Education Programs