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Professional Development Specialist (Talent Development)

  • 25 Nov 2019 1:03 PM
    Message # 8138518
    Sandra Smith (Administrator)

    The Talent Development Department of James Madison University (JMU) invites applications for the Professional Development Specialist (PDS) position. The PDS provides leadership toward staff development as part of the Talent Development Department, in the Human Resources, Training and Performance Unit. The Talent Development Department has three well-equipped and dedicated facilitation spaces. The PDS is part of a team of five who provide instructional design, administrative oversight, instructor-led training, event management, marketing, and organization development facilitation for classified staff, wage employees and administrative and professional faculty of the university in offering approximately 300 workshop sessions per year. The PDS is primarily responsible for program planning, content development and delivery, and recruiting and developing Volunteer Facilitators and a Graduate Assistant.

    The Professional Development Specialist (PDS) provides leadership within the unit and as a role model to JMU staff by facilitating approximately 55 unique workshops and 20 departmental retreats each year, as well as creating 10 or more new workshops that enhance the performance of staff in meeting the JMU mission and vision while upholding JMU values. The PDS applies knowledge of business needs assessment and analysis to establish a training calendar that provides a range of practical skills and business principles that relate to the needs of both individuals and managers while being balanced across stated competencies.

    The PDS increases the workshop delivery capacity of Talent Development through: identification of opportunities for blended-learning content creation; creative recruiting and use of Volunteer Facilitators; collaboration with other JMU Divisions; student projects; and recruiting and supervising a Graduate Assistant.

    For all TD curated content, the PDS: sets clear learning objectives; creates and maintains high-quality materials based on Adult Learning Theory and ADA guidelines; and evaluates outcomes for impact to performance using meaningful data gathering and reporting tools.

    Applicants must:

    • Possess a master’s degree in human resource development, adult education, or a related field.

    • Have experience creating and delivering customized instructor-led and blended-learning professional development interventions to enhance individual and team performance and to address organizational dysfunction, using best practices.

    • Demonstrate experience overseeing and facilitating organization development (OD) and change management interventions for diverse groups.

    • Possess 4-7 years of work experience with progressive responsibilities related to human resource development and management.

    • Possess a working knowledge of and have experience using adult learning theory in creating and facilitating professional development activities for adult learners.


    Preferred qualifications include:

    • Experience recruiting, developing, and supporting volunteers.

    • Experience managing and creating eLearning modules and using electronic learning management systems.

    • Advanced skills related to Microsoft Excel and Outlook.

    To apply go to http://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/6757 or visit JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1416. Salary shall be commensurate with experience.

    James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.  

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