Senior Learning & Development Specialist – Port of Portland – Portland, OR


General Information

The Port of Portland is a gateway to the globe, we operate multiple airports, marine terminals and business parks and have a goal of providing shared prosperity to the region. Our international airport, PDX, has been recognized as the number one airport for seven years in a row and that’s all about our people!  This position in alignment with the Port’s business goals and objectives will apply learning expertise by designing, developing and implementing creativity into training and development programs that engage employees in their growth and build their working knowledge throughout all levels of the organization.
The successful candidates will have an integral in redesigning critical learning strategies to help us develop and grow the careers of our colleagues. You will demonstrate a strong sense of team and collaboration and will collaborate with business to identify organizational development and employee development needs and solutions. This person will share our deep commitment to diversity and inclusion and will help advance programs, development opportunities, and training that promote equitable outcomes for all.
NOTE: The Port of Portland is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees and community. As part of this commitment, all Port employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved Port medical or religious exception and accommodation as a condition of employment. Request of a medical or religious exception, will require you to go through the Port exception and accommodation process. Candidates must provide proof of vaccination or have a Port approved exception and accommodation prior to beginning work at the Port.   
* This position is classified as FLSA exempt, therefore it is not eligible for overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of a 40-hour work week.

Summary of Essential Responsibilities

  • Bring forward best practices and innovative solutions to the Port by networking with external peers and keeping up to date with latest trends in talent and organizational development programs.
  • Consult with department leaders to assess training needs and match the need with appropriate solutions.
  • Develop strategies to retain talent by facilitating both new and existing learning & development programs.
  • Use your knowledge of adult learning to research, design, and develop training resources for a variety of employee programs, such as professional and leadership development, interactive onboard experiences and facilitation of team learning sessions. 
  • Play a key role in the development and delivery of curriculum and learning materials for performance coaching and first-line supervisors.
    • Deliver workshops and other learning events to support professional and management development needs. 
    • Utilize multiple delivery formats, including instructor-led training, virtual instructor-led training, and written materials. 
    • Source and partner with outside vendors to address customer requests and design and develop custom courses. 
    • Assess, design and lead innovative continuous improvement solutions to support individual, team, business unit and organizational effectiveness.
    • Conduct learning needs assessment and solutions using learning models e.g. ADDIE, SAM, Agile Learning.
    • Oversee eLearning program on our Cornerstone SaaS platform including maintaining the library with fresh and engaging content. 
    • Remain current on adult learning trends, diversity, equity and inclusion, assessment and learning methodologies.
    • Continue to grow yourself and others by conducting research and bringing ideas that will enhance successful professional development programs.

Minimum Requirements/Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelors degree in human resources, organizational development, adult education, business, psychology or other related field OR any combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties is required. Masters degree in adult development and learning is desirable.
  • Five (5) years’ progressive experience in curriculum and instructional design and development of learning programs and/or in organizational development is required.
  • Working knowledge of Human Resources functions and business practices is helpful.
  • Experience with organizational development and effectiveness, and team development strategies and performance management is required.
  • Advanced knowledge of adult training development, design and delivery, eLearning and training evaluation is preferred.
  • Experience with development and delivery of instructor-led, eLearning and blending approaches is preferred. 
  • Knowledge of Articulate or Captivate or other online training building platforms is nice to have. 
  • Human Resource-related certification (e.g. PHR, SPHR), DiSC and Hogan assessments, and/or performance coaching certification is helpful.
  • Proficiency with standard software applications with an above average level with; Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel and Outlook, and learning management systems is needed.

Skilled at: 

  • Excellent communication skills verbal and written.
  • Dynamic public speaking/presentation skills with the ability to perform group training and meeting facilitation.
  • Skilled at conducting individual and team assessments.
  • Well-organized with the ability to track training and meeting logistics coordination.
  • Willingness to promote safety as a guiding principle and a regular practice in accomplishing work.
  • Proven team plays who shows the utmost respect for others.

Ability to: 

  • Demonstrate the Port’s commitment to valuing differences among individuals and passion for being inclusive.
  • Work effectively in an environment where results-focus, efficiency, collaboration and customer service are required behavioral competencies.
  • Efficiently organize data and make recommendations based on the data and experience to leaders.
  • Present information to a diverse cross-functional audiences (bargaining unit employees, exempt employees, managers and executives).
  • Work independently and make sound decisions in the absence of specific direction.

Additional Information

  • Safety: The Port promotes safety as a guiding principle and practice in accomplishing work by complying with safety and health policies and procedures and consistently seeking improvements that support operational excellence.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: At the Port, we don’t just accept difference; we value and support it to create a culture of inclusiveness and fun. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • EEO/Affirmative Action Policy Statement: The Port of Portland is dedicated to maintaining and improving a work environment, which extends equal opportunity to all individuals, regardless of their race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation. Employment decisions shall be made in such a manner as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity and to comply with state, federal and local laws. We affirm through this policy statement our continuing commitment to the principles of nondiscrimination and affirmative action.
  • Veterans Preference: Under Oregon law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans preference when applying for Port of Portland positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans preference for this job, please provide the qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.
  • Background Checks and Drug Testing: The Port of Portland will conduct background checks and/or drug tests for positions where such tests are required by regulation and for other safety-sensitive positions.
  • ADA Accommodation: Accommodations will be considered for applicants or candidates with a qualifying disability that prevents them from participating in this process. Accommodations will be made where the Port can reasonably do so without imposing an undue hardship on the business or compromising the integrity of the recruitment process. An applicant with any disability who believes that they need an accommodation should contact Human Resources at 503.415.6000

Job Information

  • Job ID: 66468891
  • Workplace Type: Hybrid
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Port of Portland
  • Position Title: Senior Learning & Development Specialist
  • Industry: Government/Civil Service
  • Job Function: HR Manager
  • Setting: Government
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: None
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $77,069.00 – $118,393.00 (Yearly Salary)

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