CDM Smith Senior Instructional Design Specialist (Leadership Development Lead) in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:

CDM Smith is seeking an experienced and talented Lead Learning and Instructional Design Specialist to join its Corporate University team. This position will consult with our internal clients to create learning opportunities built on instructional design practices and adult learning theories.

The position requires experience in enterprise-wide learning and development projects, including business skills and Leadership-based content. The successful candidate should be an expert in various design models that translates into learning content that is engaging, impactful and visually appealing with measurable impact on the business. This lead position collaborates with others on the CDM Smith University team, scientists, engineers, project managers and/or other subject matter experts to create best-in-class learning solutions.

Ideally, this role will be located in Boston, MA but we are open to someone in our Maitland, FL or Manchester, NH office.


Develops learning solutions while consulting with managers and various stakeholders across the firm to identify training goals, education outcomes and that support the improvement and development of employee performance.

Designs programs with an eye toward impact on performance, utilizing best practices to measure business impact.

Leads and executes learning and development projects, deploying consulting skills to determine appropriate solutions, that include various education delivery modalities including performance support, , individual courses, live classroom experiences, blended learning and other performance support tools.

Applies knowledge of instructional design theory to the development of course content, working with subject matter experts, management, etc.

Works with minimal supervision.

Works closely with direct manager and CDM Smith University Leadership to improve processes and/or identify opportunities for improvement.

Facilitates roundtables discussions, senior-level meetings and delivers online and in-classroom learning experiences with staff across the firm.

Acts as a mentor for the other members of the CDM Smith University Team.

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Senior Instructional Design Specialist (Leadership Development Lead)



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Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree required in Business, Instructional Design, Organizational Leadership, Human Resources or the Education field.

Minimum 8+ years of learning and development experience, which includes at least 5 years of hands-on Instructional Design experience.

Demonstrates consulting skills with stakeholders on large scale learning and development initiatives.

Experience with developing senior-level and or leadership development programs.

Must have a proven learning and development background and a successful track record in meeting learning objectives from introductory through advanced topics.

Need to have experience working independently and in a team-based environment.

Travel up to 10%.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with LXPs (Learning Experience Platforms) such as Degreed or other industry leading edge micro-learning and/or content curation tools

Experience in the professional services industry, science, engineering or project management based firm.

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate—as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Why CDM Smith?:

CDM Smith provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. As a full-service consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm, we deliver exceptional client service, quality results and enduring value across the entire project life cycle.

Job Site Location:

Massachusetts - Boston

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position