Learning & Development Manager

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The Brookings Institution
Washington, DC

The Brookings Institution

Published 24 days ago
The Brookings Institution

Equal-Opportunity Employer: It is Brookings policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all of its employees and applicants without regard to their actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, citizenship status, family responsibilities, gender identity or expression, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, veteran status, or any other prohibited basis of discrimination as required by law.

Learning & Development Manager


Job ID: 2020-2475
Type: Regular, Introductory
# of Openings: 1
Category: Human Resources
1. Resident Employee


Please note: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their date of hire.


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?

As part of the Human Resources team, the Learning & Development (L&D) manager has two primary areas of responsibility - professional development and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategy and programming. The L&D manager closely collaborates with HR leadership and colleagues throughout Brookings to drive a strategy of staff engagement, high performance and a diverse and inclusive culture. Specific responsibilities include: developing, implementing and assessing Brookings professional development and inclusion and diversity (I&D) programming; assessing skills development gaps; developing and conducting trainings, including train the trainer sessions; working with the I&D Committee, develops and implements DEI best practices; developing and coordinating intern learning opportunities. This position reports to and closely collaborates with the Associate Vice President, Human Resources.

Professional Development Program (40%)

  • Under the guidance of the AVP, manage the development, implementation and assessment of Brookings's professional development and training initiatives.
  • Organize, conduct and monitor training opportunities for employees.
  • Identify and assess training needs, research ideas, propose topics and curriculum. In partnership with AVP, determine whether to develop content in-house or engage outside vendors.
  • Develop, design and facilitate group learning sessions, workshops and other trainings as appropriate. Strive to build an internal pool of trainers within HR and across Brookings by coaching appropriate staff on best practices in facilitation and training delivery skills for adult learners.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) (40%)

  • Collaborate with the AVP and the VP, CHRO to ensure effective development, implementation, tracking, oversight and evaluation of DEI priorities.
  • Staff the Inclusion & Diversity Committee by attending meetings, collaborating with Co-Chairs to create meeting agendas, manage the budget, follow up on subcommittee work in between meetings and prepare documents on the progress of initiatives.
  • Maintain awareness of DEI trends and concepts, bringing effective best practices and approaches to the organization's work. Foster and cultivate external relationships with relevant networks and partnerships.

Centralized Internship Program (10%)

  • Develop and coordinate intern events, seminars and networking opportunities.
  • Partner with the Staffing team to process intern applicant materials through Brookings' applicant tracking system (iCIMS). Ensure completion of required applicant tracking and employment processes by hiring staff.

General Human Resources (5%)

  • Assist with special projects, back up HR team members and perform other duties as needed.
  • Ensure compliance with Brookings policies and procedures as well as federal and state regulations.
  • Seek learning and development opportunities to improve professional competencies and stay current on HR practices.
  • Proactively recommend new approaches, policies, and procedures to effect continual improvements in efficiency of department and services performed.


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:

Education/Experience Requirements:

A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience and education in one of the following disciplines required: organizational development, training and development, human resources, business or adult learning and education, or other similar fields. Minimum five years of related experience including at least three years of experience coordinating, developing, delivering and facilitating trainings and small group discussions. Proven knowledge and experience with training methods and delivery; implementation of adult learning theory; and training evaluation and analysis. Strong analytical, organizational and planning skills and the ability to synthesize abstract concepts into clear and accessible language. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Demonstrated knowledge of learning and development strategies, diversity, equity and inclusion concepts, and standard recruiting and employment practices. Strong presentations skills. Excellent written communication skills (including proofreading and editing) that demonstrate a clear expression of ideas, thoughts and concepts with the ability analyze data and design materials and reports. Excellent interpersonal skills with a strong customer service orientation and a proactive flexible work style. Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships among internal staff and external contacts. Possess a high degree of emotional intelligence, along with the ability to communicate with diverse audiences and quickly establish credibility. Must exhibit sound judgment and handle confidential, sensitive information. Must successfully perform in a fast-paced department with multiple assignments, shifting priorities and deadline pressures. Demonstrated understanding and application of computer technology to efficiently accomplish work, using Microsoft Office programs and learning management systems. Minimal travel required (note that all travel has been suspended temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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The Brookings Institution

Equal-Opportunity Employer: It is Brookings policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all of its employees and applicants without regard to their actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age…

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  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Other Education Requirement
  • Professional


Washington, DC

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