Learning and Development Manager

Posted by
The Aspen Institute
Washington, District of Columbia
Published 21 days ago

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

To achieve our mission of a more free, just, and equitable society, we commit to working proactively to advance the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our myriad endeavors such as the recruitment, compensation, training, and advancement of staff. The best people-serving institutions make this commitment, and we seek to be a leader in the ways that we do so and learn from others. Visit our website to learn more about our commitment and recent actions taken toward building and nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment.

The People and Culture team focuses on all aspects of the talent lifecycle and the employee experience at the Aspen Institute. We ensure that the organization has people in the right roles, with the right tools and resources to accomplish the organization's mission. Additionally, we partner with employees at all levels across the organization to ensure a culture of inclusion, valuing diversity, collaboration, equity, and personal development to ensure a healthy environment in which to grow and contribute. The People and Culture team facilitates all aspects of traditional human resources, as well as talent management, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and organizational learning and development.


The Learning and Development Manager will design and develop learning programs that increase organizational effectiveness, capabilities and capacity. She/he/they will be responsible for facilitating the continuous process of assessing learning needs at all staff levels across the Aspen Institute; designing and developing programs to support and elevate the employee experience and diversity and inclusion throughout the organization; implementing these programs and initiatives; and evaluating learning impact. She/he/they will partner with People, Culture & Equity leadership, specifically the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director in alignment with executive management/directors, on priority and future capability development, and support strategic talent development processes throughout the employee lifecycle, including leadership development and DEI initiatives.

Key objectives for this role include:

  • Understand organizational Learning and Development requirements through needs assessment and develop fit for purpose learning solutions, including face-to-face and eLearning, utilizing sound instructional design, that ensures ongoing learning for individuals and teams.
  • Develop individual and team interventions to increase organizational effectiveness, including performance management, diversity and inclusion, leadership development and coaching skills.
  • Develop and share data-driven reporting such that senior management understands L&D program impact across each key performance indicator.
  • Manage organization wide learning technologies and knowledge management systems to ensure efficiency in learning program management and maintenance of organization knowledge libraries.

As the ideal candidate you will bring expert level understanding in learning processes, systems, and methodologies as well as multi-dimensional experience in instructional design. You will be motivated by creating learning experiences for individuals and establishing a learning culture and communities of practice within an organization. You will be creative in applying effective learning methods; and exhibit an infectious enthusiasm for professional development.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a learning and development professional, particularly one with instructional design expertise, who seeks to drive meaningful change within a mission-driven, complex organization and contribute to fostering a culture with an increased focused on learning and growth.

This role reports to the VP, People and Culture and will partner with the DEI Director, and the People, Culture & Equity team. The role is based in the Washington, DC metro area, and can be a hybrid work arrangement. We anticipate minor/periodic travel to other locations a couple times a year.

SALARY RANGE: $80,000 - $95,000


Organizational Learning, Development, and Engagement 50%

  • Conduct learning needs assessment across the organization considering performance gaps; career development; and leadership development.
  • Design and develop learning programs to meet identified needs of Institute staff considering a wide variety of learning methods (70/20/10) and leveraging internal subject matter experts and external partners for content and expertise.
  • Partner with the DEI Director to develop learning opportunities to educate employees and managers on how to recognize, accommodate, appreciate, and honor individual differences and how these can be leveraged to assist in meeting the business objectives.
  • Manage program delivery and administration, from logistical requirements, enrollment, and material distribution (digital or hard copy) including organization-wide learning calendar. Administer Level 1 and 2 evaluation.
  • Manage program delivery for signature engagement programs such as the Institute's annual Internship program, mentoring program and annual awards program for recognizing staff.
  • Design and implement employee engagement initiatives such as meet ups/affinity groups and other staff resource groups.
  • Assist with employee relations issues/concerns and manager coaching as necessary

Organizational Effectiveness 20%

  • Partner with HR on performance management capability building and management. Utilize performance management outputs to identify areas for development.
  • Manage individual development plan processes, engaging supervisors and leaders of each program in facilitating the process with employees ensuring a variety of learning methods are identified, including stretch assignments, peer to peer learning, coaching, and online or face-to-face programs.
  • In conjunction with People & Culture leadership, serve as a thought partner with Directors/Department Heads on issues related to team and individual effectiveness. Design bespoke interventions when required to address the root cause.
  • Surface best practices in learning and development at program-level to be considered at enterprise-level

Report and Data Analysis 15%

  • Define metrics that measure impact of L&D programs and develop associated reports.
  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of programs and initiatives through best practice assessments and tools. Report results to senior management through Vice President, People and Culture.

Knowledge Management & Learning Technologies 10%

  • Identify and implement knowledge sharing processes to ensure organizational resilience and talent development.
  • Manage learning management systems and leverage utilization across the organization to maximize efficacy and efficiency.
  • Manage all knowledge management and learning technology vendors and/or learning modalities.


  • You possess at a minimum of 5 – 7 years of experience developing and managing learning and development programs, embedded within or adjacent to an HR team within a matrixed organization.
  • You have a portfolio of compelling programs you have designed and developed utilizing best practice learning methods with measurable behavioral change results. The portfolio comprises programs across the employee life cycle and includes leadership development programs.
  • You have a deep understanding of Adult Learning Theory, learning science and instructional design.
  • You possess effective consultative skills and experience engaging all levels of the organization (executive leadership, senior management and junior employees) on learning needs and delivery.
  • You have experience managing learning management systems and online learning platforms and catalyzing employee usage.
  • You hold certification / qualification in instructional design or Learning and Development (eg. APTD or CPTD) (strong preference).
  • You can effectively manage multiple projects of varying scope and breadth.
  • You possess coaching skills to effectively guide employees and supervisors in their professional development journey.
  • You possess a high degree of emotional intelligence and ethics.
  • You are culturally aware, value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and have examples throughout your career demonstrating this value.
  • You enjoy taking a collaborative approach and working in a mission-driven organization.
  • You are a role model of lifelong learning personally and professionally.

Visit our career page at Work at the Aspen Institute | The Aspen Institute and follow the instructions to upload your cover letter, a sample of your work, and resume. Interested applicants must submit all 3 required documents for consideration. The cover letter should highlight applicant's qualifications and share why this opportunity is a strong fit.

The Institute has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy for all employees who will work at one of our physical locations, attend any of our in-person events or travel on behalf of the Institute. Staff unable to be vaccinated may request an exemption under certain circumstances.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. The Aspen Institute is committed to having a workforce that reflects diversity at all levels of the organization. We recognize the importance of not viewing individuals based on a single identity, and we thrive on being equitable in our recruitment process as well as in our efforts to be inclusive of all employees. We encourage all applicants regardless of gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or other social identity.

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The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and…

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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