Senior Training and Development Specialist

Reports to: Vice President, Human Resources
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Administration
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Nonunion - Level 5
Minimum compensation: $68,000
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress is seeking a Senior Training and Development Specialist to join its Human Resources team. The Senior Training and Development Specialist will be responsible for ensuring that staff get the training and professional development needed to successfully achieve the objectives of the organization. This person will ensure new staff receive a warm welcome to American Progress; have the resources they need to perform their job from day one; experience a comprehensive and smooth onboarding process; receive regular training and development opportunities; and continue to learn and grow on the job throughout their time at American Progress.

American Progress is looking for candidates who are energetic and enthusiastic about training, have experience creating and delivering high-quality programs, and can identify and coordinate with outside vendors and internal experts as needed to create a comprehensive curriculum of learning for staff at all levels.


  • Organize first-day orientation programs for incoming staff and ensure that each has a first week schedule.
  • Ensure sufficient onboarding for new hires, including information about organizational culture and structure.
  • Work with individual teams to develop team-specific orientation and training materials.
  • Work with the Human Resources team to analyze positions to develop clear career paths for staff at all levels and work with individual employees to determine training and development needs.
  • Collaborate with managers to create training and development plans for their teams and individual staff members as needed.
  • Identify, maintain, and share with staff information about popular and effective development opportunities, including classes, organizations, government programs, online resources, and others.
  • Review performance evaluations to make recommendations for training and development opportunities.
  • Collaborate with appropriate stakeholders to develop a formal mentorship program.
  • Ensure that monthly “Lunch ‘n Learn” sessions take place covering a wide range of topics of interest to staff.
  • Develop a curriculum for associate-level staff similar to the intern program.
  • Maintain an understanding of training trends and best practices.
  • Manage the professional development budget for the organization as a whole and work with individual departments to spend their funds most effectively.
  • Manage relationships with vendors, such as the Management Center and Ramona Strategies, who provide training to staff and identify others as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and at least five years’ experience training adults, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Understanding of adult learning theories and familiarity with traditional and modern training methods, including mentoring and coaching.
  • Polished and accomplished presenter able to communicate to and connect with all levels of staff and lead training efforts on a variety of topics.
  • Strong writing, planning, and organizing skills and ability to prioritize assignments and attend to the administrative tasks associated with coordinating organizationwide training efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to create new training programs independently and in collaboration with others.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in all training and development activities and programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with all levels of staff.
  • Excellent technical skills and ability to utilize modern training and presentation technology, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft PowerPoint, and other presentation and meeting platforms.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of private employee information.
  • Commitment to the organization’s progressive mission, values, and ideals.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is not represented by a union and has a budgeted salary of $75,000.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and the levels of community spread and adjust plans as needed for in-office work. Any changes to our current hybrid work policy will be communicated at the time of hire. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs page.

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Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

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Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

American Progress is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is more than a commitment at American Progress—it is the foundation of what we do. American Progress recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

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