Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Professional Development Group Leader

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Administrative/Management
Organization:  Strategic Human Resources Mgmt
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107130
Job Code: Training & OD Specialist 4 (H04.4) / Training & OD Specialist 5 (H04.5)
Date Posted: May 21 2020

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Nature and Scope of the Job

We have an opening for a Professional Development Group Leader in the Workforce and Organization Development (WOD) Division.  You will formulate organization objectives and strategies and will have oversight responsibilities for the design, development, implementation and administration of the Laboratory's Professional Development institutional programs, which includes Employee and Leadership Development programs, Instructional Design, Learning Technologies, Educational Assistance Program and Onboarding. You will broadly interact with all levels of Laboratory management, external agencies and professional organizations.  You will also serve as the back up to the WOD Division Leader. This position is in the Workforce and Organization Development Division within the Strategic Human Resources Management Directorate (SHRM).

This position will be filled at either the H04.4 or H04.5 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Provide leadership and oversee the development, implementation, communication and promotion of the Laboratory's professional development programs; formulate objectives and strategies to assure that programs and services are aligned and are integrated with Laboratory programmatic and business objectives.
- Provide leadership and supervision to the Professional Development Group staff; set direction and expectations, assess performance, provide feedback and ensure development and opportunities.
- Define and construct performance measures/metrics and assess the on-going effectiveness of the Laboratory Professional Development Programs and compare/contrast with immediate, medium and longer-term organizational needs and strategic goals; prepare analysis of findings and report to senior management.
- Proactively conduct needs analysis for future development opportunities by consulting with customers, stakeholders and subject matter experts to assure that the professional development programs meet customer needs, regulatory drivers, contractual requirements and best practices.
- In support of Professional Development staff, facilitate and lead training workshops effectively in a clear and interactive manner utilizing adult learning methodologies
- Collaborate with managers in the SHRM Directorate in formulating and accomplishing strategic objectives in support of SHRM and LLNL’s goals.
- Oversee and manage the training and development budget, including forecasting, analysis and monthly reconciliation and reporting.
- Serve as a leader to the training community across the institution, and as a spokesperson on specialized programs, projects or training, representing Professional Development, Workforce and Organization Development and SHRM; represent the Laboratory and training and development at complex wide meetings or on complex wide projects/committees.

In addition, at the H04.5 Level:
- Research new content/program design opportunities and/or updated/enhanced or extended curriculum strategies that will address multiple institutional development needs.
- Lead the review, refinement, and implementation of a scalable onboarding experience and for multiple employee groups that promote the strategic value of the organization and affirm LLNL as an employer of choice.
- Build training plans that are aligned to overall change management initiatives and are designed to guide audiences through the change phases, including all training, communications, and support activities required to successfully implement the change

- Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Resources, Organization Behavior, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience and training.
- Significant experience in designing, developing, implementing, communicating, promoting, and administering institution-wide programs in the fields of management development, organization development, career management, education development and training.
- Significant knowledge of industry standards pertaining to professional development programs, instructional design and development using the systematic approach to training (Analysis, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate -ADDIE), and of adult learning theory, principles and application.
- Experience in the supervision, leadership, and management of a professional and non-exempt staff of employees.
- Advanced leadership, organizational problem solving, decision making and analytical skills necessary to independently advise, recommend and approve appropriate actions and implement solutions.
- Extensive project management, planning, and organization skills, including ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, and prioritize projects/programs based on business objectives and ROI methodology
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills to effectively explain, present, advise and influence internal and external stakeholders on a variety of issues and experience working effectively with all levels of an organization using strong interpersonal skills, including all levels of management, including executives; and scientific, engineering and administrative personnel.
- Experience successfully developing and managing a budget including forecasting and reconciliation.

In addition, at the HO4.5 Level:
- Expert communication skills, including the ability to develop a strategy and roadmap for professional development programs
- Ability to operate effectively and independently, even in areas of uncertainty and ambiguity
- Extensive experience leading and overseeing a variety of cross-organizational and integrated projects with unique situations.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
- Experience working at a DOE Laboratory or in a similar regulated environment
- Master’s degree or higher in Instructional Design, Organizational Development, Education and/or Training, Human Resources or a related field.


Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.