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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Instructional Designer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310696

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Operational Systems & Technology

Group: Operational Readiness & Assurance

Job Description

  • Responsible for instructional design-related technical functions with a focus on the practical application of advanced training technologies, such as rapid development and deployment of eLearning content that is integrated within a learning management system.

  • Provides leadership for the training development process and the delivery of training.

  • Develops criteria for evaluating effectiveness of training activities.

  • Responsible for planning, developing, and conducting classroom-based training programs within assigned areas in accordance with the ADDIE Instructional Design Model.

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:

The National Security Directorate’s Operational Readiness and Assurance (ORA) group is responsible for assuring the readiness, sustainability, and resilience of critical national security operations and infrastructure. Working with stakeholders, ORA prepares and equips partners to operate, sustain, and withstand disruption to mission critical systems and infrastructure. Operational sustainment and resilience are achieved and transitioned in part through knowledge transfer. ORA’s Instructional Systems Design (ISD) Team has experienced instructional designers who work with clients and subject matter experts to analyze needs and propose instructional solutions using a systematic approach. ISD staff utilize the systematic approach to training and other instructional design processes to create instructional experiences that make the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective, and appealing. The ORA ISD team researches and develops innovative and customized methods for the delivery of instruction, including the integration of instructional technologies such as learning management systems, e-learning, and virtual/augmented reality. The team also helps develop professional trainer and exercise facilitator capabilities by delivering DOE Basic Instructor Training and other train-the-trainer courses.

The instructional designer hired into this position will be responsible for developing training curriculum and materials in accordance with approved DOE instructional design processes utilizing the Systematic Approach to Training and the Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (ADDIE) process. The training materials are developed to support effective management, operation, and maintenance of deployed technologies, and to build the capacity of partner organizations funded by PNNL’s National Security sponsors. Training products may include performance-based curricula, classroom instruction, electronic learning formats, field exercises and simulations, scenario-driven training in realistic environments, and tabletop exercises.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities :

  • Develops and updates specific curriculum for domestic and international partners of varying abilities.

  • Works with local and multi-lab teams to create best practices and promote consistency across ISD projects.

  • Demonstrates leadership by translating strategy into specific goals and objectives.

  • Works on complex problems and provides solutions which are innovative and ingenious.

  • Demonstrates initiative to implement against opportunities including removing barriers and working successfully with a wide variety of staff with different skill sets, levels, and styles.

  • Uses professional concepts and organization objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways; ability to balance long-term strategic goals with short-term priorities.

  • Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.

  • Works independently; conducts mentoring and training activities for staff; fosters collaboration and grows the skills of others. May function as a project lead and give direction to other exempt and/or nonexempt staff.

  • Accountable to the ORA ISD Team Lead and assigned PNNL Project Managers.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 6+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 4+ years of relevant experience.

  • Professional license and/or certification may be preferred.

  • A minimum of 14 years of relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of the required degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Technical degree in instructional systems design or similar.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage the delivery of complex training programs to ensure technical relevancy and compliant delivery of training requirements.

  • Technical expert with ADDIE Model and Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) and demonstrated ability to guide others through training content design and delivery (classroom and web-based).

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly politically sensitive environment due to the nature of business dealings with senior federal staff and the high visibility of assigned projects.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills with ability to prioritize work assignments and adjust schedules based on changing requirements.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability for writing concisely and clearly.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office specifically Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  • Proficient in Articulate Storyline.

  • Experience with multimedia development and editing software (e.g., Photoshop, Vyond, audio editing tools, etc.).

  • Prior experience designing and developing prototypes of various training activities and creating wireframes of the training environment and user interfaces.

  • Basic web development experience in HTML/HTML5.

  • Prior experience with computer programming principles using JavaScript or similar language.

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a team environment as well as the ability to work effectively and efficiently with limited oversight.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

  • Travel to domestic and foreign locations up to 25% of the time.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Administration/Specialist/Support

Group: Operational Readiness & Assura

Opening Date: 2020-03-23

Closing Date: 2020-04-06