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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Instructional Designer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311447

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Operational Systems & Technology

Group: Operations Readiness & Assurance

Job Description

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

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

  • Develops criteria for evaluating effectiveness of training activities.

  • Those entering this career series may be tasked with more 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.

  • PNNL’s National Security Directorate (NSD) is the steward of the Laboratory's assets to help "prevent and counter acts of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction." NSD provides the tools and technologies to support the detection of weapons of mass destruction, help the United States manage its nonproliferation treaties, and secure our nation's borders.

  • 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. ORA stewards capabilities associated with mission assurance, and the operations and maintenance stage of the systems engineering lifecycle. Operational sustainment and resilience are achieved and transitioned through knowledge transfer, logistics innovation, reliability engineering, vulnerability assessment, and complex supply chain and infrastructure interdependency analysis.

  • ORA’s Instructional Systems Design (ISD) Team is comprised of 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, eLearning, and virtual/augmented reality.

  • This Instructional Designer position is responsible for developing training curriculum and materials in accordance with the DOE instructional system design process 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. This position will support the Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD) Program; NSDD works with international partners to strengthen capabilities to deter, detect, and investigate the smuggling of nuclear and radiological materials by providing the expertise and tools needed to respond to smuggling events. Training products may include performance-based curricula, classroom instruction, electronic learning formats, field exercises and simulations, scenario-driven training in realistic environments, and table-top 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; works cross-functionally to understand problems and develop and implement solutions; identifies improvement/efficiency opportunities both within and outside of areas where assigned as a subject matter expert

  • Begins to lead inter-disciplinary/cross-functional teams to deliver on objectives

  • Manages projects involving diverse tasks, teams and organizations; exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results

  • May function as a project lead and give direction to other exempt and/or nonexempt staff

  • Works independently; conducts mentoring and training activities for staff; fosters collaboration and grows the skills of others

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

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 8+ years of relevant experience.

  • Advanced degree and 6+ years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Considered a curriculum development SME and mentor with ability to strategize and develop specific course goals and objectives

  • Experience with blended learning, knowledge of the latest instructional design trends, and ability to incorporate them into an effective training program

  • Delivers high quality products with attention to detail and adherence to programmatic style requirements

  • Able to converse with diverse group of SMEs to understand technical content and get details necessary to develop curriculum that meets target audience needs

  • Professional license and/or certification is preferred.

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

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

  • Creative thinking outside the box about exciting ways to present information so that it is more stimulating for the audience and ultimately leads to increased retention and changes in learned behavior

  • Management and leadership experience

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 having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment: Complexities related to the position, working environment, special challenges, etc.:

  • Domestic and international travel may be required.

  • Successful candidate will have the ability to obtain a security clearance if required.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Administration/Specialist/Support

Group: Operational Readiness & Assura

Opening Date: 2021-01-06

Closing Date: 2021-01-26