SHRM Instructional Designer in Alexandria, Virginia


The Role:

The Instructional Designer supports the development and delivery of SHRM’s eLearning and Seminar product portfolio directed to both organizations and human resource professionals. These products help human resource professionals develop their skills, competencies, and in turn, support the advancement of the HR profession. In this capacity, the Specialist applies proven instructional design methodologies to analyze, design, develop, customize, and maintain eLearning programs and Seminars, in alignment with organizational goals, strategies, and competencies.


Your Day:

  • Act as the Instructional Design team’s super user for the organization’s Learning Management System (LMS) to upload and test courses and train other users

  • Perform detailed needs analyses and identify learning objectives by interviewing subject-matter experts (SMEs) and conducting research

  • Design and develop new eLearning, instructor-led training, and virtual training for internal and external audiences

  • In collaboration with project stakeholders, create project plans which incorporate key milestones and timelines which align with stakeholder requirements

  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with subject matter experts to ensure optimal learning experiences

  • Identify and/or develop resources to support and enhance the learner experience

  • Advise the instructional design team on technical capabilities, limitations, and risks associated with various e-learning development software tools and approaches

  • Build and administer assessments for micro-credential/specialty credential programs

  • Integrate voice-over, graphics, and video into eLearning modules; including assessments

  • Provide detailed course feedback in peer review sessions for all developed courses and assessments

  • Conduct annual eLearning and Seminar product and program reviews by updating courses based on new laws or research

  • Follow design and development standards and adult learning principles when developing training materials


Must Haves:

  • High School diploma or equivalent; Bachelor’s degree in Education, or a related field preferred.

  • 3 years of experience developing courses, online training, instructor-led training and/or adult learning theory; or 7 years of experience in lieu of a degree.

  • Proficient with Adobe Photoshop (or other graphics editing software), Adobe Dreamweaver (or other HTML editing software), Articulate Storyline

  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with Learning Management Systems

  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal

  • Ability to develop and follow project plans, strong organizational and problem-solving skills

  • Strong customer service skills, resourceful, team-oriented and responsive to the needs of members, customers and staff

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially PowerPoint

Let us know if you also have:


  • Knowledge and experience in Education or Human Resources field

  • Good business acumen with interest or demonstrated ability to make data-driven decisions.

  • Use of audio & video editing software.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly required to sit; talk and hear, use hands to type, file, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. Occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Visual acuity to use a keyboard, prepare and analyze data and figures; transcribing, viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.

May require ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; or the ability to stand, walk, lift, carry and move light to medium weight. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and learn technical information.

Light lifting is required. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force to constantly move objects.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is regularly performed in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment. This job requires occasional travel 0-10%.

The Society for Human Resource Management is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran).

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: or TDD (703) 548-6990.

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