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Senior Instructional Designer

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Date: Sep 22, 2017

Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 23821 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia); El Segundo, CA (California)  

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning clandestine to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?



Responsible for leading the design, development, delivery, and assessment of training products and processes for Aerospace workforce, customers, and other stakeholders.  Collaborates with customers and stakeholders to plan training strategies and investments, and manages personnel and budget commitments for assigned curricula.  Conducts assessments and prioritizations, and develops training objectives and strategies to meet workforce needs, organizational requirements, new business objectives, and corporate strategic priorities.  Leads and directs instructors, SMEs, customers, service providers, independent developers, and external resources.  Exploits all possible techniques and technologies to optimize efficiency, effectiveness, and value while achieving all learning objectives. 


Reports to the Systems Director, Technical Training and Development, Aerospace University (AU), and is accountable for ensuring highest quality training to all students.  This position will lead assigned technical and space system acquisition curricula, corporate strategic initiatives, and will apply eLearning, hybrid, and other new L&D techniques across all curricula in the AU portfolio.  Position is full-time, and may be located in El Segundo or Chantilly.


Demonstrates behavior that is consistent with the company’s values of Dedication to Mission Success, Technical Excellence, Commitment to Our People, Integrity and Objectivity.



  • Design and develop training for Aerospace workforce and customers
  • Lead and collaborate on the execution of training initiatives
  • Perform technical, quality, budgetary, and logistical evaluation of training alternatives, including evaluation of internal, outsourced, and COTS training products and services to meet AU training objectives and strategic plans
  • Develop plans, metrics, and schedules for AU training initiatives
  • Investigate opportunities to exploit new training technology solutions and products, social media, and other tools to achieve learning objectives
  • Identify and develop opportunities to improve, refine, and grow AU training curricula, and support the formation of strategic plans and roadmaps
  • Collaborate heavily across AU and the corporation to execute training initiatives, assess training needs, and communicate AU objectives and strategic plans to technical, executive, business development, and support organizations
  • Ensure that training deliveries are consistent with the quality and expectations of AU, and of internal and external stakeholders and customers
  • Perform needs assessments and analysis of alternatives for implementing training initiatives
  • Document training plans, metrics, schedules, instructional materials, and formal publications



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution



  • Master's degree
  • Extensive knowledge of L&D products, best practices, teaching theory, and corporate L&D processes
  • 10 years relevant experience in design, development, and deployment of L&D programs and products
  • Experience developing, evaluating, and delivering technical training to a geographically distributed workforce
  • Experience with e-Learning, distance learning, hybrid, and other asynchronous training
  • Familiarity with curriculum design, evaluation, and evolution
  • Experience with current training techniques, products, IT solutions, and an understanding of operational constraints relevant to training programs
  • Experience evaluating various training products and vendor agreements
  • Experience colaborating with vendors for L&D programs
  • Experience with curriculum structure/development
  • Demonstrated capability to work well in cross-organizational teams
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, writing, and speaking communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership including team building and mentoring
  • Ability to travel on a limited basis, as necessary
  • Ability to obtain/maintain a top secret/SCI security clearance
  • Proficiency in basic accounting and business processes



  • Experience with space technology and related technical disciplines
  • Experience with and knowledge of the aerospace industry
  • Experience with Learning Management Systems
  • Experience in a corporate support or service role
  • Experience with corporate strategic initiatives involving L&D elements
  • Experience as a workforce training instructor
  • Experience with vendor management
  • Experience with make/buy analysis
  • A current SCI/SSBI



  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to use a computer to complete assignments.
  • Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in person, by phone and telepresence.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically work in an office or classroom environment.


Additional Requisition Details


Clearance Requirement: Secret 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.


Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles

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