Sr. Learning and Development Specialist

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Date: Apr 1, 2017

Location: Columbus, OH, US, 43085

Company: Worthington Industries, Inc

Worthington Industries operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the Golden Rule, with earning money for its shareholders as the first corporate goal. As a market leader in metals manufacturing for nearly 60 years, we put people first, whether they’re our employees, shareholders, customers or suppliers. We’re looking for individuals who share our people-first philosophy and can help us continually innovate and grow through their insights, leadership and unique talents.

Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR) is a global metals manufacturer serving growing end markets including automotive, construction, energy, agriculture, alternative fuel and many other markets. Our family of 10,000 employees in over 80 facilities throughout 10 countries has helped us earn the respect of our customers, our communities and our industry. With sales of approximately $ 3 billion annually, our company has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as a “Most Admired Company” and four times as a “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

The Learning & Organizational Development Specialist is a key contributor to providing effective, value-added learning and developmental opportunities at both the departmental and enterprise-wide level and is responsible for participating in the creation and advancement of new strategies to develop the highest level of workforce performance and leadership capabilities in all Worthington Industries professionals.

Duties and Responsibilities

Integrate efforts with and provide expert contribution to the Learning & Development team with:

  • Participate in and/or lead various L&D/OD initiatives, such as the creation & implementation of the Leadership Academy, instituting and overseeing rotation programs, employee engagement programs, perpetuating Our Philosophy, creation and management of talent acquisition and talent development programs.
  • Consult with Business Unit Leaders and HR Leadership to understand needs and assess/evaluate current learning material.
  • Design, develop and evaluate instructional programs, materials, methods, employee support systems, teaching and assessment techniques, and the construction of evaluation methods to promote effective training and level four learning.
  • Assist in the improvement of the instructional development process, setting standards for assisting the L&D team in the design curriculum and instruction, development of learning resources, and retooling of courses and course segments.
  • Ensure training sessions are of highest quality (content, delivery, materials) and align with the Worthington’s current business strategies and initiatives.
  • Partner in the development of key metrics to track and improve L&D/Talent Development programs to demonstrate effectiveness and better serve the business.
  • Apply and modify various instructional design models and instructional system components to develop thorough instructional and learning systems and environments.
  • Leverage a variety of learning technologies to ensure effective and efficient program delivery including LMS, wikis, blogs, and social media.
  • Constant and consistent advocating of Our Philosophy and modeling the behaviors by which it is demonstrated.
  • Support the process of developing and implementing continuous and sustained improvement processes.
  • Effectively use consulting and influencing skills to develop valued relationships with key stakeholders and internal customers.
  • Contribute to the ongoing expansion and development of processes and toolkits.
  • Participate in group, local office, and national training, recruiting, and networking events.
  • Miscellaneous projects and duties as required.


Three to five years of developing and delivering instructor-led and e-learning/online education using a variety of development tools in a corporate setting.  Experience with top leadership curriculums preferred. 


Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience required. Information Design, Education, Instructional Design, Organizational Development or similar area of study preferred.


  • Accomplished presentation and group facilitation skills.
  • Knowledge of instructional design principles and practices to include: instructional systems design, curriculum design, performance improvement, performance support systems, adult learning theories, interactive technologies and eLearning design principles, distance learning, self-paced instruction, evaluation methodologies.
  • Ability to identify problems and break down complex concepts and processes into component parts to be taught.
  • Ability to influence, persuade and obtain buy-in from key stakeholders.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work closely with a diverse group of subject matter experts and effectively communicate with team members re: project status, issues and/or concerns.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Excellent teamwork, collaboration, and organizational skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong prioritization and organizational skills, flexible to changing demands.
  • Experience developing technical content a plus.
  • Experience in leadership development programs and materials a plus.
  • Experience in sales skill development programs and materials a plus.
  • Experience in Lean development programs and materials a plus.
  • Willingness to travel as needed by the assignment.


  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Visio, Project, SharePoint).
  • Experience working with Content Creations Systems and Learning Management Systems (LMS) a plus.

Worthington Industries Inc., and its subsidiaries, is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, disability or veteran’s status.

Nearest Major Market: Columbus
Nearest Secondary Market: Dublin

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