Learning and Talent Development Manager

Center For Strategic And International Studies
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 22

Position description

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.


The AILA learning and talent development (LTD) manager is responsible for providing emerging talent at CSIS and beyond with training and learning opportunities in leadership, professional skills, and global issues. The AILA LTD manager manages training and program development, curriculum design, program implementation, building partnerships, and outreach. The LTD manager also supports the Executive Education Program in designing and executing intensive and substantive training programs for external audiences and organizations, including corporate, government, and foreign partners. S/he should have an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for strengthening talent.

Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

I. Leadership Training and Professional Development
• Develop creative curriculum for CSIS learning and professional development programming (e.g. leadership training, skill-building workshops, foreign policy speaker series, etc.).
• Design professional development initiatives and leadership trainings for CSIS staff and interns (e.g. management fundamentals, technical skills training, career development workshops, workplace conduct, etc.). 
• Build and facilitate learning and development programs for external groups (e.g. crisis management simulations, seminars, creativity in leadership workshops, etc.)
• Oversee existing personal and professional development opportunities for CSIS young professionals.
• Research and stay up-to-date with best practices for instructional design and adult learning theory.
• Monitor and evaluate programming impact.

II. Strategic/Future Planning 

• Generate and develop innovative ideas for new projects, partnerships, collaborations, events, and speakers.
• Contribute to the development and management of short- and long-term strategic initiatives and contribute to the development and implementation of overall departmental vision.
• Develop and write new proposals to prospective funders, including budget development and coordination with CSIS’s Office of Strategic Planning.

III. Donor and External Partnerships
• Communicate regularly and effectively with external partners and funders.
• Develop new partnerships and identify organizations and individuals that are in need of leadership training opportunities. 
• Serve as department liaison.

IV. Program Management 
• Foster projects from the ideation stage through the planning, implementation, evaluation, and refinement phases.
• Communicate across departments center-wide.
• Coordinate and facilitate the execution of program events and projects. 
• Contribute to external and internal outreach by developing promotional materials and designing strategic communication plans.
• Draft program correspondence, MOUs, and other official agreements.

V. Administration and Personnel
• Manage and oversee day-to-day operations.
• Assist in the management of junior staff.
• Assist in the management of program and project finances including project budget, expense management, donor reporting, and preparation for internal budget reviews.
• Support senior program staff with project logistics, scheduling, program outreach, and communications, and help collaborate with other CSIS departments and operations.
• Recruit, hire, and manage program interns and additional staff as needed.


• Bachelor’s degree in related field
• 4-5 years of related experience in learning and development, educational and instructional design, curriculum design, community management, and facilitating training programs.
• Exceptional public speaking skills and strong facilitation and stage presence.
• Strong knowledge of U.S. foreign policy and global issues.
• Superior communication skills and good judgment.
• Excellent organization, time management, and attention to detail.
• Experience managing complex budgets.
• Ability to work independently or with a team, and with a range of individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

• Experience with at least one of the following: management and leadership training and development, change management, human-centered design, innovation and creativity training, online learning, personality and behavioral assessments.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performances of duties require the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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