Park District of Oak Park

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This is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Human Resources and Risk Management. The compensation has a starting salary of $64,247.00. Our benefit package includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending account, 457 plan(s), IMRF Pension, tuition reimbursement, professional training opportunities, vacation, holidays, sick time and personal days. The work schedule is primarily Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm with working evenings and weekends based on training and business needs.

Job Purpose:

The Training and Innovation Manager is responsible for identifying, designing, planning, implementing, delivering in-person, virtual and online learning solutions and overall managing the Park District’s Training, Development, and Innovation programs.

Essential functions:

Plans, researches, designs and develops a diverse selection of curriculum, training programs and delivery methods for classroom and web-based (synchronous and asynchronous) for district staff, including new staff, first-time job staff, early career staff and experienced supervisors/managers.
Perform needs assessment and gap analysis; proactively identify training needs and present recommendations for targeted training solutions.
Works with all departments to ensure that onboarding and on-going training is conducted that keeps the Park District in compliance with all federal, state, health/safety guidelines and requirements.
Reviews existing training programs/plans and develops full-time, part-time and seasonal training plans/paths with supervisory staff for all positions within the Park District.
Plans, schedules, and notifies staff of mandatory training programs.
Facilitate, deliver training programs and/or presentations on a variety of content such as orientation, supervisory skills/effectiveness, interviewing, performance management, coaching, soft skills, technical skills, compliance and other specific job skills as identified.
Research and evaluate training courses and programs offered elsewhere that may be beneficial in improving staff’s skills, knowledge, abilities and professional growth. E.g. PDRMA, Paycom, Consultants
Bring innovation, efficiency, and business acumen to the instructional design and development process, recommending appropriate instructional approaches and technologies, Develop interactive and responsive online solutions such as videos and interactive documents or courses
Chairperson for the Innovation Committee that researches innovative ideas in the park and recreation industry and outside the industry and analyze the applicability to the District and ease of implementation.
Directs internal cross-departmental working groups to develop and implement innovative ideas and special projects.
Serve as the LMS (Learning Management System) Administrator by setting up training paths, courses and classes in the LMS. This also involves retrieving reports as well as following up on open/past due assignments and leading users/content audits.
Serve as the catalyst of innovation for the agency to create an organization of excellence.
Collaborate with departments to proactively identify meaningful opportunities for inclusivity, process improvements throughout employee engagement programs and training initiatives.
Manage the Park District’s idea sharing platform on Launch Pad.
Participate in collaborative sessions and other internal training efforts to brainstorm on process improvement efforts and improve industry and company knowledge and skills.
Maintains Park District records, files and databases; including training records, personnel files, project files, and related correspondence.
Creates and manages the ongoing Standard Operating Procedures within Human Resources and Risk
Updates Districts Procedures and Policies annually through the District’s intranet system, the HUB.
Additional Functions:

Coordinates with vendors as needed
Remains current in technologies essential for effective training, development and innovation project development and management.
Assists with Special projects as assigned within Human Resources and Risk
Work at special events (i.e. Fall Fest, Day in Our Village, Frank Lloyd Wright Race)
Serves on assigned committees upon request (i.e. Safety, Innovation Committee, etc.)
Knowledge, Skills, and Work Experience Required:

Bachelor’s Degree (4-year) in Education, Organizational Development, Instructional Design, Human Resources or related area.
Certification in Organizational Development, Learning & Development or comparable training recommended
2 years’ experience designing, developing and delivering in-person, virtual and online training.
Strong knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of adult education and training and instructional design techniques.
Previous experience conducting needs assessments and evaluations
Experience with Learning Management Systems or HR Information Management Systems
Basic Multi-media experience, instructional design skills, visual design skills
Project Management skills: ability to manage projects to completion
Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint – Features and presentation design, Excel, Outlook)
Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skill
Strong oral and written communication skills
Certification in advanced Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) within 3 months of employment and keep certification current. The District provides this training.
Work Environment, Physical Demands and Considerations:

This position reports to the office in-person. No remote work
Frequently – Sitting, walking, standing, typing.
Occasionally – Climbing, balancing, stooping.
Strength – Work requires handling average weight (up to 25 lbs.) materials or equipment.
Other requirements may include talking, hearing, and seeing to perform the following necessary duties: Operate assigned office equipment including, but not limited to computers, printers, copiers, and telephones.
Normal office conditions for majority of work; may include occasional light and temperature variations.
Prolonged hours seated at a desk.
May include prolonged hours of computer use.
Ability to handle possible stressful situations, including meeting deadlines
Ability to present ideas and recommendations in a concise verbal and written manner.
Ability to understand and carry out verbal and/or written instructions efficiently and effectively.
Ability to handle questions, complaints and concerns from the public or staff in a friendly, courteous and professional manner.
Ability to perform duties with initiative, accuracy, sound judgement, persistence, integrity, tact and courtesy
Special Requirements – It is the express responsibility of the Training and Innovation Manager to maintain the essential confidentiality of assigned duties. Violation of this responsibility will be considered cause for dismissal subject to the Personnel Policy Manual.


Internal: Park District Employees

External: Patrons of Park District; Oak Park residents

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, functions or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, functions, activities or responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.

The Park District of Oak Park is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer!

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