Learning And Development Specialist (2024)

Oregon Youth Authority is seeking a dynamic and dedicated Learning and Development Specialist at the Oregon Juvenile Justice Training Academy located in Salem. This pivotal role involves consulting, designing, planning, coordinating, publicizing, delivering, and evaluating a wide range of training opportunities for employees within the Oregon Juvenile Justice system and across the state of Oregon. The ideal candidate will be committed to integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into all aspects of their work, from decision-making and policy development to everyday practices and processes.

In this position, you will develop and facilitate training curriculums that reflect our agency’s mission and values. Your responsibilities will include creating classroom and online content, training materials, modules, and teaching aids, all through a DEI lens. Additionally, you will act as a “Broker” to designated sections of the agency, advising and supporting new employees and management in meeting their training needs.

Key duties include implementing and coordinating training programs, advising on trending training needs, on-boarding new staff, and customizing in-service training programs. You will collaborate with cross-departmental experts to develop comprehensive and inclusive course materials. A commitment to equity, excellent communication skills, and strong organizational abilities are essential for success in this role. If you are passionate about fostering equitable and just outcomes for all youth and staff, we encourage you to apply.

Top Duties of the Position:

Develop and facilitate training curriculums in areas such as youth development, leadership, safety and security, and milieu management.

Work with diverse OYA programs throughout the state to coordinate, implement, and continuously improve training programs.

Develop positive working relationships with agency staff and managers through active participation in accomplishing group projects and in identifying and resolving problems in a constructive manner.

Additional Information:

Hybrid Telework: This position is eligible for a flexible remote work schedule, and you will be required to come into the office as needed. Remote work is evaluated periodically to ensure business needs are being met and can be adjusted at any time.

Comprehensive and equitable base salary offer within the listed range based on your experience, skills and education. For more information on pay equity, click here.

The salary range listed is the non-PERS participating rate. If you are already a participating PERS member or once you become PERS eligible, the salary range will increase by 6%. Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.

This position receives annual increases on anniversary date until the maximum of the salary range is reached.

  • This recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies as they occur.
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Tentative Recruitment Schedule:

  • 1st Round Interviews scheduled for June 21, 2024 (virtual interview)
  • 2nd Round Interviews scheduled for June 28, 2024 (in-person interview)


At OYA, diversity, equity, and inclusion are more than just words on a page. To meet our mission and live our values as an agency, DEI must be at the heart of all we do. We support cultural competence, develop teams and cultivate leaders in ways that are equitable to everyone, especially people of color, those who identify as LGBTQ+, or those from other marginalized communities. We are explicit and intentional as we identify resources that all our youth and staff need to grow and prosper. Our DEI work connects closely with our culture of positive human development, with safe and supportive environments where everyone is held accountable and connected to their community. The end goal is to protect the public and reduce crime by holding youth accountable and providing opportunities for reformation in safe environments.

If you are looking to join a team that values individual and cultural differences, with the opportunity to contribute to youth reformation by enriching our workforce with diversity, OYA wants to hear from you! People of color, women, and other members of historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply!

For more information please visit www.oregon.gov/oya.

**Would you like to learn more about this position and OYA? Join us on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays between 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. for OYA Career Chats.

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What’s in it for You?
OYA values our employees and recognizes the importance of a healthy work/life balance. We offer flexible work schedules for most positions and a comprehensive benefits package. This includes low-cost, high-coverage health insurance, generous time-off policies, and a competitive retirement plan. Additionally, our employees may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Explore the advantages of a career in Oregon state government by clicking here.

This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU/OPEU). By joining and maintaining your membership with SEIU Local 503, the following benefits are available to you such as:

  • $2,500 life insurance policy paid for by your union, SEIU Local 503. This policy is in effect if you are an active member.
  • Up to $200,000 of additional life insurance can be purchased. Up to $100,000 member life, $40,000 spouse and $10,000 child is guaranteed within the first 90 days of new union membership.
  • Short Term Disability insurance is guaranteed if purchased within the first 90 days of new union membership.
  • Legal insurance enrollment is available to purchase within the first 90 days of new union membership.
  • Tuition reimbursem*nt.

For more information on SEIU, please click here.

What You Need To Qualify:

  • Five years of work experience designing, planning, and implementing adult education courses, or applying web-based technologies in a blended learning environment; OR
  • Five years of work experience designing, planning, and implementing organizational development strategies.

A bachelor’s degree in Education, Organizational Psychology, Business or Public Administration, Training and Development, Human Resources, Organizational Behavior, or related field may substitute for three years of the work experience stated above.

Special Requirement:

  • Driver’s License: Driving is an essential function of this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s).

Required Skills:

In-depth knowledge of accepted training practices and theories

Instructional design theory

Project management skills

Experienced in summarizing and presenting data information.

Knowledge and experience in developing e-learning and virtual trainings

High level computer and software skills (MS Office, Captivate, Flash)

Attention to detail with the ability to coordinate, document and track training events and trainers assignments

Proficient in the development and facilitation of training curriculums.

DESIRED ATTRIBUTES/APPLICATION SCORING CRITERIA: If you have these qualities, let us know! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!

Note: You do not need to have all of these qualities to be eligible for this position.

  • Ability to utilize a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens in all areas of the work.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to convey complex information clearly and effectively
  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively and building positive team environments.

How to apply:

  • Ensure your application and/or resume thoroughly reflect your skills, experience (both lived and professional), knowledge, and/or education pertinent to this position, including how you meet the minimum qualifications and desired attributes.
  • Submit a comprehensive application or upload a detailed resume, including dates of employment and descriptions of duties/responsibilities for each position.
  • COVER LETTER REQUIRED: Include a cover letter providing in-depth details about how your experience, skills, and/or knowledge that align with the desired attributes for the position. Use headers for each attribute you meet. Limit the cover letter to no more than 2 pages. Ensure the document is in PDF format for accessibility.
  • Following the submission of your application, promptly respond to the public records request authorization and gender identity questionnaire. If you’re an employee, these tasks will be in your Workday inbox.
  • Veterans may receive preference; indicate your veteran status if applicable.

Additional Information

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we are here to serve. OYA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be individualized based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.” The more diverse we are, the better our work will be.

Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process. For assistance regarding reasonable accommodation or for alternative format please contact OYA Recruitment at 971-345-1236. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.

Pre-employment Checks:

In keeping with our mission, OYA will conduct a criminal record check, per OAR 416 Division 800, a driving record background check and a vulnerable population abuse and neglect check. Information obtained about an individual is confidential. An individual who refuses to consent to a criminal records/background check shall be disqualified from consideration in the position for which you applied. All applicants are subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as fingerprint based on criminal records check, pre-employment drug screening and/or education verification as required for the position.

In 2003 Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the first federal civil statue focused specifically on addressing sexual violence in juvenile facilities, jails, prisons, and other facilities. In recognition of the rights, safety, and well-being of the youth we serve you will be asked specific questions about your background to ensure our hiring and promotion practices comply with the National PREA standards.

All positions in OYA will require the incumbent to serve as a “mandatory reporter” of child abuse.

Visa Sponsorship:

We do not offer Visa sponsorship. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US. OYA uses E-Verify to confirm that applicants are authorized to work in the United States.

Have Questions?:

For questions about the job announcement, contact our Recruitment Team OYAjobs@oya.oregon.gov

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