Professional Development Training Specialist

Job ID: 5728

Date posted: 5/22/2019

  • Department: Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
  • Schedule: Full Time
  • Shift: Days
  • Hours: 8:30-5:00
  • Location: Tufts Medical Center
Job Details:

Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), one of more than 60 organizations supported by NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs), was established in 2008 to transform the scientific research process through education, collaboration and the provision of infrastructure services. Tufts CTSI accelerates translation of laboratory research into clinical use, medical practice, and health policy. In addition to its work with Tufts University, Tufts Medical Center, and its other partner organizations, Tufts CTSI contributes to the broader CTSA network.

Tufts CTSI’s Professional Development program provides education and training for all members of clinical and translational research teams across Tufts CTSI partners in the forms of in-person seminars, workshops, and online learning using I LEARN (, Learning Management System (LMS). These offerings advance Tufts CTSI partners’ knowledge and skills, and create collaborations that lead to innovative translational research.

Under the supervision of the Manager of Instructional Design and Technology, the Professional Development Training Specialist is responsible for collaborating with Tufts CTSI partner faculty and staff in the design and delivery of seminars (in-person or online), workshops, and other special educational outreach events for research teams and other stakeholders. Additionally, the Professional Development Training Specialist is responsible for supporting effective and meaningful use of technology in all program activities, including the development of learning resources, and retooling of courses and course segments to electronic delivery methods.


Plan and deliver professional education events (both synchronous and asynchronous) such as online training, live seminars, workshops, and symposia, in collaboration with Tufts CTSI faculty, staff, and other stakeholders. Specific job activities include:

Live event project planning and management:

Execute and manage the development of educational seminars and training including project timeline, event print and web materials, and communications in collaboration with the program faculty and staff.

Supervise live seminar production on the day of event as a production runner such as monitoring webcast chats and coordinating with media production crews about A/V needs.

Create, maintain, and upload online seminar materials including lecture videos, PowerPoint slides, and other resource materials (print and web) for I LEARN, LMS.

Instructional design, curriculum development, and learning technology support:

Collaborate with faculty and project managers on defining learning goals and objectives, scheduling event planning committees, and tracking benchmarks and milestones.

Support the program’s educational initiatives such as documenting, updating and maintaining curriculum and assessment resources.

Train the faculty and staff on the use of I LEARN and provide frontline response to any I LEARN support inquiries.

Work closely with the Communication Manager to create training documentation such as how-to guides for end users. 

Staff training:

Organize and deliver ongoing Tufts CTSI staff technology training.

Liaise with IT departments about professional development needs in technology tools for faculty, staff, and students.

Coordinate with internal operations and IT development staff to further integrate new learning technologies into existing processes.

Operational support for the Professional Development program and special projects:


Coordinate meeting scheduling, agendas, minutes, & follow-up communications where applicable

Track deliverables and timelines.

Track expenses for the annual budget.

Collect data and prepare information for reports as needed.

Assist with program evaluation and training such as attendance records and generating assessment reports.

Perform other job related duties as requested or required.


Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree in education, especially instructional technology, learning technologies, curriculum and instruction, or related fields preferred.

3-5 years of experience training adult learners, especially faculty. Working knowledge of contemporary and emerging adult learning principles and instructional design practices.

An equivalent combination of education and experience, which provides proficiency in the areas of responsibility listed above, may be substituted for the above education and experience requirements.

Curriculum development or teaching experience is highly desirable.

Event planning or project management experience.

Excellent organizational skills; ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects concurrently, work to a deadline, high attention to detail.

Excellent self-management skills and ability to work both independently and as a part of a collaborative team.

High degree of professionalism and capacity to manage relationships with a variety of individuals with differing seniority and expertise.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Introductory knowledge of current web standards & tools and the interest in and ability to quickly learn new technical skills is essential. Experience with LMS, eLearning content authoring tools, or other multimedia creation, such as video production and editing, or equivalent, is a plus.

Ability to maintain positive teamwork and service-oriented culture under high stress conditions and deadlines.


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