Instructional Design Manager

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What Airbnb is looking for in applicants

Airbnb is a mission-driven company dedicated to helping create a world where anyone can belong anywhere. It takes a unified team committed to our core values to achieve this goal. Airbnb's various functions embody the company's innovative spirit and our fast-moving team is committed to leading as a 21st century company.

About Airbnb:

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list,

discover, and book unique travel experiences
around the world. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month,
Airbnb allows people to Belong Anywhere through unique travel experiences at any price point
in more than 85,000 cities and over 190 countries. We promote a culture of curiosity, humanity,
and creativity through our product, brand and most importantly, our people.

What you’ll do

  • Partner with the Training Leadership team in identifying and prioritizing organization training development needs
  • Recommend instructional methodologies, such as bite-size vignettes, simulation exercises, and classroom facilitation as appropriate for organizational requirements, learning outcomes and learner characteristics
  • Develop and employ internal quality assurance standards for Community Support training curricula
  • Recommend changes to curricula or delivery methodologies, based on real-time data, such as instructional effectiveness, current or future performance of audience, feasibility and costs
  • Contribute to the design, development, and continuous evolvement of Training technology and tooling, ensuring the Instructional Design team is at the forefront of industry and professional advancements
  • Partner with the Training Leadership team to ensure all development projects are in alignment with business priorities and Operations audience expectations; developing realistic timelines based on team resource capacity
  • Collaborate with external training content vendors to ensure cost-effective, high-quality learning program design and deployment; as and when programmatic needs dictate
  • Design and continuously improve upon instructional design planning, tracking and program governance mechanisms
  • Support the Training Leadership team in preparing business review reports, presentations, and other communications to illustrate global team value, effectiveness and impact
  • Set team and individual performance objectives, conduct performance reviews, recognize and reward performance, in turn ensuring the team realize their professional goals
  • Create and maintain an internal onboarding process for new Instructional Designer team members

What you need to succeed 

  • A minimum of 2-3 years of training or teaching experience with adult learners
  • A minimum of 5 years of working as a people leader, managing instructional design teams  
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience designing, developing, and implementing blended training solutions
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training methods and solutions
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of instructional technologies and related applications
  • Intermediate knowledge of e-learning standards, tools, and blended learning approaches
  • Intermediate understanding and proficiency with current versions of Articulate Storyline & Rise 360, Adobe Captivate, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Illustrator and other related training technology (not necessarily working directly with applications at a professional level)
  • Intermediate knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, content production frameworks, and coordination of people and resources
  • Intermediate knowledge of learning technology applications, systems, and associated industry trends and insight
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills with experience in collaborating with people from varying cultures with different perspectives and opinions
  • Understanding of Kirkpatrick’s Model of Learning Evaluation, and the implementation of training and learning benchmarks, effectiveness and impact metrics; indicative of training productivity, up to operational return on investment
  • A strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, customer service, relationship building, and collaborative performance development
  • Strong aesthetic, design composition, and typographic abilities 
  • Demonstrable practice writing effective copy, instructional text, audio scripts, and video scripts 
  • Proficient in the use of the Google Suite (Google docs) in a fast-paced collaborative environment 
  • Proficient working in a Mac environment

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