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Instructional Designer

GP Strategies
Groton, Connecticut
September 28, 2022
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Instructional Designer

GP Strategies Corporation is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies’ solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers

What we do

GP Strategies has been on the cutting edge of innovative performance improvement solutions for over 50 years. Serving more than 16 diverse industries, GP Strategies is a leader in managed learning services, digital learning strategies & solutions, leadership development, human capital management solutions, sales and technical training, and engineering services. Our commitment to crafting impactful solutions and delivering extraordinary service helps us attract the brightest minds-professionals who are aligned with our core vision and values. As one of the few truly global performance improvement companies out there, our services, solutions, and technologies empower companies to perform above their potential.

The GP Strategies Content Design and Development team is a premier provider of custom training programs, including:

  • Custom online courses with full audio, media, and learner interactivity
  • Instructor-led and virtual instructor-led trainings
  • Podcasts, recorded presentations, print deliverables, and knowledge assessments
  • Delivery to global audiences in North America, EMEA, Asia-Pacific, and LATAM


Provide instructional expertise and design direction for all assigned projects by interfacing with client stakeholders and cross-functional project team members to deliver award-winning and industry-leading learning solutions. The ideal candidate has US Navy experience. This position is onsite in Groton, CT. US citizenship and a Secret clearance (or above) are required.

Key aspects of this position are to:

  • Identify our clients’ performance improvement needs
  • Design effective training solutions within project budgets and project expectations
  • Support the development team toward successful creation of the vision
  • Ensure the overall project quality and success

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Analyze instructional needs by:
    • Investigating the solution requirements
    • Interpreting business conditions
    • Identifying the audience
  • Collaborate to create design documentation including:
    • Project goals
    • Training objectives
    • Measurement/evaluation plans
    • Multiple solutions to the same problem
    • Course content
    • Scenarios/scripts
    • Advanced media builds
    • Practice activities
    • Evaluations
  • Network and partner with internal and external stakeholders to provide strategic instructional direction
  • Design instructional solutions to ensure an effective learning experience for a variety of audiences
  • Partner with other team members to craft and develop the solution(s)-team members may include specialists in project management, writing, editing, and media/graphics
  • Perform within a variety of team and workflow structures ranging from traditional/waterfall to agile
  • Build effective working relationships with SMEs to efficiently gather content information and feedback.
  • Represent a familiarity with a variety of modalities including but not limited to e-learning, ILT, VILT, interactive multimedia instruction (IMI), and self-study as well as programs and curricula
  • When necessary and appropriate, work with teammates to draft learning materials
  • Interpret and organize complex topics and processes into content that is clear, organized, and easy to retain
  • Direct personal development by actively identifying new areas for one’s own learning.
  • Actively engage in our broader community of instructional designers
  • Regularly attend learning opportunities and apply newly gained knowledge and skills on the job

Optional skills:

  • Support client engagements that range from project-based to dedicated commitments
  • Specialized experience with specific types of learning content (technical, social, sales, job skills, or compliance)
  • Specialized experience with government, DOD, military, etc.
  • Create online courseware with rapid development content tools, especially Captivate
  • Create adjunct online deliverables including product data sheets, comparison charts, e-mail blasts, course descriptions, and website copy
  • Familiarity with a variety of learning experience modalities and conditions including but not limited to VR, AR, social platforms (e.g., Intrepid, Degreed, EdX, NovoEd), gamification, game-based learning, accessibility, and reporting
  • Familiarity with diverse populations of learners, and the specific and nuanced needs of each, in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion


  • Instructional design background including strong knowledge of adult learning theory, learner needs, blended learning, modern learning experiences, and delivery of content
  • Ability to incorporate the most effective, leading-edge instructional approaches
  • Ability to communicate effectively and influence stakeholders
  • Conceptual and strategic thinker, team player, excellent communication skills with clients and coworkers
  • Attention to detail and strong work ethic
  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously under aggressive deadlines (project management and time management skills)


Two years’ experience within learning and training projects in a government, military, DOD, or corporate environment. Bachelor’s degree in information design, instructional development, human-computer interaction, HR, or related fields preferred. Equivalent experience may substitute.

Why join us?

Diversity comes naturally to us at GP Strategies. With more than 4000 employees in over 30 countries, being diverse is second nature. Yet, it’s more than just about location, our style focuses on performance and revolves around respect, fairness and working collectively to achieve our goals. We support our people, no matter who they are, or where they are from because they have different perspectives and attitudes. That’s how ideas are born and enable us to work smarter.

It just makes sense that we cater for a range of different circumstances, offering flexible work practices designed to let you fit in work around your life, not the other way around.

This Position Description is intended to describe the essential job functions, the general supplemental functions and the essential requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of all supplemental duties, responsibilities, or non-essential requirements.

GP Strategies is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status.