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Principal Technical Course Developer

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JOB SUMMARY:

The Principal Technical Course Developer position facilitates the design and delivery of role-based self-paced, web-based, virtual, blended, and instructor led courseware for ACI’s strategic products and processes. Fosters a collaborative working environment with the Technical Training Instructor and cross-functional subject matter experts to create new high-technology, in-depth course designs and course modules. Maintains existing course modules and analysis of new modules needed to meet business requirements. Leads other instructional design resource within the department on large, multifaceted curriculum deliverables. Designs hands-on learner labs and exercises along with supporting technology requirements to demonstrate student comprehension of course objectives. Uses data from a variety of sources to analyze needs and propose sound high-technology, in-depth training solutions. Uses industry knowledge, and self-directed research to maintain awareness of learning industry trends, and recommends innovative tactics to deliver the team’s objectives. Leads group to identify training gaps within the target skillset. Acts as an extension of Learning Services leadership in the participation of special strategic assignments as needed. Participates in delivery methodology discussions and decisions. Evaluates effectiveness of high-technology learning programs. Reviews department training programs for effectiveness and recommends future actions to improve and increase training content quality, effectiveness, presentation, and audience adoption. Oversees projects for the training staff. Responsible for team development assignments and programs as needed.

DIMENSIONS:
Standard work environment
Majority of time spent on PC (Phys. Req.)
Travel required including international and weekend travel

JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES:

Understand and Adhere to all Corporate Policies to include but not limited to ACI Code of Ethics and Global Information Security.
Oversees projects for the training staff and ensure that business requirements are clear, learning competencies are defined, updates are provided and deadlines are met.
Facilitates the design and delivery of high-technology, in-depth training programs which may be self-paced, web-based, virtual, blended, and/or in-person instructor led courses related to content with input from subject matter experts.
Develops Subject-Matter-Expert-level knowledge on assigned content of multiple ACI products and acts as a SME within Learning Services and across ACI.
Quantitatively evaluates effectiveness of eLearning programs and their alignment with the corporate vision, mission and values, as well as role-based curriculum plans.
Works with leaders across departments to analyze internal training requirements, designs and scripts training for SME to conduct and/or record.
Builds and enforces best practice standards for all learning modules.
Conducts feedback on all courses conducted, conducts user experience round tables to gather information for future requirements for products, will anticipate and defend customer needs for training.
Communicates with course participants after courses to identify future needs.
Publishes online course modules.
Creates comprehensive role-based, high-technology curriculum plans and project plans required to deliver them.
Manages curriculum design assignments and directs team contributors to ensure all training deliverables and timelines are met within the assigned curriculum plan.
Provides motivation, coaching, mentoring and leadership to fellow team members. Acts as the onboarding mentor for new team members and is responsible for recommending and leading team member development programs as assigned.
Represents the team in pre-sales activities as needed to ensure proper quoting and scoping of Learning Services in customer-facing contract language.
Aids in the definition and implementation of departmental methodologies within Learning Services and in collaboration with other departments to ensure successful deployment and adoption of Learning Services policies and procedures.
Collaborates with Learning Services leadership and represents LS leadership objectives on special projects as assigned.
Proactively identifies gaps and opportunities and advises Learning Services Leadership.
Develops and demonstrates deep ACI product knowledge on assigned content and acts as a department SME on multiple ACI products.
Creates a network of ACI contacts as key stakeholders and contributors, and exercises relationships to enable Learning Services goal attainment.
Performs self-assessment of skills and proactively dialogs with Learning Services leadership on goals and self-development objectives.
Perform other duties as assigned.
 

Contacts
• Internal contacts include Business Analysts, Product Managers, Developers, Architects, Customer Support, Information Development, QA, etc.

External contacts include customers, prospect, third party software provider and vendors, etc..

 

Communication
• Networks and partners with key internal and external contacts to achieve desired results.
• Will communicate with executive management at customer sites with a more senior ACI person in attendance.
• Communicates internally at all levels in the company on requirements and market issues.
• Communicates regularly with Subject Matter Experts.
• Coaches other customer facing software engineers
• Communicates regularly with product architects.
• Provides guidance and direction to less experienced trainers utilizing strong technical and training skills
• Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing
• Influences stakeholders by building consensus and gaining commitment to solutions
• Comfortable and utilizes social networking methods for customer training offerings
Comfortable with social networking
• Adjusts to the listener/receiver
• Ensure Understanding
• Adheres to accepted spoken/written conversations
• Exhibits etiquette and professionalism in written/email communications
• Overcomes language, jargon or cultural barriers to communication
Customer Focus
• Comfortable with field training- capable of giving demo calls, building good relations with customers
• Builds solid relationships with customers and end-users
• Identifies customer partners and end-users for aid in building future courses
• Communicates with customers and end-users for input on areas of content development
• Designs and leads Customer roundtables using tools from UXD group.
• Pro-actively works to identify opportunities for conducting field research with target users via training courses or otherwise
• Pro-actively works to identify opportunities for conducting field research with internal stakeholders (e.g., Customer Support, Sales, etc..

Innovation
• Routinely tackles the organization to confront challenges and capitalize on opportunities
• Seeks out ways to distinguish the product and elevate the organization’s ability to execute by capitalizing on market trends and/or payment process efficiencies.
• Uses Social Networking advantageously for ACI Customer training

Learning and Development
• Approaches one’s own professional development and that of the other individuals in the organization as one
• Creates an atmosphere where individuals and the status quo is routinely challenged
• Working towards or has achieved the Certification of Professionals in Learning and Performance (CPLP)

Planning and Organizing
• Provides manager with resource allocation plan for self, plus provides input on business Approaches one’s own professional development and that of the other individuals in the organization as one
• Creates an atmosphere where individuals and the status quo is routinely challenged
• Provides demand drivers to capacity planning activities.
• Compares project plans to budgeted spend, and identifies options to ratify differences.
• Will routinely help others. As a result, may fall behind on one’s own deliverables, but will typically ensure there is no impact on the schedule

Problem Solving
• Can clearly articulate a market problem and the relevance in solving the market problem as it relates to the market segment he/she supports. Can logically and concisely explain how a market problem can be solved by ACI’s product set, or a new approach.
• Can present multiple options to fund product investment to senior management.
• Routinely completes market requirements driving originality and product differentiation
• Ability to deliver a unique market solution not only as a result of invention, but by integrating with other ACI products and solutions to result in unique value in the market.
• Day-to-day work typically requires a working knowledge of customer tasks, business issues, market trends, and advanced technologies.
• May have an area of product expertise, but has broad working knowledge
• Selects the best approach to funding product investment to all levels of management at ACI, or in conjunction with sales for a customer contract.
• Looks across the company’s product portfolio deriving uniqueness through leverage and integration

Professionalism
• Envisions the future and seeks to alter it positively
• Has earned the respect of key people across the company
• Has impact and influence at a corporate level
• Accepts responsibility and accountability for decisions and actions.

Relationship Building
• Creates an atmosphere that encourages a healthy interchange resulting in increased respect amongst participants
• Is accepted as a role model
• Models commitment to the team or work group
• Confronts others with ill-defined ideas and/or approaches. The learning experience for others results in a tighter-knit, more cohesive team
• Networks and partners with key internal and external contacts to achieve desired results

Work Ethics
• Rallies others on a routine basis to further develop organizational principles to further the culture

 

 

MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree in Instructional Design or equivalent experience required.
Experience in a high-technology environment, including operating systems such as Windows and Linux, and databases such as Oracle and PostgreSQL, is preferred.
Knowledge of HTML and user experience design is preferred.
7-8 years’ experience in design, development, implementation and assessment of in-depth, high-technology course development and training delivery.
Project planning, team project leadership, and a demonstrated ability to deliver high-quality technology course design on time.
Experience writing content for both classroom and interactive web applications such as eLearning.
Thorough knowledge of the Captivate and Articulate software packages is preferred.
Understanding of Adult Learning Theory and the facilitation of adult learning in a high-technology environment encompassing multiple delivery and facilitation formats.
Written and verbal English language fluency.

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