Thor Solutions


Instructional Systems Design Specialist (ISD)
Work LocationNewport, RI
Position Code1315-20160823
Public Job Description

Thor Solutions, LLC, (THOR) is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing mission critical support to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and commercial maritime domains. 

THOR provides innovative and tailored expertise in project/program management, engineering, technical, consulting, and administrative services in support of U.S. warfighters and mariners.

THOR is honored to support solution development, implementation, and execution for our nation's most complex maritime challenges.

Thor Solutions , LLC (THOR) is seeking full-time Instructional System Design Specialist to join our team of qualified, talented, and diverse individuals.  This position is located in the Learning Standards Office, Curriculum Development and Revision Branch of Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) Newport, RI.

As the Center of Excellence, SWOS is responsible for the training and education of the surface combat systems workforce and provides such training via myriad training delivery methods (e.g., Instructor-led Training, Interactive Courseware, Computer Based Training, blended training solutions, etc.). The training delivery projects include Sharable Content Object Resource Model (SCORM) compliant courseware delivered via the Navy Integrated Learning Environment (ILE), Modeling / Simulation initiatives, and Instructor-led training. All training materials comply with the Naval Education and Training (NETC) standard, and Authoring Instructional Materials (AIM) Content Planning Module (CPM) / Learning Object Model (LOM) software tool. 

General Duty Description: 

The Instructional System Design Specialist will be responsible for developing and revising Navy training materials and educational instruction that is based on learning objectives in CPM. The ISD Specialist must be able to work closely with colleagues, managers and other educators to determine needs throughout the design process.  This person must be an expert in:

•          Assessing learner needs and styles
•          Defining learning objectives
•          Creating the learning environment and content materials
•          Implementing the training and evaluating the effectiveness of the curriculum

Security Clearance Requirement:  Must be eligible and able to obtain a Secret clearance.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Experience: 

•          A bachelor’s degree in Education, Psychology or Instructional Systems Design. Or recent STEM Graduate from ODU or similar program from other college/university.
•          Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking and writing so others will understand.
•          Excellent writing, communication, analytical and instructional design skills.
•          Ability to collaborate with Fleet Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), training course supervisors and instructors, and Graphic Artists to develop curriculum and instructional multi-media (IMM).
•          Proven effectiveness as a team member to successfully deliver projects on time and within budget.
•          Experience researching technical material and working flexibly with subject matter experts.
•          Experience working in a focused, dynamic, fast-paced team environment with accountable deadlines.
•          Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Strong oral and written communication skills Experience with web or e-learning production, Learning Management systems (LMS), SCORM, Section 508, and common web development applications.
•         Experience designing desktop simulations.
•          Experience conducting instructional course development and course revisions. 
•          Experience developing, maintaining, and correcting/revising of training support material including, but not limited to, lesson plans, presentations, and student guides. 
•          Individual personnel must provide proof of past experience in these areas:

  • Learning theory, psychology of learning, educational psychology: Study of learning theories as they relate to the systematic design, development, and validation of instructional material.

  • Instructional design practices: Study of the principles and techniques used in designing training programs, developing design strategy and models, and applying design methods to the improvement of instructional effectiveness.

  • Educational evaluation: Study of the techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of instructional/educational programs, including developing written and performance tests and survey instruments, and determining reliability and validity of evaluation instruments.

  • Instructional product development: Study of the techniques appropriate for developing training materials, including identifying learner characteristics, specifying objectives, applying training strategy, validating training materials, and evaluating training.

  • Computers in education and training: Study of the application of computers in education and training, including selecting appropriate computer software.

•          Implements adult learning theory into design deliverables, courseware, and supplemental training materials.
•          Ability to align identified tasks and skills to learning objectives which are observable and measurable.
•          Ability to compare task data obtained from Occupation Standards (OCCSTD), and Job Duty Task Analysis (JDTA) to existing training course documents (Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS), Rate Training Manual (RTM) and learning objectives) to identify training gaps and/or redundancies.
•          Preferred 1-3 Years’ experience in same/similar job
•          Preferred 2 years of instructional analysis experience in the Navy/DoD Training domain.
•          Preferred 2 years’ experience with the conduct of such evaluation studies to demonstrate an understanding of how evaluation results are obtained.
•          Preferred 2 years’ experience utilizing findings and recommendations from comprehensive evaluation studies of Navy training courses, including evaluation of instructor delivery, student achievement, alignment to Fleet requirements, and course curriculum, to develop effective solutions to training gaps with the goal of improved job performance.
•          Design effective, concise, creative and high quality instructional learning materials for Engineering Sailors PQS/RTM.

    Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.