The Learning Design Specialist will design learning content for Larkin Street staff and clients. The Learning Design Specialist will work in partnership with the Director of Employee Development & Training to coordinate, design and deliver training for Case Managers, Residential Counselors, and Program Teams in collaboration with the Chief of Talent and the Program Directors. This role will be an integral part of the team, with primary responsibility for creating effective learning experiences to support Larkin Street’s new LMS.

This role is ideal for candidates who have some experience in instructional design, graphic design, video production & editing, and digital arts. This training content will support the work of every department within the organization and will be tailored to meet the needs of staff at varying career stages.

Success in this role requires the ability to merge creative ideas with tactical execution while incorporating a passion and curiosity about new and emerging technologies. Project management skills will help the successful candidate to handle multiple work streams and generate high-quality deliverables.  Success also requires balancing listening to needs with asserting new ideas, and the ability to merge both into a valuable user experience.

The Learning Design Specialist will also support the Director of Employee Development & Training in the coordination, facilitation and evaluation of in-person trainings.

The Learning Design Specialist will also have the opportunity to interact with staff and clients to gain feedback from subject matter experts, serve as a group facilitator, and advocate, participating in creating and sustaining a positive learning environment.


  • Support the coordination and management of the Employee Development & Training program across Larkin Street.
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts (internal and external) to clarify course objectives and collect content
  • Generate ideas for design mockups and storyboards based on course objectives and available content
  • Ensure training aligns with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiative.
  • Create project plans for each course; execute deliverables on time
  • Produce and edit audio and video elements as needed
  • Produce and edit text, images and diagrams for user guides as needed
  • Beta test and revise courses as needed, using rigorous attention to detail
  • Incorporate feedback from users as needed, constantly elevating the level of product and service
  • Design and execute group facilitation of content
  • Actively seek to build knowledge of the learning and development space with particular attention to technology; shares and uses new technology in developing online learning content
  • With the support from the Director, evaluate or provide evaluation measures to ensure employees are adequately implementing the desired knowledge and skills.
  • Support a small, lean team with whatever is needed (team will have ‘all hands on deck’ approach); examples include but not limited to organizing training logistics, testing tech infrastructure, editing content for other projects, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Participate in strategic planning for the ongoing development of Larkin Street Learning
  • Join and sometimes facilitate group sessions with staff and clients
  • Work with the Director to establish training needs to address agency outcomes and objectives.
  • Ensure the recording of training data (attendance, evaluations) for grant reports ensuring compliance with grants and budgets.
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings
  • Be an excellent collaborator with all stakeholders in the agency



  • Exceptional organizational skills with reliability and consistency in work performance
  • Flexibility with a team player mentality
  • Ability to work with minimal to moderate supervision
  • An extreme focus on good judgment with a proactive approach to problem-solving
  • Ability to maintain professional demeanor with great interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task with the capability to learn quickly and integrate efficiently
  • Maintain professional standards of performance, demeanor, and appearance
  • Perform tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with agency policies and standards and conforming to the requirements of this job description
  • Maintain a creative, team-building, cooperative approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks
  • Maintain an awareness of the agency’s mission and work to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies
  • Ability to work with a diverse staff and excel in a multi-cultural environment
  • Requires ability to lift, transfer, push/pull, maneuver, and reposition 25 lbs.
  • Ability to reach, bend, and walk
  • Finger manipulation
  • Ability to comprehend complex materials
  • Capability to learn quickly and integrate efficiently
  • Ability to speak, write, and communicate in English clearly and accurately



  • Open


  • 2-3 years’ working experience/study in graphic design, web design or digital arts preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, especially PowerPoint required
  • Experience with e-learning and course authoring software, preferred Articulate 360
  • Strong design sensibility and ability to share work samples
  • Excellent project management skills with demonstrated record of meeting/exceeding deadlines
  • Ability to take direction and work independently
  • Collaborative attitude; eagerness to learn and receive feedback
  • Strong writing, editing and research skills
  • Excellent verbal skills, including public speaking
  • Interest in and comfort with exploring new technologies
  • A passion for working with urban young adults and an unshakable belief in their potential, and a strong commitment to Larkin Street’s mission
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Passion for our agency’s mission in maintaining a positive, upbeat attitude
  • Exceptional organizational skills with reliability and consistency in work performance
  • Ability to work with minimal-to-moderate supervision
  • Focus on good judgement with a proactive approach to problem solving
  • Exercise discretion and professional judgment at all times keep the responsibilities carried personally and by the agency for the care and welfare of staff and to the youth we serve
  • Experience with substance use, harm reduction, trauma informed care, restorative practices, motivational interviewing, or community-based care, preferred.
  • Actively strive to upgrade professional skills through engaging in appropriate professional training and experience



  • Salary DOE
  • Choice of Kaiser medical plans, plus dental and vision- (with coverage at no cost for one of the Kaiser and Dental plans as well as Vision for Employees only)
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible spending accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Vacation- (starting at 3 weeks, increasing to 5 weeks by year five)
  • Sick time
  • 11 Paid Holidays + Floating Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health Advocate Service
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Paid Sabbatical following 5 years of employment
  • 403(b) retirement plan