Current Career/Job Opportunities

Instructional Designer Position - So Cal Gas

posted Aug 5, 2011, 11:47 AM by ACM Pepperdine

Requisition Number:  11-9764 
Job Title:  Instructional Designer II 
Area of Interest:  Human Resources
Job Description:  The Instructional Designer analyzes business needs and designs, develops, implements, and evaluates world-class learning/education solutions for the training organizations within the Sempra Energy Utilities as well as other organizations/departments within the integrated utilities.
- Technical Skills - the ability to use the procedures, techniques, and knowledge of a specialized field.
- Analyzes business needs, identifies training and performance support needs, recommends training and non-training solutions as appropriate.
- Researches and collects course content and identifies learner requirements, including conducting literature research, focus groups, and interviews.
- Conducts needs assessments, research, and maintains client contact for training programs and evaluations.
- Determines course objectives and assesses the most effective instructional method(s) to achieve objectives.

- Determines course objectives and assesses the most effective instructional method(s) to achieve objectives.
- Designs, develops, and implements instructional systems and processes including learning objectives, content outlines, training curricula, training job aids, simulations, role-plays, leader (instructor) materials, student materials, workbooks, evaluations and multi-media training material.
- Revises and updates training materials in response to changes in policy and procedures, and/or based on results of needs analyses.
- Develops and monitors project plans.
- Interpersonal Skills - the ability to work with, understand, and motivate other people, as individuals or in groups.
- Identifies environmental and cultural factors that influence learning, attitudes, and job performance.
- Delivers training as part of a (train-the-trainer) session or a pilot of a new course, as needed.
- Participates in or leads progressively more complex design projects, including computer based, web based, management development, technical training, and performance support projects/initiatives.
- Consults with clients to diagnose and analyze training related problems or needs.
- Collaborates with graphic artists, desktop publishers, and other designers.
- May lead and direct the work of other designers, subject experts, etc.
- Demonstrates a wide degree of creativity and latitude.
- Conceptual skill - the ability to coordinate and integrate all of an organization's interests and activities.
- Identifies stakeholders and the nature of their involvement.
- Reviews and recommends purchase of training materials when appropriate.
- Links design efforts to business unit and SEU goals and business objectives.
- Designs instructional systems and processes that reflect an understanding of the diversity of learners and groups of learners.
- Ensures that safety is integrated into all instructional interventions.
External Qualifications:  Typically requires a Bachelor's Degree in Instructional Technology, Educational Psychology, Communication or a closely related field. Masters degree preferred. Instructional design background/certification and/or three years experience as a classroom instructor. Experience working with subject-matter experts and vendors. Corporate work experience preferred. Must possess a valid drivers license and be willing to travel within Southern California
- Strong written communication skills required for writing/editing training materials that are clear, concise, and grammatically correct.
- High degree of interpersonal communications for negotiation, counseling, team leading, interviews, and presentations.
- Project planning and management skills essential for the numerous team projects.
- Creative and conceptual skills required to understand a myriad of ideas and problems and to create multiple solutions using theories and concepts.
- Ability to develop skills needed for specialized equipment and leading edge training tools and technologies.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
- Self-starter who can work with limited supervision.
- Current on emerging training and transfer of training methodologies with the ability to apply these developments in instructional design and related fields.
City:  Los Angeles
State / Province:  California
Posting End Date:  08/16/2011 
Southern California Gas Company is an EEO/AA Employer.

Lead Teacher/Director (Middle School) position for Acton Academy in Austin, Texas.

posted May 5, 2011, 6:19 PM by ACM Pepperdine   [ updated May 5, 2011, 6:25 PM ]

Acton Academy was started a couple of years ago and is now expanding to include a middle school. We are looking for someone to lead the start-up and also serve as the primary teacher for the school once it launches in 2012. 


The school is a truly "blended" learning environment, utilizing the best of gaming software, Montessori/Socratic teaching methods, and project-based learning. It is likely (but not necessary) that the right candidate will be experienced in a non-traditional teaching environment: homeschooling, gifted/talented, high-tech learning environments, unschooling, etc. There is a special emphasis on Great Books/Western Civilization and free-enterprise.


Students in the elementary school have been tested and have gone up three grade levels in under 2 years.


 The ideal candidate will possess the following:

·  A passion for teaching and student-centered/project-based learning

·  Skills to manage the successful start-up for a school, including curriculum design, developing experiential learning exercises, managing the student recruitment process, and evaluating student learning and outcomes.

·  An entrepreneurial spirit

·  The ability to motivate others toward a larger vision

·  An embrace of the principles of the free-enterprise system and Classical education

If you'd have 10 minutes or so to chat by phone in the next week or so, I'd really appreciate it. Please let me what days/times might work if you are amenable. We can schedule something or I'll try to call sometime today. 


All my very best, 


Lynn Gibson

202-549-2831 (cell)

For more info, please contact Yas Djadali, Pepperdine Career Services Manager


The New Leaders Council - Networking Opportunity

posted May 5, 2011, 6:17 PM by ACM Pepperdine

 New Look at LA

An art exhibit and mixer reflecting the motivation, ambition, and influence of the Los Angeles progressive community. Meet the NLC Fellows who are working to enact progressive social change in the healthcare, nonprofit, government, and business arenas. Your attendance will support the NLC Institute, a five-month development program for Los Angeles-area progressives.

The event, taking place as a part of Downtown's Art Walk, will honor artists, feature a silent auction, and present opportunities for networking. Join us for an evening of thought-provoking art, good food, and the pleasant company of progressives from Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

WHERE: Edgar Varela Fine Arts Gallery, 727 S. Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles

WHEN: Thursday, May 12th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Pre-sale tickets (including appetizers and your first drink) are $20. Visit the NLC LA Event Page to buy tickets online, and list my name in the referral category. Tickets at the door are $25 and cash/check only. The parking garage across the gallery is $5 and takes cash.


New Leaders Council aims to engage young professionals in entrepreneurial, social and civic involvement. NLC connects people, ideas and passion for the progressive movement and empowers future leaders to take action. New Leaders Council was founded in 2004 and has 15 chapters across the country. The Los Angeles Chapter was created in 2009.

The Urban School is seeking a full-time "Technology Support Specialist

posted May 5, 2011, 6:14 PM by ACM Pepperdine   [ updated May 5, 2011, 6:17 PM ]

Howard Levin of the Urban School is leaving to take another position. His is open so I'm sending the link to you as you may know of someone that would be interested.


The Urban School is seeking a full-time "Technology Support Specialist" in our 1:1 laptop program. This is a great opportunity for a tech savvy person who loves working with students and teachers.


Description and application process below. Please forward widely.


Nikki C. Fernandez

Director of Technology

The John Thomas Dye School

For more info:  Contact Yas Djadali, Pepperdine Career Services Manager


Revolution Prep - Curriculum Writing Freelance Opportunity

posted Mar 16, 2011, 5:41 PM by ACM Pepperdine

Math Curriculum and Test Item Writers – work from home on your own time – Join the Revolution!

Revolution Prep ( was founded in 2002 with the vision of using innovative instruction and technology to transform education while remaining true to a social mission. By attracting and retaining a group of dedicated, talented and performance-minded individuals, Revolution Prep has become a national leader in educational services and software. This collaborative, fun and entrepreneurial company is privately held and has achieved profitable, fast-paced growth. Over the next five years, Revolution Prep intends to continue on its path of growth by expanding into new markets and product lines while unlocking our students’ potential through smarter learning. 

Revolution Prep seeks individuals who have a solid understanding of mathematics and teaching. 

Positions are available for:

  • Curriculum writers
  • Test item writers

Revolution Prep writers must...

  • Have a strong interest and desire to see high school students succeed
  • Be a college graduate
  • Have an understanding of the high school Geometry standards
  • Experience working with students in a classroom setting

All positions are part-time, and the time commitment on a weekly/monthly basis is dependent on the preference of the writer.  Individuals with full-time jobs, graduate level students, students in teacher preparation programs, and retired individuals looking for stimulating, rewarding work and some extra cash on the side are more than welcome to apply.

Pay ranges are based on number and type of content accepted.

We'll provide you with the online training and support - you provide the inspiration! 

For more information on Revolution Prep, please visit our website at

To apply, please email your interest in either writing curriculum, test items, or both to stacy.sinclair@revolutionprep. We will send you information on training for this exciting project.


We look forward to hearing from you!




Stacy Sinclair, EdD | Director of K12 Curriculum | Revolution Prep

710 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 501, Santa Monica, CA 90401

phone: 424-214-2368

email: | web:

Better Value, Better Instructors, Better Results. Join the Revolution.


Contact Yas Djadali, Career Services Manager for more info.

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