Senior Learning & Organization Development Consultant - Blue Diamond Growers - Sacramento, CA

16 Oct 2017 6:27 PM | Anonymous

Senior Learning & Organization Development Consultant - Sacramento, CA 


In 1910 a cooperative of 230 California almond growers formed with the following core values:​

  • To build strong relationships among growers and with their customers;

  • To communicate directly and honestly; and

  • To work as a team to realize the best return on their investment.

    More than a century later, Blue Diamond Growers still adheres to these values at every level of our operation.  Our employees are strongly committed to the brand and to each other - the word "family" is often used to describe our culture.

    Today, Blue Diamond Growers represents more than 3,000 almond growers in California - the state that provides over 80% of the world's supply.  We are one of the most recognized food brands in the world, with annual sales exceeding $1billion.

    We believe in transparency and honest communication.  Our work style is team-based, working together to innovate, process, and distribute the best almond products to the world.

    After more than 100 years, our core values of integrity, partnership, innovation and quality remain strong.  Our commitment to excellence has driven Blue Diamond's unprecedented growth, innovation, high quality, and value.

    You'll find these values at work throughout our company.  We strive for a diverse workforce, always aiming for greater levels of inclusion.  In addition to a robust benefits package, we offer an employee wellness and fitness program, in which a majority of our workforce currently participates.

    Blue Diamond Growers (BDG) is seeking a Senior Learning & Organization Development Consultant to join its winning team in Sacramento, CA. 

The Senior Learning & Organization Development Consultant partners with business units, diagnoses performance issues and learning needs, identifies appropriate solutions, and develops learning frameworks to facilitate achievement of business unit’s goals. The Senior Learning & Organization Consultant is responsible for selecting and utilizing appropriate training solutions including designing and developing learning programs and assessing learning transfer, as well as facilitating programs. This is a hands-on role and performs the full range of responsibilities for an L&D function from strategy implementation to course development and reporting.


  • Manage the life cycle of programs from development to implementation including needs assessments, content development, program evaluation, and vendor management. Apply a consistent set of criteria to prioritize requests for L&D interventions. Implement strategies to track and communicate training status updates and business impact.

  • Create post-course support plans and secure resources to provide support for transfer of learning by designing and promoting activities and materials that help learners apply what they learned during training back in the workplace.

  • Provide insights on client learning and/or capability needs across business units and support partners in evolving toolkits, methodologies, and templates in key practice areas. Work to prevent/amend the delivery of programs that don't align with organizational development strategy.

  • Identify and prioritize frontline technical training needs. Develop a roadmap for expansion of Operations technical training infrastructure: identify target job functions, align resources, build content, implement, and measure results.

  • Provide support to Plant training coordinators to identify efficiencies, align training content and processes, and share best practices. Coach and mentor coordinators to assess the accuracy, comprehension and effectiveness of training sessions and provide feedback to refine skills to effectively conduct on-the-job training.

  • Partner with HR Managers and leaders to obtain and maximize Employment Training Panel (ETP) funding agreements; assist with application process and monitor progress during contract period.

  • Provide support to departments ensuring all SAP training is current and sustainable.Catalog and ensure system training is delivered to people new to role.

  • Lead Frontline Leader program implementation; update content using instructional design model. Provide post-course support and follow up to ensure application of new skills/knowledge.

  • Manage the Facilitator Certification program; create re-certification process and follow-up sessions to advance facilitator skills.

  • Serve on project team to identify Workday Learning requirements through project implementation. LMS administrator; provide reporting and analytics support.

  • Partner with HR and business leaders to support development needs and ensure consistency of training policies and procedures.

  • Lead new initiatives and manage existing programs to meet the needs of business clients.

This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS                                                                     

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Education, HR, OD, Psychology, or similar related discipline. 

  • Seven (7) years of progressive experience as a learning & development practitioner.

  • Certified Performance Technologist (CPT), Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) Certification or equivalent preferred.

  • Knowledge of training and organizational development theories, instructional design models, such as ADDIE and e-learning standards (e.g. SCORM and AICC).

  • Performance consulting skills to move people toward common goals and achieve business results.

  • Demonstrated experience designing and developing instructor-led training programs following ISD methodology; manage and continuously improve curricula.

  • Demonstrated experience facilitating training by communicating effectively through active listening, direct communication and feedback, and maintaining appropriate balance between providing content and allowing learners to practice.

  • Demonstrated experience analyzing training needs, identifying performance gaps and root causes, and recommending solutions to achieve desired performance outcomes.

  • Proven project management skills and the ability to facilitate organizing and managing multiple priorities and/or projects.

  • Apply adult learning theory to classroom facilitation and program development.

  • Facilitate training sessions that guide participants toward achieving the desired learning outcomes.

  • Work autonomously within teams and as a liaison to internal and external clients.

  • Coordinate learning and development activities throughout the organization; perform training administrative tasks in a Learning Management System (LMS).


  • Proven track record of building and implementing high quality development strategies and solutions, working across organizational boundaries where needed.

  • Consult with clients to determine needs, perceived roadblocks, business unit culture, and work environment issues.

  • Develop a holistic view of performance problems, identify root causes, and suggest appropriate solutions.

  • Communicate effectively with all levels.

  • High degree of personal and professional credibility, including responsiveness, business focus, integrity, sound judgment, and ability to prioritize effectively across competing demands.

  • Ability to author e-learning content in Adobe Presenter or Storyline.



  • Coach and mentor Plant training coordinators.


  • Office environment demands include frequent speaking both in person and over the phone; writing, reading files, reports and PC screen.Prolonged sitting at computer terminal.Regular vision concentration for reading and checking reports, forms and data entry.



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  • Work is conducted in a corporate office setting in Sacramento.

  • Willingness to travel between BDG’s three (3) manufacturing locations as required by projects and/or training delivery.

​Blue Diamond Growers is an Equal Opportunity and E-Verify Employer


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