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Jobs at ASTD

ASTD is the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ASTD’s members and associates come from more than 100 countries and thousands of organizations. Located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the ASTD staff of more than 100 serves our members and customers.

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  • "ASTD is the type of organization where talent, hard work, and creativity are rewarded. People who consistently give 100% will likely find many opportunities for trying out new roles, and increasing levels of responsibility. I’ve been at ASTD for over two years, and joined the team after having worked with them from my role in another company. You get to see a lot about a company’s culture when you’re their client—and, it was evident to me immediately that this was a company of dedicated employees that loved their jobs."


    Carrie

    Director, Government Sector

  • "I enjoy working for ASTD because of the talented group of people I am exposed to on a daily basis. Whether it’s a co-worker or ASTD Member, the exposure to leaders in the training industry has been a tremendous benefit to my career. This is the reason I have continued to develop my talents at ASTD since 2004."

    Cris

    Project Manager, Technology Department

  • "I joined ASTD in 2005, and I’ve enjoyed these past six years immensely. At ASTD, we all work incredibly hard, but we have a great time with each other, too. It’s not unusual to see people focusing intently on tasks and projects, nor is it unusual to hear laughter ring out throughout the halls and common areas. We really enjoy the work that we do, the profession that we work for, our members, and each other. Simply put, ASTD feels like family – a true FUNctional family!"

    Diane

    Project Manager, Credentialing

  • "I work with great people! The ASTD environment is collaborative. You look around and you know you’re in good company, and lucky to work with a lot of very talented people. The icing on the cake is that we make a real difference to our members. And, it doesn’t hurt that we’re 2 blocks from the metro and can wear whatever we want (within reason)!"

    Glenn

    Director, Production & Editorial

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    "I joined ASTD in March, 2009 and it is a privilege and joy to work at an organization committed to empowering people to achieve more in their professional lives. ASTD is a rich learning environment; I can honestly say I learn something new every day! My colleagues are exceptionally gifted professionals who bring their “A” game to what they do, and create an atmosphere in which a person really feels like they’re thriving."

    Kristen

    Senior Manager, Communications

  • "I have been part of the ASTD family since June of 2009 and I am very proud to be here. Everyone is very friendly and always willing to help each another. I quickly learned how great this organization is and how we consistently provide excellent tools to our learning professionals. One of the things I like most about working here is that we are able to utilize the many learning resources available to enrich our knowledge in the professional field allowing us many opportunities to grow within."

    Mauricio

    Customer Advocate, Accounting/Data Entry

  • "I started with ASTD 6 years ago. My experience in this organization has been truly fantastic. What I enjoy most is the fact that I'm constantly learning new skills. No day is exactly like the one before, and one thing I value is that this job is never boring. Whatever new challenges I encounter, I know that I have my colleagues ready to lend advice, share knowledge, and help me perform at my best."

    Natasha

    Senior Coordinator, Chapters, Forum & Academics

  • "Working for ASTD in an editorial role has kept me up-to-date about the business world, the learning world, and now the social media world. The chance to do work I love, team up with great colleagues, and take on new challenges has kept here for more than 20 years. Even after officially retiring, I came back to ASTD to work part-time."

    Pat 

    Executive Editor, T+D

  • "ASTD has proved a wonderful place to start my career in publishing. The people are intelligent, energetic, friendly, and care deeply about their work, which has such a positive impact on the overall atmosphere."

    Stephanie 

    Writer/Editor, ASTD

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About ASTD

king streetASTD is a professional membership association that has served members of the training and development profession for over 60 years. Its 40,000 members and associates come from more than 100 countries and thousands of organizations – multinational corporations, medium-sized and small businesses, government, academia, consulting firms, and product and service suppliers. ASTD employs a staff of over 100 employees who use technology, creativity, and simple hard work to serve its customers and members in a variety of ways. ASTD serves as a convener of those in the workplace learning and development field; it puts high-impact, bottom-line rocking information in their hands, and it serves as an international leader in advancing the learning and development profession. Its tangible products include career-changing conferences – which can attract up to 10,000 attendees, smaller workshops that equip practitioners to increase the effect of learning on their own organizations, online and hard news channels like its award-winning Training + Development (T+D) Magazine, and books like Telling Ain’t Training that help link learning and development to the bottom line of any organization.

Our Culture and Values

ASTD encourages involvement with all employees generating ideas to drive revenue and reduce costs all while improving our value proposition and our service to the profession and society.  We are high performing and we dream big.  We are tech-savvy, constantly pursuing the next way to improve our products, services, and processes.  We are successful, embracing high expectations -- and energized by surpassing our goals.  We are constantly learning and improving, and always stretching ourselves as we help our stakeholders to make a real contribution.  We are risk-taking – and we use our failures to our competitive advantage.  We have fun while we work hard.  Our work is meaningful, helping people and organizations grow, succeed, and see results.  We are supportive and caring, helping each other to be successful.  We are leaders, for ASTD, for the profession, and for society. 

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Why work for ASTD?

Our culture is informal.  There’s no dress code and creativity flourishes. Impromptu ice cream parties or pizza for everyone during particularly hard stretches of work help keep the culture spontaneous and provide an occasional break from hard work.

The ASTD Vision states, “Create a world that works better” and at ASTD, we know that connecting our employees’ daily work to the organizations broader accomplishments is essential for success.  Through Allstaffs, led by our CEO, and regular electronic communications, we articulate and share this mission with each employee along with the goals of our company to ensure our people have a sense of belonging and pride. Our CEO and Senior Managers set the bar high and show by example their commitment and passion for the organization.   And we strive to create a connection for each of our employees, including a bonus program tied to their accomplishments as well as the company’s so that they know they are making a contribution to our purpose and success and that their individual job is important to that end.  Our employees know when and how their jobs need to be done.  At ASTD, we try to create an environment of trust and autonomy that encourages creativity and motivation and allows our employees to work to their full potential without being micromanaged. 

Being leaders in the Workplace Learning and Development field, we know the value of providing our employees with the highest quality training opportunities and have established ASTD University, which provides our employees with online, onsite and offsite training opportunities.   Focusing on the strengths and talents of each employee, we also encourage the development of their personal goals and provide them with growth opportunities when possible, within the organization.

ASTD cares for its people. This isn’t just a motto or passing focus.  Every quarter, our CEO leads an AllStaff meeting to discuss our goals, strategies, and numbers.  Suggestion boxes, meetings and weekly newsletters are a few ways we share information with our employees, while always encouraging feedback and letting our employees know that their opinions are valued and a critical part of shaping the success and future of ASTD.

gift card photoASTD also sponsors reward and relaxation events (often as a surprise), such as ice cream parties, game competitions, and trivia hours. In addition to the annual summer picnic and winter holiday party, the employee-run ASTD FunTimes committee plans several fun activities throughout the year, including an annual Halloween Costume contest, Secret Santa gift exchange, and occasional potluck breakfasts and lunches. This same committee also organizes various charitable activities, like a Thanksgiving food drive benefiting a nearby homeless shelter, providing back-to-school supplies for area children, accepting donations of Christmas presents for Toys for Tots, and supporting the ASPCA through employees’ monetary donations.

We believe that through these individualized and group expressions of appreciation, and by giving our employees the opportunity to be actively involved in their community, we are developing relationships with our staffers that go beyond just an ordinary job.

Our employees, called ASTDers, will always be our biggest asset.  We want them to be proud of their company, our mission and goals and to know that they are truly making a difference in the world.  

What it takes to be an ASTDer

 At ASTD, we are fully aware that our employees are the drivers behind the success of our organization: they make ASTD work.

ASTD looks to attract and retain candidates who will perform well and succeed both as an individual and as a part of a team and will propel ASTD into the future.  We seek employees who will consistently demonstrate reliability, not just some of the time.  We look for people who will speak up and communicate constructively in a positive manner and will share information openly and willingly and who look to contribute whatever they can to help their department and ASTD achieve success.  ASTD employees need to have the ability to figure out ways to work together and cooperate to solve problems and to do so like it is second nature.  This cooperation is evidenced by the success of our yearly conference (ICE), which is held in different cities around the country and attracts over 10,000 attendees from all over the world.

When their own work is done, ASTD employees often respond to requests for assistance from other departments and they take the initiative to offer help. We look for candidates with this quality and those who are flexible and willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-oriented manner.  ASTD employees must be problem-solvers, not problem-dwellers, problem-blamers, or problem-avoiders.  Yet, ASTD employees must also have a sense of humor and know how to have fun.

At ASTD, we look for potential employees who will care about their work, their department, and the organization and will show up everyday with that commitment, knowing that their coworkers will do the same.

Fun and Camaraderie

ASTD encourages involvement” not only in the profession but also internally.  We encourage all “ASTDers” to take advantage of the many fun opportunities of events that we offer, for the simple purpose of taking a moment away from their work to mingle and get to know one another.  We understand it is hard for some employees to walk away from an important project to take part in a “fun” event.  When everyone heard the CEO talk to them about the mingles at our quarterly staff meeting they heard his message about the importance of participating to learn something new about someone you don’t normally see and just to stop and take a break to regroup. The employees understood his message and there isn’t a mingle that isn’t packed full of happy employees.

We realize the importance of giving everyone some time to take a step back and realize that we are all a team.  By sponsoring these events our goal is to increase the communication and camaraderie across different departments that might not interact on a daily basis.  From the feedback we have received thus far, ASTDers really appreciate us recognizing that.

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We work hard while having fun is another statement within our culture that we really mean.  While we encourage involvement to each event that is geared toward our main asset, the employee, we emphasize the work hard while having fun aspect as well.

Whether it is taking some aggression out on a piñata…..

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….to a few crazy games of BINGO, being a kid again playing UNO…

…or just participating in a round of trivia – we put a lot of thought into how we can have every single person walk into the room, relax, and go away feeling refreshed and smiling!

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A yearly holiday party, summer picnic, numerous celebrations after our various conferences are all other events we show our appreciation to the employees throughout the year.

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ASTD Benefits

Medical, dental and vision benefits
Flexible Benefit Accounts
Life Insurance
Travel Accident Insurance
Identity Fraud Expense Reimbursement
Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance for you and your dependents
Lots of paid time off
Stretch - 3Day Weekend Scheduling
Prepaid Legal/Financial Insurance
Long Term Care Insurance
Tuition Assistance
403(b) Plan with company contribution
Short and long term disability
AD & D and Personal Accident Insurance
Pet Insurance
Transportation Program
Employee Discount
Subsidized Movie Tickets
Even Seated Chair Massages!
….And more!