Learning and development roles and competency domains in higher education: a content analysis of job announcements

Florence Martin, Yan Chen, Beth Oyarzun, Mark Lee

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Abstract

Learning and Development (L&D) roles are important to organizations for improving employee’s knowledge and skills. This study examined various roles and competency domains required of learning and development professionals in higher education. Ten different roles of L&D professionals were examined for 20 competency domains through a qualitative coding process. We extracted and analyzed 294 unique postings from the job board, higheredjobs.com. Results indicated that designers and directors are the most advertised L&D postings. The top five competency domains required of L&D professionals were collaboration, communication, content development, project management, and assessment and evaluation. Communication and collaboration skills were required for most of the roles. Leadership and people management were ranked highest for executives and directors. In addition, competency domains aggregated by roles are provided. Implications are provided for employees, L&D graduate programs and professionals, and researchers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Computing in Higher Education
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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