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ROC ATD currently is using this blog to provide news and other information to ROC ATD members and others visiting this website. For information on our upcoming programs, please visit the events calendar.

  • Fri, September 21, 2018 2:07 PM | Deleted user

    The OD SIG group met on Sept 13 to discuss possible topics to cover in upcoming meetings. We had a wide reaching conversation about current topics, new ideas and trends in the field. Some topics covered were how technology is influencing learning and development, especially how Artificial Intelligence affects the workplace. What we can learn about presenting training from TED talks was another area of interest. As we often use assessments such as DISC and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in our work, there are some voices questioning the scientific basis of using these instruments. Our next meeting on Th 10/11 will address this last topic lead by JoAnne Sims. Please join us from 12-2 at Medaille College,

  • Fri, June 15, 2018 3:11 PM | ROCATD Admin (Administrator)

    For more information or to apply please contact Michelle Campanella:


    Position Description:

     UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a leading provider of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, building controls and automation, and fire and security systems leading to safer, smarter, sustainable and high-performance buildings. UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.

    The Fire and Security Products group at UTC Climate, Controls & Security develops a comprehensive product portfolio to protect buildings, people and assets; providing innovative security products that include advanced software and hardware, IP solutions, wireless communications, electronic locking systems and mobile applications, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and fire suppression systems . Among its leading brands are Lenel, Interlogix, Supra, Onity, Kidde, Fenwal, and Marioffoffering robust security and life safety systems, affordable, flexible lock and key management solutions, and fire safely equipment and systems.

    We are currently seeking qualified candidates for a Manager of Content & Development position at our Lenel headquarters in Pittsford, NY. This position is responsible for leading and overseeing multiple curriculum development functions within the Global Education team. The Manager of Content & Development will work closely with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Instructional Designers, and learning and development team members to apply adult learning strategies to create innovative, engaging, and interactive content within a variety of training solutions. Learning product deliverables include eLearning, webinars, and instructor-led courses in online, blended, and classroom learning environments produced using sound instructional design principles and best practices. This role will be responsible for acquiring and maintaining appropriate industry accreditations and oversight of certification programs. In addition, this position will oversee and administrate the Learning Management System responsible for delivery and tracking of eLearning content.

    This position will report to and be supported by the North America Security Products Training Leader.

    Key Responsibilities Include:

    • Lead and assist with internal and external course curriculum development, design, assessment, and evaluation.
    • Administrate the Learning Management System to organize, deliver, and track eLearning content.
    •  Manage, maintain, and administrate the international Lenel Certification Program in compliance with IACET and ANSI standards.
    • Coordinate training and development team resources to create classroom and online training content for product update training (Distance Learning) across multiple business units.
    • Oversee the innovation of learning products by contributing ideas for new training materials and improvement of existing training materials.
    • Manage design documentation that communicates learning objectives, content structure, assessment measures, and learning impact.
    • Manage and maintain accreditation (IACET, ESA, BICSI, etc.) for certification resources.
    • Develop, conduct, and analyze market feedback research to assist department in continuous improvement to achieve competitive excellence.


    • Bachelors degree in Instructional Design, Education, Educational Technology, or a related field of study; Master’s degree preferred.
    • Minimum 5 years’ experience in application of adult learning theory, instructional design, and online learning product development; supervisory/team leadership experience preferred.
    • Ability to effectively and accurately manage several projects one at a time, prioritize and organize tasks, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
    • Ability to lead and coordinate activities of learning and development staff or outsourced contractors.
    • Advanced working knowledge of eLearning course authoring tools such as Articulate, Adobe Captivate and Creative Suite tools, Camtasia, and related software.
    • Experience working in Learning Management Systems (LMS); Moodle experience preferred.
    • Excellent communication skills including written, verbal, listening, and presentation.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills including a professional and diplomatic demeanor.
    • Excellent consulting, problem solving, and analytical skills with a detail orientation.
    • Experience in project management, with skills necessary to interpret what is needed for the success of a project and to create appropriate schedules for timely delivery.
    • High level of organizational and time management skills.
    • Flexibility in competently juggling competing priorities and changing expectations.
    • Must demonstrate outstanding judgment and mature business skills with the ability to establish a strong rapport with staff at all levels within the organization.
    • Proficiency using standard Microsoft Office software such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint.

    Travel Requirements:

    3-4 weeks (per year) domestic or international travel may be required; less than 20 percent travel for training, conferences, meetings, events, or special work projects.

  • Tue, April 17, 2018 3:25 PM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Click here to learn more and apply for the Associate Director of Leadership Development position currently posted on the University of Rochester website!

    EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

  • Tue, April 03, 2018 10:24 AM | Robert Peter II (Administrator)

    Converting PPT to elearning:

    • What is the definition of elearning to the group?  Basically anything delivered electronically.  The group understood there is a bigger picture, but sometimes all you can get out is click and read.
    • All agreed that most technology will just take the PPT slides and convert into an authoring tool, but that isn’t what really should be done.
    • Need to consider not just converting dense PPT slides, but taking the live interactions and converting them into activities to keep “stickiness.”
    • Some members of the group turn the PPT into an elearning template so that they can determine how to create real elearning.
    • Product to take a look at:  Adapt learning.  It is somewhat like Rise from Articulate, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get it.
    • Product to take a look at:  Audacity is a free program that is good for editing sound



    • The majority of the group’s members use either a Word document or a PPT document
    • Work with SME’s to identify what should be happening with each slide
    • Great suggestion to make dry content more interesting – wrap a story around it.


  • Fri, March 30, 2018 1:36 PM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    This position is accountable for a continuous stream of quality learning solutions, exercises and materials in support of ESL’s learning and development strategy.  The Instructional Designer works with the Learning & Development Manager and department staff to ensure trained, motivated and prepared new talent plus increase the capabilities of ESL talent organization-wide.  Responsible for the assessment, design, development, and evaluation of a variety of new hire and developmental courses for ESL employees.  Serves as a leading specialist in the design of multimedia courses, projects, and instructor-led courses that demonstrate sound instructional principles and promote mastery of subject matter.

    Click the link below to learn more and apply online.*F28F5EDE20CA4470


  • Thu, February 01, 2018 11:59 AM | Robert Peter II (Administrator)

    Training and Development Specialist

    Local Engineering and Manufacturing Organization with Global Presence

    Competitive salary range and benefit package.

    Job Description:


    Responsible for the development/delivery of training and educational programs related to skills training, communication, team building, and management development using a variety of instructional methods. Assignments may include needs analysis, custom course development, and evaluation and learning assessment. Analyzes information on training research, new material, methods and techniques, and makes recommendations for their use


    Will support various development programs including: conducting analysis for improvement, launching and managing annual programs through completion and conducting effectiveness assessments.  Will manage the segment’s tuition assistance program. Will conduct a variety of management/leadership training programs, conduct annual needs assessment and work with manager to build and implement the training strategy including sourcing external or internal content providers.  As the segment training lead, is responsible for segment content in the learning management system.  Will work with the LMS administrator and subject matter experts to review all internally developed training for effective adult learning practices, quality of material and most appropriate delivery method prior to the training be delivered.  Will assist with managing on-time completion of compliance training and will support internal and external audits. 


    May support employee engagement programs and community outreach programs as required.




    BS degree in related field plus 6+ years work experience including developing and delivering live and on-line training programs and creating and assessing training effectiveness.



    Preferred Additional Skills:

    Ability to work in a fast-paced environment managing multiple priorities

    Strong MS office skills including Excel and PowerPoint

    Strong analysis and research skills with experience in benchmarking industry best practices

    Good written and verbal communication skills

    Experience in managing multiple development programs

    Understanding of how to build competency based learning and development programs

    Resume to:

  • Fri, January 19, 2018 3:00 PM | ROCATD Admin (Administrator)

    Hudson-Mohawk ATD is holding our flagship annual event – the Talent Development Summit – this May in Troy, NY (Albany area).  This year, as in year’s past, we would like to use the email addresses of the National ATD members that are a part of your chapter in our marketing efforts - this list has already been provided by the ATD Chapter Services team.  We appreciate your endorsement in years past and hope that you will again this year.  


    This premiere event draws interest from all around New York State, as well as Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont and showcases top training, performance and organizational development experts in the Northeast.  Attendees learn about breakthrough solutions for our region to embrace economic globalization; a systematic approach to talent development and how to maximize their role in this new age of workplace learning and performance.


    This year we are excited to be hosting Kimo Kippen, former Chief Learning Officer and current Vice President of Global Workforce Initiatives at Hilton who is responsible for creating lifelong learning alternatives for Hilton’s hundreds of thousands of team members. After joining the company in 2010, Kippen launched Hilton Worldwide University to deliver training and development opportunities to employees at all levels from corporate headquarters to Hilton’s 4,200 hotels, resorts and time-share properties in 93 countries. Due to his accomplishments as a learning leader, Chief Learning Officer Magazine named Kippen Chief Learning Officer of the Year in 2015. Under his leadership, Hilton received the Learning Elite Award in the same year. Kimo has served as the chairman of the board of the Association for Talent Development and currently sits on boards including the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and is actively involved with Business Champions as a representative for Hilton.


    To continually add value to your members’ ATD benefits, we are offering special ATD chapter rates.  Watch our conference page in mid-January for sessions and registration.  We also hope you will help promote this to your chapter only members and pass along the chapter rate information.  For those who may need to come a distance we have a special ATD rate at the Hilton Garden Inn, the location of the Summit.


    Thank you for helping make this event a success and we hope you will consider joining us on May 11, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY.

    Schyler Houck

    President, Hudson-Mohawk ATD

  • Fri, January 19, 2018 1:23 PM | ROCATD Admin (Administrator)

    Attention ROC ATD Members and Community,

         The time has come for you to share your expertise, fulfill your creativity desire and lend a hand to impact our community. We need your help to create a relevant, engaging and enriching conference experience filled with thought leadership, tools, resources, experiences and connections to deliver value to talent development professionals in the Upstate Region.  

     Volunteer support needed includes but is not limited to:

    • Conference Experience (registration, swag, menu)
    • Volunteer Coordination
    • Conference Operations (Logistics, Budgeting, Project Management, Contracts)
    • Fundraising 
    • Marketing
    • Sponsors / Vendors
    • Programming & Speakers (Request for Speakers, Agenda, track content)
    • Technology / Social Media
    • General Conference Planning Experience

    No matter what your skill set, if you have a passion to help we can find a role for you!! Your support will not only benefit the Rochester Community, this will provide you with an opportunity to get connected, develop your skill set and share your expertise.  

    The purpose of this meeting will be to engage volunteers to support ROCATD in hosting the ROC Your Talent 2018 Regional Conference in October. 

     To get us started, this will be an informational and call to action session:

    Date: 1/31

    Time: 5-7pm  

    Location - Logical Operations (WInton Place


    5 - 5:30pm Meet & Greet 

    5:30 - 6pm Conference Overview (Michelle Campanella)

    6 - 6:30pm Content Brainstorming Activity (All)

    6:30 - 7pm Volunteer Call to Action, Commitment to Engage, Closing (Michelle Campanella)


    NOTE: Snacks and beverages will be provided.

    We hope you will show your support and continued investment in ROCATD and join us as we make ROC Your Talent 2018 an empowering experience with lasting connections and actionable content enhancing talent development professionals and leadership skills.

    Please register by clicking here: 

  • Fri, September 15, 2017 12:16 PM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Please follow these links to find out more and submit your resume.

    Training Manager -

    Technical Trainer-

    You can also contact Rob Robson at 585-267-8976 with any questions.
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