Senior People Development Specialist at Rapid7

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Company Description

Rapid7 (NASDAQ: RPD) is helping organizations around the globe advance securely. Our technology, services, and community-focused research simplify complexity for security teams, helping them reduce vulnerabilities, monitor for malicious behavior, investigate and shut down attacks, and automate routine tasks. With more than 9000 customers across 120+ countries, Rapid7 is a recognized leader in cybersecurity that has proudly earned numerous industry accolades and strong recognition for our technology and culture. Learn more at

Our Mission

By continuously improving our technology, stemming the creation of risk in the community, and making security more usable and accessible, Rapid7 enables technology professionals to gain the clarity, command, and confidence they need to safely drive innovation and protect against risk. Our product suite helps organizations to quickly predict, deter, detect, and remediate attacks and obstacles to productivity.

The Opportunity

Join a momentum-building team as we drive personal and professional growth, insatiable curiosity, and innovative learning at Rapid7! You want in? People Development wants you!

Are you looking for…

  • Significant business impact, with visibility to employees at all levels of the organization? Check.

  • An invitation to create “next practice” solutions to meet learning and development needs. Check.

  • The chance to work with a hyper-growth company in the white-hot IT security sector where employees are empowered to take their career to the next level? Check.

As the People Development team, our passion is supporting the growth and development of our people so that they can bring out the best in themselves. We believe in providing the right learning at the right time for each individual employee to propel our company mission forward. We’re an ATD Best Award-winning team--because we take disciplined risks, raise the bar, and are laser-focused on creating innovative learning experiences! Following the "Best Practice" is not good enough. We aim to be the Best Practice and create career experiences of a lifetime. As we continue to evolve and grow as a company, Rapid7 is looking for an innovative leader to bring our commitment to the next level.

The Senior Learning & Development Specialist will collaborate with People Development and the broader People Strategy team to create and scale learning and training programs for employees at Rapid7, with a specific focus on our new hires. In short, you will be the driving force behind new hire onboarding, across the company, and partner with key stakeholders to iterate, evolve, and measure the impact of a world-class onboarding experience. As a Sr. Learning & Development Specialist, you will play an integral role in shepherding our core values, culture, and shared mission. 

Job Requirements


  • Create and manage learning experiences from end to end, including all stages of program/curriculum design and delivery. Specifically, during a new hire’s first 90 days.

  • Partner with People Strategy and other business leaders to help design functional enablement.

  • Partner with People Development team members to ensure alignment across all employee learning programs.

  • Author new curriculum, as well as iterate and enhance existing content to support new hires to drive both business and customer impact and embody our core values.

  • Lead both live instructor-led and virtual trainings for new hires.

  • Co-train in conjunction with key stakeholders across the Rapid7 ecosystem. 

  • Collect and analyze data/feedback to help iterate, scale, and propel learning momentum.

  • Evaluate the current state of learning programs and identify opportunities for change.

  • Demonstrate an amazing attitude -personable, approachable, and always eager to help.

  • Utilize Rapid7’s learning management system to manage program logistics when necessary (experience with Workday Learning is preferred).

  • Research, initiate, and manage third-party vendor relationships so that you may integrate new and innovative technologies.


  • a whiz at engaging learners

  • a critical thinker and problem solver

  • a guru at time management

  • a super organized, detail-oriented, rockstar project manager (particularly as curriculums and program objectives evolve)

  • possess a strong growth mindset (if we fail, we are resilient)

  • possess empathy, a sense of humor, and a desire to be part of a team

  • proactive and self-motivated

  • pretty awesome at both curriculum design and ILT delivery

  • passionate for continuous learning and “next” practices in the field

  • hungry for a fast-paced, change-oriented environment (the ability to pivot is essential)

  • so awesome at relationships that stakeholders line up to partner with you

  • not afraid to tackle tasks independently; however, “collaboration” is your middle name, and

  • super talented at both oral and written communication skills- you are always able to bring people along with you

Bottom line- you love to look at learning program design with a new lens, and you have a desire to scale our new hire onboarding experience. You embrace the opportunity to try new learning technologies, and last, but not least, you understand why employee learning modalities and differentiated instruction are significant in this role. You are ready to drive impact towards Rapid7’s shared mission. The role will require occasional travel within the US (less than 10%). 

Additional qualifications include:

  • 4+ years of program management experience, including 2+ years of curriculum development and ILT facilitation/teaching.

  • Previous LMS experience helpful, but not required.

  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the GSuite.

  • Master’s degree preferred; Bachelor’s degree required.

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Rapid7 is conveniently located between the North End and West End of Boston, with plenty of restaurants, bars and public transport close by.

An Insider's view of Rapid7

What does your typical day look like?

For the majority of the day it’s a mix of weekly check-ins with various teams, project updates, and the occasional brainstorm.

When I’m not in meetings I’ve got headphones in while planning, writing, or designing — at my desk or perched somewhere around the office.


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What are some things you learned at the company?

When we talk about being a moose and impact together, what we are saying is that we support each other on our journey forward. We actively look for ways to collaborate, strengthen our ideas and learn from each other, no matter what department you may be in at Rapid7.


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What are Rapid7 Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Once a year, Rapid7 offices across the globe close for the day so employees can volunteer.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Rapid7 is led by a diverse management team that represent the security community we serve. We believe that we all have a responsibility to continuously improve our DE&I efforts.
Unconscious bias training
We believe in continuous learning, our in-house trainers conduct consistent diversity trainings. We advocate for diverse thinking and strive to cultivate a workforce that mirrors the best minds.
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
We have so many amazing and organically created employee resource groups! These internal Rapid7 communities allow for an authentic experience where diverse employees and allies can come together.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We've taken the Parity Pledge, we reinforce strategic recruitment, we are committed to diversity partnerships, and we understand the importance in training around unconscious bias.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes full-time remote for specific positions, Work remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive unlimited hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive unlimited hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Rapid7 has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored sparkling water you can handle.
Some Meals Provided
Employees get free lunch during quarterly in-office Town Halls and some team meetings.
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications
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