Director of Learning and Organizational Development

Director of Learning and Organizational Development

Blue Rock Search
September 21, 2019
Pleasanton, CA


The Director of Learning & Organization Development will lead the design and implementation of high-impact and sustainable learning, talent, and organizational development programs that span the employee lifecycle in support of the company’s strategic goals and objectives. Reporting to the CHRO the ideal candidate will cultivate strong, collaborative relationships with HR and its clients, identify opportunities for enhancing organizational effectiveness, and provide systemic and straight forward approaches with measurable impact to addressing business needs.

Core Skills and Experience:

  • Exceptional knowledge and experience in converting organizational development and effectiveness theory into practical and scalable solutions across multiple levels of a large enterprise.
  • Significant experience in leading teams and vendors in the program design and implementation of end to end talent management and team development solutions that include the evaluation, design, and delivery of manager development, leadership development, talent analytics, high impact learning programs, performance management, succession planning, and career development.
  • Demonstrated abilities and results managing and building teams and collaborative partnerships.
  • Strong consulting and analytical skills to provide insightful organizational development solutions to leadership & People across the talent management lifecycle (identify, select, develop, engage, and retain).
  • Knowledge of current learning technologies, assessment, and survey platforms required.

Essential Functions:

  • Leadership: Own and execute the management of Learning and Organization Development team including oversight/input into the design, development, implementation and management of targeted programs or other general projects. Effectively motivate, coach, and grow direct reports. Lead the team through the creation of business requirements, project plans/specifications, research, business case development, reporting/analytics and evaluation approaches that result in leadership “buy in” to team proposals.
  • Learning & Development: Work with key stakeholders to define and implement a cohesive approach to learning and talent systems, programs, and initiatives that utilize contemporary, blended learning methods and leverage technology and learning systems that are effective and compatible with Ellie Mae’s infrastructure and culture. Serves as liaison or champion between Corporate and the broader learning communities to establish common standards, best practices, policies and procedures.
  • Leadership Development: Provide oversight of the company’s leadership and management development initiatives, as well as foundational employee education programs, and other learning and education initiatives to build a pipeline of future leadership talent. Define, develop and deliver Leadership Development programs (high-potential, early career and executive programs) and coaching services. Partner with PBP and business leaders to establish meaningful development plans for key/top talent.
  • Performance Management: Develop and implement a Performance Management Strategy for the Company that supports the overall talent management strategy, Company goals, and future workforce needs.
  • Talent Management: In partnership with People leaders, provides the processes and tools for: talent reviews/talent assessment, succession management, performance management, career and individual development, leadership development, team development, and learning program development. Work in collaboration with counterparts on design and deployment of solutions.
  • Talent Assessment: Manage Company assessment processes. Ensure competencies are well-defined, integrated and consistent throughout the employee life cycle, including recruitment and selection, orientation and onboarding, learning and career development, performance management, succession, and talent planning.
  • Vendor & Budget Management: Lead negotiations and contracting with learning and development vendors. Plan and manage annual and five-year budget for the function.
  • Program Management and Support: Maintain and enhance a portfolio of existing and emerging programs, tools, and interventions through collaboration with clients and HR partners. Successfully prioritize, scope and deliver on numerous initiatives.

Qualifications and Special Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's or Doctoral Degree (Ph.D., Psy.D., MS/MA/MBA) in Organization Development, Learning, Leadership, Organization Psychology or other related fields preferred.
  • 15 years of experience (internal or consulting) in a similar role in a large, complex, company with specific knowledge and/or expertise in talent assessment and management, learning and development, and organization effectiveness.
  • Working experience in the software industry or similar fast-paced environment and knowledge of contemporary learning tools and technology.
  • Experience leading and managing a team.
  • Ability to think strategically and demonstrated track record of developing and implementing an end-to-end talent strategy aligned to the advancement of the business strategy.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and build strong relationships with leaders at all levels and HR leaders and partners across a matrixed organization.
  • Exceptional verbal, written, executive presentation and communication skills.
  • A great listener with detail orientation and a desire to collaborate on the best culturally appropriate solutions is a must.
  • Strategic and innovative thinking coupled with pragmatic, results oriented execution
  • Ability to manage all phases of a solution/project lifecycle, from initial solution design and planning, to execution and measurement.
  • Vendor relationship management.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Direct Learning and Organization Development
  • Lead and inspire two Learning and Organizational Development resources
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