Director, Learning & Organizational Development (Engagement, Culture, Org Development Focus) at Guild Education

| Greater Denver Area
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Guild is hiring a Director, Learning & Organizational Development to lead and influence the company’s engagement and culture strategy as well as lead various organizational development initiatives. This role will be instrumental in ensuring the organization is able to deliver on its Employee Value Proposition so that Guild is a mission-aligned, diverse, inclusive, and supportive place to work. This is a position for an experienced practitioner. The role reports directly to the Senior Director of Learning & Organizational Development.

As Director, Learning & Organizational Development (Engagement, Culture, OD) you will:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of company-wide culture and engagement strategies, initiatives and tactics--ensuring objectives and activities are aligned across the organization.
  • Create and implement various organizational development solutions, based on company needs.
  • Partner closely with the Senior Director, L&OD in strategy evolution, change management, and overall L&OD team effectiveness
  • Consult with and influence senior leaders and business partners  on areas related to culture, engagement, values, DEI, org effectiveness, and team effectiveness.
  • Leverage your expertise in change management and organizational development to ensure initiatives are aligned with business strategy, have adequate exec sponsorship to be successful, take into account organizational capacity, and are otherwise set up for success.
  • Lead competency and capability modeling for Guild of the future, in alignment with culture, values and leadership need to sustain continued growth.
  • Facilitate meaningful and sometimes sensitive conversations via focus groups, team meetings, or 1:1 conversations.
  • Support the entire People Team as needed with strategy development, change management planning, facilitation, process improvement, and process mapping.
  • Conduct needs analysis and design targeted solutions for overall organizational effectiveness in areas such as: prioritization, role clarity, working with a matrix, change leadership, and more.
  • Leverage your broad experience in talent and organizational development to scale and support various high priority L&OD initiatives.

You are a strong fit for this role if you have:

Required Competencies

  • 10+ years combined experience in Organizational Development, Talent Management, Talent Development, and/or HR leadership in a corporate environment.
  • Experience leading successful complex, org-wide initiatives.
  • Proven track track record of leveraging change management methodologies to ensure program success.
  • Experience leading Employee Experience and/or Engagement initiatives.
  • Experience with and certifications in team development methodologies such as Lencioni, Drexler-Sibbett/TPM, or another methodology.
  • Competency knowledge, implementation experience and certifications (Korn Ferry or DDI)
  • Direct experience designing, supporting, or implementing programs aligned to building an intentional culture, inclusive of D,E& I efforts
  • Experience translating Engagement Survey data into actionable, meaningful results
  • Certification in and experience with change management methodologies (Prosci, CAP, or other methodology)
  • Knowledge and understanding of systemic ways to support culture change (systems, processes, behaviors, etc).

Preferred Competencies

  • Experience with designing and/or facilitating Talent Management processes such as hi-po identification, Talent Review, Succession Planning, etc.
  • Experience designing effective organizational development and/or org effectiveness processes 
  • Experience leading and developing integrated Talent Management
  • Experience design, supporting and/or facilitating leadership and manager development programs
  • Experience using appreciative inquiry, positive psychology, or other methods to create a positive work environment and feedback culture
  • Experience with culture change and/or transformation
  • Experience working closely with all levels with the organization

About Guild:

Guild is increasing economic mobility for working adults by partnering with the largest employers in the country to offer education as a benefit to their employees via our marketplace of nonprofit universities and education institutions. Guild’s proprietary technology platform facilitates the administration of this innovative benefit and our team of coaches helps each employee navigate the path back to school, providing individualized support from day one through program completion. 

We also just became the latest female-led company to hit a $1billion valuation and the only B-corp with those qualifications.  Our Series D round was led by Ken Chenault, General Catalyst Partners chairman and former CEO of AMEX, and joined by Emerson Collective, LeadEdge Capital, and Iconiq. 

Guild Education is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Our downtown Denver office is easily accessible via public transportation, with plenty of restaurants in the surrounding area.

An Insider's view of Guild Education

What’s the vibe like in the office?

We're fast-paced and got a little bit of a startup vibe, so there's always plenty to learn from and grow!People are collaborative and ready to bring their knowledge, experience, and ideas to the table to make sure we're doing right by each other and our students.As hard-working as everyone is, you can also be rest assured we also love to celebrate!


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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

We're incredibly cross functional and believe heavily in developing and cultivating strong relationships not only with our external partners, but internally across and within departments as well. One of my favorite traditions is that each new hire at Guild is given a coffee card when they start to encourage them to grab coffee with others and get t


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How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Since my humble beginning as a Guild Intern, I have had opportunities afforded to me that stretch me in ways that align with my values and push me to be a little uncomfortable while still having welcome support. I’m now in a position where I get to learn first-hand from experts that I don’t believe I was qualified for before working at Guild.


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What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

My team works on ensuring that new users can find what they need and engage with our platform easily. Many of the technical challenges we face involve scaling the early-stage version of Guild’s app into something more flexible for our next growth phase. We deal with the difficult (but fascinating!) tradeoffs of these decisions every day.


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What are Guild Education Perks + Benefits

Guild Education Benefits Overview

At Guild, we’re expanding opportunity for America’s workforce, and we’re committed to doing the same for our own employees by supporting them professionally and personally. Guild offers benefits and perks to support all employees and their families. From $0 medical premiums to a flexible parental leave policy to tuition assistance to company equity for all employees, we have something for everyone at Guild.

Volunteer in local community
Guild has a yearly "Guild Gives Back" day, where we provide organized volunteer opportunities to all our employees as well as a "12 Days of Giving" around the holidays!
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Guild has a highly diverse management team, with nearly 75% of employees reporting to female leadership.
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
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Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
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Company Equity
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Generous Parental Leave
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Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
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Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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Continuing Education stipend
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