Director, Learning & Organizational Development at Guild Education

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Guild is hiring a Director, Learning & Organizational Development. This role will be critical to supporting the evolution of an innovative, best-in-class Learning & Organizational Development Strategy that is  strongly aligned to Guild’s mission, vision, values and business strategy. 

This position reports to and collaborates with the Senior Director of Learning & Organizational Development to create strategy while also designing, implementing, and optimizing solutions that advance leadership and manager excellence. This role requires working cross-functionally with various stakeholders throughout the organization so Guild’s leaders are prepared to meet their strategic goals in today’s VUCA world. 

As Director of L&OD you will:

  • Use both strategic think and tactical implementation skills to help advance Leadership/Manager Excellence throughout the organization.
  • Revamp Guild’s Manager Development program to be aligned to managerial needs while also being robust, scalable and effective.
  • Ensuring all Leadership and Manager programs are in support of and alignment with Guild’s engagement, culture, and D,E&I goals.
  • Design, develop, implement, evaluate, and optimize Guild’s leadership excellence programs in alignment with leadership/manager expectations, core values, and competencies.
  • Ensure Guild’s Dare to Lead program is integrated throughout the organization, reinforced over time, and becomes part of Guild’s culture.
  • Work closely with the Senior Director of Learning & Organizational Development, People Business Partners, senior leaders, team members, and other stakeholders to ensure alignment and effectiveness of solutions.
  • Provide expertise,  guidance, and coaching to leadership and managers as needed.

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

  • A proven track record of  creating and implementing successful leadership and manager development strategies, and  programs that are aligned to business and learner needs.
  • Strong project and program management skills. Able to direct and manage small and large-scale projects with multiple competing priorities while  partnering with leaders across the company for prioritization and implementation. 
  • Experience managing individuals and leading teams.
  • The ability to build personal credibility and impact through influencing others, leading people, and  communicating clearly.
  • Demonstrated thought and team leadership in a high-growth organization
  • The ability to work effectively with all levels of management, including the executive  suite. 
  • Experience translating vision and strategy into actionable goals, priorities, and challenges,  managing and developing projects from inception to execution. 
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, create compelling  presentations and facilitate impactful sessions.
  • The proven ability to successfully develop  relationships with internal stakeholders for the effective  design and implementation of various initiatives. 
  • Executive Influence & Presence
  • Experience achieving  results in an organization – and can begin making an impact quickly.  
  • Strong business, communications, program management, and operational skills exhibiting a well  organized, detail-oriented, influential manager operating in a fast-changing, demanding  environment. 
  • The ability to effectively navigate ambiguity and put systems and processes in place to build for scale.

Our ideal candidate is someone who: 

  • Embraces our mission and is passionate about bringing it to life within Guild, unlocking opportunity for our people to achieve their potential.
  • Passionate about bringing innovative and effective solutions in the space of engagement. organizational culture, and an inclusive work environment.
  • Thinks strategically and operates tactically in a fast-paced, high-growth environment.
  • Thrives on creating high-quality, value-added solutions in alignment with the business strategy, and the needs of the individuals impacted by the programs,
  • Is passionate about creating a best-in-class experience and growth opportunity for all Guild members.

Preferred Competencies

  • Vendor analysis, selection and management
  • Experience with selecting reputable, high-quality vendors for learning content.
  • Competency Modeling (Korn Ferry or DDI preferred)
  • Assessments  - administration and debriefing (DiSC, MBTI, 360, etc)
  • Ability to thrive in fast-paced, growing organization
  • Skilled at designing and delivering programs virtually
  • Dare to Lead Facilitator or Dare to Lead Certified
  • Franklin Covey All Access Pass program management
  • Master’s degree in OD, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Organizational Leadership, MBA or related field is preferred

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!


Bilingual Student Success Advisor

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


Partner Marketing, Employer Success

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.


Senior Associate of University Operations

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
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
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
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
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