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Director of Learning, Development and Engagement

Goodwin University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 20, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Cooperative & Experiential Education, Curriculum & Instructional Development, Faculty Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time
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The Director of Learning, Development and Engagement is responsible for all employee training, management and leadership development programs, and employee engagement initiatives for Goodwin University and the University of Bridgeport. This individual will help define the strategic vision for these areas, and drive the tactical design, implementation, and management of this work.

The ideal candidate has a passion for building skills and driving a positive organizational culture. In addition, this person will thrive in a fast-paced environment where they can create innovative and impactful solutions for the organization. This person will also enjoy seeking and creating collaborative partnerships with internal and external colleagues to achieve the organizations’ goals.

This position reports to the Vice President for Human Resources.

Essential Job Functions/Primary Responsibilities :

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)

Training and Development
  • Complete a needs assessment to identify the organizations’ learning priorities.
  • Develop training curricula to build critical skills. Curricula should address the needs for functionally specific skills as well as general professional and interpersonal skills.
  • Curate innovative learning experiences for employees to enhance their professional and personal attributes. These experiences can be instructor-led, facilitated, or self-paced.
  • Collaborate with and support internal partners to ensure the effective implementation and management of training programs as required by local, state and federal laws, including harassment prevention, Title IX, blood-borne pathogens, and workplace safety.
  • Identify, select and, where needed, develop training programs to meet the organizations’ needs.
  • Identify, select, and supervise a pool of trainers and facilitators for training and development programs.
  • Oversee the leadership development cohort program, LEAD. This includes handling the program’s selection and administration and facilitating the cohorts of program participants.
  • Implement a management essentials program for new and developing supervisors.
  • As needed, facilitate programs, and administer tools, to support team and department development.
  • Identify and implement a method, such as an LMS or equivalent, for tracking learning and development.
  • In partnership with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, evaluate programs.
  • Partner with HR business partners and faculty learning leadership to ensure alignment between LD&E offerings and other key initiatives.
  • Manage training and development vendors including handling contracts, invoices, and issue resolution.
  • Oversee employee orientation programs.
Employee Engagement
  • Manage the employee engagement survey program for each university; this includes planning the survey process, working with engagement vendor to interpret analysis, planning, and driving the communications process, and facilitating the action planning to strengthen engagement and organizational culture.
  • Collaborate with the organization leadership teams, including HR Business Partners, to design and facilitate change management initiatives to increase engagement and to meet strategic business objectives.
Other duties
  • Contribute to the development of the annual budget for training, development and employee engagement.
  • Track and manage to ensure we are on target for expenses.
  • Serve as a member of the HR leadership team.
Knowledge, Ability and Skill :
  • Exceptional skills in the following areas: Training, facilitation, written and verbal communication, and strategic thinking.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop training programs and curricula for organizations.
  • Ability to prioritize work and operate in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong skills in the following areas: Planning, execution, conflict management, collaboration, influencing and negotiation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and intellectual curiosity.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required; ability to explore and learn new software to improve effectiveness and implement work.

Education, Training and Experience :
  • A master’s degree in a related field is strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience including work in an academic environment, is required.
  • Certification or training in a variety of assessment tools is strongly preferred. Examples can include Enneagram, Predictive Index, Myers-Briggs, the Thomas Kilmann Instrument, DiSC, and 360-degree leadership assessments.
  • Experience with matters involving organizational culture strongly preferred.
Special Requirements :
  • Valid Driver’s License and own insured vehicle
  • Some travel to Bridgeport, CT office as needed (15-20%).
Physical and Mental Requirements :

Work Environment None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3 Outdoor Weather Conditions X Work with fumes or airborne particles X Work near moving mechanical parts X Risk of electrical shock X Vibration X

Physical Activity None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3 Standing X Walking X Sitting X Talking & Hearing X Using hands/fingers to handle/feel X Climbing or balancing X Bending, pulling, pushing X Driving X

Lifting Requirements None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3 Up to 10 pounds X Up to 25 pounds X Up to 50 pounds X Up to 75 pounds X Up to 100 pounds X Over 100 pounds X

Vision Requirements:

X Close vision (i.e. clear vision at 20 inches or less)

X Distance vision (i.e. clear vision at 20 feet or more)

X Color vision (i.e. ability to identify and distinguish colors)

X Peripheral vision (i.e. ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or

left and right while the eyes are fixed on a given point)

X Depth perception (i.e. three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and

spatial relationships)

___ No special vision requirements

(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. It is used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)

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