Senior Director, Talent Development at Elevate K-12

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Who we are

Elevate K-12 is changing the way classrooms work through live, online, real-time instruction to K-12 schools.  Our two main focuses are to give students the best quality instructors and get them ready for the world of the future and to give instructors, especially women, work opportunities, irrespective of zip codes. We are the new way to classroom!

What we offer

  • Competitive Salary and Bonus Potential
  • Unlimited PTO & 12 Company Paid Holidays  
  • Strong High-Performance Based Culture with High Growth Potential
  • Team Focused Culture – Team Events, Outings, Happy Hours & Recognition
  • Full Benefits – Medical, Dental & Vision / 401k Plan
  • Our Team of Elevaters are: Problem Solvers, Passionate, Motivated, Thirsty for Knowledge & Mission Driven

What you will be doing – Senior Director, Talent Development

We are seeking a Senior Director, Talent Development to build and scale a high-performance learning and development team.  Will develop and implement best-in-class training programs to achieve instructional objectives and preparing all employees to deliver successful outcomes.  Will partner across executive leadership, function leaders and HR to create value and continuously improve training offerings while tracking and achieving successful results and outcomes.

We have an incredible mission, team and brand at Elevate K-12, and we’re getting better everyday. We have achieved an extraordinary product/market fit and have entered an exponential growth stage of the company. If all of this sounds exciting to you – We want to hear from you!

Responsibilities – Senior Director, Talent Development

  • Build and scale a new high-performance learning & development team
  • Create, implement and scale best-in-class training programs across organization (from intake to delivery)
  • Partner across organization to develop, schedule and deliver training programs
  • Lead & develop a team of L&D Specialists focused on meeting training design & development needs
  • Manage training delivery forecasts to maximize resources and meet the needs of the business
  • Create, implement and manage strategies to evaluate all training programs
  • Prepare & manage training department budget
  • Create and implement enterprise-wide training programs as needed to meet the business needs
  • Conduct companywide needs assessments to determine future learning opportunities
  • Partner across leadership, L&D and HR to identify learning and performance needs, implement training & development programs as needed to assist in development
  • Seek support and engagement of the business to successfully complete & deliver training programs & projects
  • Define & measure KPI’s for training team & programs
  • Create, implement & manage initiatives to improve effectiveness of all training programs
  • Develop & facilitate train-the-trainer certification programs
  • Ongoing maintenance to ensure training content is current, accurate and provides effective learning & development opportunities
  • Identify ongoing new ideas, practices and processes to continuously deliver high quality and highly effective training programs
  • Promote all company training programs & initiatives to increase adoption & utilization
  • Identify appropriate LMS tool to meet company growth needs – Successful implementation of identified LMS tool
  • Establish certification guidelines and process for Learning & Development team

Who you Are – Senior Director, Talent Development

  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree strongly preferred
  • 5+ years of experience leading a team of trainers in a strong service-based industry
  • 10+ years of training experience with strong presentation & facilitation skills
  • Documented success building a Learning & Development function within a service-based industry
  • Experience hiring, training & developing a new Learning & Development team
  • Experience delivering training programs in a variety of environments; lecture, activity-based learning, virtual and skills practice
  • Motivational leader with energy, enthusiasm and ability to succeed in a high growth environment
  • Strong project & people management skills with strong leadership skills
  • Track record of success supporting & leading on multiple highly visible initiatives simultaneously
  • Experience managing a Learning & Development department budget
  • Experience working with LMS systems in previous roles
  • Strong relationship building skills – Ability to gain credibility and commitment amongst internal Stakeholders
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to prioritize commitments to achieve results in a high growth environment

 Why join our story

Elevate K-12 is tasked with an important mission: change the way K-12 classrooms and teaching work. Our organization is a radically open-minded company that is scaling fast. We are a team focused on high performance, dynamism and embodying a collaborative culture at all levels. Our teammates are able to have open, honest discussions that drive us toward our mission. Elevate K-12 is in a stage of hyper growth that will continue to open up new challenges and opportunities for our team. 

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender (including gender identity, gender expression, change of sex, and transgender status), sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request.

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We are located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, a few blocks east of the Chicago brown line

An Insider's view of Elevate K-12

What are some social events your company does?

We have the typical happy hours and company outings but we also have an event committee that is made up of employees from different teams to help drive events that folks want to see!


Senior People Specialist

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

The Educational Partnerships team at ElevateK-12 is helping school district teams learn about and strategize new, innovative ways to combat the teacher shortage crisis; while providing districts with solutions when it comes to human capital challenges.


Senior Educational Account Executive

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I have learned how important it is to be passionate about the mission of the company, especially at a startup. I've also had the opportunity to build an entire sales team from the ground up and work alongside very smart people.


Senior Inside Sales Manager

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The Regional Operations team is a fast-paced, high energy, collaborative work environment. Our team has amazingly talented people and decisions have to be made quickly. We work with various schools and students across the US, we wear multiple hats and are always in constant communication with each other to ensure every program is successful.


Regional Operations Director

What are Elevate K-12 Perks + Benefits

Elevate K-12 Benefits Overview

Elevate K-12 provides competitive benefits plans for employees!

Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Funvengers is our intracompany culture and fun committee that manage events and programs from our holiday parties to company retreats.
Open door policy
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
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