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Associate Director, Learning and Development, Human Resources

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Human Resources
Harvard Business School


Job Summary
Are you looking to help shape the professional development of over 1400+ employees? Are you equally excited about advancing a professional development strategy while actively maintaining a role in program design and delivery? Are you energized by collaborating with key stakeholders across varied lines of business? If so, the Associate Director of Learning and Development position provides a wonderful opportunity to have an impact in an environment of continuous learning.

HBS Human Resources is seeking a creative human resource professional to develop, design, and implement HR management solutions that enhance the organization's training and effectiveness. In this hands-on role, the Associate Director (AD) will drive workforce development programs that promote training, learning, leadership development, performance management, staff engagement, team collaboration, and change management. Reporting to the Director, HBS Human Resources, the AD will assess the current portfolio of talent management programming and continue to develop the Learning & Development framework. Will develop and execute learning strategies, design and deliver training programs, assess development needs, and tracks learning effectiveness.

Position Description
Responsibilities Include:
  • Develop comprehensive professional and career development programs including planning annual Learning & Development calendar aligning offerings with operational needs.
  • Develop a system to review and track talent that supports the HR planning process tied to the school's short and long-term strategic priorities.
  • Introduce new L&D programs on an ongoing basis to support changing strategic objectives.
  • Manage and reconcile L&D budget.
  • Continue to strengthen the design, coordination, and delivery of the HBS Leadership Development programs.
  • Lead the annual effort to recruit and schedule faculty for the HBS Faculty Series.
  • Analyze results of annual performance management program and initiate training and development opportunities to address skill gaps; manages design enhancements to performance development/planning process including potential web-based tools.
  • Promote and support the full cycle of performance management including planning, goal setting, coaching feedback and development planning.
  • Design planning tools and coaching sessions to prepare staff and managers for development discussions.
  • Assess feedback from employee surveys/focus groups and develop additional methods for gathering info on training/development demands.
  • Maintain relationships with a network of trainers and coaches, both internally to Harvard and externally.
  • Coordinate with other HR staff to ensure web access to on-line professional and career development tools.
  • Establish and deliver strategic communication plan regarding tools and resources.
  • Develop and deliver programs on career development (currently using the Strong Interest Inventory), collaborating with Harvard's Center for Workplace Development initiative on career development.
  • Consult with senior managers on department training needs (assess needs, broker trainers and develop programs).
  • Establish templates for succession planning including the use of 360-based assessment on an as-needed basis (currently using the Leadership Versatility Index).
  • Create orientation/training templates.
  • Work with departments to develop competencies, and assists with incorporating competency language into job descriptions, performance planning and training.
  • Manage and provide direction to one full-time FTE/L&D Manager.
  • Oversee community engagement programs such as wellness and volunteerism.
  • Responsible for other duties as assigned
Specific projects will include organizational assessments, managing the annual performance planning process, advising on/facilitating management retreats, change management, and school wide initiatives on team building, brainstorming, and skills development.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 8+ years of significant experience in human resources focusing on training, professional development, organizational assessment, and retention programs is required
Please note: Candidates with less than 8 years of direct experience may be considered at a lower salary grade.

Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Master's degree in training/organizational development (or related field) or experience with (or a willingness to obtain certification) diagnostic/assessment tools including, but not limited to ESCI, LVI, Disc, Strong Interest Inventory, and Myers Briggs is strongly preferred.
  • Consultative experience working with all levels of an organization.
  • Proven ability to research and assess existing organizational culture and structures and to develop new programs and approaches.
  • Proven ability to manage the logistics of a learning and development program.
  • Experience in higher education preferred, and/or experience working within a complex service organization.
  • Successful candidate will have deep curiosity about organizations, proven experience with state of the art training and professional development approaches, engaging interpersonal style in individual meetings/presentations, and inspire confidence through expertise and a proactive service-delivery style.
  • An interest in working with a small service delivery team who, together, provide a full range of HR services to the organization.
Additional Information
This role is offered as a hybrid (some combination of onsite and remote) where you are required to be onsite at our Boston, MA based campus 3 days per week. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.

We may conduct candidate interviews virtually (phone and/or via Zoom) and/or in-person for this role.

A cover letter is required to be considered for this opportunity.

Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS is profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Explore more about HBS work culture here

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function
Human Resources

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
HR0059 Training Manager II

Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)


Salary Grade

Human Resources

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

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