Head of Learning and Organisational Development

Location
Angel, London (Greater)
Salary
Competitive + benefits
Posted
07 May 2021
Closes
20 May 2021
Ref
1787
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member, Non CIPD member

We are recruiting a new Head of Learning and Organisational Development to help build and embed a strong performance culture, with continuous learning and development throughout the charity.

Over the last 6 years Learning and Development across Dogs Trust has been completely transformed, with new management development, the introduction of a VLE, volunteer development and establishing an organisation-wide apprenticeship programme.  Now is the time for us to build on the strong foundations and innovations of the past few years and to take us even further forward.

Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK with a nationwide network of rehoming centres and charity shops. Last year, Dogs Trust centres cared for over 9,000 dogs; we never put a healthy dog down.

This Head of Learning and Organisational Development role sits in the Human Resources directorate, alongside HR Business Partnering and Advice, Payroll Management and the Facilities teams.  The directorate plays a key role in defining and supporting our organisational culture, driving high levels of employee engagement, proactive day-to-day people management and positive people behaviours.

In this key role you will ensure annual workforce plans are agreed, working across the charity to deliver balanced resourcing and taking responsibility for aligning recruitment of staff and volunteers with the workforce strategy. You will also make sure that reward and recognition supports the charity’s aims and that strong employee engagement is maintained.  You will oversee career-long learning for all managers, employees, apprentices and volunteers and will take responsibility for the analysis and evaluation of all organisational learning and development activity, informing process changes and continued performance improvements where needed.

To be successful in this role you will have outstanding interpersonal, written and oral communication skills with extensive experience of HR comms, including writing policies, complex reports and presentations for audiences at all levels.  Credible, diplomatic and adept at building rapport and maintaining good working relationships, you will be a strong people manager with substantial experience of managing highly skilled people with expertise greater than your own in specialist fields.

Dogs Trust is a professional and friendly organisation and the HR team of over 25 works well together.  You need to be conscientious, very well organised, flexible, friendly and discreet with a genuine interest in and commitment to the ethos and aims of Dogs Trust. 

In return for all of this, we have a comprehensive benefits package, which includes excellent annual leave and pension allowances, and you will you join a team of highly professional and driven colleagues in a brilliant upbeat and collaborative environment, all with a genuine passion for dog welfare.   

This post will be based in Dogs Trust London Office. (Under current pandemic restrictions our office staff are currently working from home; interim flexible arrangements will be discussed at interview stage).

At Dogs Trust we value diversity and we're committed to creating an inclusive culture.  We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, abilities and cultures and believe that a diverse workforce will help us to achieve our mission. Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, either at application or interview stage, please contact us on jobs@dogstrust.org.uk.

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