The Travelers Companies, Inc.

AVP, Leadership Development

Posted on May 1 Hartford, CT 14 views

Who Are We?

Taking care of our customers, our communities and each other. That’s the Travelers Promise. By honoring this commitment, we have maintained our reputation as one of the best property casualty insurers in the industry for over 160 years. Join us to discover a culture that is rooted in innovation and thrives on collaboration. Imagine loving what you do and where you do it.

Compensation Overview

The annual base salary range provided for this position is a nationwide market range and represents a broad range of salaries for this role across the country. The actual salary for this position will be determined by a number of factors, including the scope, complexity and location of the role; the skills, education, training, credentials and experience of the candidate; and other conditions of employment. As part of our comprehensive compensation and benefits program, employees are also eligible for performance-based cash incentive awards.

Salary Range

$151,300.00 - $249,600.00

Target Openings


What Is the Opportunity?

At Travelers, we are committed to ensuring that the right talent is available at the right time, for the right purpose. The Enterprise Talent Management (ETM) organization enables individuals, leaders, and teams to grow professionally, perform at their best, and drive superior business results, today & tomorrow.
As the AVP, Leadership Development, you will develop and implement innovative Leadership Development Strategies from early career leaders through executive talent. You will leverage your collaboration skills and background in leadership development to modernize our approach to preparing leaders to drive business success, and to develop and engage a hybrid workforce. You will advance the technology ecosystem in support of leadership development solutions.

Strategy Development:

  • Understand the external market and best practices, including current and emerging learning technology solutions, to develop and implement the most effective leadership development strategies to meet business objectives and ensure our programs remain relevant. Build relationships with external organizations, industry experts and academic institutions to continually evaluate the effectiveness of leadership development practices through benchmarking analyses.
  • Utilize deep knowledge of buy vs. build strategies to evaluate options, in collaboration with technology and learning partners, for developing leadership capabilities internally versus partnering with external vendors or consultants.

Program Design and Implementation:

  • Design and oversee the implementation of leadership development programs, including a blended learning approach that combines in-person workshops, online courses, coaching, and other modalities while leveraging modern delivery technologies.
  • In situations where vendor products and services are used, closely evaluate proposals, and manage vendor relationships to ensure the successful delivery of leadership development solutions.
  • Facilitate, as needed, including executive level programming.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of leadership development initiatives through metrics such as participant feedback, performance outcomes, and employee engagement surveys.

Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration:

  • Collaborate with senior leadership to understand organizational goals and develop a strategic plan for leadership development aligned with the company's objectives. Provide regular updates on the progress and impact of leadership development efforts.
  • Partner with HR and business leaders to drive a consistent enterprise approach, strategy, and implementation of leadership development practices.
  • Collaborate with Enterprise Learning and Corporate Technology to ensure awareness and alignment of learning technology needs and priorities.

Team Leadership

  • Leads a team of Leadership Development Professionals in the design and delivery of Leadership Development programs and resources.
  • Ensure team has the capability to provide best in class leadership development solutions aligned with business strategies and learning best practices.

What Will Our Ideal Candidate Have?

  • Master’s Degree in human resources, behavioral science, industrial/organizational psychology or a related field.
  • 10+ years of experience in leadership development with strong understanding of leadership theories, adult learning principles and talent management practices.
  • 5+ years managing leadership development professionals.
  • Expert level facilitation skills including ability to facilitate engaging learning at the executive level and coach others in facilitation.
  • Proven track record of designing and implementing successful leadership development programs including self-directed, blended/hybrid learning and in-person and virtual classroom.
  • Experience working in a highly matrixed environment, with excellent communication skills and the ability to collaborate and influence decisions across all levels of the organization.
  • Uses research and data to identify benchmarks and modern, best-in-class approaches to leadership development.
  • Previous experience capturing metrics and creating reports that drive insights and decision-making.
  • Exceptional leadership skills with the ability to find innovative solutions to problems and influence a team to achieve business goals.
  • Ability to build rapport and influence stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Certification in leadership coaching, assessments, or related area.
  • Exceptional project management skills with experience selecting and managing external vendors (including buy vs. build analysis), managing multiple competing priorities simultaneously and following through to ensure excellence in execution.
  • Technological mindset with the ability to assess and use state-of-the-art technologies supporting talent, learning and development, internal talent marketplace, and career and performance development.

What is a Must Have?

  • Bachelor's degree in human resources or related field.
  • Eight years of Human Resource experience with some experience in talent management, employee engagement, organizational development, leadership development, succession management, career development, and/or relationship management.

What Is in It for You?

  • Health Insurance: Employees and their eligible family members – including spouses, domestic partners, and children – are eligible for coverage from the first day of employment.
  • Retirement: Travelers matches your 401(k) contributions dollar-for-dollar up to your first 5% of eligible pay, subject to an annual maximum. If you have student loan debt, you can enroll in the Paying it Forward Savings Program. When you make a payment toward your student loan, Travelers will make an annual contribution into your 401(k) account. You are also eligible for a Pension Plan that is 100% funded by Travelers.
  • Paid Time Off: Start your career at Travelers with a minimum of 20 days Paid Time Off annually, plus nine paid company Holidays.
  • Wellness Program: The Travelers wellness program is comprised of tools, discounts and resources that empower you to achieve your wellness goals and caregiving needs. In addition, our mental health program provides access to free professional counseling services, health coaching and other resources to support your daily life needs.
  • Volunteer Encouragement: We have a deep commitment to the communities we serve and encourage our employees to get involved. Travelers has a Matching Gift and Volunteer Rewards program that enables you to give back to the charity of your choice.

Employment Practices

Travelers is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that we can deliver the very best products and services when our workforce reflects the diverse customers and communities we serve. We are committed to recruiting, retaining and developing the diverse talent of all of our employees and fostering an inclusive workplace, where we celebrate differences, promote belonging, and work together to deliver extraordinary results.

In accordance with local law, candidates seeking employment in Colorado are not required to disclose dates of attendance at or graduation from educational institutions.

If you are a candidate and have specific questions regarding the physical requirements of this role, please send us an email so we may assist you.

Travelers reserves the right to fill this position at a level above or below the level included in this posting.

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