Vice President of Learning & Development – Pandora (Oakland CA)


Job Description

Vice President of Learning & Development – Oakland, CA

The Vice President of Learning and Development will be responsible for systematically architecting and investing in our employees’ learning and development, creating a learning strategy to help ensure the building of employee skills to execute the Pandora business objectives. This person will be a strategic leader as well as a hands-on training specialist.

Work with business leaders and managers across the Pandora business to identify skill gaps, training opportunities and develop/deliver training solutions. Determine changes and enhancements to current curriculum, what to develop in-house vs. purchase.
Develop a programmatic structure and systematic approach to design and deliver training programs in support of the business objectives that emphasize on active learning and appropriate instructional technologies.
Drive ongoing learning needs analysis, design, scripting, development, assessment, implementation and evaluation of training materials to ensure alignment with business strategy
Design and deliver, both in house and with expert third parties, solutions that include a blended approach to learning such as coaching, classroom training, experiential learning, distance learning and online learning.
Manage relationships with external providers.
Develop and manage a training budget.

Desired Skills & Experience

Demonstrated ability to think strategically and translate business performance gaps into learning and development strategies.
Must have the necessary drive and ability to lead change to implement initiatives.
Exceptional track record developing and delivering learning strategies and initiatives.
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills with all levels of employees as well as superior facilitation skills.
Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with key business leaders.
Proven ability to manage multiple priorities while delivering high quality results.
Strong analytical skills, business planning and project management skills.
Collaborates effectively with others to identify and resolve issues.
Exhibits a personal responsibility and commitment towards the Pandora Principles.

The ideal candidate will possess 10+ years in leading the development and delivery of training programs with management of people and team projects in instructional design, training delivery and organizational development.
Bachelors or Masters degree or equivalent experience in Organizational Development or Training Development/Education

Company Description
PANDORA®, the leading internet radio service, gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through a wide variety of connected devices: laptop and desktop computers, smartphones, connected Blu-ray players, connected TVs, etc. Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single “seed” – a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed, hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of PANDORA by using musicological “DNA” and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations. PANDORA makes up more than half of all Internet radio in the U.S. and is one of the one of the top five most popular apps across all smartphones platforms (Nielsen, Q2 2010 App Playbook). Its advertising platform applies its best practices to ensure campaigns run effectively on multiple platforms. Over the years, listeners have provided billions of pieces of feedback on music they hear in the form of a “thumbs-up” or “thumbs-down,” with each piece of data enriching the Music Genome Project and enabling PANDORA to better recommend music based on listener preferences.



Jakomi Mathews – Founder & Editor, The Music Void

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