Director, Learning & Organizational Development

| Greater LA Area

Golden Hippo is a young, growing digital marketing company committed to helping everyone live their healthiest life. We create cutting edge health, wellness, and beauty products and work tirelessly to get them into the hands of the people who need them most - our customers. We're growing fast, but our core values remain the same as when we were founded in 2010.

Golden Hippo is currently looking for a Global Learning & Organizational Development Director to support the company’s strategic objectives through the continued development, delivery, and evaluation of leadership development, staff development, education, and other results-driven training programs for the entire workforce (front-line staff to senior leadership). This role is accountable for overall program strategy and results, as well as leadership of the Learning & Development (L&D) team.


At Golden Hippo you have a chance to make an impact. You will have the opportunity to be creative, take initiative and grow. A career at Golden Hippo is more than just a job. It's the chance to work among friends every day, to work and play hard, and to see the results of your work firsthand. We work in a lively, laid back work environment with a fully stocked kitchen for our employees to use. We also offer:

  • Competitive salary (DOE)
  • Employer-paid benefits (medical, dental, vision, life)
  • Matching 401K plan
  • In-office CrossFit gym with professional coaches
  • Yoga and meditation breaks
  • Casual, "no dress code" atmosphere and an open office space
  • Highly interactive work with a talented, passionate team
  • UNLIMITED room for growth and results-based pay increases


  • Building Organizational Capabilities for Business Results
    • Strategically build learning and development programs aligned with Golden Hippo’s objectives, with measurable ROI.
    • Drive maximum utilization of learning content through strategic curriculum planning, integration with communication and effective delivery methods that strengthen individual and organizational capabilities and competencies.
    • Source relevant, modern content from external partners creating programs with a blended learning approach. Assess, select and manage external vendors.
    • Ensure learning culture inclusive of a diverse audience and balances corporate objectives with regional business needs.
    • Partner with Marketing and Talent Acquisition teams to build and implement Employer Branding and Employee Value Proposition strategies.
    • Work with cross-functional stakeholders to strengthen engagement, aligning with Golden Hippo’s culture.
  • Leadership Development
    • Develop strategy and implementation plans to assess and address current and future gaps in management and leadership capabilities based on short- and long-term business needs.
    • Develop and lead the strategy, planning, and execution for all leadership and management development programs and experiences across Golden Hippo sites.
    • In partnership with CHRO, develop and implement executive development strategies.
  • Technology Enablement
    • Maximize the utilization of a Learning Management System (LMS) in the delivery, compliance and reporting of learning and development activities.
    • Find innovative ways to reinforce learning and development opportunities through technology that meets employees where they are.
  • Team Leadership
    • Provide strategic leadership, development, mentoring and coaching for the L&D team.
    • Participate as an active member of Golden Hippo’s HR Leadership team.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, OD, or related field, Master's Degree or Ph.D. preferred
  • Ten or more years’ leadership experience in education and training, coaching and talent development programs, preferably in a multi-site, matrixed and diverse environment.
  • Experience consulting with business leaders, including C-Suite.
  • Demonstrated ability designing and delivering training for front-line, managerial and executive audiences.
  • Success working in a complex, service-intensive, deadline-driven environment.
  • Experience in instructional design and training development. Solid and current understanding of relevant adult learning theories.
  • Success managing multiple projects on time and on budget.
  • Formal training in coaching, team leading, facilitation and group dynamics desirable.
  • Strong personal leadership, organizational, relationship-building, and negotiation skills.
  • Analytical approach to problem solving and driving toward solutions.
  • Possess strong content writing ability, creativity, attention to detail and excellent proofing and editing skills.
  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills. Presents ideas, expectations, and information in a concise and well-organized manner.
  • Responsive to changes in overall business strategy and open to exploring new or alternative opportunities. Able to serve as change agent.

Golden Hippo is always looking for smart, driven self-starters who are excited to build a place for themselves in one of the most fun, exciting companies in Los Angeles. If you thrive on community and communication, learning from your failures, and embracing the unexpected, Golden Hippo just might be the place for you.

Golden Hippo Company Culture Highlights:

  • Winner of Comparably's Award for Best Company in Los Angeles 2019
  • Winner of Comparably's Award for Best Company Happiness 2018
  • Golden Hippo is ranked in the top 5% of companies for Work Culture on Comparably.

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Golden Hippo is located in Woodland Hills, one of Los Angeles' finest neighborhoods.

An Insider's view of Golden Hippo

What’s the vibe like in the office?

It is professional yet lively and relaxed. The office is always buzzing with people exchanging ideas and discussing different ways to reach our goals. You'll see a couple of dogs leaping down the halls and people talking about what they’re going to wear to next office party. It’s fun to work in an environment that works hard, but plays hard too!


Online Reputation Management Lead

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

We use a mix of Jira/Slack/Invision to help facilitate clear
communication between different departments. In addition to these applications, we thrive on face-to-face interactions which help everyone share ideas and feedback about different projects and we have tons of meeting spaces that help us be able to have focused and efficient conversations.


Front End Developer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I began my Golden Hippo career in an entry level position. In two years since, I have been promoted several times and now sit in a management position. I am so grateful to be in a company that encourages and enables rapid growth.


Marketing Manager

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Golden Hippo has a culture that encourages everyone to share ideas. For example, our customer care agents hear firsthand what customers are saying, so we’re able to take that information and funnel it back to the product developers, writers, etc. This allows us to directly influence the way campaigns are run and optimized.


Chief Customer Officer

What projects are you most excited about?

The Management and Leadership training initiatives. These programs are meant to support the development of our future Hippo leaders, regardless of their existing experience and career levels. L&D is planning on leveraging the knowledge of our existing leadership team and learning resources to ensure successful results for all training initiatives.


Learning & Development Manager

What are Golden Hippo Perks + Benefits

Golden Hippo Benefits Overview

At Golden Hippo our benefits extend far beyond providing coverage for basic health services. Whether it's downloading the medical plan app, or having the ability to quickly connect to life balance resources, our benefit plans contribute to sustaining a well-rounded life.

Volunteer in local community
Various teams at Golden Hippo volunteer various local charities, as well as participate in food drives for the local food bank.
Partners with Nonprofits
Golden Hippo support various global charities through many of our brands, including Smile Train, Charity:Water, Vitamin Angels, and more!
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Company pays 100% of the employee's premium
Vision Benefits
Company pays 100% of the employee's premium
Health Insurance Benefits
Company pays 100% of the employee's premium
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga, In-office fitness classes.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Monthly KPI bonus based on company performance
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Golden Hippo offers up to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave and 2 weeks of paid paternity leave for new parents with at least 12 months of service.
Flexible Work Schedule
Acme Co. provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We have a fully stocked kitchen with food and snacks.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We offer a lot of unique company perks! Some of these include free Crossfit classes, a fully-stocked kitchen, catered birthday lunches, free yoga and meditation classes throughout the day, and a dog-friendly office!

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