Are you a corporate educator with a “need to lead”? Then this article is for you.
We’ll investigate what a Chief Learning Officer (CLO) is, the responsibilities involved, the profile of a CLO, and the different pay scales (salary + perks). Then, we’ll analyze an actual job offer together and make suggestions on how to achieve this C-suite position.
What Is a Chief Learning Officer?
In short, a chief learning officer is a C-suite executive who makes sure that the corporate learning program serves the organization’s goals. Working closely with the CEO and his or her vision for learning and development initiatives in the company, he or she disseminates knowledge and information to the learners (company employees) using technology, social media, and instructors.
The CLO position could be considered a specialty within the human resources department and a chief learning officer will usually work closely with HR, the chief technology officer, chief marketing officer, and the chief information officer (if there is one).
One could argue that the role of a chief learning officer has been around for a long time, especially in big corporations, sometimes being referred to as Head of Learning and Development (L&D), Director of Training, Training and Development Manager, or Chief Knowledge Officer, but the job title itself is relatively new, having been coined in 1989 by then CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch, when he dubbed Steve Kerr, already a consultant for the company, chief learning officer to oversee employee development.
Why does the CLO position exist? Well, it’s all about ROI. Corporations – especially larger ones – realize that haphazard and/or mediocre training will not provide the needed know-how, shared corporate vision, and resulting impetus that will propel a corporation forward. And it is a lot less expensive to empower your existing employees and promote from within than to lose them to competitors and go through the time, effort, and expense of hiring replacements who, if not treated adequately, will also end up leaving in short order. Read more...