Senior Manager, Talent Development at Inspire (Santa Monica)

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Inspire is a clean energy technology company on a mission to transform the way consumers access clean energy and to accelerate the world’s transition to a net-zero carbon future.

We provide our customers with access to renewable energy from wind, solar, and hydro powered sources without service interruptions or costly installations at a flat, predictable monthly rate. For every year that a customer spends with Inspire Clean Energy, they have a greater impact on climate change than 10 years of strict recycling.

Our rapidly growing team of mission-driven, climate enthusiasts is passionate, innovative and committed to a better future for the planet.


As Senior Manager of Talent Development at Inspire, you stand for and drive the development of high quality, innovative and engaging training programs and resources and expertly manage our programs to ensure brilliant execution and continual innovation. Your work drives the internal pipeline of talent and allows Avengers to ramp into new roles, master the skills & behaviors required to be successful and ultimately take on more challenging responsibilities. You will be responsible for building out the learning roadmap and overall philosophy for our learning & development curriculum. This is an opportunity to bring your creativity and build a successful program utilizing your own toolbox as well as our existing programs and frameworks.


  1. Leadership Philosophy:  develop a learning and development philosophy, roadmap and framework that support our Avengers and Inspire as we scale
  2. Leadership Development:  building leadership development training for critical career milestones (ex. First time leading a project, first time leading a team, first time leading a function)
  3. Personal Effectiveness:  create content that helps all Avengers overcome less effective behavioral habits that get in their way of reaching their full potential
  4. Consultative Learning: go deep on the engagements that really move the needle for the business to develop talent over longer tail strategic engagements.
  5. Leadership Coaching:  establish group and 1:1 coaching as part of our core development offerings for leaders.
  6. Compliance: create and maintain a curriculum of compliance training to meet legal requirements in a way that communicates our mission and values.


  • Conduct needs assessment and map out a 2-year learning strategy
  • Launch a leadership development curriculum, potentially in partnership with an external vendor
  • Identify and execute at least 3 opportunities for development work within intact teams
  • Design and launch values based harassment & diversity training program
  • Design and launch a program to improve cross team collaboration and effectiveness
  • Review IDP and 360 programs for effectiveness and recommend evolution


  • Internal Promotions
  • Engagement Survey Question “Inspire is a great company for me to make a contribution to my development”


  • Very smart, able to “keep up” with Sr. Execs
  • High EQ, nuanced approach to selling ideas and getting buy in
  • High degree of organization with a genuine passion for creating systems and processes that scale
  • Disarming, able to get to the crux of a development issue by creating an environment of vulnerability


  • Must Have
    • 5-8 years of experience in the talent development space
    • Experience writing at least one program from scratch, without any off the shelf content, that has been rolled out to at least 3 sessions worth of participants.
    • You have managed a leadership development learning program for mid-level managers.
    • You have managed and taught people skills, process, etc. 
    • You have created eLearning and/or virtual content for asynchronous learning.  (notion pages, blogs, white papers, on the job tools)
    • You have led and developed a team of at least 2 direct reports for more than a year..
    • You have tackled a business problem through multi-touch point learning solutions (ex. Hiring, DE&I, leadership bench, change management)
    • Proven leadership though  complex cross functional projects requiring buy-in from Senior leaders across the company.
  • Nice to Have
    • Experience building learning roadmaps and competency work in the Technology space (Engineers)
    • You have had a formal coaching relationship with at least 3 Director+ people (internal/external)
    • Prior experience facilitating Talent Review calibrations and succession planning
    • Experience creating content proposals and implementing/facilitating team building offsites
    • In depth knowledge around creating content, communications and personal touch points around change management
    • Prior experience leading Engagement Survey Action Planning
    • Career Development Coaching experience
    • Experience with Diversity & Inclusion learning initiatives
    • Video/Graphic Design experience/knowledge
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An Insider's view of Inspire

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

From our Summer Fridays, Wellness Days, Wellbeing Offerings, and Flexible Time Off, Inspire understands the importance of a healthy work-life balance. When we are online, we are working hard toward our mission; when we are offline, our coworkers understand our boundaries and give us time to refresh.

Laura Petrenko

Community Manager

What projects are you most excited about?

At Inspire, the amount of business critical projects are endless. We have made great strides as a team to build our own reliable and accurate in-house energy forecasts to better serve our customers and provide them with clean energy. Currently, I'm excited to scale these models so that Inspire can continue expanding access to clean energy.

Belinda Le

Sr. Data Scientist

What are some things you learned at the company?

In my six years here I’ve become a more adaptable person that embraces change in the pursuit of progress. We’ve grown exponentially every year because we haven’t settled into a comfort zone. Instead we innovate, iterate and improve and I’ve learned to apply that to my own career development.

Ahsika Sanders

Sr. Channel Manager, Retail

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We have a very strong and resourceful engineering team; when they are empowered to do their best, Inspire benefits from their creativity. I spend a lot of effort creating an environment that supports our engineers to simultaneously solve big problems (which help us achieve company goals) and enhance our systems' health (which improve our velocity).

Levent Tosun

SVP, Engineering

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Right now we’re shaping the roadmap of Inspire’s future. There’s a lot of exciting technology that we can try, but it has to be right. We don’t want to break what’s working as we plan this new direction.

Mukund Kaushik

Chief Technology Officer

What are Inspire Perks + Benefits

Inspire Benefits Overview

Inspire’s culture balances the serious nature and tone of a professional company with the move-fast-and-execute tone of a rapidly growing emerging tech company. We believe in working hard and producing, but doing it in a positive and friendly environment where collaboration is rampant.

Inspire calls its employees Avengers. It’s a team out to even the score on behalf of the common man, to challenge the status quo and confront apathy and old-world bureaucracy. Every Avenger lives for the mission: To build the world’s most consumer-focused clean power platform and inspire a connected moment towards a brighter energy future. Avengers are scrappy, restless, humble and committed to balancing passion with purpose and profit.

Inspire offers competitive compensation and equity packages, plus benefits such as health, vision, life, and dental insurance - Not to mention, unlimited vacation, 401(k) plan, a dog friendly workplace & LOTS of cupcakes!

Volunteer in local community
Inspire's Sustainability team and 3 Employee Resource Groups offer ample opportunities to get out in our local communities, connect with our mission, and further our impact.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Inspire has 3 active employee resource group for our BIPOC, Women, LGBTQIA+ communities and allies that offer monthly programming & bonding opportunities for members.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Inspire regularly offers Wellness focused programming for employees, including awareness & training sessions hosted by experts, company wide wellness challenges, and onsite exercise classes.
Team workouts
Group challenges & competitions coordinated in our #workout slack channel and access to unlimited workouts through our wellbeing app offerings to all employees.
Mental Health Benefits
Unlimited subscriptions to wellbeing apps to support healthy habits like meditation and therapy and monthly selfcare workshops to equip employees with tools to prioritize their wellbeing.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Inspire provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Avengers have access to a variety of games in our indoor/outdoor community area. Ping pong tournaments are a crowd favorite amongst our employees!
Stocked Kitchen
Employees enjoy a kitchen filled with a variety of snacks, LaCroix, and cold brew and kombucha on tap.
Happy Hours
Happy hours happen regularly at Inspire HQ, both within teams and company-wide. We hold an annual Halloween happy hour & costume competition as well as an end of year Holiday Party.
We offer Inspire employees on-site parking.
Pet Friendly
Inspire is a dog friendly office.
Relocation Assistance
Inspire offers relocation assistance for certain roles.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Inspire works with employees to get them the remote items that will help them be most productive in their at-home offices.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Inspire offers employees professional development opportunities like onsite training courses, the ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Inspire hosts a monthly 'Coach It Corner' series where employees have a platform to share their area of passion or expertise with the larger business!
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Inspire puts a strong emphasis on supporting the wellbeing of all employees. In February, we launched company-wide Wellness Days to prevent employee burnout. Our team gets 1-2 days off per month to take time for themselves to unwind, rest, and take care of themselves.

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