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Regional Development Director

Company: Thrivent Financial
Location: Birmingham
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

The Successful Regional Development Director:

Grows his/her market by attracting high quality, diverse talent into financial professional (FP) roles

Ensures new FPs are given the tools, resources and knowledge needed in order to be successful in their new role

Attract, Recruit and Select Diverse Talent

Create and implement a recruiting strategy to grow capacity by attracting and cultivating quality, diverse FP candidates in focus market.

Execute a plan to recruit quality talent by spending focused time developing trusting relationships within broad and diverse networks, leveraging centers of influence and obtaining referrals from FPs for quality, diverse talent

Partner with other Thrivent leaders/key stakeholders to develop capacity plan.

Collaborate with assigned recruiter and leverage his/her expertise in recruiting and selection systems.

Actively manage a pipeline of high quality, diverse candidates,

Conduct selection interviews and assess candidates for high probability for success.

Create followership by demonstrating enthusiasm for the career and for Thrivent and by caring about the success of others.

Develop New FPs and Support the Launch of New FP Practices

Demonstrate mastery of the Thrivent Financial Advice Process (Connecting with members, data gathering, case analysis, acting and asking for referrals) and be able to model and coach on all elements.

Conduct high levels of joint field work (approx. 3 days per week) as scheduled by new FPs to observe and offer feedback and help with case prep as needed.

Demonstrate, model and coach on the use of Salesforce and other Thrivent tools (i.e. CAP, Illustrations, etc.) during the sales process.

Be available to FPs to develop their goals and conduct meetings with new FPs to discuss progress toward their goals, analyze what’s working and not working and ways to overcome challenges and issues.

Be available to FPs to develop/execute a marketing plan to achieve their goals that leverage relationships within their natural market, referrals and communities.

Collaborate with Others

Inform and communicate with leadership team regarding FP (new and vet) progress toward goals and success.

Facilitate connections between new FPs and vet FPs to provide additional joint field work experiences or practice experiences for new FPs

Connect with corporate resources to stay informed of best practices or changes that directly impact recruiting, launch and vets

Demonstrate ability to use technology effectively with FPs to assist in coaching and training

Build a plan with the Community Engagement team and others to develop and implement a plan to grow the region, and identify communities or congregations within the region on which to focus, using generosity and other marketing programs.

Build and maintain relationships with leaders within the Christian Community and centers of influence.

Manages Region

Engages in business planning to set strategy for region and to determine how to meet goals

Provides leadership and coaching to region team

Develops a healthy culture within the region, enabling good results and ensuring a culture of excellence in the region

Work with the Community Engagement team and others to develop and implement a growth plan, and identify key markets on which to focus.

Build and maintain relationships with leaders within the Christian Community and centers of influence.

Characteristics of Ideal Candidate Drives for Results: strives for success, and takes ownership of zone’s performance

Passionate about Attracting and Developing Others: passionate and enthusiastic about attracting and developing others; gains professional satisfaction from the success of others and being a source of help

Adaptable: flexible, agile and amenable

Courageous: willingness to take risks and do what needs to be done to grow individuals and the zone

Credible: Seen as an expert in what it takes to be a successful FP, both in sales process/methods and systems/technology

Model the Thrivent Way

Demonstrate alignment to decisions, and consistently follow through.

Build trust and credibility through competence.

Consistently champion, model, and demand uncompromising commitment to values and The Thrivent Way.

Build Relationships

Model and promote an environment of respect for people of all backgrounds and perspectives, regardless of their role, level, or if their perspective differs from your own.

Build collaborative relationships within and across teams.

Model collaboration and ensure all team members participate fully; help others understand that alignment (vs. consensus) is key.

Be forthright and respectful when giving and receiving feedback.

Adapt communication style as needed.

Address and resolve conflict in an open and honest manner.

Lead Change

Remain flexible and open to new ideas and ambiguity, and encourage others to value change.

Encourage new processes, systems, and technologies to better meet the needs of Thrivent and those we serve.

Demonstrate support and excitement for change.

When change is needed, help others understand why and how their work fits in with the vision for change.

Ensure team goals and processes are aligned with Thrivent as a whole.

Make Sound Decisions

Do what is right for our mission.

Identify and focus your team on mission-critical strategies through the right business drivers.

Use appropriate metrics and analysis to ensure the team is focused on the right business metrics.

Ensure team members consider multiple factors when making decisions and creating solutions.

Drive Results

Clarify and model priorities and behaviors that support initiatives and objectives.

Help others understand expectations and timelines, effectively deploy resources, and ensure others have what they need to achieve goals.

Make and keep commitments to achieve desired priorities, and hold your team and self, accountable for them.

Drive to meet goals and deliver results.

Continually evaluate your team's performance against critical business metrics; intervene to coach and address issues.

Grow Talent

Be a continuous learner, stay relevant, and actively seek feedback.

Demonstrate commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Continuously enhance team capability through diverse talent recruiting and selection and by providing coaching and development support to direct reports.

Provide timely and constructive feedback.

Demonstrated track record of solid sales results (i.e. L/H/A, investments, etc.).

Experience in using the Thrivent Financial Advice Process, Salesforce and other Thrivent tools and systems (i.e. CAP, Illustrations, etc.) and ability and willingness to model, promote and demonstrate usage of tools as needed.

Previous experience in attracting others.

Will and skill to commit to joint field work expectations.

Experience in leading groups, specifically in presenting and facilitating to drive understanding of concepts and practices that lead to new FP success.

Licensing: FINRA Series 7, 63/65 or 66 required or obtained within 90 days.

State insurance licensed and appointed in life, health and variable lines of authority or attained within 90 days.

State securities registered and insurance licensed and appointed in all states that comprise the RFO area.

Once FPs are assigned to this position, this position will require securities registrations, state insurance licenses and appointments in all states where FPs are conducting business and receiving commissions.

Satisfactory background check and clean compliance record.

Flexibility to travel within the region (may include overnight) and conduct business during evening hours.

Must have own automobile to use for business purposes.

Strongly Preferred:

Four year college degree strongly preferred.

Professional designation or history of significant progress toward achievement preferred.

Key Dependencies and Relationships:

Regional Leadership Team; vet FPs; new FPs; RFO staff; corporate recruiting, launch and practice management teams.

You don’t need to be Christian to join our team. You do need the passion to guide our members on their Wise With Money Journey, equipping them to live more content, confident and generous lives. Thrivent strives to provide an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) without regard to race, religion, color, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, sex, genetic information, or any other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal laws. This policy applies to all employees and job applicants.

Posted 30+ Days Ago

Full time


About Us At Thrivent, we believe money is a tool, not a goal. Driven by a higher purpose at our core, we are committed to providing financial advice, investments, insurance, banking and generosity programs to help people make the most of all they’ve been given. At our heart, we are a membership-owned fraternal organization, as well as a holistic financial services organization, dedicated to serving the unique needs of our customers. We focus on their goals and priorities, guiding them toward financial choices that will help them live the life they want today—and tomorrow.

For over 100 years, Thrivent has been helping people build their financial futures and live more generous lives. Today, it’s a Fortune 500 company that offers a full range of expert financial solutions, serving more than 2 million customers, as well as the communities in which they live and work.

Thrivent fosters a diverse workforce to serve our diverse clientele, reflecting a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. If you’re intrigued about our work and the possibility of becoming part of it, we invite you to visit to learn more. You won’t just build a career; you’ll be part of an organization focused on growing, innovating, and serving.

Keywords: Thrivent Financial, Birmingham , Regional Development Director, Other , Birmingham, Alabama

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