Development Opportunities

Development Opportunities

Talent Development at Cleveland Clinic

To help achieve our shared goals, we offer many development opportunities for caregivers to self-select to further their careers, including:

  • Development course tracks for each level of leadership through the Global Leadership and Learning Institute
  • Global Leadership and Learning Institute curriculum for executive and medical management training
  • A robust career planning website for caregivers
  • Blended learning opportunities using classroom, online and on-the-job formats
  • Mentoring programs
  • Accelerated development programs for high potential caregivers
  • An Emerging Leader program for aspiring leaders
  • Technical training in all clinical and technical fields

Additionally, we have caregivers in accelerated development programs. These participants are identified through Cleveland Clinic’s Succession Planning and Individual Development Planning processes and represent our future leadership.

Building Your Future in Healthcare

Cleveland Clinic’s center for leaning and development is the Global Leadership and Learning Institute.

“We are proud to support our caregivers to grow and learn in their careers with a focus on what matters most at Cleveland Clinic. We will partner to provide resources, insight and workshops to create a Coaching culture based on respect, build healthy Teams, embrace and lead Change and Thrive by bringing your whole self to work.”

- Gina Cronin, Executive Director, Global Leadership and Learning Institute

As we transform our model of care, we need the Power of Every One to be successful.

All caregivers have the opportunity to access to tools and resources that help them develop and lead in several ways.

  • Leading self
  • Leading others
  • Leading managers

We believe caregivers develop better — and faster — when they own their careers. We believe we all benefit when caregivers are supporting in being a part of the changes in healthcare.

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Our Model

Broaden capabilities by applying what caregivers learn in the work they do. Our Career Development Model emphasizes growth through job-related experiences — when development takes place in real time. Caregivers also gain exposure to new knowledge and skills when they interact with others at Cleveland Clinic. Formal education is available when it’s timely and valuable to support professional goals.

Our Approach

It’s simple. We ask caregivers to “Seek to understand yourself. Be aware of the environment around you. And with that knowledge, plan for your future.”

Career Management

We partnered with Harvard ManageMentor to offer caregivers a complete Career Management module. It helps the better understand their career aspirations and how to progress forward.

At Cleveland Clinic, we develop the leaders of tomorrow. It’s part of our efforts to retain top talent and prepare our organization for the future.

We do this by engaging others to be their best and empowering personal and professional growth. That means developing, inspiring and connecting leaders to our vision — and their role in leading change within Cleveland Clinic.

Lead Forward

Our Lead Forward development programs are designed for all people. Whether you’re starting your career or at the most senior levels of management, our programs offer valuable skills and insights to apply in your daily work.

By taking part in one of these programs, we intend for participants to:

  • Grow leader capability to inspire teams toward fulfilling Cleveland Clinic’s mission, vision and goals.
  • Foster a culture of teaming and collaboration that supports relationships and high reliability — all toward putting Patients First.
  • Appreciate the importance of continual learning and become aware of resources to support your learning journey.

Program Descriptions

  • Harnessing Potential
  • Empowering Others
  • Transforming Enterprise

Lead Forward is just one of many development programs for caregivers. Cleveland Clinic's Education Institute collaborates closely with our Global Leadership and Learning Institute to provide leadership development to healthcare executives from around the world. As an example, the Samson Global Leadership Academy for Healthcare Executives offers one- and two-week immersion courses in leadership development and systems thinking, and has attracted healthcare leaders from more than 26 countries.

Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition Reimbursement

We offer tuition to all caregivers who have been employed for a year or more toward the completion of graduate and undergraduate degrees. Tuition is reimbursed at the end of the semester after each student satisfactorily completes the approved coursework. Investing in our caregivers futures enables us to continue to provide the best care for our patients.

In 2017, over 3,174 caregivers participated and over $10.2 million was reimbursed.

Annual Maximum Cap Allowance

Type of Degree Nursing Major Non-nursing Major Physician Assistant Major
Graduate, Doctorate & PhD Full Time: $7,500
Part Time: $3,750
Full Time: $4,500
Part Time: $2,500
Full Time: $7,500
Part Time: $3,750
Bachelor Full Time: $5,000
Part Time: $2,500
Full Time: $3,000
Part Time: $1,150
Full Time: NA
Part Time: NA
Associate Full Time: $2,500
Part Time: $1,250
Full Time: $1,500
Part Time: $750
Full Time: NA
Part Time: NA

Cleveland Clinic collaborates with EdAssistâ„¢ to schedule and facilitate onsite and online college fairs and to process tuition reimbursement requests.

Total Rewards

Total Rewards

As Cleveland Clinic has grown, two central values have anchored us: our commitment to delivering world class care and treating our caregivers the same way. This means attending to physical, emotional, spiritual, vocational and financial needs. Our benefits include multiple health and dental plan choices, vision and prescription drug coverage, life and disability insurance, flex spending, partner benefits and more. In addition, we provide savings, investment and pension plans, wellness programs, paid time off, career development, and performance reviews. The total additional value of Cleveland Clinic benefits typically adds up to almost 30% of an employee’s base pay.

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Performance Management

Performance Management

We strive to provide all of our caregivers with annual or biannual performance and development reviews from management. This allows caregivers and management the opportunity to address existing concerns and set performance and development goals for the future.

“We are striving to exceed the expectations of our hiring leaders and create the most positive candidate experience possible through innovative applications of technology.”

- Chris Reardon
Executive Director, Talent Acquisition



Our center for Technology-Enhanced Knowledge and Instruction provides all employees with access to classes on a variety of topics, from compliance and patient safety to specific topic for physicians, nurses and other professional groups.

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH

We partner with Project SEARCH to provide on-site internship experiences to young adults with disabilities. This program helps them acquire skills that can lead to competitive employment.