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Senior Director Talent Development

General Description

Sr. Director, Talent Development will formulate the roadmap for leadership criteria, learning, development, and talent management.  Drive an end-to-end process for talent management broadly defined with a continuous focus on diverse business strategies and organizational objectives. Provide strategic and operational direction for talent management and leadership development initiatives, including leading talent reviews, succession planning, leadership learning and development programs, and a comprehensive talent pipeline.  Leads and builds, development, and deployment of strategic workforce planning processes, methodologies, tools and systems across the entire organization. Contributes to the development of strategic workforce planning strategies and solutions partnering closely business leaders in order to close talent gaps and optimize efforts to leverage resources more effectively in meeting business needs.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and maintain a robust Talent strategy that support’s the organization’s business objectives.
  • Builds strong relationships with Executive Leadership Team and key stakeholders.
  • Provide direction for the organization’s talent framework that underpins its assessment, selection, development and recognition of talent and manages onboarding and integration.
  • Activates and continuously builds innovative talent management programs and processes to improve the engagement, performance, and movement of talent across the university – this may include development and management of talent profiles, career paths, performance management processes, multi-source feedback, succession planning, and talent reviews.
  • Coordinates, promotes alignment and drives excellence across HR programs and functions to ensure that the Talent priorities are incorporated into planning.
  • Manage project plans and partners with the business and all HR team members to design, deploy and ensure desired outcomes are met.
  • Creates a learning and development strategy that addresses workforce capabilities, skills and competencies needed to support current and future organizational strategies.
  • Ensure learning and development programs embrace new technologies and multi-faceted delivery approaches.
  • Create approaches and tools for building the organization’s overall effectiveness and well-being of its employees through engagement efforts, retention strategies, team development, and culture enhancement efforts.
  • Provides organizational development solutions and services which focuses on delivering on the long-range plan through alignment of strategy, structure, processes, people, systems and rewards.
  • Further develop the organization’s change management and agility skills through robust readiness assessments, learnings, and interventions designed to increase early adoption and ownership of change.
  • Create, utilize and embed organizational development tools, models, and frameworks across talent management and talent development initiatives.
  • Demonstrates and quantifies ROI for the Talent organization by developing appropriate metrics and tracking mechanisms to build accountability, measure results, and optimize the impact of the talent management and organizational development programs.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Hires, leads, manages and develops the following:
  • Talent Acquisition staff assigned to support NU and NUS client groups
  • Talent Learning & Development staff assigned to support NU and NUS client groups


Education & Experience

  • Theoretical knowledge typically achieved through a related four-year college experience, such as a
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business, Communications or a related field.
  • Master’s degree in a related field is strongly preferred.
  • Fifteen years (15) of experience in combination of Human Resources Management and Leadership of strategic talent initiatives.
  • Experience in Human Resources Leadership and Management in a Higher Education institution is preferred.
  • Proven ability to lead teams directly and indirectly; demonstrated experience managing multiple, complex initiatives simultaneously and determining priorities based on what is most important to the organization’s success.


  • Expert at employee development, performance management, workforce planning and organizational learning, as well as a thorough understanding of TA/Recruiting life cycle and best practices.
  • Working knowledge of talent acquisition, HR systems, compensation and benefits.
  • Strong skills and experience managing talent initiatives, internal consulting, facilitations, and design of learning and organization development interventions.
  • Proven project management skills, organization skills, and strong time management skills are required. 
  • Strong organization management skills and a high level of detail orientation with project management capabilities includes experience handling multiple key projects at a time.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office, Email and HRIS skills.
  • Proven ability to lead teams directly and indirectly; demonstrated experience managing multiple, complex initiatives simultaneously and determining priorities based on what is most important to the university’s success.
  • Success in driving and achieving results by setting goals, using measurement methods to monitor progress toward goals, and tenaciously working to meet or exceed goals.
  • Executive presence and experience in influencing and gaining commitment from senior leadership and other key stakeholders to the actions that will advance their goals and university’s initiatives.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data and leverage those insights into critical decisions.
  • Stays current with trends, research and best practices in adult learning and talent development.
  • Highly collaborative with an ability to work across multiple organization levels, geographies and partner with cross-functional teams.
  • Proven you are self-motivated, action-oriented and able to work independently. You can run with little direction and make sound decisions under conditions of uncertainty.
  • Experience leading functional teams or large, cross functional projects.
  • Experience developing experiences, tools and resources and criteria for evaluating effectiveness of training activities.


  • Outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to exercise tact and diplomacy and a high level of confidentiality.
  • Highest level of integrity and stellar judgment possessing a consulting mindset and background.
  • Outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to exercise tact and diplomacy and a high level of confidentiality.
  • Ability to think strategically in a complex, ambiguous environment.
  • Deadline-driven, organized and able to multitask with a history of proven delivery of results.
  • Comfort with ambiguity and proven ability to create clarity.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal savvy.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous learning and development; is adaptable, resilient, and flexible.
  • Proven ability to present at small and large groups of managers and employees.
  • Project management and change management skills are required to ensure projects are moving forward.
  • Strong business acumen, time management and organization skills.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills with an ability to articulate resolutions in a swift, yet thorough manner.
  • Familiarity with various ATS and LMS implementations, PeopleSoft ERP system, ADP E-time
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current applicable laws and regulations regarding student and employee policies and privacy records (Title IX, Clery Act, VAWA, Campus SaVE Act, and FERPA).
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