Talent Strategy and Engagement Specialist

Jun 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Talent Strategy and Engagement Specialist

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Department: Human Resources

Position Status: Administrative Exempt Positions

Basic Function:
Reporting to the Executive Director of Talent Strategy and Engagement, this role will support university-wide talent and engagement initiatives to achieve strategic and operational objectives, including the successful delivery of all facets of talent acquisition throughout the organization. This individual will be responsible for providing HR guidance/support to the organization in creating and implementing the following areas: competency development, succession planning, talent management, talent acquisition, employment law compliance, employee relations, employee engagement, change management and process improvement.
The role will lead key projects and initiatives for the Executive Director and the Division requiring extensive engagement with WPI internal and external constituents, including faculty, staff, community organizations, and external board members. Additionally, this position will plan and execute targeted outreach and initiatives in alignment with WPI's strategic approach.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support strategic talent, engagement and learning initiatives, events and programs across the institute. Assist in the logistical details of programs including catering orders, space reservations, and staffing needs, booking speakers or performers, program registration.
  • Support the Executive Director’s development and execution of a plan to achieve strategic and operational objectives.
  • Support the Executive Director in successful development and delivery of all facets of talent acquisition throughout the organization.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director in establishing metrics, analyze data, review and revise all print and electronic communications to promote an inclusive and engaged campus environment. Maintain and update departmental web pages, online forms, and portals for the Office. Draft, edit, and proofread correspondence supporting talent and engagement initiatives across the Division.
  • Support the Executive Director by documenting the evaluation of programs and events by assisting with informal and formal assessment and benchmarking compilation.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other campus offices and departments to ensure high quality services for all campus community members.
  • Offer confidential administrative support to the Executive Director and Associate Director.
  • Serve as liaison to the Provosts office to support faculty hiring

    Position Requirements

  • • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
    • Five or more years of related work experience, preferably in an academic setting.
    • Demonstrative commitment to inclusive hiring practices and the ability to support diversity in workforce recruitment and retention.
    • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and applicant tracking system platforms.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Products (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook).


    • Must demonstrate discretion and good judgment in handling confidential and sensitive matters. Must have the ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment regarding matters of significance.
    • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively with internal and external community including internal and external constituents.
    • Attention to detail, good organization and time management skills, and ability to work independently and collaboratively, required. Must be able to work effectively and able to handle the stress of shifting and competing priorities and meet deadlines. Reacts well under pressure, manages competing demands, shows resourcefulness and works proactively.
    • Available to work occasional extended hours, which may include nights and weekends during the academic year
    • Demonstrated skill in establishing good working relationships with students, staff and faculty. Excellent interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively in public settings, required.
    • Critical thinker, and mature problem solver required. Demonstrates a willingness to take ownership for wide-ranging responsibilities with accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and monitor own work to ensure quality.
    Preferred Experience:
    • Successful experience supporting HR or talent functions in research or academic environments.
    • Demonstrated success in utilizing social media tools and resources
    • HR Certification (PHR or SPHR)
    • Experience in supporting initiatives that impact positive change
    • Experience analyzing and compiling data

    Posting Date: 06/13/2017

    Open Until Filled: No

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    EEO Information:
    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability. We are looking for individuals who value creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.

    Criminal Background Check Statement:
    A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

    To apply, visit: https://careers.wpi.edu/postings/4694

    WPI, the nation's third oldest private technological university, established in 1865 by New England industrialists John Boynton and Ichabod Washburn consists of 80 acres set in a safe, residential section of Worcester, Massachusetts—the second largest city in New England—home to 13 colleges, and situated 40 miles west of Boston.


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