Executive Director, Strategic Talent Management

Sep 26, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Executive Director, Strategic Talent Management

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Stanford University, founded in 1891, is one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Stanford is among the top academic institutions in the country, excelling in a wide range of fields from the humanities to information technology to the health sciences and medicine. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. Stanford is an outstanding place to work, with competitive benefits and salaries, access to ongoing training and education, a healthy lifestyle, intelligent and kind colleagues, a beautiful campus, exciting intellectual content, and the experience of interacting with interesting alumni and major philanthropists.

INTRODUCTION TO OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT: The Office of Development (OOD), formally organized in the 1940s, supports the goals and purposes of Stanford University and Stanford Health Care. OOD staff members, working in concert with academic leadership and volunteers, strive to enhance, over the long-term, useful gift support to Stanford. In the process, development staff establish and nurture relationships with students, alumni, parents, friends, grateful patients, corporations, foundations, and associations. The objective is to create life-long relationships that enable the university and hospital to convey its aspirations and needs to constituents who can help Stanford achieve its goals. OOD includes a central development team as well as the development staff in seven schools, athletics, and several other programs.

JOB PURPOSE: The Executive Director, Strategic Talent Management is a newly established key leadership position in OOD. Talent management has become a top priority for OOD, and the Executive Director (ED) has an exciting opportunity to design and build a comprehensive, best-in-class program. The ED reports to the Vice President for Development and is a member of his senior staff. Serving as a strategic advisor to the Vice President and leaders across Development, the ED is responsible for OOD's full talent life-cycle management including acquisition, onboarding, performance management, training, compensation, talent identification and development, succession planning, workforce planning, and analytics. The role oversees two directors and seven staff from Human Resources, Learning and Performance, and Talent Management to address all staff related issues, policies, programs, and processes with the potential to further define and build the team. The successful candidate works with a high level of independence and exercises a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgment.

The Executive Director is charged with the development and implementation of a strategic talent management program that builds on industry best practices with a cohesive, high performing talent management team. Near term areas of focus include building candidate pipelines, establishing career paths, branding, effective virtual offices, and workforce planning.

The position is critical to the long term success of OOD and its ability to meet its strategic goals and objectives in support of Stanford University and Stanford Health Care.

  • Collaborate with OOD's leadership to define talent initiatives and strategy through an excellent understanding of OOD's objectives, needs, and key success factors. Develop OOD-specific policies and programs based on best practices and industry trends.
  • Build a pipeline of internal and external talent. Create an internal talent review and development process that improves the depth and breadth of talent and skills within OOD and ensures exceptional talent is ready and able. Support or lead high level, complex searches.
  • Direct talent acquisition program and provide effective recruitment methods for development specifically.
  • Define and develop HR analytics, reporting tools, and dashboards to evaluate the effectiveness of OOD's talent strategies.
  • Design and lead strategies for facilitating organizational and behavioral change. Make recommendations on organizational design and development issues.
  • Evaluate and manage the organization's compensation program; monitor market trends and advise on competitive pay practices.
  • Participate in setting OOD-wide objectives and goals. Support and guide OOD's performance appraisal process, ensuring relevant training and guidance to managers and employees. Identify and analyze trends. Lead organizational and team effectiveness assessment.
  • Manage the performance of direct reports and create a higher performing team. Set individual and team objectives and priorities and allocate resources to align with OOD objectives and priorities. Provide coaching and feedback and identify development opportunities.
  • Participate in and/or lead University Human Resources projects and initiatives, as needed. * - Other duties may also be assigned

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and eight years relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated experience as an advisor to senior management in talent management areas, including: compensation, staffing and employment, training and development, performance coaching and management, and organizational development.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and understanding of group dynamics. Successful track record of establishing credibility and trust with a diverse client group, including senior leaders.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise on and implement organizational change.
  • Demonstrated end-to-end experience in the development and execution of organization-wide initiatives.
  • Excellent facilitation and oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare clear and concise reports and deliver formal presentations or training.
  • Demonstrated leadership and managerial courage.
  • Strategic leadership experience with a proven track record of attracting, developing and retaining a team.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking, creative problem solving, judgment, negotiation, influence, and strategic decision making skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Knowledge of or background in higher education fundraising.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite and human resource information systems. Certifications and Licenses: None PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a computer; use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally reach/work above shoulders, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp forcefully, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, write by hand, sort/file paperwork.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, operate foot and/or hand controls. * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • Travel on campus to schools/units, out of town. WORK STANDARDS:
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Job: Human Resources

    Location: Office of Development
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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