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VP Director of Talent and Strategic Initiatives - UND

    June 15, 2022

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    VP/Director of Talent & Strategic Initiatives

    The UND Alumni Association & Foundation is seeking a VP/Director of Talent & Strategic Initiatives to be an ambassador of culture leading in the areas of talent acquisition, learning and professional development, performance management, and team member relations. As a strategic project manager, this individual will work with the team to analyze and prioritize critical business challenges making sure objectives are met to achieve long-term business success.

     As an integral part of the UND Alumni Association & Foundation team, we value excellent organizational, interpersonal, and leadership skills, as well as a proven ability to develop relationships, embrace culture, and achieve objectives.



    Reporting to the CEO, the VP of Talent and Strategic Initiatives will develop as well as maintain effective programs for retention, promotion and succession planning in ways that align with the overall mission, strategic objectives, and desired culture of the Organization. The individual also leads initiatives in the areas of talent acquisition, learning and professional development, performance management, and employee relations.

    The  VP of Talent and Strategic Initiatives will play a key role in driving and supporting the talent agenda and designing and implementing critical career development experiences across the company to help employees grow and develop.  This individual will also serve as a strategic partner to managers to help resolve issues, make informed decisions, navigate workplace dynamics and drive career growth.  

    As a strategic project manager, this individual will work with the team to analyze and prioritize critical business challenges making sure objectives are met to achieve long term business success while providing recommendations in collaboration with Senior Management. This individual will oversee cross-functional, organization-wide projects or initiatives and will bring together important stakeholders to help drive decisions. 




    • Provide strategic leadership in the areas of talent, culture, and inclusion
    • Recruit, interview, and facilitate the hiring of qualified job applicants for open positions; collaborates with departmental managers to understand skills and competencies required for openings, develop effective sourcing and recruitment strategies to build a pipeline of qualified candidates
    • Develop effective relationships within the organization and the hiring community to have influence and impact the recruiting process and hiring including talent pools/pipeline of passive candidates for forecasted/upcoming positions
    • Run the performance management process: Provide professional expertise and support in the design, development and implementation of the talent review process that is required to achieve business goals and results in the creation of an internal bench of top talent, including current job descriptions, standards of performance and performance evaluation instruments and including assistance with creation of development plans, tracking progress on development plans, monitoring succession plans
    • Create 3-year professional development plan for employees
    • Contribute to the design and implementation of career development strategies, tools and resources and provide strategic plan in implementation of assessments (Hogan, Clifton Strengths, Working Genius, etc.)
    • Research and assist in the development of training programs that focus on enabling employees to achieve improvements with priority organizational concerns.
    • Conduct presentations and training.
    • Work with leaders and external providers to conduct evaluation, assessments, and implement other related talent tools. Develop strategy for follow up. 
    • Build an extended onboarding program that complements our current program
    • Develop, initiate, and maintain effective programs for workforce retention, promotion, and succession planning
    • Manage education and training tools (EAB, Academic Impressions, Etc.)
    • Create and maintain an environment of equal employment opportunity, diversity, and competitive advantage in support of the company's diversity and inclusion strategic plan.
    • Manage and resolve complex employee relations issues
    • Attend and participate in employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and investigations.
    • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.


    • Participate in organizational strategic planning and provide leadership 
    • Define and track key performance indicators and metrics to measure success and drive accountability. Continuously look for ways to simplify and drive process improvements and efficiencies.
    • Create and implement strategies that promote the development of talent and engagement of staff. Using a DEI lens, modernize our approach to recruitment, onboarding, retention, training, leadership development, goal setting, performance management, and learning and growth opportunities


    Education:         Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management or related field

    Experience:        7+ years’ experience of broad HR experience including talent management and project management. Experience designing, developing, and supporting organization-wide talent management programs as well as identifying and implementing key organizational initiatives.



    • Ability to work for extended periods at computer workstations, including keyboard and visual display terminal.
    • Finger, hand, and wrist dexterity.
    • Ability to see, read, and comprehend written materials. 


    • Ability to develop, implement, and support talent management throughout the Foundation
    • Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships, engage others and influence outcomes
    • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
    • Excellent interpersonal, counseling, and negotiation skills.
    • Strong presentation skills.
    • Excellent leadership skills.
    • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.  
    • Thorough understanding of recruiting methods and best practices, as well as applicable policies and federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.