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Colgate University, one of America’s top liberal arts colleges, invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of Director of Talent Management and Development.

college-photo_4532._445x280-zmmAbout the University

Colgate University is a highly selective, residential, liberal arts institution that offers 54 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students. Classes are small, averaging 17 students, and are taught by 303 full-time faculty. The university’s 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.

The undergraduate student body is culturally and internationally diverse; 24 percent of Colgate students identify as individuals of color and 8 percent come to the university from outside the United States. There is also a very small graduate student cohort. The university’s graduation rate is more than 90 percent, which is one of the highest in the nation, and more than 93.5 percent were either employed or enrolled in graduate study within one year of graduation. Colgate graduates have received prestigious scholarships and fellowships, including Fulbright grants, Goldwater Scholarships, Udall Scholarships, and Watson Fellowships.

The university’s academic program is grounded in its liberal arts core curriculum, which has been in place since 1928 and, while it has evolved significantly, is required for every undergraduate. The four core classes are Legacies of the Ancient World, Challenges of Modernity, Communities and Identities, and Scientific Perspectives.

Colgate has a rich tradition of international study and has one of the largest faculty-led off-campus study programs in the nation. Twenty-one off-campus, semester-long study groups, averaging 14 students, travel to locations across the globe, including Australia, Asia, Europe, South America, and within the United States. Roughly two-thirds of Colgate students study off campus during their undergraduate years.

Colgate students are highly involved, with access to more than 180 student organizations, including 10 religious organizations, 40 community service groups, and 5 fraternities and 3 sororities. Approximately 20 percent of students participate in 25 NCAA Division I varsity athletics teams, and 80 percent of students are involved in some form of varsity, club, or intramural athletics.

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This newly created position will have a key role in aligning talent management with the University’s strategic plan. This is an opportunity to utilize expert leadership, innovation and functional expertise to identify and drive the University’s talent management efforts including development of talent acquisition, engagement and development strategies, workforce planning, engagement and performance management, development and succession all within a dynamic and changing environment.

Reporting to the Vice President for Human Resources, the Director will partner closely with senior leadership and other campus partners to improve Talent acquisition and organizational and individual engagement and performance. This is a unique opportunity to build a talent management function that furthers several critical initiatives endorsed by the Vice President and reflective of the Divisions goal to ensure high engagement and performance.


As the expert-advisor in talent-related strategies, the new Director will provide leadership, overall direction, collaborate with key stakeholders to design and implement core strategies and processes to drive long-term successful performance throughout the University. These strategies include talent acquisition, workforce planning, onboarding, performance management, employee engagement, and succession planning, staff and leadership development and change management.

* Develop and implement strategies to create pipelines of talented and diverse candidates for all roles within assigned organizations;

* Ability to diagnose retention issues and incorporate solutions by creating a continuous employee-learning environment through career counseling programs and performance development efforts;

* Create effective performance management programs that identify distinctions in performance, capability and potential to ensure programs are suitably linked to and leveraged by other talent and rewards programs;

* Utilize workforce analytics to create strategies designed to promote a consistent and collaborative culture while advancing employee engagement and reducing the administrative burden on departments;

* Assess current performance management programs and implement changes to ensure simplicity and effectiveness. Provide strategic leadership and guidance to ensure the success of all performance management initiatives;

* Create staff development strategies tailored to various populations for succession planning and job readiness for critical positions/high potentials by assessing organizational and individual needs, determine development strategy and approach and identify tools to support high performance;

* Measure and monitor a data driven model of workforce engagement and efficiency to ensure the model leads to data-driven, actionable steps and informs design of talent programs. Ensures consistency and relevancy of talent models with centralized financial planning and analysis functions;

* Research, identify, recommend and/or oversee vendor services associated with talent management, including learning and organizational development;

*Within all talent management program designs and execution, ensures continued support and development of campus-wide inclusion and representation priorities.

college-photo_4458.The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will be a change agent able to drive innovation in a complex and dynamic environment. With an exceptional energy level, drive and a commitment to excellence, this individual must be a strong leader who can coach and inspire performance throughout the University. Candidates should also demonstrate these qualities:

* Excellent project management, program management and negotiation skills;

* High levels of creativity and assessment skills;

* Demonstrated experience in building recruiting and development functions, with the ability to anticipate and get in front of potential roadblocks;

* Excellent business, marketing and quantitative acumen, using data to drive effectiveness in the recruitment training processes;

* Strong leadership skills, both direct and indirect;

* Ability to work well cross-functionally and influence across the organization;

* Experience being innovative and applying creative solutions in approach to implementing best practices in talent acquisition and development;

* Superb written and verbal communications.

The ideal candidate will have 10+ years of recruiting management with a minimum five years combination of recruitment and training and/or development and HR. Bachelor's degree required; Master’s preferred.

How to Apply

Interested individuals should send a letter of application that relates the applicant’s skills and experiences to the stated qualifications for the position along with a resume that reflects notable achievements. Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically to The subject line in the email should be DTMDCU. Confidential inquiries should be made to Megan Spelman, Vice President, William Spelman Executive Search, at (585) 366-4329.

Confidentiality will be maintained, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge or approval of the candidate. For full consideration, all materials should be received by Friday, January 29, 2016. Materials arriving after this date will be reviewed and considered until the position is filled.

Colgate is committed to responding to the diverse educational needs of our students, and strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives, identities, ways of life, and philosophies. Colgate is an EEO/AA employer; women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

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