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Associate Director, Talent Management

Oregon State University Foundation

Corvallis, Oregon 97333
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The OSU Foundation is a high performing organization that raises in excess of $110M per year in private philanthropic support on behalf of Oregon State University. We are an organization with momentum that is on the move as we approach our next comprehensive fundraising campaign. We are growing in staff size and expect to add nearly 50 new positions over the next five years. We strive to be a best place to work organization and emphasize strategic talent management best practices in recruiting, on-boarding and retaining a very talented and engaged workforce.

A new position, the Associate Director reports to Patricia Kenney, OSUF’s Sr. Director for Talent Management, and a fourteen year veteran with the Foundation. The Talent Management team of five is charged with building and sustaining a trusted and respected HR/Talent Management function that is strategically aligned with organizational goals and able to execute our responsibilities with skill, efficiency and effectiveness.

We are a full service HR/Talent Management shop with sophisticated programs such as self-insuring health insurance, offering two health plans paired with FSA and HSA medical spending accounts, developing an educated workforce that understands self-insuring, deductibles, and medical spending accounts, offering and administering two retirement plans, developing a deep awareness of employee engagement and building talent management programs, training and professional development to drive engagement ever deeper into the organization.

This position is envisioned as the chief recruiter for exempt level positions and a strong contributor to the development and delivery of staff professional development. As in all small Talent Management offices, everyone plays a generalist role, as needed. The same will be true for this position, as a broad range of tasks and projects will be assigned in addition to the recruiting responsibilities.

Key Partners

  • Senior OSUF and OSUAA leadership, hiring managers, talent management team/colleagues

Measures of Success

  • Average tenure of major gift officers at the OSU Foundation exceeds industry norms
  • Eighty percent or greater of OSUF/OSUAAA workforce indicating ‘engaged or highly engaged’ in semi-annual employee engagement survey
  • If the Talent Management Team is a high performing, outcome oriented team, we will have done our part to achieve the goals we set for fundraising success

Profile of the Successful Candidate

The success candidate for this position will possess:

  • A four year degree that helped to build in you critical thinking and reasoning skills, very high level writing and communication skills, and systems thinking. This means thinking in terms of big picture, up-stream and down-stream, and to anticipate impacts, intended or otherwise.
  • Seven to ten years in the HR / Talent Management field with a wide variety of exposures to the work done by human resources professionals.
  • Experience that most closely aligns with the Foundation’s environment – a non-profit, fundraising organization, working in support of higher education - will be highly valued.
  • Proven track record of success as a recruiter and in developing and delivering staff training and development activities.

And these characteristics, experiences and capabilities:

  • A proven innovator.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • A very good memory.
  • Comfort with and facile use of technology.
  • A natural at networking with other people.
  • Emotional intelligence.
  • A strong sense of self, and a good sturdy ego.
  • Enthusiasm for the work at hand.
  • Deep knowledge of employment laws and the ability to nimbly navigate employee issues that come up with skill and effectiveness.
  • Ambidextrous as a team player and individual contributor. You don’t have to be an extrovert, but you do need to genuinely like people.
  • A love for the Land Grant Mission.
  • The ability to effectively multi-task, to keep many balls in the air at one time and to remain focused on the work priorities of the unit.
  • The ability to effectively manage large and complex projects, to communicate, as needed with impacted groups, and to keep things moving on time to completion.
  • Ability to travel occasionally by various modes of transportation and occasionally stay overnight.

Major Duties

Establish, cultivate and maintain on-going relationships with  the Foundation hiring managers and key campus partners (Deans, Provost, VPs, etc.) in order to understand each business unit and related recruitment needs; develop and maintain a strong rapport with key leaders in each unit.

Working with senior leadership and the hiring manager, establish a recruitment plan for each opening; execute recruitment plan by aggressively recruiting for well-qualified candidates from a variety of sources, managing the selection process to include resume screening, candidate interviews and assessment and campus visits.   Ensure that job descriptions accurately represent job requirements; assist managers to update job descriptions to current standards and expectations.  Ensure legal compliance throughout the recruiting and hiring process.

Build strong networks within the development community, both within higher education and the non-profit world in general.  Leverage networks and resources to proactively approach filling job vacancies. 

Identify best sources for advertising Foundation openings taking advantage of electronic media; create announcements, place advertising; post to the OSU Foundation website, maintain up-to-date knowledge of who has applied; communicate resume status on a regular basis with hiring manager. 

Develop student internship opportunities; design and participate in the process of bringing interns into the Foundation.

Partnering with the Sr. Director, develop and deliver state of the art training and development programs to existing OSUF/OSUAA staff, as assigned.

As a member of the Talent Management Team, participate in the development of an in-house talent pipeline; develop and deliver training, as assigned.

Lead and/or contribute to other HR/Talent Management programs and projects, such as employee engagement strategies including wellness and professional development, employee on-boarding strategies, other HR/Talent Management initiatives as needed.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Commitment to OSUF Core Values

The OSU Foundation strives to be one of the best places to work in the country. We know that the success of the Foundation depends in large part on the people who carry out our mission.  It is what we do –and how we do it -- that makes the difference. The Foundation’s core values reflect our approach to work and to each other, and we are committed to conduct consistent with these values.

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