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Talent Development Specialist 1 - Career Development

Company: Stanford University
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:


We are looking for a Talent Development Specialist - Career Development to join our Talent Management and Workforce Strategy team that focuses on attracting and retaining high-quality employees, developing their skills, and continuously motivating them to perform at their highest potential in the pursuit of achieving the University's mission. This role will partner with the Director of Talent Management and Organizational Development to play a key role in designing, developing, implementing and maintaining the talent development initiatives, with a primary focus on staff career development at Stanford University through sharing of ideas, expertise and insights. It is an exciting opportunity to serve as a liaison between University Human Resources and all schools/business units to help maximize the potential of our staff performance and growth by effectively supporting the change management.

As a Talent Development Specialist - Careers and Connections, you responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with business leaders to regularly, and proactively, assess evolving needs and actively identify opportunities to develop and deliver learning and career development solutions for staff such as career design, networking, mentoring and coaching.
  • Apply a rapid design process starting with needs analysis to determine appropriate staff career development program requirements, methodologies, and modality. Partner with external consultants as required in project management capacity to develop and deliver programs.
  • Identify opportunities to implement and deliver talent development solutions such as career design and internal networking, mentoring, coaching and others including system training, process set-up, communication and performance support tools.
  • Partner with the talent development team to build a vision for creating career growth opportunities in a flexible working environment.
  • Manage and sustain career development programs such as Career Connections.
  • Design and deploy surveys and other measurement tools to track and report progress on talent development processes, and programs to evaluate and measure program effectiveness to determine conclusions and recommendations for future needs to enhance programs and processes to ultimately improve the engagement, performance, and movement of talent across the university.
  • Operate independently to plan, develop, and execute one or more parts of larger career development projects.
  • Provide ongoing support to local HR groups and employees/program participants, and proactively ensure the program is engaging and successful.
  • Manage queries and issues relating to existing learning and career development programs, with an eye to continuously improve.
  • Support local HR groups in the administration and management of all talent development programs by developing strong collaborative relationships with all members of the HR department and other stakeholders such as HR Systems and Communications teams.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Possess subject matter expertise on talent development practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish a strong partnership with the human resources partners and other members of the management team.
  • Expertise and experience developing and implementing effective talent development solutions, including career development, learning and development, performance management, and organizational effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated ability to build cross-functional relationships amongst multiple diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong program/project management skills and experience.
  • Ability to build the confidence of others through open communication and respectful behavior.
  • Ability to connect with customers, partners, suppliers, and colleagues across functions to achieve significant results.
  • Ability to positively influence others by gaining consensus through factual information and cooperation from others to accomplish common goals

Certifications and Licenses:

  • None


  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, perform desk based computer tasks, use a telephone, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, operate foot and/or hand controls.


  • Travel on campus to schools/units.


  • 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,

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more

We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

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.

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

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4713
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: I
  • Requisition ID: 89407

Keywords: Stanford University, Redwood City , Talent Development Specialist 1 - Career Development, Other , Redwood City, California

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