September 30, 2020

Talent Development Manager

McKissack & McKissack, is an outgrowth of the oldest African-American owned architecture-engineering in the country, has a strong reputation for consistently delivering results on high profile projects for both government and private sector clients. This position, as part of the leadership team, will ensure the mission of creating to enriching people’s lives. The culture of the firm leverages teamwork, talent, integrity, fiscal and social responsibility to strengthen the delivery of its mission.

We are seeking leaders the exhibit the attributes of a great team player, Humble, Hungry and Smart:

  • Humble, being little go; focusing more on their teammates than on themselves.
  • Hungry, strong work ethic and driven.
  • Smart, what they say or do has a positive outcome on those around them.

The Talent Development Manager will champion a company’s efforts to attract, train, and keep the best employees. They will focus on designing and implement programs for performance management, leadership development, employee assessment, and succession planning. Talent development manager will work closely with McKissack leaders and Human Resource Director to identify training needs and create strategic solutions for improving skills across an entire company. An outgoing person that love adult learning and organizational development can thrive in this role.

What You’ll Be Doing:

Assist with Culture Building

The Talent Development Manager will with work with the CEO, COO, HR Director to build and maintain a health organization. We practice the Patrick Lencioni’s philosophy of employing “Ideal Team players” to build healthy teams and company. The position requires strategic planning bi-weekly (every 2 weeks) Town Halls to be inspiring, educational, in alignment with corporate culture and current.

Drive Employee Engagement Strategy 

Talent Development Manager will partner with McKissack leaders to implement employee engagement strategies. This will include talent systems, mentoring programs, career growth plans, and more.


Development Corporate Training Programs 

A key job of the Talent Development Manager is to collaborate with COO, HR Director and other leaders to design training programs. They will work with corporate leadership to identify individual learning initiatives that facilitate employee development. Talent development manager will make sure that key talent gets needed resources and information to effectively lead and organization towards strategic goals. They will ensure that leadership development happens at an appropriate level that meets the current and future needs of their company.

Recruitment Management

The Talent Development Manager will work with the leadership to recruit talent by leading employment searches and recruitment efforts. Including coordinating with our consultants, scheduling and preparing for interviews, follow up with job candidates, and tracking candidates. This will include assessing resource needs with leaders on a regular basis and maintaining a list of open positions tracking recruitment process. The candidate should assist in developing recruitment strategies, job announcements, position descriptions and searches.

Manage Orientation for New Employees

Managing new hire orientation and onboarding experiences for new employees is an essential responsibility for talent development managers. They will assist in the creation of internal company career paths. The onboarding process they create helps to identify high potential individuals, determine work abilities, and professional support needed to engage and retain new talent.

Develop and Manage Talent Assessments/Tracking

The talent development manager will give career and talent assessments to individuals. They utilize leadership development strategies, tools, and processes to identify learning needs and employee competencies. The results of talent assessments are then used to fill key skill gaps. Evaluating talent helps talent development managers identify employee readiness, talent gaps, and retention risks. The Talent Development Manager will track employees’ career and training path in the company and track key individuals outside of the company that may be recruited at a later date.

Measure Overall Training Effectiveness

Establishing ways to measure the total effectiveness of all learning and development programs is a key responsibility of the talent development manager. They will carefully monitor and report training data and statistics. The talent development managers will analyze this information then focus on improving employee abilities and strengthening the skill set of a company’s existing workforce.

What We Are Looking For:

  • A passion for developing employees and excellent communication skills. 
  • A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in human resources, business, education, communications or a related field.
  • A master’s degree with a concentration in management, organizational development, or business administration is preferred
  •  A plus would be academic courses in instructional design, behavioral psychology, and educational psychology
  • A minimum of five years of experience in human resources, organizational development, and talent development.
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Learning Management Systems
  • An understanding of or work experience in the AEC Industry is key. 

The following skills are essential to getting the job done:

  • Strategic Thinker – this job requires strategic thinking to design program, processes and solutions to retain and attain talent and maintain our healthy culture.
  • HR generalist skills – talent development manager will often work with human resources department to implement employee development strategies, so they should have some knowledge of this area
  • Collaborative leadership – working with various leadership stakeholders to steer overall talent development strategies is an essential task for this role
  • Data analysis – talent development managers need the ability to collect, gather, and analyze data and present concise actionable results
  • Program management – talent development managers oversee the delivery of employee development programs and manage multiple resources to achieve objectives
  • Instructional development – understanding adult learning methods and instructional design is essential for talent development managers to create effective training materials
  • Public speaking – talent development managers must be able to clearly present on a wide variety of career related topics
  • Communication skills – building strong relationships is a must-have skill to connect with fellow leaders and employees.
  • Writing skills – talent development managers commonly synthesize their findings and publish written reports and training materials
  • Organizational skills – strong planning, organizational development, and problem-solving skills are essential to successful talent development managers

What We Offer:

McKissack & McKissack offers a generous benefits package including:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • 401k
  • Company-paid holidays
  • Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Life Insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Commuter SmartBenefits
  • On the Job Training and Professional Development

McKissack & McKissack is an equal opportunity employer that recognizes the value of a diverse workforce. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other criteria protected by federal, state or local law. 

McKissack & McKissack is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer


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