Talent Development Specialist

Important note: If selected for an interview, you will be requested to provide us with a 10-minute walk-through of one lesson within an online module you personally created. The demonstration should include an overview of the factors you considered as you built the module.

Position Overview:

Facilitates, hosts, and collaborates with on and off-campus subject matter experts, experienced facilitators, and constituents to offer and support a variety of targeted and engaging professional development experiences that align with the UCO mission and tenets. Uses research, data analysis, and a variety of feedback mechanisms to guide decisions about the types of online and instructor-led professional development experiences we offer UCO faculty, staff, and student employees. Creates and converts courses and programs into meaningful, engaging online professional development opportunities for the HR department and assists other departments as approved. Ensures all programs, courses, and events incorporate adult and design learning principles, relevant and easy-to-use educational technology, diversity and inclusion standards, and align with University policies, procedures, and best practices. Creates and connects individuals to a variety of professional development resources, tools, guides. Stays on the pulse of best practices and makes recommendations that will enhance the quality of professional development opportunities available for UCO’s faculty, staff, and student employee populations. Displays excellence, integrity, reliability, and innovation throughout all interactions with faculty, staff, student employees, and other stakeholders.

Department Specific Essential Job Functions:

Plans, designs, facilitates, executes, and evaluates all aspects of the online and hybrid New Employee Orientation programs for faculty, staff, and student employees. Serves as a Talent Development department learning management system administrator for HR courses and sessions. Assists individuals and departments across campus with session registrations, cancellations, attendance reports, and system access and course completion challenges. Assists with advertising and promoting professional development participation and feedback in a variety of ways such as posting announcements, creating surveys, conducting needs analysis, and networking. Will represent Talent Development by serving on the People & Culture divisional communications team. Keeps our intranet site updated and makes change suggestions for our external website. Assists with sessions, programs, and special event preparation, setup, implementation, management, payments, attendance tracking, reports, and evaluation. Tracks and reports budget expenditures. Performs other related duties as assigned.

College/Department Overview:

The talent development specialist role works inside of the Talent Management team, which is part of the larger Human Resources department. Talent Management is ten distinct roles that work together to attract, empower and equip UCO faculty, staff, and student employees. This role will require someone who enjoys working as part of a team inside of a fast-paced environment.


Qualifications Required:

Requires a bachelor's degree in Adult Education, HR, Communication, Education Technology, Instructional Design, Training or related field plus 3 years of equivalent work experience in a chosen field or 7+ years of equivalent work experience that provides knowledge of and exposure to fundamental theories, principles, and concepts. Requires the application of expertise in a chosen field that provided you with opportunities to develop and apply the skills of a talent development specialist, manage and implement a variety of professional development experiences, research and gain hands-on experience with the application of adult learning and/or instructional design theories, principles and best practices.

Qualifications Preferred:

M.Ed. or M.S. in training, Human Resources, Adult Education, Education Technology, Instructional Design, Communications, or a related field. Five years of professional experience writing coordinating and facilitating employee development programs and sessions, and developing adult learning opportunities. Analysis, design, development, and implementation of online courses, web-based training, and face-to-face training curricula experience. Experience with (or ability to quickly learn) learning management system administration (Skillport) or standard academic and productivity applications. Experience with utilizing Articulate Rise.

Will this employee supervise others?


Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Speaking/Writing – Confident public speaker with excellent presentation skills. Ability to effectively express ideas, instructions, and concepts; Ability to speak and write effectively and clearly. Excellent interpersonal relationship and customer service skills and the ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with a diverse population of staff/faculty, community leaders, and other stakeholders.

Judgment and Decision Making - Ability to make independent, complex decisions while simultaneously exercising personal initiative and good judgment. Practices critical thinking. Insightful and empathetic, with the ability to balance logic with compassion through the lenses of consistency and sustainability.

Social Perceptiveness – All members of the Talent Management team will work together to achieve area, departmental and divisional goals. Demonstrates good human relations skills to establish and foster good relationships throughout the entire university community. Must consistently display servant leadership. Practices active listening.

Fast-Paced Environment - Ability to keep a positive attitude during stressful situations and keep up with multiple projects. Willingness to work overtime as required. Proficient use of personal computer and ability to quickly learn and utilize the university software program and systems in the performance of regular duties.

Integrity - Job requires a high level of respect, ethical decision-making, confidentiality, and honesty. This position includes the management of a University credit card and an established budget. Excellence in the stewarding of these university funds is non-negotiable.

Reliability - Job requires a strong sense of follow through with care and excellence. All employees within the Talent Development department are expected to own their personal and professional development, displaying proactive measures taken to consistently develop as a leader, subject matter expert, and business partner for our employees.

Innovation – Job requires demonstrable skills in the area of instructional and program design. Success in this role will require a commitment to continual improvement, envisioning, and creative execution.

Physical Demands:

Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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