Oregon State University — Director of Talent Acquisition

“Talent is at the heart of the higher education enterprise. As research universities expand the boundaries of knowledge through creativity and innovation, talent is the driver that differentiates institutional outcomes.” Oregon State University (OSU) believes wholeheartedly in the value of excellent and engaged faculty, staff, and graduate assistants to its present and future success, and this commitment is codified in SP4.0 — Transformation, Excellence and Impact, OSU’s Strategic Plan. Comprehensive Talent Management is a significant aspect of the plan and OSU is seeking to hire their inaugural Director of Talent Acquisition (Director) to be an influential leader in helping to meet the plan’s objectives. 

Reporting to the Chief Human Resources Officer, the Director will be a proven HR professional, charged with leading an OSU HR Center of Expertise. The primary objective of the Director will be to design strategies and procedures that can be operationalized University-wide and that will transform the way the institution sources, attracts, and onboards world class and diverse talent. Peers of the Director will include directors of learning & development, classification & compensation, employee benefits, and HR information systems & data. Strong collaboration with their HR peers will be necessary for the Director to complete their objectives successfully. The Director will directly lead a team of two recruiters and the Director of a nationally recognized Search Advocate program. 

Founded in 1868 and one of only two land, sea, space, and sun grant universities in the U.S., Oregon State is an internationally recognized public research university that draws people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. OSU is Oregon’s statewide university. With its main campus in Corvallis, a branch campus in Bend (OSU-Cascades), and a presence in Newport (Hatfield Marine Science Center), Portland (OSU Portland Center) and online (Ecampus), the university offers more than 200 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs. It is the largest university in the state with a total enrollment exceeding 32,000 and has more majors, minors, and special programs than any other university or college in Oregon. Oregon State has earned the national distinction for Carnegie Classifications for “community engagement” and for “very high research activity.” OSU’s research expenditures have steadily risen in the recent past, with annual expenditures ranging from $380 to $440 million. OSU is distinguished by several very highly ranked programs and colleges, such as its programs in forestry, oceanography, and robotics. 

This is an opportune time to join the Human Resources team at OSU as the institution has just launched a Talent Management Initiative as an integral part of their strategic plan. The Director will be a vital part of the University Human Resources (UHR) team, that is charged with building a systemic and strategic approach to talent management that addresses the full cycle of employment at OSU. The next Director of Talent Acquisition will have direct impact in shaping OSU’s approach to implementing this major strategic objective of the institution. Specifically, the Director will be charged with creating and implementing strategies, policies, and procedures designed to develop robust candidate pipelines, build and foster strong employer branding, and generally create an excellent candidate experience. The next Director will champion diversity and inclusion in hiring and interview practices and will be responsible for training in these areas. The Director will be responsible for designing approaches to workforce planning, talent acquisition, and onboarding. The Director will create the vision for workforce planning, candidate sourcing and advertising, diversity hiring strategies, search and selection processes & compliance, the OSU search advocate program, and dual career program.

The successful candidate should be a person who takes initiative and thrives on accountability and delivering exceptional results. The Director will have strong problem-solving skills, an optimistic, customer-service mindset, resiliency, and perseverance. The successful candidate has excellent interpersonal and communication skills, integrity, and an eye for detail. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates will be proven leaders demonstrating a minimum of 5 years of progressive and strategic talent acquisition responsibilities;
  • Candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree or a combination of education and experience equivalent to;
  • Candidates will be highly collegial and have the experience and/or ability to develop and sustain relationships with customers/clients/colleagues across an organization; 
  • Candidates will have experience designing and operationalizing strategies and procedures that drive how an organization sources, attracts, and onboards talent;
  • Candidates will have experience creating and integrating diversity strategies into recruiting processes; and
  • Candidates will have knowledge of employer branding best practices, and experience developing and implementing recruitment marketing strategies.

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Experience developing a talent acquisition life cycle model including the implementation steps and customer buy in; 
  • Experience developing programs that result in excellent candidate and hiring manager experiences; 
  • Experience identifying methodologies and tools to collect and analyze meaningful data to measure performance and guide talent acquisition strategies; 
  • An in-depth understanding of a university academic environment, academic recruitment dimensions and cycles and the roles of faculty, students, staff, and administrators;
  • Social media savvy, as it pertains to sourcing talent;
  • A professional human resources certification (SPHR, PHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP); 
  • LEAN certification;
  • A diversity and inclusion recruiter certification. 

The full position profile can be found here. 

Oregon State University has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Tom Phillips, Managing Director, and Charlotte Harris, Consultant, are leading this search. Please submit a compelling letter of interest and resume here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Oregon State University, as an institution of higher education and as a community of scholars, affirms its commitment to the elimination of discrimination and discriminatory harassment, and the provision of equal opportunity for all. An objective of Oregon State University is the creation and maintenance of a positive atmosphere of nondiscrimination in every phase and activity of university operations.

Oregon State University, in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status in any of its policies, procedures, or practices.