Company: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Location: Fayetteville

Job Summary

University of Arkansas Human Resources is seeking an accomplished Director of Talent Development to serve in the strategic role of creating and managing a comprehensive learning and talent development program that is exceptional at delivering on the promise to attract, retain and engage, a diverse and driven workforce to advance the mission of the University of Arkansas and foster an inclusive, healthy, and productive campus community where all can thrive.
This position is a senior leadership position in Human Resources, reporting directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources.

Detailed Job Description

Responsibilities for this position include create and implement an overarching Learning Strategy through innovative learning and development solutions; build and design cohesive campus-wide learning and development programs including needs assessment, content development, facilitation and implementation using internal and external resources; partner closely with Campus Leadership to understand talent needs and help direct the design and development of programs to align with organizational goals and strategy; partner with content Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in the organization to design and deliver training content; design and launch systemic learning programs that encompasses the employee lifecycle: early career, high potential, people leadership and executive leadership development; support planning and delivery of the career management strategy, including individual development planning, departmental career ladders and integration of competency-based models; work collaboratively with leadership and management team to ensure individual development plans (IDPs) are in place for all key talent, high potentials and succession candidates to enhance their ability to achieve goals and to assume increased levels of responsibility; develop the infrastructure for all training and development programs by establishing standardized methods and procedures for development, delivery, evaluation, measurement and reporting; identify success metrics and regularly report on progress and gaps; develop a framework for tracking effectiveness of trainings in all formats (self-learning, instructor led learning, virtual and remote learning, supplemental materials, interactive learnings)that you will do.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job function of this job, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

About the Company

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Human Resources Development, Education, Organizational Psychology, Organizational Development, or related field from an accredited institution of higher education
  • At least eight years of full-time advanced experience in Human Resources with demonstrated experience in building, designing, implementing, and measuring enterprise-wide learning and development strategies and programs for individuals and teams
  • At least three years of experience at a Director level

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Human Resources, Human Resources Development, Education, Organizational Psychology, Organizational Development, or related field from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Experience in Higher Education Human Resources
  • At least ten years of advanced HR experience
  • At least five years of Director experience
  • Professional Certification
  • Experience with and knowledge of Workday or a similar system

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of adult learning principles and techniques
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret policies, procedures, financial reports, and legal documents
  • Ability to identify, develop, and evaluate programs to meet identified campus needs
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the University community
  • Ability to write informative articles for internal publication on the HR website that conforms to prescribed style and format
  • Ability to effectively present information to administration, public groups, and Deans, Directors and Chairs, under the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor
  • Ability to effectively supervise  individuals and groups


As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

Travel Requirements


Additional Information

Pre-employment Screening Requirements: Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry
The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture and climate that embeds inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.