• Director of Talent Management

    Location US-IL-Chicago
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  • Overview

    The Director of Talent Management will develop and drive the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s (GCFD) critical talent management function.  Leverage business partnering skills to build systems to attract, develop and retain talent from the entry-level to key leadership positions.  Partner with both the management and leadership teams to also drive the development strategies to align with the organization’s objectives and growth projections, to include identifying and maintaining leadership competencies, succession management, career development, training and strengthening the performance management process.

    Serve as a strategic thought partner, providing solutions to organizational and departmental concerns, driving employee engagement, and positively impacting the organization’s culture while ensuring it aligns with our mission.  Provide human resources partner support to several critical functions within the organization.


    • Design and implement processes for growth of all levels of employees through performance management, career development/pathing and training resulting in a performance driven, growth oriented organization.
    • Reimagine GCFD’s organizational development strategy in support of cultural transformation, innovation and accountability that are in alignment with the strategic vision and organization’s values.
    • Drive the coordination and completion of the performance management review process and associated talent calibration activities.
    • Consult with leaders on ways to effectively assess strengths, identify gaps, and help employees create/achieve their career aspirations. 
    • Design and implement programs, including coaching, mentoring, change management to support improved organizational effectiveness.
    • Identify and create unique opportunities to train and development both individuals and teams of high performers. 
    • Partner with leaders to support hiring efforts, to identify recruitment strategies, as well as ensure diverse candidate slates and top quality candidate selection. 
    • Develop longer-term forecasting hiring needs, especially for critical roles. Analyze candidate sourcing methods for the hiring process, to include strategic interviewing techniques using competency modeling for selection.
    • Develop retention strategies for the organization to ensure the attraction of high performance and diverse talent. 
    • Support workforce planning efforts by coaching leaders to optimally align talent in a way that balances the organization’s needs with individual career aspirations. 
    • Serve as the human resources partner for specific departmental functions ensuring the effective implementation of HR processes and programs, resolution of employee relations issues and deliver HR solutions.
    • Use data and analytics to inform recommended improvement solutions for both development and training of employees. 


    • Bachelor’s degree in a Human Resources concentration, or related field required. Master's degree preferred, with a concentration in Human Resources, Organization Development or Business related field preferred.
    • Significant experience in a strategic Talent Management/OD role working with employees at all levels of the organization to develop and deliver strategically aligned talent solutions.
    • Significant knowledge of, and practical experience applying assessment and development tools, including personal inventories, 360 degree feedback, competency models and coaching interventions.
    • Must have strong project planning and execution skills. 
    • Previous experience providing direct human resources support including employee relations and HR solutions implementation or the willingness to develop these skills and leadership abilities.
    • Demonstrated ability to positively influence others and to deal tactfully and confidently. 
    • Demonstrated analytical skills with a strong bias for action and keen sense of urgency. 
    • Must have strong team and relationship building skills.
    • Must be highly adaptable and experienced in working in a fast-paced environment. 
    • Excellent written/verbal communication skills are a must.
    • Demonstrated usage of change management and organizational development and design techniques.
    • Prior experience in nonprofit a plus. 
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.


    • General office environment; limited exposure to warehouse environment
    • Interacts with GCFD leadership team, staff, volunteers and vendors.


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