Assistant Director, Talent Management

  • Washington, DC
  • Full Time
  • People Operations
  • Experienced

Title:                        Assistant Director, Talent Management

Reports to:              Director, People operations

Job Summary:          The Assistant Director, Talent Management is responsible for managing the following programs and functions: Heritage Recruiting Strategy, performance management, succession planning, and related employee communications. Recommends and delivers talent management and organization effectiveness strategies and programs in support of the entire talent management life cycle.

Talent Management and Succession Planning

  • Assist in developing and leading a rigorous process for identifying key positions where a formal succession plan is needed, and develop with senior management a talent pipeline of people to be ready when needed.
  • Assist in defining a management competency model linked to the Heritage strategy and use it in annual assessments of managers which are linked to rewards.
  • Identify or develop a curriculum for each career track with a focus on implementing Heritage strategy through rigorous systems for talent recruitment, promotion for succession, and rewards for performance and strategic results.
  • Connect talent with job structure and promotion decisions.

New Hire Process

  • Oversee recruiting approval requests, job description revisions, job postings, vacancy, and headcount reports.
  • Oversee the vetting of job finalists, proper background checks, and competitive offers.
  • Work with Heritage Management to prepare competitive salary offers.

Performance Management

  • Research, implement and manage the overhaul and redesign of The Heritage Foundation’s Performance Management system
  • Lead the annual goal-setting process to ensure performance objectives are established.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Advisor to work with management to review staff performance evaluations annually as a basis for financial rewards and promotions, and to address and resolve performance shortcomings.


Education:                   Bachelor’s degree in HR, Business, or related field; SHRM-CP certification preferred

Experience:                 7-9 years of related experience

Communication:          Excellent communication skills in writing and verbally, both one-on-one and small group presentations; ability to handle delicate communications

Technology:                Proficient in Microsoft Office suite; Ultimate Software; DocuSign; Adobe Software

Other Requirements:

  • Leadership skills: Ability to work with staff at all levels, and assist in managing the work of People Ops staff.
  • Professionalism: highest degree with the ability to maintain confidential information, adaptability, integrity, and accountability.
  • Initiative: very high, requiring only general guidance, high degree of independent action.
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills.
  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department’s goals and objectives.
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