UO hires Director of Talent Management *and* a Strategic Talent Consultant!

Names redacted because I’m sure everyone involved in this lucrative little farce has the best and most earnest intentions. The Assistant VP who wrote it is paid $136,698.

From: XXXXXXX XXXX

Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 2015 

Subject: Operations Announcement – Talent Management

Colleagues,

I am pleased to share the following news regarding some upcoming changes in Operations.

We’ve always known how important our employees are in making this a special and highly successful organization.  As a result of our recent growth/expansion and the launching of our campaign, we must further invest in our greatest asset – our talent. With this in mind, we are planning to expand on the professional development program that was previously implemented and build a talent management program that will focus on strategic talent management around recruitment, professional development, and retention.

In order to do this, we will be hiring a Director of Talent Management position who will partner with XXX XXXXXXXX to fully assess our organizational needs and build a comprehensive and robust program.  Having dedicated staff, time, and resources will help us define what this program will need to look like for University Advancement.

To expedite the program building process, we have enlisted the assistance of a talent management consultant, XXXXX XXXXXXX. XXXXX has worked with various advancement talent management teams at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Michigan, in addition to providing coaching and consulting services within the higher-ed advancement arena.  XXXXX will be soliciting input and ideas in order to help prepare for this new position.

We will be looking to collect your input on many facets.  Your involvement will be vital in making this new program one that meets the needs of our department.  In the works are surveys and meetings to collect information about our current practices around professional development and employee engagement.  Additional details will follow in the coming weeks and months.

I am happy to answer any questions you have and will continue to provide updates as we build this new important program!

XXXXXX

Assistant Vice President, XXXXX XXXXX

University Advancement University of Oregon

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7 Responses to UO hires Director of Talent Management *and* a Strategic Talent Consultant!

  1. Friday says:

    Noooooo! Please tell me this is a joke.

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  2. Conflict of Interest says:

    how to write a vaguely important sounding sentence that actually contains NO information:

    “With this in mind, we are planning to expand on the professional development program that was previously implemented and build a talent management program that will focus on strategic talent management around recruitment, professional development, and retention.”

    Later, perhaps we’ll learn what our peerless JH admins define as talent (see Bean, James).

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  3. Black Sheep says:

    So let me get this straight…Advancement has a Director of Employee Relations and they are hiring a Director of Talent Management? Seems like a duplication of effort to me. Perhaps there’s a secret plan to eliminate the employee relations director after she helps build the talent management program. After all, Advancement is committed to efficiency and elimination of duplications!

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    • Not quite. says:

      Somebody was just explaining this to me yesterday. UO employs multiple directors of employee relations, and a director to oversee the directors of employee relations. USSE (formerly OUS) has a director of employee relations, to direct the directors of the directors of employee relations at the different Universities. Sadly, not a joke.

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  4. charlie says:

    Don’t you need talent before you can manage it? Cue rimshot….

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  5. just different says:

    Maybe the faculty should counter-propose a VP of Retrenchment.

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  6. Angry Old Lady says:

    So to be clear…is this Talent position is a new teaching position? Is it part of a new school at the UO? After reading the bull shit announcement that flows like melted butter…looks more like a position the administration is gonna use to see if they have all the;positions possible sucking off the students and faculty that other Universities have acquired or thought up.
    I’m calling our blood sucking admin out….ya all need to justify your 8 hour shifts…I’m inclined to think that the entire lot of ya combined don’t put in a full shift of true work in an entire week. And you now need a talent person????
    Oh for goodness sake…its really time to clean house and start with JH. I say open the doors and air out the stench of greed and self promotion. this place stinks foul and its time to get a lawyer and take JH to court for self promotion and theft of the University for the enrichment of themselves. Not like the evidence isn’t in plain sight. Pres D had a plan…and it continues today…I’m sure D Hubin, Lorraine, Moseley are a few that can explain the plan D had for taking over the U….. in detail. Bet HR, and AAEO know of the plan too…in fact I bet anyone that lined their pocket with a phony title and a big check for keeping the plan secret can explain whats going on.

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