Manager, Talent and Organizational Development

Red Deer (City), Alberta
Salary commensurate with education and experience.
September 8, 2020
November 7, 2020
Job Level
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred

Reporting to the Director, Human Resources, the Manager, Talent and Organizational Development is a strategic partner and advisor to the Human Resources Division and to the broader College community.

The Manager will be responsible for providing direction in the creation, management and execution of organization-wide, inclusive strategies and programs to build leadership and employee capability to meet the current and future needs of the College and in alignment with the College’s strategic plan.  These programs will focus on acquiring and on-boarding top talent; building a resource and succession pipeline; performance management and goal setting; employee recognition and engagement; and developing employee learning and development solutions that impact individuals, teams, departments and the organization overall.  The manager will bring expertise in Strategic Workforce Planning and Organizational Development to support Red Deer College (RDC) as we transition to University status.

The Manager will carry out assigned responsibilities with a high degree of independence. In addition, they are expected to support a culture of lifelong learning, continuous personal and professional development, leadership enhancement and excellence in human resource practices. They will also model attitudes and behaviours consistent with the College vision, mission, values, and leadership philosophy.

The Human Resources Division is responsible for expanding the organizational capacity for human resource management through ongoing change initiatives, leadership, teamwork, and innovation.  This position will function collaboratively as a member of the Human Resources Leadership team to provide leadership and consultative services to ensure progressive people practices and the development of sustainable workforce capability as part of the College strategic direction. 


Strategic Workforce Planning and Organization

  • Leads the critical University transition work on behalf of RDC to conduct strategic workforce planning, gather workforce insights, identify the necessary models and programs, and facilitate the subsequent organizational design to execute change
  • Responsible for organizational change management as well as early work on Career Pathways for our employees, succession planning and leadership development approaches
  • Plans, develops and implements learning and development programs for RDC employees
  • Develops workforce strategic plans that incorporate future requirements and succession planning needs
  • Conducts workforce gap analyses and assessments to identify gap reduction strategies including an evaluation of operational effectiveness, including systems, policies, and standards; identification of defects, gaps, and areas of risk; documentation of workforce trends
  • Directs the needs assessment for learning and staff development to enhance the effectiveness of employee performance in achieving RDC goals and objectives
  • Designs and develops HR training programs for management (Management Development, Champions of Change, Change Agility etc.)
  • Contributes to the development of a corporate learning strategy that addresses organizational needs, ensures a return on investment for professional development funding and aligns with business strategies
  • Provides recommendations on how to structure the organization and deploy the workforce
  • Incorporates internal and external barriers to accomplishing strategic workforce goals into planning
  • Provides leadership tools (e.g. dashboards, presentations, etc.) to assist with measuring progress
  • Undertakes special projects or assumes special responsibilities from time to time as assigned by the Director, Human Resources
  • The emphasis and priorities related to the areas of responsibility may vary from time to time and will be determined through discussion and negotiation with the Director based on divisional and College goals
  • All employees are expected to behave in compliance with College values, policies, procedures and core competencies
  • The Manager is responsible for ensuring effective communication, collaboration, and liaison with internal and external parties in collaboration with the Director



Talent Acquisition and Onboarding

  • Partners with Senior Administration and exempt Managers to build out RDC’s future leaders who have the capability to curate and manage high-performing teams including maintaining the effective development of RDC’s internal Management Development program and Champions for Change leaders
  • Builds the case for change and facilitates the system for leaders to attract, develop, retain and energize our talent to meet workforce demands now and in the future
  • Contributes to the creation of a comprehensive talent acquisition strategy and process for various employee groups (prioritizing targeted high volume and critical roles) and will manage recruitment and staffing plans to ensure a diverse and superior work force, while maximizing retention
  • Responsible for identifying organizational capability gaps and developing strategies to overcome these gaps
  • Explores system solutions and policies related to talent management, onboarding and resource planning to achieve operational excellence, consistency of experience and compliance with legislation and relevant collective agreements

Employee Experience and Culture

  • Leads institutional strategy and actionable outcomes following the annual employee engagement survey, Voice of the Employee
  • Modernizes our organizational performance management system that emphasizes the development of employee performance, measurement and goal setting and results in a high performing and engaged employee base focused on the achievement of institutional strategic goals
  • Benchmarks, designs and implements an RDC Human Equity strategy and program
  • Chair the Diversity and Human Equity Committee
  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of an employee engagement and recognition strategy, systems and related programs that will foster a healthy and productive work environment where employees feel valued and engaged
  • Focuses on Employee Communications in partnership with Marketing and Communications
  • Collaborates in the development and maintenance of human resource policies and is responsible for ensuring consistent accountability and delivery of standards, practices and expectations across all Schools/Divisions and programs

Talent and Organizational Development Leadership

  • Provides ongoing guidance to team members to ensure effective knowledge transfer and to support their professional growth and development
  • Responsible for the Talent Management and Organizational Development sections of the annual service and operational plan ensuring alignment with the strategic plan of the institution
  • Acts as a member of the HR leadership team
  • Acts as a change agent and takes ownership by driving innovation and continuous learning to proactively tackle disruptors
  • Contributes to the innovation and implementation of a modernized HR Service Delivery Model with consideration for the development and integration of electronic HR systems/tools to maximize employee self-service and organizational decision making
  • Champions the business processes, internal controls and technology requirements to support the effective delivery of human resource services to all internal and external stakeholders

Personnel Management

  • Facilitates effective recruitment, retention, performance management, and where necessary, supervision in compliance with Human Resources policies and procedures, FOIPP, and collective agreements
  • Directs the day-to-day operations of direct report(s)
  • Provides leadership by disseminating information, providing feedback, advising, and coaching for all staff under direct supervision
  • Maintains confidentiality of personal information in accordance with College policy, procedures, and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
  • Ensures that all regulations of Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) are adhered to in order to provide a safe work environment and follows up on reports generated by HR to ensure compliance with OH&S and WHMIS training



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business/Management or a related field is required
  • CPHR designation preferred


  • Proven record of excellence of 7 - 10 years related human resource experience, including a minimum of 5 years of experience in talent acquisition/management, organizational development, performance management and employee engagement 
  • Experience managing large scale change initiatives and managing projects from conception to implementation is required
  • A minimum 5 years supervisory and leadership experience
  • Experience working in a unionized environment would be considered an asset
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered

Skills and Abilities

  • Strategic thinker with ability to conceptualize, design, develop and implement a strategic workforce planning solution in support of the institution’s business goals and strategies while remaining hands on in the day-to-day operational duties
  • Track record of developing creative and efficient solutions to support an innovative, results-oriented business
  • Working understanding of the interdependencies of labor relations and talent strategies
  • Excellence in knowledge of employment related legislation (Employment Standards Code, Labour Relations Code, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Alberta Human Rights Act)
  • Excellent project management skills and proven experience of functioning at both a strategic and operational level
  • Knowledge and experience across the spectrum of Learning and Talent Management for all levels of staff and faculty
  • Ability to actively engage and collaborate effectively with a broad range of individuals ranging from internal stakeholders to business partners to external consultants is critical to success in this position
  • A proven influencer who strives to help others develop and grow
  • Initiative and resourcefulness in managing change
  • Competency with MS Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, Office 365, TEAMS, PowerPoint, Access)
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of and commitment to continuous assessment and quality improvement
  • Effective organizational skills and attention to detail


Red Deer College offers a comprehensive benefits package including extended health and dental care through Blue Cross, access to health spending account, pension plan, generous vacation allotments, credit tuition waivers and opportunities for professional development funding. Additional time off due to College closure between Christmas and New Year general holidays.

*Eligibility to access the above mentioned benefits depended upon the EXEMPT Terms and conditions of employment and related RDC policies.

For 56 years, Red Deer College (RDC) has proudly served its learners and communities. In 2018, RDC received approval to become a university, offering its own degrees. The College continues to grow programs across a breadth of credentials as it transitions to become a comprehensive regional teaching university during the next three to five years. Once this transition is complete, RDC will officially be known as Red Deer University. RDC offers more than 100 programs (including degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs). With impressive new facilities that have opened recently, the College educates approximately 7,500 full-and part-time credit students and more than 34,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year.

Our main campus is strategically situated on 290 acres of Alberta’s natural landscape along the Queen Elizabeth II Highway.  We have also expanded our learning and performing arts space into the heart of downtown Red Deer through our Welikoklad Event Centre and the Donald School of Business.

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