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Talent Development Manager

Date: Nov 24, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6633 

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. Our diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace.


We seek to hire a Manager to lead Talent Development at ORNL. In this position, you contribute to ORNL’s success by advancing the development of our most important resource – our people.



About the job:

The Talent Development Manager will design and implement an overall strategy for employee growth, current and future leadership development, and organizational capability enhancement.  The Manager will ensure alignment with Lab objectives and organizational needs while integrating leading research and proven best practices to achieve optimal learning. The Manager will drive learning effectiveness through the development and deployment of blended solutions to enhance leadership and productivity, drive performance, and promote rapid and engaging knowledge/skill assimilation and application.


Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a Talent Development strategy that will grow, develop, and support an inclusive and diverse workforce community, directly aligned with laboratory goals and objectives. 
  • Drive effective succession planning to create continuity and stability for future business planning, but also foster growth and development for our strongest talent. 
  • Provide direction, advice, and counsel to the Director of Human Resources and the ORNL leadership team.
  • Design learning solutions to improve talent effectiveness including feedback & coaching, emotional intelligence, communicating effectively, developing others, developing organizational talent, managing performance, and skillset growth.
  • Develop and implement effective change management strategies and provide guidance on resources, processes, and tools.
  • Recruit and build a strong Talent Development team.
  • Lead the development, design, and implementation of innovative early career, professional, and leadership development programs, tools, and processes.
  • Use formal analysis and feedback mechanisms to evaluate the efficacy of programs and services.
  • Manage day-to-day talent development programs and budget, including the identification of internal/external development opportunities.


Minimum Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Learning & Development, Organizational Development, or other related fields
  • 10+ years of experience with adult learning, learning & development, facilitation, and/or training environments.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master of Arts or Science in Human Resources, Learning, and Development, Organizational Development, or other related fields.
  • 5+ years building and leading a team.
  • Exceptional leadership skills including demonstrated ability to influence and lead results-oriented change, innovation, and customer focus while fostering relationships and leading people.
  • Ability to build relationships and partner effectively with internal/external customers and stakeholders.
  • In-depth knowledge of adult learning theory and program development/facilitation. Extensive knowledge of enterprise learning systems and e-learning with a proven track record of accomplishments integrating and implementing such systems.
  • Excellent project and program management skills. 
  • Experience working in a science and technology company, industry, and/or as a government contractor.
  • Change management experience or certification
  • HR professional certification
  • Demonstrated ability to build solid relationships at all levels including senior executives
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and customer focus; ability to build relationships, influence, and collaborate at all levels
  • High level of professionalism, personal integrity, and dependability
  • Adept at working in a cross-functional environment in a highly collaborative manner
  • Imagination, solutions, and results - a high degree of flexibility and creativity
  • Extremely organized and able to conceptualize solutions when faced with complex challenges


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville