Associate Director of Talent Strategy

at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, United States

Job Description

Associate Director of Talent Strategy

Posting Number S01187JP Department Human Resources Job Summary

At Bowdoin College, we value workforce diversity, cultural inclusiveness, and employment equity; principles that are deeply rooted here, and as such, provide the framework to help us maintain a caring community of learning and opportunity for all. To help us further accentuate our values, we are hiring an Associate Director of Talent Acquisition & Strategy to join the Human Resources team.

The Associate Director of Talent Acquisition & Strategy will lead efforts to bring market insights to talent acquisition strategies across all areas of the College. In addition, as part of the HR team, the Associate Director will partner for all to understand changes to employment law, regulation, compliance, and onboarding, compliance and will serve in a consultative and advisory role to department heads. The Associate Director (AD) of Talent will play a critical role in driving Bowdoin’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts by creating and enforcing fair, inclusive, and equitable hiring practices. The incoming Associate Director will manage the talent acquisition & onboarding process and reinforce hiring and onboarding best practices for managers and campus leadership. This role will be collaborative and communicative with the HR team and with managers and leaders across campus.

Additionally, the Associate Director will:

+ Bring a consistency of policy and procedures to the talent acquisition work improving the campus culture and environment regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

+ Partner with the VP for HR and Associate Director for HR to ensure a clear vision of how talent fits into the strategic aspects of the work of HR.

+ Manage a small talent acquisition team while providing guidance and support around direct recruiting activities such as sourcing, implementing strategy, interviewing, offer negotiation and onboarding of new employees.

+ This is a working manager position and will maintain roughly half of the active open requisitions at the College.

+ Possess the ability to motivate a team with a clear vision of the overall Human Resources direction, specifically through the hiring and onboarding needs of the college.

+ Work with and provide insight and strategy to department heads regarding compensation, offer negotiation, onboarding, and employment law.

+ Partner with search firms or agencies and maintain contracts and relationships with a variety of vendors.

+ Keep up to date on industry trends, best practices, and emerging technologies to ensure a competitive edge in hiring.

+ Oversees the creation of job postings through various channels, including the institution’s website, job boards, and professional networks. Will also play a role in promoting the institution as an employer of choice to attract top talent.

+ The AD will represent the college in a variety of conferences, networking events, job fairs, etc. as well as work to network and build rapport with members of the community and other educational institutions to help with recruitment efforts.

As full-time administrative employee of the College, the position is eligible for a comprehensive benefits ( package.

The salary range for this position is $110,000 – $120,000, based on experience.

Education/Skills Requirements

+ Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.

+ Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.

+ Strong networking and relationship-building skills.

+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to establish rapport with a diverse population of internal/external teams and employees.

+ Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously within deadlines.

+ Decision-making and critical thinking skills as well as analytical and problem-solving skills needed.

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents


+ Minimum of 7 years’ experience in recruiting and talent acquisition with at least 2 years of experience recruiting within and partnering with the Human Resources team.

+ Proven success with building an effective sourcing and hiring strategy.

+ Minimum of 2 years of experience leading, coaching, and developing a small team.

+ Demonstrated ability to influence, communicate and build relationships at all levels.

+ Knowledge of HR best practices and a thorough understanding of recruiting methods and best practices in addition to a basic knowledge of employment law and regulations.

+ Ability to translate business strategy and operational plans into actionable workforce and talent management plans and programs.

+ Strong ability and understanding of compensation philosophy and practices, able to conduct regular wage analysis, benchmarking against industry and competitors to support the performance management and compensation review processes


+ Workday Recruit experience.

+ ATS Product/project implementation experience.

+ Social media and marketing skills, including LinkedIn.

Standard Work Days and Hours

+ Hours are typically 8:30 am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday

+ This is an exempt-level position that requires the time commitment necessary to successfully fulfill all the job responsibilities.

+ This position is an on-site position as an on-campus presence is essential for the role. The possibility of hybrid/remote work days will be discussed once initial onboarding is complete.

About Bowdoin

Bowdoin embraces diversity in all forms, and the College is home to talented students, faculty and staff-with a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and gender identities, among other factors.

We encourage applications from candidates committed to the support of an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We value a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed.

Founded in 1794, Bowdoin has maintained its commitment to the liberal arts for well over 200 years. Bowdoin’s reputation as a preeminent liberal arts college rests on the excellence of its faculty, students, and staff; intimate size; strong sense of community; and connections to the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine.

Bowdoin’s campus is situated in a beautiful natural setting. Located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of approximately 20,000, the College is a short drive from the Maine coast, twenty-five miles from Portland and 120 miles from Boston.

Shift First Shift Employment Category Full Time Year Round FTE 1.00 Benefits Eligible Yes Pay Type Salaried Background Check Package Requirements Faculty/Administrative Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Bowdoin vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job? No Is a pre-placement physical required for this position? No Posting Date 09/22/2023 Applications Accepted Until Open Until Filled No Type of Posting Internal/External Special Instructions to Applicants EEO Information

Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses.

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Job Posting: JC248437430

Posted On: Sep 24, 2023

Updated On: Oct 02, 2023

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