Director, Talent Development

Human Resources


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), located in Princeton, N.J., is the largest philanthropy in America dedicated solely to health. Since 1972 we have worked to help people, their families, and their communities be as healthy as possible—no matter what their physical, economic, or demographic challenges may be. We do this by providing funding, assistance, and research for projects and programs targeting some of the most pressing health issues in our nation. RWJF has committed itself to a vision of working alongside others to build a Culture of Health where everyone has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. Our goal is to help families and communities find ways to make the healthy choice the easy choice, and keep well-being front and center for generations to come. Building a Culture of Health will take unprecedented collaboration—everyone has a role to play.  No individual, organization, or government program can alter the course of America’s health alone. We must all work together.

Diversity, inclusion, and collaboration are fundamental principles at RWJF. Our staff’s wide range of experiences, passions, and perspectives enriches our work and strengthens our ability to address our nation’s most pressing health issues. We offer a collaborative, collegial, and creative work environment. With a career at RWJF you will make a difference.


Reporting directly to the managing senior Human Resources (HR) officer, with a matrix relationship to the vice president HR/Administration, the director, Talent Development will work collaboratively with other HR staff members, learning professionals, and service providers as well as members of the HR/Administration area. The director will manage a team of two including the staff development officer and the staff development coordinator.

The director will be charged with creating a rich and versatile development agenda for staff, reflecting the Foundation’s commitment to realizing a new level of intensity and engagement in talent development. The successful candidate will bring a vision for the future and set forth progressive goals in close concert with HR leadership and colleagues across the Foundation. A demonstrated ability to work flexibly and articulate goals and paths forward collaboratively is essential; s/he must also be able to pivot to change their vision and tactics to fit evolving institutional priorities. The successful candidate will bring a healthy sense of humor, a creative and entrepreneurial spirit, superior emotional intelligence, and a natural collegiality that thrives on being part of a close-knit team.


  • Lead the innovative development of a talent development strategy, inclusive of broad and contemporary approaches, experiences, operations, and rigor in analytics/measurement. Partner and collaborate with human resources, learning development professionals, and Foundation managers to identify development needs/gaps and define desired outcomes;
  • Create and facilitate trainings and professional development programs, including onboarding for new staff and ongoing learning opportunities for existing staff directly or in partnership with resources, both internally and externally, with expertise in subject matter area;
  • Identify and recommend management and professional training programs that target key areas for continuous improvement of Foundation staff; Assess current training and development curriculum and tools and recommend new approaches to continuously improve service and ensure that the function is responsive to trends and needs as they arise;
  • Conceive and facilitate new formal and informal learning opportunities such as workshops, lunch and learns, on demand learning, retreats, certificate programs, book clubs, administrative professional conferences, leadership academies, and mentoring programs;
  • Ensure that all aspects of RWJF’s training strategy program incorporate and strengthen our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Foundation and in our work; Support and promote the mission and values of the Foundation through talent development;
  • Negotiate and manage major third-party contracts for the delivery of learning and training services, establishing the standards and metrics to track delivery;
  • Supervise, coach, and mentor the talent development staff involved in these efforts; Ensure cohesive and consistent messaging of training initiatives; Provide keen budgetary oversight to ensure cost-effective solutions and promote institutional focus on professional development; and
  • Stay abreast of the latest best practices in order to develop and deliver targeted and effective talent development and engagement programs and initiatives in alignment with organizational culture.


  • A minimum of 7-to-10 years in a related field, including significant leadership and management experience plus a minimum of 5 years direct supervisory experience.
  • Proven leadership experience building and delivering development programs, experiences, and processes, preferably in the context of a complex mission-driven organization.
  • A record of success bringing a broad talent development strategy from conception to tactics and successful deployment and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to iterate new, innovative solutions across talent development practice areas; An informed risk-taker with experience successfully testing new strategies that result in measurable improvements and results.
  • Experience managing third-party vendor relationships and ensuring on-time and on-budget delivery of services.
  • Strong technological literacy and knowledge of relevant software tools and platforms; Software development skills a plus; Working knowledge of learning management systems strongly preferred.
  • Successful experience fostering an inclusive environment working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion; Experience considering and applying equity and inclusion principles in design and delivery of professional development strategy.
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory, modern learning practices, and best practices for instructional design; Outstanding verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills that translate to excellence in facilitation and presentation.
  • A strategic, flexible thinker with the ability to hold a big picture in mind while delivering on the details; Strong project manager who can anticipate challenges and problem solve in real time.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work in and navigate a dynamic and ambiguous environment; Curiosity, a learning orientation, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Strong emotional intelligence and empathy, and a passion for developing others and helping them grow on their professional journey.
  • A skilled influencer, relationship builder, and natural collaborator and coach.
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, industrial/organizational psychology, organizational development/design, organizational behavior, adult education or a related field; an advanced degree is preferred.


Putting Our Principles to Work

2018 Annual Message

RWJF President and CEO Richard Besser reflects on the guiding principles that drive our work to improve health and health care for everyone in America.

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Areas of Focus

Post Date

April 23, 2018

Due Date


RWJF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is conducting this search with assistance from Allison Kupfer Poteet and Cara Pearsall of the national search firm NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To apply, please send a detailed cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position to:

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