YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

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Sr. Talent Management Specialist

Sr. Talent Management Specialist

Job ID 
Metro Office
Posted Date 
1030 W Van Buren
# Positions 
Human Resources
Hours per Week 
Variable Schedule 
Must have flexible schedule and ability to work nights and weekends as needed.

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Responsibilities & Requirements

Be Part of Our Mission


The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. Our network of 23 membership centers, five camps, early learning,  school-aged and other programs at 100+ sites in the city and suburbs provides everyone with a safe place to learn, play and grow. In this role, you'll be an integral part of ensuring the YMCA continues to be a leader in making our city a world-class place to live and raise a family. So you're not just impacting a bottom line, you're impacting people and communities all over Chicagoland.


Job Summary:


This role is a key member of the Talent Management team and will play a critical role in supporting the execution of our talent management vision and strategy.  This includes identifying outstanding, diverse talent, building our employer brand, supporting employee learning, development and retention and providing critical support for talent management processes that ensure we are identifying, selecting, developing, rewarding and supporting outstanding talent to support our mission.


The Sr. Talent Management Specialist will closely collaborate with the Director, as well as the Talent Acquisition, Training and Leadership Development, and Staffing team members in managing and/or contributing to assigned projects. This role will provide support across the talent lifecycle, including talent acquisition, selection, employee learning and development, compensation, performance, workforce and succession planning and related functions. This is an ideal role for a professional looking to enhance their experience across the talent management spectrum.


Scope of Responsibilities:

  • In conjunction with team and stakeholders, assists in executing the YMCA’s talent management strategy by developing talent management business processes and tools which are aligned across the talent lifecycle
  • Develops integrated and aligned job descriptions, competencies, selection tools, and role-based development plans to support employees and leaders
  • Supports talent acquisition projects and activities including strategic sourcing strategies, recruitment, developing interview and selection tools, and providing onboarding support.
  • Provides training and development support as needed including training delivery to achieve learning outcomes
  • Performs compensation analysis and supports compensation planning, analysis and surveys to align with the YMCA’s compensation strategy
  • Manages the YMCA’s internship program and assists in the development of campus and other external partnerships which enhance talent pipelines
  • Manages background check, credential and certification tracking processes to ensure compliance and adherence to YMCA, program licensing and funding requirements.
  • Analyzes workforce data and performs candidate and workforce analytics to support talent management needs
  • In conjunction with HRIS systems administrators, team members and other stakeholders, assists in HRIS functional implementation and enhancements to meet talent management needs and optimize system effectiveness
  • Provides project support to assigned Talent Management initiatives including developing and managing project plans, communications and other tools necessary for project success.
  • Collaborates on employee recognition programs  in order to recognize and motivate high performing teams and individuals.
  • Supports the mission and vision of the YMCA as assigned.
  • Support the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
    • Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor or the person responsible for those items at your site.
    • Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to managing visitors and guests at our facilities.
    • Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor.
    • Completing all child abuse prevention training as required.






  • BA/BS in Human Resources, Organizational Effectiveness, Industrial Psychology or related degree or equivalent experience; MA/MS preferred.
  • 2-3 years’ or more experience in a talent management role or equivalent advanced education and experience with knowledge of talent management best practices. Experience in an organization with multiple field locations highly preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in job analysis and competency development; knowledge of competency-based selection and development desirable.
  • Knowledge of adult learning principles and development planning along with demonstrated ability to deliver effective training.
  • Demonstrated experience in talent acquisition; knowledge and experience in strategic sourcing and talent pipeline programs highly preferred
  • Client service orientation with strong stakeholder engagement and consulting skills; knowledge of change management principles is essential
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills, presentation and facilitation skills with the ability to adapt communication to audiences at all levels. Strong writing skills are essential.
  • Strong project coordination skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities; ability to interface with and coordinate with multiple teams is essential.
  • Experience with HRIS, LMS and applicant tracking systems (e.g. Ulti-Pro, Taleo or the like); Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and ability to quickly learn new technology is required.
  • Ability to travel locally to field locations throughout the Chicagoland area (city and suburbs) as needed