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Director, Talent Development

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
Minnesota, United States
$185,000.00 - $220,000.00
Closing date
Apr 13, 2023

POSITION PROFILE - Director, Talent Development- Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

kpCompanies is leading the search for the Director of Talent Development. This position leads the Talent Development team at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies in setting and implementing its talent development strategy, including talent acquisition, to achieve organizational goals. This role also ensures that diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are at the core of the strategy. This position will report directly to the Vice President, Human Resources and Administration. The Director will partner with leaders and managers across the organization to ensure team members are supported in their continued development, have access to needed resources to grow in their role and beyond, and are capable of achieving MACP’s mission.




Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) is the umbrella over the grantmaking foundations created by the late Margaret Cargill: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation. MACP provides meaningful support through long-term relationships with strategic grantee partners across seven program domains: Environment, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Arts & Cultures, Teachers, Animal Welfare, Quality of Life, and Legacy & Opportunity. The collective assets of MACP place it among the 10 largest philanthropies in the United States. 


The two foundations have separate boards and investment portfolios but share a common mission of providing meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, and the environment.


    Margaret A. Cargill Foundation is a private foundation that came into existence upon Ms. Cargill’s death in August 2006. At year-end 2021, MACP’s assets are approximately $3.7 billion.


    Anne Ray Foundation is a supporting organization that may make grants only to beneficiary organizations specifically named by Ms. Cargill. At year-end 2021, ARF’s assets are approximately $5.3 billion. In December 2021, we formally adopted a DEIJ Vision Statement to guide our work; view it online here


To learn more, please visit MACP’s  Philosophy of Grantmaking.





Talent Development Strategy

    Oversee the development and implementation of strategies and related programs to achieve the organization’s talent development goals
      Proactively determine the organization's longer-term talent development needs and develop strategies to meet them Oversee the development and implementation of a hiring strategy that balances diversity, internal applicants, and external applicants
    Ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are at the core of talent development programs Lead effective change management – including stakeholder engagement – to ensure the adoption of new programs to achieve strategic goals Leverage people data to track progress on goals and make needed shifts to relevant strategies and investments to ensure continued progress  Manage direct reports to achieve strategic goals and support their development  Identify Talent Development team capabilities and needs to achieve strategic goals and make recommendations to address Develop and manage the budget related to talent development, including related talent acquisition and DEIJ work. Oversee vendor selection for the team, including prioritization of DEIJ expertise

Talent Development Management

    Partner with leaders to develop and support the implementation of organization-wide and team-specific talent development programs that result in providing team members with the skills they need to develop in-role, competently meet the needs of MACP, and progress in their careers
      Identify team building needs for teams and identify and manage resources to implement programs to meet them Ensure that talent development programs are deployed consistently and fairly across the organization
    Manage leadership development and organizational succession planning process Provide leadership direction including engaging in the development, implementation, and maintenance of a performance management program that supports managers in identifying and supporting meeting team members’ development needs based on their performance, potential, engagement, and career ambitions Drive equity in performance management through the implementation of a calibration process and anti-bias training  Provide performance management guidance (coaching, counseling, professional development, and corrective action) to managers in partnership with the Manager, HR Partner Manage the development, implementation, and maintenance of competency models Develop and foster relationships with a comprehensive complement of external trainers and coaches to meet the needs of individuals and teams 
    Train managers and leaders, directly or via consultants, on effective approaches to successfully support each team member’s in-role and career development Oversee onboarding and orientation programs Oversee talent acquisition programs that increase organizational diversity, including a particular focus on management and leadership levels Ensure MACP can effectively fill open positions promptly and with a diverse staff capable of supporting MACP’s mission Create and implement programs that ensure staff of all backgrounds and experiences feel a sense of belonging at MACP  Support culturally competent race, equity, and justice conversations at MACP that advance an equitable and inclusive culture


Leadership: Serve as a member of the Human Resources & Administration Team to support MACP-wide goals and model the value-based culture MACP represents to employees and external partners.

    Provide effective leadership for staff, including training and staff development, assigning and directing work, and providing regular feedback on performance and development. Act as coach and mentor as team members progress towards goals. 



Minimal travel is required, primarily for conferences or other professional development opportunities. 




Outstanding candidates for the role position will offer many of the qualities, skills, and characteristics listed here. We know that no candidate is likely to have every one of these qualities, so we encourage interest and applications from people who have the capacity to grow into the responsibilities listed and who bring transferable skills.


    An experienced leader with 10+ years of organizational development, HR, and/or learning and development experience, at least 5 of which have been at a management level leading an experienced team  A bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, Organization Development, or related field; Master’s degree preferred Experience providing consultation and guidance on various HR-related matters, including employee development and training, team development, employee relations, recruiting, onboarding, and change management. Experience leading organizational/talent development and talent acquisition functions in organizations of similar size or larger than MACP (100+ staff) Experience with start-ups or growth-oriented organizations preferred; experience in the nonprofit sector preferred  Demonstrated experience setting and generating buy-in for an organizational and talent development strategy and successfully implementing programs to achieve the strategic goals Demonstrated commitment to intercultural understanding and sensitivity along with demonstrated experience using methods to incorporate equity, inclusion, and diversity into talent development work and relationships with staff and vendor partners A proactive and strategic partner and planner, with solid technical skills, analytical ability, and excellent judgment in decision-making Solid understanding of organizational and leadership dynamics, and an ability to operate with a high degree of discretion and strong collaboration skills  Able to effectively relate to individuals at all levels of the organization; excellent communication skills with an ability to be diplomatic yet direct Strong team player with a desire to collaborate; ability to communicate effectively across employees at all levels and across a broad range of functions Ability to develop strong, trusting relationships to gain support and achieve results Strong sense of integrity, high ethical standards, discretion, and trustworthiness, able to maintain the highest level of confidentiality both internally and externally  Strong presentation skills keeping various learning styles and abilities in mind  Excellent facilitator with experience resolving conflicts and managing change Both strategic and pragmatic, with an operational, implementation, and detail-oriented perspective Strong track record of managing and achieving organizational results Proficiency with Microsoft products and HR information systems



MACP has identified a salary range of $185,000- $220,000 for this role. The actual starting salary of the candidate will be commensurate with years, breadth, and depth of relevant experience, education, certifications, credentials, special skills, accomplishments, and other factors relevant to the position. MACP benefits are generous, please see total rewards at https://www.mac




MACP has partnered with kpCompanies in this search.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations (PLEASE COMBINE RESUME AND COVER LETTER INTO 1 DOCUMENT TO UPLOAD) no later than 9:00 pm on Wednesday, May 3, 2023. All submissions are received in the strictest confidence. 


You can apply by submitting your application online here: 



We know that engaging, building trust, and making a difference rely on the collective wisdom and strength of a truly diverse organization. With this in mind, we strongly welcome the interest of people who bring various lived experiences, including people of color, all gender identities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and others who are excited to contribute their skills to our work. Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies is an equal-opportunity employer. We consider applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic established under law.  MACP is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations.

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