Talent Development Specialist

Are you passionate about growing the Indiana Uplands? ROI is hiring!

Organizational Overview:

Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) is a 501(c)(3) organization established to advance community and economic prosperity in the Indiana Uplands, an eleven-county region in southwest central Indiana that includes Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen, and Washington Counties.

ROI seeks to advance regional prosperity through its education, workforce, and quality of place initiatives. Key to the organizational mission is the development of sector-based strategies to support the life sciences, national security and defense, and advanced manufacturing.

Talent Development Specialist Job Summary and Responsibilities:

The talent development specialist will serve as a lead for ROI’s experiential learning and degree attainment strategies; including programs targeted toward K-12 students (internships, apprenticeships, student-run enterprises, and career fairs), educators (externships and professional growth opportunities), and adults (increased degree attainment programs, internship opportunities, and career fairs). This role will work closely with ROI’s sector team, education team, regional K-12 and post-secondary partners, and key sector employers in the region.

Example Activities:

  • Serve as a resource to mid and small industry partners in creating and implementing internship and apprenticeship programming.
  • Convene K-12 work-based learning directors from across the Uplands region to identify work and learn best-practices and regional benchmarks.
  • Design, cultivate, and launch innovative strategies to support increased adult education attainment rates across the region.
  • Develop region-wide strategies for apprenticeship programming.
  • Serve as a convener and resource for the emerging student-run enterprise network in the Uplands region.
  • Identify, pursue, and manage relevant funding opportunities.
  • Support ROI’s career awareness strategies, including professional development and the creation of relevant tools and resources.
  • Collect and manage data related to ROI’s talent development goals.

Required Competencies:

Occupational Competencies

  • Strategic thinking: Apply processes and strategies to establish and enact goals for school districts and communities.
  • Assessment processes: Knowledge of various evaluation techniques, theories, and tools applicable in the assessment of students, participants in a program, and employees (such as initial, formative, summative, and self- assessments).
  • Adult education: Experience with instruction targeted at adult students, both in a recreational and in an academic context, for self-improvement purposes, or to better equip the students for the labor market.
  • Project management: Familiarity with project management and the variables implied in project management such as time, resources, requirements, deadlines, and responding to unexpected events.
  • Teamwork principles: The cooperation between people characterized by a unified commitment to achieving a given goal, participating equally, maintaining open communication, facilitating effective usage of ideas.
  • Facilitation Skills: Ability to facilitate large groups of diverse partners, ensuring positive, outcome-driven dialogue.

Foundational Competencies

  • Professional Development: Effectively lead others through engaging activities with clearly identified learning outcomes.
  • Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Design Thinking: Using design thinking principles to develop innovative solutions to systemic challenges.
  • Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to other strategies and activities.
  • Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Data Literacy: Having the ability to understand, interpret, and make decisions based upon data.
  • Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Communication: Exchanging and conveying information, ideas, concepts, thoughts, and feelings through the use of a shared system of words, signs, and images.

Preferred Competencies:

Occupational Competencies

  • Organizational policies: The policies to achieve a set of goals and targets regarding the development and maintenance of an organization.
  • Consultation methods: Techniques used to facilitate clear and open communication and the provision of advice between individuals, communities or the government, such as discussion groups or one-on-one interviews.
  • Training subject expertise: The topic, content, and methods of training, acquired by doing research and following training courses. Actively research opportunities for continuous improvement and best practices.
  • Conflict management: The practices concerning the resolution of conflicts or disputes in an organization or institution. It encompasses reducing the negative aspects of a conflict and increasing the positive outcomes of it by learning from the errors made.
  • Leadership principles: Set of traits and values that guide the actions of a leader with her/his employees and the organization and provide direction throughout her/his career. These principles are also an important tool for self-evaluation to identify strengths and weaknesses, and seek self-improvement.

Foundational Competencies

  • Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

For more information and to apply, please contact:

Todd Hurst
Vice President of Talent Development
Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc.
thurst@regionalopportunityinc.org