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Manager Talent Acquisition

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Capella Education

The Manager, Talent Acquisition role provides strategic vision, thought and execution leadership to the talent acquisition function, as well as conducts daily recruiting efforts for several key senior level positions. This role will also advise change efforts impacting multiple levels of stakeholders. The Manager, Talent Acquisition will oversee the full lifecycle of strategic recruiting initiatives and efforts within areas of Capella Education Company and Capella University.

The Manager, Talent Acquisition position will be responsible for both recruiting for specific positions as well as leading a sector of the recruiting team. Key deliverables include developing innovative talent acquisition strategies for both passive and active recruiting, leveraging agencies and social media, leading outreach initiatives, understanding external market trends, forecasting, improving diverse candidate pipeline, delivering results building strategic recruiting capabilities for talent acquisition team. This role will also be involved with employment branding.


Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • 15% - Provide thought leadership in setting the strategic direction for talent acquisition for Capella
    • Research and understand market trends.
    • Develop best-practices for executive hiring, including through research, identification, education and implement best-in-class recruiting processes.
    • Integrate best practices (technology, employee value proposition, talent communities) into current practices
    • Build Capella’s external network and brand through community visibility
    • In partnership with other areas of OE (career development, talent identification/succession planning), fully understand the internal talent pool and develop a vision for balance between internal development (build) and external hires (buy)
    • Lead the process of staffing forecasts and related impact on budgeting and on-boarding; requires close linkages with Finance, Facilities, IT, and L&D, and HR Generalists
    • Lead diversity-recruiting initiatives
    • Leading the evaluation of assessment tools and other innovative solutions to help evolve recruiting quality, efficiency and effectiveness
    • Partner with Talent Management and senior management on further developing organization talent pipeline and bench strength strategies.
    • Developing and leading in-house training presentations.
    • Ongoing development of infrastructure around key talent acquisition processes and procedures
  • 35% - Recruiting Team Leadership
    • Understand and articulate the strategic recruiting capabilities needed
    • Provide coaching, support, performance feedback and development for team members
    • Align individual goals with the overall strategy
    • Develop a flexible staffing model that maximizes internal resources and taps into a qualified and engaged contractor pool as volumes increase
    • Workload management
    • Build strategic recruiting capabilities for recruiting team
  • 35% - Recruiting
    • Serve as the Recruiter for a set of open requisitions, partnering with the hiring manager and the HR business partner to match needed capabilities/experiences with the needs of the organization.
    • Responsible for full life-cycle management of assigned open positions, likely for Director level positions.
    • Partner directly with the manager on job profile, search strategy, market challenges, recommended approach, advertising or outreach strategy, developing a candidate pool, interview process, interviewing candidates, offer evaluation and presentation, and close out.
    • Conduct recruiting activities to research and identify passive candidates through cold calling and other name generation methods.
  • 15% - Provide OE consultation/Change Management leadership to the organization
    • Effectively diagnose business change issues and identify appropriate interventions
    • Utilizing change management methodology, work with clients (project sponsors) and other resources to build a practical and executable change management plan
    • Ensure appropriate resources are assigned to change activities (at times this may include yourself); follow through to provide coaching, advice, resources and tools to ensure deliverables are met.
    • Identify connections between similar projects/activities across the organization and ensure alignment.
    • Monitor and measure effectiveness of change programs delivered and tools to ensure deliverables are met.
    • Identify connections between similar projects/activities across the organization and ensure alignment.
    • Monitor and measure effectiveness of change programs delivered.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Talent Acquisition including 5+ years of conducting full-life cycle recruiting for a broad range of Executive level positions nationwide.
  • Demonstrated ability in passive candidate sourcing techniques and in managing talent pipelines.
  • Direct team leadership experience, ideally in Talent Acquisition. In lieu of no direct team leadership experience, successful experience in the coaching and development of others.
  • Experience cultivating and collaborating with a broad and diverse external network.
  • Technical Competencies:

- Strong professional presence

- Practical, hands on experience and sound business acumen

- Excellent verbal and written communication

- Solid computer skills (MS word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio) and comfort learning new technologies

- Consultative skills (i.e. establish trust/credibility, ask probing questions to get at root issues, influence effectively, confidently make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of a project/ organization)

- Demonstrated ability to conduct and interpret quantitative/qualitative analysis and make well informed recommendations

- Demonstrated business acumen with displayed experience partnering with key business units outside of staffing such as Finance and Sr. Leadership functions.

  • Behavioral Competencies:

- Nimble – Energized by ambiguity and complex problems; personally embraces change; curious

- High Performance Orientation – Strong personal drive; sets high standards and has a passion to achieve top results; holds self and others accountable

- Critical Thinking Skills – Digs deep and asks the right questions; makes timely decisions based on data and sound judgment

- Enterprise view – Has an active external and future focus; brings a broad, enterprise wide and systems thinking perspective


  • Project Management skills/experience, ideally within Talent Acquisition
  • Vendor Management experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of business operations, management practices and principles, and human resource management trends and practices
  • Organizational culture assessment and Organizational design experience

Job Location

Capella University
Capella Tower
225 S. 6th St., 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402

This is an on-site position located at Capella’s downtown Minneapolis headquarters. It requires the ability to work in downtown Minneapolis and in a high-rise corporate office setting. Typical of a corporate office setting, Capella’s office space:

  • is designed with an open work space setting and common fluorescent lighting
  • includes frequent co-worker interaction and corresponding noise levels
  • is subject to inside environmental conditions

Sedentary work:

  • this role is mainly a sedentary role with frequent sitting and occasional walking and/or standing.
  • this role involves frequent usage of a telephone, PC and standard monitors.
  • this role has minimal lifting requirements, may require exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects

Requires minimal (0–10 percent) business travel:

  • may occasionally require travel to on-site Capella events such as Commencement or off-site Capella University leadership meetings as requested and based on business needs. All travel must be pre-approved and arrangements made according to Capella’s policies/procedures.

Work hours:

  • the University’s general office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. Work hours and starting times may vary depending on the job and the business needs. Some positions will have a specified starting time, and may be earlier or later, depending upon business requirements.
  • the normally scheduled workweek for all full-time employees consists of 40-45 hours.

About Capella University

Capella University is an online university built on graduate degrees, with more than 35,000 students throughout the U.S. and in other countries. Founded in 1993 to provide advanced educational opportunities for working professionals, Capella has become a national leader in online education, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. The university's success is built upon a culture that promotes human potential, achievement, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and teamwork. Capella Education Company (CPLA), parent company of Capella University, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Capella Education Company was named to the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame for being listed as one of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 7 consecutive years. Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

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