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Cambridge Associates

Job Summary


Cambridge Associates


Boston, MA, United States

Education Level


Work Experience

5-10 Years



Job Category

Industry, Gov., Consulting

Director, Talent and Development

About the Organization

Cambridge Associates LLC was founded in the early 1970s to assist nonprofit institutions with the investment of their endowment assets.  Today, we provide investment advisory, outsourced portfolio solutions, research services and tools, and performance monitoring to nearly 1,000 clients worldwide, including nonprofits, private clients, pension plans, government agencies, and sovereign wealth funds.  Cambridge Associates researches and advises across all asset classes and strategies, including global equities, bonds, real estate, venture capital, hedge funds, leveraged buyout funds, oil and gas partnerships, and other types of investments. 

Cambridge Associates has a staff of more than 1,100 professionals based in eight offices located in Arlington, Beijing, Boston, Dallas, London, Menlo Park, Singapore, and Sydney.  We select our employees with great emphasis on their potential to become valuable members of a collegial, intelligent, and hard-working team.  More information can be found at www.CambridgeAssociates.com.

About the Job

The Director of Talent and Development will lead the design, implementation, and evaluation of talent management and development programs. This new role at Cambridge Associates will provide substantial opportunity for both vision and execution as we further develop the talent management function for our 1,100+ person firm.  This role will partner with business leaders and HR to design and implement talent strategies, employee and leadership development programs, compensation and evaluation programs, and cultural / change leadership initiatives.  These initiatives will allow the company to improve business performance while strengthening the organization for continued growth. This role will be either Director or Senior Director level depending on experience and reports to the Chief Administrative Officer.


  1. Design, implement and lead a robust strategic talent and development program for the firm, including on-the job learning opportunities.
    • Conduct needs assessments with senior leadership and key HR leaders to understand and address organizational needs that will influence the development of the overall learning strategy, programs, and performance improvement solutions.
    • Determine, manage and coordinate training resources (people and budget) necessary for high quality program design and delivery.
    • Design and execute strategies and tactics to develop deeper talent pools among key positions across the organization. 
    • Identify key metrics and provide analytics that inform decision-making about talent development, engagement and retention investments.  Build business case based upon data to size and target further investments.
    • Act as a talent expert across the organization, staying current on trends within talent management and employee engagement, sharing best practices and key findings.
    • Ensure programs and outcomes are aligned with business objectives and goals.
  2. As an explicit part of the overall talent management platform, architect and execute leadership programs to drive leadership development and accountability across the organization. 
  • Refine the leadership model for Cambridge Associates.
  • Design and implement development strategies for leaders and high potential contributors.
  1. Partner with HR to align and continuously improve all aspects of performance management and competency programs with overall approach to learning and development, as well as cover the goal setting, appraisal, and development planning processes. 
  2. Manage compensation program development.  Determine what is needed (people and budget) to support ongoing management of this function in close collaboration with Finance team.
  3. Lead firmwide internal communication and engagement efforts, ensuring employees have access to the information they need in order to do their jobs effectively.

Over time, extend talent and employee development programs into broader organizational development work for the firm.  Design programs with this end goal in mind. 

Job Requirements

We are seeking a candidate combining a range of experiences including exposure to professional services environments, strong project management and constituent management skills, excellent written and verbal communication capabilities, and a high degree of creativity.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of working independently to build and lead a progressive talent and development function, ideally for a professional services or financial services firm.  Equivalent of at least 8-10 years of experience in complex global organizations with track record of success should include:

  • Translating business strategies into critical talent and workforce strategies / initiatives
  • Improving talent and performance management practices
  • Leading and driving organizational change initiatives from assessment through implementation
  • Managing multiple projects with extensive detail coordination
  • Effectively collaborating with senior leadership and HR team members, and building and managing a team

BA/BS degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Organization Development or related field expected.  Advanced degree preferred.  Professional experience with related fields like learning design a plus.  The role requires travel on an as-needed basis.

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