Vice President Talent Strategy – Midwest

HARTZ Search
January 17, 2021
Appleton, Wisconsin
Job Type


Vice President, Talent Strategy



HARTZ Search invites you to explore an exciting opportunity with our client ThedaCare in Appleton, Wisconsin for the Vice President, Talent Strategy.  ThedaCare is a community health system consisting of seven hospitals, numerous clinics and related services; ThedaCare is the third largest health care employer in Wisconsin and the largest employer in the state's second largest economic market - Northeast Wisconsin - with approximately 6,800 employees.  The VP, HR – Talent Strategy provides leadership of talent strategy, processes, and programs. Provides leadership and direction for the development of ThedaCare’s talent philosophy and the alignment of processes that establish a talent mindset throughout ThedaCare. Oversees talent acquisition, performance management, talent development, succession planning, leadership continuity, high potential identification, and development.



1. Human Resource Business Partnering

Lead and optimize a team of human resources business partners (HRBP) as strategic partners for leaders across the system to align efforts with talent-related, business objectives. The HRBPs will leverage expertise across human resource functions to facilitate strategy, problem solving, and process improvement. The business partners will influence leaders, develop an engaged culture and execute on key initiatives.

2. Talent Management

In collaboration with key stakeholders, establish and drive the organizational approach to Talent Management. Establish a 'talent development culture' while building a robust talent pipeline where talent is properly calibrated, developed and promoted. Provide vision, leadership, coordination for the design and implementation of an organizational talent philosophy to ensure a consistent approach in the management of talent and alignment of HR programs. Lead and develop foundational talent management processes of performance management, talent development, succession planning, leadership continuity, high potential identification and development. Support regular review and analysis of best practices relating to talent management initiatives. Establish and maintain ongoing relationships with peers and partners in key organizations and companies.

3. Change Leadership

Develop deep relationships with both the business and the HR organization to facilitate a shift toward a deliberate management of talent across the organization. Help senior leadership shape the culture toward a talent mindset by infusing a focus on talent into organizational priorities and critical discussions, such as business unit plans, new initiatives, and future priorities to ensure we are addressing the required capabilities of the future and development of talent to meet those needs. This involves thoroughly understanding business needs and priorities and translating these into practical solutions.

4. Talent Acquisition

Play a critical role in defining, leading, and executing the Talent Acquisition strategy. The successful candidate will lead our recruiting team of more than 15+ recruiters and will leverage internal and external resources to ensure they are properly allocated to support each critical business need.

  • Develop and execute talent acquisition strategies that enhance the organization's visibility/reputation in key recruiting markets
  • Position ThedaCare as an employer of choice in partnership and alignment with ThedaCare’s marketing and branding team
  • Develop, implement, and execute effective and innovative talent acquisition strategies with a focus on attracting and retaining a diverse pipeline of candidates
  • Formulate and implement an employment branding strategy that effectively articulates ThedaCare’s employee value proposition in order to attract top talent
  • Leverage and manage social media (GlassDoor & Indeed) to attract quality candidates

5. Program Management

Oversee the direction and implementation of talent management processes and lead the development of an integrated talent management portfolio. Develop and present an array of innovative ideas and talent management concepts for consideration and implementation.

6. Talent Assessment

Know and assess talent throughout the organization. Develop a macro- and micro-view of talent needs across the organization. Design and implement talent assessment process and be able to lead talent assessment conversations ensuring calibration and consistency.

7. Team Management and Performance

Creates a vision and roadmap for the team that provides direction and alignment of current state requirements and future state needs. Elevates team members' thinking and understanding of the field by infusing best practice knowledge into the work. Manages the selection, development, and coaching of team members. Ensure that job requirements and goals for each position are clear to employees.



  • Reports to Chief Human Resources Officer
  • 5-10 years of progressive experience in talent leadership, internal human resources consulting, organization development, leading organizational change, and change management initiatives in complex work environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline required, Advanced Degree Preferred
  • Competitive Compensation, Benefits and Relocation Package
  • Opportunity does not allow for telecommuting/remote work, long-term



The location of this opportunity is Appleton, Wisconsin.  The location is a medium sized city with a population of 100K and growing, bringing small city charm with tons of great amenities and almost none of the headaches you’d find in a big city. One of the safest cities in the Upper Midwest, with a low cost of living and a growing entertainment and food scene, the location is increasingly appealing to young families and young professionals.  The community is supported by a thriving economy and several large employers, including this health system.  This location offers 4 seasons, beautiful summers highlight the location, yes there are some cold winters, but the community embraces the weather and there are yearly events to attend.  This location is rated as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in 2019.




HARTZ Search is a retained, executive search firm conducting searches for our Healthcare and Academic clients across the US. Our focus is on Talent, Communication and Performance - We stand apart in our ability to find the best people, swiftly and consistently. Our goal is to connect our candidates with our clients that have a similar goal of improving the healthcare organizations and communities they serve.

We believe that strong and transparent communication creates an efficient and composed search and is an indispensable ingredient for success. Our pillars of service are accessibility and responsiveness - know that we can be reached in time of crisis, celebration or just to reconnect; we are 24/7 partners not just to our clients but to our candidate partners as well. We provide concierge level service throughout each executive and director level search we conduct.


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