Vice President, Talent, Culture & Inclusion

Vice President, Talent, Culture & Inclusion, Indiana University Foundation

The VP, Talent, Culture & Inclusion (TCI) leads the IU Foundation’s Human Resources, Talent Management, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion functions. The VP reports directly to the CEO & President, and acts as a key member of the IU Foundation senior management team. This role is responsible for programs and services that attract, develop and retain IU Foundation’s people in ways that align with the organization’s overall mission, strategic objectives, and desired culture. The VP also ensures ongoing IU Foundation support of the IU development community in the areas of talent acquisition, learning and professional development, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

About the Talent, Culture, and Inclusion Team at the IU Foundation

IUF's Talent, Culture, and Inclusion team supports Indiana University by delivering programs and services that attract, develop, and retain the best and brightest advancement professionals and IU Foundation expert staff. They work closely with departments and units across IUF and IU to meet needs and solve challenges relating to talent acquisition, learning, and professional development. They also lead initiatives related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and culture as well as performance management, succession planning, compensation, benefits, human resource compliance, and employee relations.

Betsy Jackman will lead this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to Betsy at

The Opportunity

About the Position:

The successful Vice President, Talent, Culture & Inclusion will strategically lead initiatives and operations of the IU Foundation, most notably:

Providing strategic leadership in the areas of talent, culture and inclusion by:

  • Building working relationships with leadersacross IUF and the University to identify anddeliver value-added services that meet theorganization’s talent needs
  • Maintaining an effective level of businessliteracy about the IUF and the University, itsoperations, business challenges, priorities, andopportunities
  • Analyzing trends and metrics in partnership withthe TCI team to develop solutions, programsand policies
  • Providing oversight of key talent management,human resources, and diversity processes andprograms

Create solutions to address the University’s human capital needs as it relates to development officers by:

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to Sr. Management,VPs of Development, Deans, Chancellors andleaders as it relates to talent acquisition, learningand professional development, and succession orcareer planning for development officers acrossthe University
  • Working with the TCI team to analyze and prioritizecritical business challenges while providingrecommendations in collaboration with Sr. Management and VPs of Development

Provide ongoing and operational oversight in the areas of talent, culture and inclusion by:

  • Serving as a trusted advisor and coach to Sr. Management, managers, and staff
  • Providing guidance and frameworks to support organizational restructures, workforce planning and succession planning
  • Identifying learning and professional development needs, as well as the solutions, for the organization and for individual leaders or teams
  • Working across the organization to identify and lead initiatives that advance the Foundation’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, including acting as the co-lead for the IUF Diversity Equity and Inclusion Advisory Group
  • Assuring competitiveness of IUF’s total compensation package
  • Managing and resolving complex employee relations issues
  • Maintaining knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance; partners with the legal department when appropriate
  • Works closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase engagement and productivity

Lead the TCI team by:

  • Working with the team to identify and communicate strategic priorities that align with business needs
  • Providing management oversight, consultation, strategic and tactical support
  • Supervising, developing, and motivating through regularly scheduled meetings
  • Effectively communicating procedural controls and purpose of such
  • Ensuring development and maintenance of clear, concise policies and procedures
  • Providing individual performance feedback and professional development opportunities, including stretch assignments
  • Ensuring availability to answer questions and serve as a mentor

Approach each situation with a professional attitude by:

  • Exercising good judgment in discussing issues and results
  • Maintaining composure and calm demeanor when situations become difficult
  • Identifying when responsibilities require transparency and when they require confidentiality


Qualifications & Characteristics:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degreeis highly preferred.
  • Minimum of 11 years’ experience in organizationaldevelopment, human resources, or talentmanagement, including a minimum of 5 years’ experience managing teams
  • Experience working with high-wealth prospects/donors and success in securing principal gift level support;
  • Experience in the areas of diversity, equity andinclusion strongly preferred
  • A professional HR certification, such as the SHRM-CPor SHRM-SCP is a plus
  • Gifted relationship builder across functions andlevels within an organization
  • Ability to effectively communicate with staff both onan individual level and in large groups
  • Exceptional propensity to manage and lead people,scale up organizations, and learn the strengths ofteams in order to put people in positions to succeed
  • Proven ability to analyze and interpret HR businessprocesses and data to identify areas of efficiency orprocess enhancement
  • Ability to analyze organizational talent data and otherkey performance indicators to identify additional service offering opportunities
  • Demonstrated success in managing and resolvingcomplex employee relations issues
  • Working knowledge of multiple areas of HR includingcompensation, benefits, federal and stateemployment laws, talent acquisition, diversity,performance management, succession planning,learning and organizational development
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

Board of Directors

The IU Foundation Board of Directors works to steward and support Indiana University’s fundraising goals while serving as the legal governing body for the IU Foundation.

Led by Indiana University’s president, Pamela Whitten, our board members come from a variety of backgrounds, with one common thread: sincere dedication to the success of Indiana University.

These remarkable individuals provide governance oversight and input into how the IU Foundation can best achieve its mission of advancing Indiana University’s most critical interests.

Living our Values:


The IU Foundation's values represent what we enduringly stand for, and what we aspire to be. To us, values are more than words on a wall. They guide our behaviors and interactions.


We believe in the power of philanthropy.  We are motivated by our shared conviction that Indiana University advances knowledge, transforms lives, and fuels progress in communities across Indiana and around the world.


We are conscientious in honoring our obligations and responsibilities to others, always mindful of the trust that is invested in us. We take personal ownership of the task at hand, and we hold ourselves accountable to the highest level of professionalism.


We approach our work with a spirit of service, anticipating the needs of those we serve. We lead change in our fields of expertise and proactively offer innovative solutions. We focus our energies on the needs that bring the greatest value to our campus partners, IU Foundation colleagues, and donors and friends of Indiana University.


We share ideas willingly, knowing that the process of collaboration shapes, defines, and produces the best results. We leverage the strengths of our colleagues and work as a team to solve problems and achieve common goals for those we serve.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

The IU Foundation believes that our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is vital to accomplishing our mission. You can read the IU Foundation's statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion here.

As a leader amongst our peers, the IU Foundation and Indiana University established the Black Philanthropy Circle in 2018 and the Queer Philanthropy Circle in 2019 to ensure underrepresented student and alumni populations are represented, honored, and heard.  These groups were able to build upon the successful model established by our Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council, founded ten years ago.

From a staffing and talent management perspective, the IU Foundation focuses its work in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion by designing, delivering, and championing programs and strategies that raise awareness, address barriers, and foster inclusion.   Through the IU Foundation's talent acquisition and learning and development functions, staff are engaged directly in planning and programming efforts while opportunities to enhance our infrastructure are also proactively assessed. 

5,600+newly endowed scholarships

224newly endowed faculty positions


Our University


All Hoosier athletes pour their heart and soul into their sport—and it shows. Our teams have brought home 24 NCAA Team Championships, produced 145 NCAA individual champions, and won 169 Big Ten Team Championships.

Fans of IU Athletics have a lot to cheer about. Men’s basketball proudly enjoys five national titles and most recently brought home the Big Ten Championship in 2016. Women’s basketball won the WNIT in 2018 and participated in the NCAA tournament in 2019. Since 2015, IU football has participated in three bowl games.  Our men’s soccer team claims a successful record by any measure, including eight national championships. The baseball team has won the Big Ten conference regular season championship 7 times, most recently in 2019. Add in our swimming and diving squads, perennially among the nation’s best, and you have the Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team.


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