Talent Partner, Talent and Culture

Elkus Manfredi Architects is a full-service design firm providing architecture, master planning, urban design, interior architecture, space planning, and programming. We are seeking talented individuals with unbridled curiosity, who tirelessly ask questions, are always learning, and are passionately engaged.

The Talent Partner reports to the Vice President of Talent and Culture and works in partnership with Elkus Manfredi Architects principals, senior leadership, key stakeholders, and HR colleagues to develop and deliver talent and culture initiatives, services, and strategies in line with the needs and priorities of the organization.

This role will have responsibility for or share in the development and delivery of a variety of HR matters including but not limited to; benefits, employee engagement and retention strategies, employee relations, ensuring HR compliance with federal, state, and local requirements, building foundational HR programs, learning and development programs, career development programs, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with VP Talent and Culture, designs, develops, and implements HR initiatives, programs, and policies. Initiatives include but not limited to:

Employee retention strategies and programs

Best Practices in Talent Acquisition

Manager tool kits

Succession Planning

Employee engagement

Diversity and inclusion

Employee development

Performance management


  • Responsible for building and executing on employee engagement and retention strategies and programs. Take lead role in designing, implementing, interpreting, and communicating results of annual employee engagement survey. Build programs based on survey results.
  • Responsible for the development and execution of recruitment practices and programs that enable the attraction and hiring of top talent.
  • Use best practice recruitment strategies/technology to attract strong, diverse talent to Elkus Manfredi.
  • Establish a strategic Talent Acquisition plan in partnership with hiring leaders and Client Projects Staffing Manager to effectively source and deliver talent necessary to achieve business outcomes.
  • Take lead role in managing Summer Internship Program
  • Develop workforce development strategies and a suitable talent pipeline to drive business results. Include outreach to schools and community groups.
  • Establish Talent Acquisition metrics, providing analysis of results with a goal of moving performance to best practice levels and operational excellence.
  • Develop recommended practices and policies for hiring managers
  • Develop and implement new employee onboarding and training programs.
  • In collaboration with the VP Talent and Culture take an active role in building and executing diversity and inclusion strategy and programs. Develop and nurture relationships with local partners. Provide training and development on diversity and inclusion matters for managers and employees.
  • Partners with management providing ongoing HR support and guidance as needed.
  • Provides day to day support and guidance related to benefits and leave administration.
  • Analyzes trends and metrics in partnership with the HR group to develop solutions, programs and policies.
  • Manages and resolves complex employee relations issues. Conducts effective, thorough and objective investigations.
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Provides day-to-day performance management guidance to management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions).
  • Works closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention.
  • Provides HR policy guidance and interpretation.
  • Assists international employees with expatriate assignments and related HR matters.
  • Identifies training needs for business units and individual executive coaching needs.
  • Participates in evaluation and monitoring of training programs to ensure success. Follows up to ensure training objectives are met.
  • Conducts confidential exit interviews with terminating employees.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Education, Training and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience as HR Business partner, HR Generalist, or similar role with at least three (3) years of experience with developing and implementing employee engagement and retention programs.
  • Working knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines, including Organizational Development, Learning and Development, Career Development, Talent Acquisition, compensation practices, organizational diagnosis, employee relations, diversity, and performance management.

Additional Education, Training and Experience

  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Required Competencies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability and desire to lead learning sessions with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply the appropriate sections of applicable laws, guidelines, regulations, ordinances, and policies.
  • Ability to acquire a thorough understanding of the organization’s hierarchy, jobs, qualifications, compensation practices, and the administrative practices related to those factors.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to maintain professional composure in stressful situations.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Working knowledge of employee benefits and wellness programs


Additional Competencies

  • Working knowledge of Deltek software (preferred).
  • Working knowledge of Paylocity system (preferred).


About Elkus Manfredi Architects

Elkus Manfredi Architects is focused on creating dynamic, connected, sustainable environments that foster a sense of community, from the smallest workplace to urban neighborhoods. The firm provides a synergistic combination of services — from architecture and interior architecture to master planning and urban design. With a legacy of design distinction and commitment to our clients’ success, the firm is recognized internationally for its work with corporate, life science, higher education, hospitality, residential, and retail-entertainment clients. Located in the iconic Innovation and Design building in Boston’s Seaport District, Elkus Manfredi is committed to creating common ground that brings people and communities together.


If you are interested in a career with Elkus Manfredi please email a cover letter and resume to: