Director of Human Resources
Director of Human Resources, CNS
College of Natural Sciences
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
The Director of Human Resources for the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) oversees all human resources functions for the largest academic unit on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus and ensures uniform compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and University policies, practices, and procedures. The Director guides CNS on all aspects of human resources management, including, but not limited to, faculty and staff search processes, strategic planning, training programs, and professional development. In addition, the Director represents CNS in employee grievance matters, serves as CNS' primary human resources liaison to the Office of the Provost and the Office of Human Resources, and has signatory authority.
About CNS: CNS includes 13 departments and 2 schools, serves over 7,000 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students, and has a presence in 18 buildings on Campus. In addition, CNS is responsible for five research and education farms and 13 extension offices throughout Massachusetts. At any one time, CNS maintains approximately 2,200 employee appointments. Appointment types include tenure system faculty, part-time and full-time lecturers, permanent and temporary staff members, post doctoral research associates, research fellows, graduate teaching assistants, and student employees.
This is a non-unit professional positon.
- Faculty Recruitment and Hiring: Serves as the CNS' primary manager of all aspects of faculty recruitment and proper search procedures. Develops recruitment strategies and utilization goals, identifies ways to strengthen applicant pools, and manages the search process, from requisition to completion. In consultation with the Dean, Associate Deans, Department Heads/Chairs, and the Office of the Provost, manages hiring protocols, including tenure track offers and offer letters for faculty searches.
- Strategic Planning and Organizational Effectiveness: Works with senior personnel throughout CNS, including Department Heads/Chairs, to analyze organizational structures and staffing patterns, evaluate options to increase effectiveness and efficiency, develop staffing projections, identify immediate and long-term human resources needs, and ensure optimal utilization of existing positions. Advises said senior personnel on ways to identify, address, and facilitate solutions for routine employee issues. Ensures that training opportunities are maximized through various actions, such as monitoring the usage by CNS personnel of training programs and serving as a bridge to other Campus offices, such as Workplace Learning and Development. Collaborates with the CNS Director of Faculty Development Programs on the provision of faculty workshops.
- Compensation and Classification: Consults with senior personnel throughout CNS, including Department Heads/Chairs, regarding all aspects of compensation policies, guidelines, and procedures. Advises supervisors on the writing of clear, accurate, and results-oriented job descriptions. Serves as CNS' primary liaison to the Office of Human Resources when resolving compensation and classification issues.
- Compliance: Provides leadership and guidance to ensure uniform compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and Campus policies, practices, and procedures. Conduct research, engage in training and education sessions, and make inquiries in relevant subjects to keep abreast of current developments in management and personnel. Educate supervisors and senior managers as needed on emerging and changing policies and regulations.
- Annual Faculty and Staff Review Processes: Ensures compliance with annual faculty and staff review requirements and coordinates processes relative to performance and/or compensation, including, but not limited to, faculty merit, anomalies, faculty reappointments, and tenure reviews. Establishes academic year schedule for the College Personnel Committee (CPC) and serves as an on-going resource for its members.
- Employee Grievance Matters: Represents CNS in the processing of employee complaints and/or grievances. Works with the Office of the Provost and the Office of Human Resources to resolve personnel issues. Ensures appropriate procedures are followed in disciplinary matters.
DEGREE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
- Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business / Public Administration, or related discipline, plus 7 years of experience in: diverse experience in human resources and personnel administration, knowledge of best practices in compensation and performance management, working knowledge of current human resources best practices and state / federal employment laws is required. Or;
- Bachelor’s degree in any discipline plus 8 years of experience in: diverse experience in human resources and personnel administration, knowledge of best practices in compensation and performance management, working knowledge of current human resources best practices and state / federal employment laws, is required. Or;
- Master’s degree in Human Resources, Business / Public Administration, or related discipline plus 5 years of experience in: diverse experience in human resources and personnel administration, knowledge of best practices in compensation and performance management, working knowledge of current human resources best practices and state / federal employment laws is required.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with a diverse population of employees and students. Strong service orientation that demonstrates proactive relationship building and customer-focused problem solving, required.
- Demonstrated leadership abilities, management skills, and supervisory experience. Commitment to inclusion and awareness and understanding of diverse thought, cultures, race, gender, and other differences. Commitment to employee development and engagement, required
- Ability to take initiative, work independently, manage multiple priorities, follow through and meet deadlines. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills, required.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of human resources practices, policies, and procedures. Proven competence with spreadsheets, word processing, electronic calendars, and central data systems, required.
- Experience in higher education and record of developing and implementing new ideas, required.
- Ability to exercise extreme discretion and judgment in matters of a sensitive or confidential nature, required.
- Experience with organizational development and employee training, required.
- Required to work some nights and weekends.
- Experience working in a unionized environment.
- Certification from Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources upon hire is preferred.
Professional Staff Salary Administration Program Position Level 28, Associated to a 29
The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, the University of Massachusetts is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statues, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.
Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of 9/12/2017 in order to ensure consideration. Search will remain open until position is filled. To apply provide a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references.
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On-Campus applicants are defined as Amherst Campus non-student employees