Director of Human Resources

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 26, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Human Resources Career at the University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota is a world-class, public research university dedicated to meeting the challenges of the future with a diverse and global workforce.

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for providing strategic leadership, planning, development, coordination, implementation and oversight of human resources programs and services in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).  The director works with CFANS administration, academic departments and centers to develop and implement a comprehensive human resources program for CFANS faculty, staff, students, and administrators.  The director’s responsibilities include human resources planning; employee and labor relations; recruitment and staffing; education, training, development and mentoring; performance evaluation systems; compensation; and equal opportunity.  The director will create and implement strategic and tactical policies and processes for the human resources function of CFANS.  The director will work collaboratively with the University’s Office of Human Resources to ensure that CFANS efforts are aligned with University-wide human resources policies, programs, and strategic initiatives.  The director manages a professional staff of currently two members and reports to the Chief Operating Officer for CFANS.

Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in Human Resources or related field, plus 10 years of related professional HR experience to include supervisory responsibilities.
  • Working knowledge of employment laws, rules and regulations affecting human resources.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge in HR practices areas.
  • Demonstrated success in project management, including organizational and planning skills.
  • Success working and leading in a complex, multi-layered and collaborative environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with ambiguity, use sound judgment and discretion.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing across all levels of the organization.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and an ability to influence others directly and indirectly.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Desired Competencies:

  • Communications and Teamwork:  Demonstrates the ability to express thoughts clearly and concisely; shows good active listening skills; and able to tailor messages appropriately to audience.  Builds working relationships to resolve problems and achieve common goals.  Offers assistance, support, and feedback to others.  Ability to communicate effectively, succinctly, and persuasively in writing, orally and interpersonally.
  • Diversity:  Is respectful and effectively works with individuals from culturally diverse populations.  Demonstrates a commitment to and understanding of diversity and inclusiveness.  Demonstrates sensitivity and awareness of challenges and institutional barriers for people from under-represented populations, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
  • Motivation:  Shows initiative, anticipates needs, and takes actions.  Ability to be self-directed, take appropriate action and be efficient and resourceful in fulfilling responsibilities.
  • Accountability/Reliability:  Takes ownership for own work.  Accepts responsibility for mistakes and learns from them.  Follows through on commitments, is dependable and trusted to work independently.

It’s easy to apply
Go to or search for job opening #321993 on our careers page. Follow the instructions to complete an online application and attach a cover letter and resume. Additional documents or a questionnaire may be requested. You can attach additional materials after submitting your application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail [email protected] or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Employment offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.
It’s great working at the U!
The University is dedicated to keeping you and your family healthy—physically, emotionally, financially, socially, and professionally. Here are just some of the many benefits of working at the U:

  • Competitive wages
  • Full medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Retirement, life insurance, and short-and long-term disability insurance
  • A wellness program that rewards you for doing healthy activities
  • Tuition benefits to further your education while you work
  • Opportunity for public employer student loan forgiveness
  • Leadership development and training opportunities
  • Opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and educator.