Senior Associate Vice Chancellor of Talent & Diversity

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Mar 06, 2018
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Senior Associate Vice Chancellor of Talent and Diversity

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMassD) seeks a strategic talent manager to lead the office of Human Resources (HR). This is an exciting opportunity to support a dynamic institution through organizational development, talent management, and progressive strategic approaches to diversity, inclusion, and equity, HR services, and HR operations.

UMass Dartmouth is a Tier 1 national research university that provides a private college educational experience and public university value. UMassD enrolls 7,000 undergraduates studying 55 different majors in five colleges, and more than 1,600 graduate students in 33 masters and 13 doctoral programs in the five colleges. UMass D also houses the School for Marine Science & Technology and the Commonwealth’s only public law school.

There are 1,500 employees at UMassD, including 500 faculty. Five different unions cover all employees except for 78 exempt employees. The unions who represent UMass Dartmouth staff include: American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Educational Services Unit (ESU), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) and AFT Massachusetts Maintainers.

The Senior Associate Vice Chancellor (SAVC) reports to the Vice Chancellor of Administration & Finance and is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet. This individual serves as the top HR officer for the campus with responsibility over all HR service areas, policies, and programs including diversity, inclusion, and equity compliance and strategies. The SAVC brings knowledge, energy, integrity, and an inclusive approach to talent management and workforce development. The SAVC will be responsible for delivering future-focused HR systems and services through innovative talent management, talent acquisition, performance coaching, leadership development, workforce planning, and talent engagement. The SAVC will manage a team of Human Resources professionals responsible for recruitment and onboarding, employee and labor relations, diversity, inclusion, and equity, HR technology (HRIS), compensation, benefits, administration, and compliance.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished HR leader and staff manager with proven experience providing innovative approaches attracting, developing, and retaining diverse talent in an organization. The ideal candidate will also have a reputation for developing and maintaining a responsive and proactive service organization that facilitates trust and inclusion. The SAVC will model and promote a culture of openness and inclusive participation by working collaboratively with academic leadership, administrators, staff, and faculty in support of the institution’s strategic goals.

Talent Strategy and Management
Design and deliver an integrated talent management vision and framework to build organizational capacity in support of UMassD’s mission and strategic objectives. Develop and execute innovative ideas and best practices to advance talent engagement and retention. Develop best-in-class HR infrastructure and practices to acquire, develop, and retain a diverse and outstanding workforce. Build relationships and visibility in the HR industry, the academic and business community at large to represent and promote UMassD as an employer of choice.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Effectively lead, educate, and advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equity demonstrating knowledge about diverse cultures and issues including historical context and unconscious bias.

Organizational Engagement
Design and drive distinctive and positive employee experiences that strengthen engagement, trust, and collaboration. Develop, manage and execute total reward programs (compensation, rewards & recognition, employment benefits) based on annual wage and salary surveys, data analysis, and benchmarking in order to better align UMassD’s talent objectives. Develop and oversee a comprehensive employee and labor relations strategy that incorporates leadership, management development, relationship building, strengths-based coaching, conflict resolution, intercultural competency, and performance management.

Learning and Development
Create an agile learning culture where knowledge is shared through relevant, best-in-class approaches and offerings that strengthen individual and organizational capabilities and competencies. Research and collaborate with others inside and outside UMassD to design professional development approaches and learning opportunities.

Organizational Effectiveness
Lead a team culture that upholds personal integrity, ethical management, professionalism, and confidentiality. Assess internal effectiveness to ensure value-added operations and services. Identify, inform, and make recommendations regarding internal and external issues that affect the organization. Create and monitor analytics to inform recruitment, engagement, and operational progress using key performance metrics.

Compliance and Administration
Oversee and ensure HR compliance with federal and state employment laws (such as FLSA, ADA, and FMLA), and other governing or accrediting bodies. Accountable for all aspects of the University’s Affirmative Action Program to ensure complete compliance and appropriate advertising, analysis, and reporting. Oversee and provide leadership for the activities of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) including compliance-related responsibilities and reporting.

Qualification Requirements:
10+ years’ experience in progressive leadership in a college/university or other large, complex organization leading Human Resource or talent focused initiatives and programs. Labor union and/or public sector and/or government experience highly desired.
A bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, business administration or related area of study is required; a master's degree, SPHR certification, or JD degree is preferred.
Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Ability to be a positive and effective change agent. Build and strengthen relationships with UMassD leaders, students, faculty, staff, the UMass system office, and the external community.
• Ability to develop and implement best practice programs and initiatives that align with the university's mission and established goals.
• Experience providing coaching, support, and guidance to the HR staff through consultation, training, and direct supervision.
• Demonstrated effective negotiation skills; experience leading and managing in a union environment.
• Experience applying budgetary and fiscal planning within financial constraints.
• Ability to define and prioritize objectives, and exercise sound judgment on policies and information to develop effective procedures, solutions, and programming.
• Strong writing and presentation skills. Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences at all levels in formal and informal settings, one-on-one, small and large groups.
• Understand and effectively navigate and lead complex organizational systems.

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Application Instructions: Decision Insight, Inc. is assisting the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and managing the search process. Nominations and applications should include cover letter, resume and five references that include managers, colleagues and direct reports. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted and only for those considered finalists in the process.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Due to the pace of the search interested candidates are urged to apply as soon as possible.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be emailed to:
Decision Insight, Inc.

ATTN: Patricia Duarte and/or Dr. Sandra Casey Buford, Search Consultants
[email protected]

No phone calls please. Receipt of all submissions will be automatically confirmed. All other inquires or questions about the search should be sent to Decision Insight at email above.

University of Massachusetts is an equal opportunity employer and does not discrimination against applicants due to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, veteran status or other non-merit based factors.

A pre-employment background check is required

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