Instructor - Quantitative Methods

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Areas of Intereset: Executive Management and Senior Administration
Functional Areas: Research Institutes and Labs
Department: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Requisition Number: 11880
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: University Staff
Schedule: Full-Time
Posting Close Date: 14-Aug-2018

Job Summary

The Director of Human Resources is a key strategic advisor to the Director of CIRES to improve the effectiveness of human resources operations with the Institute. This position provides leadership and oversight of the CIRES HR department and personnel, ensuring the institute attracts, retains and motivates a talented workforce. This role directs the HR function across the Institute including strategic planning and analysis, compliance with policies and laws, talent acquisition, performance management, and leave and payroll administration. The Director will develop a sustainable organizational structure that prioritizes employees through a solutions-oriented framework.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Provide leadership and direction for the CIRES HR department and personnel to ensure all functions are consistent across the Institute and minimize long-term inconsistencies and inefficiencies.
  • Continually improve CIRES HR functions to assess and evaluate processes, policies and practices. Collect data of HR activities across Institute, analyze, improve, and innovate an action plan for implementing an updated HR infrastructure and strategies to best meet the needs of the University and CIRES’ research enterprise.
  • Advise the Director on HR matters, with consideration of CU Boulder and NOAA policies and practices.
  • Facilitate positive interactions among HR and other CIRES departments and units.
  • Ensure CIRES HR functions are aligned with relevant campus, system, and federal functions; this includes collaborating with HR personnel at the campus level, within the Research and Innovation Office, and at NOAA.
  • Serve as a resource for CIRES personnel, answering questions related to hiring, separation, salaries, promotion, raises, training, and other HR-related matters, and ensure that each member of the HR group serves as a similar resource for matters pertaining to their work areas.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A bachelor’s degree in a business-related discipline.
  • Five years of human resources or related experience.
  • Three years of managerial experience.
  • Experience in HR in a higher education, government, or large business organization.

What You Will Need

  • Operational Leadership: Oversee all Human Resource functions that serve the organization. Provide a focus on efficiency, effectiveness, and customer support. Think creatively and strategically to optimize human resource functions, and contributions of the HR group to the execution of CIRES’s mission.
  • Relationship building: as one of the executive leaders at CIRES, develop strong relationships internally and externally with colleagues, stakeholders, and staff. Be accessible and responsive, serve others by effectively addressing problems. Demonstrate an ability to interact with people at all levels of the organization as well as external to the organization; Be empathetic and motivating.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong partnerships with co-workers and peers.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills with particular ability to communicate information in a clear, concise, diplomatic and professional manner.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities.
  • Strong service orientation.
  • Ability to successfully recruit, develop, and mentor a diverse and talented staff, and a commitment to the professional development of staff.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master’s degree in business or related field.
  • Experience working in research/academic environments that includes direct experience with university HR processes and procedures.
  • Experience in a soft-money research environment.
  • Experience working in and managing administrative areas that involve interfacing with a range of complementary administrative units that include finance, contracts and grants, procurement, information technology, facilities management, communications, and outreach.
  • Demonstrated competence with a range of office software.
  • A record of ensuring that HR functions are aligned to optimize the ability to achieve institutional priorities.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. A current resume.

2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 8/12/2018
Application Due: 8/13/2018
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