Executive Director of Compensation, System Human Resources

Knoxville, TN
Oct 20, 2020
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About the UT System
The University of Tennessee iscomprised of campuses at Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Martin; the Health ScienceCenter at Memphis; the Space Institute at Tullahoma; and the statewideInstitute of Agriculture and Institute for Public Service. The UT System has a presence ineach of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Through the combined force of education,research and outreach, the University serves students, business and industry,schools, governments, organizations, and citizens statewide.

 The University of TennesseeSystem, through its multiple campuses and institutes, serves the people ofTennessee and beyond through the discovery, communication, and application ofknowledge. The System is committed to providing undergraduate, graduate andprofessional education programs in a diverse learning environment that preparesstudents to be leaders in a global society. The UT System’s delivery ofeducation, discovery, outreach, and public service contributes to the economic,social and environmental well-being of all Tennesseans.

 The Opportunity The University of Tennessee System invitesapplications and nominations for the position of Executive Director ofCompensation. Reporting directly to the Chief Human Resources Officer andserving as a member of the System Human Resources Executive Leadership Team,the Executive Director of Compensation is the strategic lead in theconceptualization, development, implementation, and evaluation of contemporaryjob design and compensation programs for the University of Tennessee System.

 Duties and Responsibilities The Executive Director will performthe following System-wide duties in fulfillment of the role:

  • Pro-actively support the business goals of the University
  • Develop compensation programs that attract, retain, and motivate high performing employees and metrics to evaluate their effectiveness
  • Serve as subject-matter expert on all federal, state, and local compensation laws and regulations to ensure compliance
  • Develop compensation strategies, in consultation with senior leadership, that are effective, competitive, and fair
  • Devise and design methods to continually improve the overall effectiveness of compensation services and programs
  • Set appropriate infrastructure to manage jobs (families/functions, pay grades, job data storage) and salary schedule updates
  • Oversee salary survey participation and manage the University’s participation in salary and variable compensation surveys to ensure that accurate data are collected and reported
  • Lead conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and evaluating direct and indirect reward and pay delivery systems that support the recruitment and retention of top talent
  • Provide consulting support for changes at all levels, including competitive pay strategies, salary increase practices, bonus structures, pay for performance plans, promotional philosophy, and total compensation approaches
  • Work closely with HR partners and senior leaders to review and revise the University’s compensation plans, programs, and policies
  • Develop and recommend customer assessment tools and metrics
  • Provide benchmarking and data analytics for compensation plans
  • Provide accurate data to Compensation Advisory Board and senior staff to assist in setting University compensation strategy, planning, and programming
  • Partner with the IRIS team and others as needed to enhance compensation tools available to managers statewide
  • In partnership with IRIS, enhance the use of technology to deliver value to HR customers statewide
  • Draft communications to provide information and updates for compensation to multiple audiences
  • Champion a culture of engagement and belonging by providing leadership in an environment that actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Possess a deep commitment to these values and demonstrates action and accountability in advancing strategies to support them at all levels of the University
  • Develop and effectively manage assigned staff by establishing clear performance expectations and metrics
  • Perform other related duties as required

  • Qualifications
    Education:   A bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree andrelated professional certifications are preferred.

     Experience:     A minimum of 10 years of demonstratedprogressive and increasingly responsible experience in conceptualizing,evaluating, designing/developing, and implementing compensation strategies isrequired. Experience in higher education is strongly preferred. Five or moreyears of supervisory experience, including successful team building and processimprovement is required.

     Additional qualifications include thefollowing:

  • Demonstrated experience with the development of pay structures, programs, market benchmarking and positioning
  • Experience with compensation program implementation and communication strategies
  • Development of incentive programs that support strategic initiatives
  • The ability to conduct compensation plan evaluation to ensure effectiveness and business value
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and administration of equitable pay programs, including variable pay plans, long-term incentive plans, retention incentives and executive compensation
  • Experience developing and presenting training on compensation for all levels of supervisors (front-line to executives)
  • Experience developing performance requirements and link to pay for senior and executive leaders
  • Experience setting strategy and providing proposals for senior leadership
  • Experience with customer service and best practice enhancement efforts is preferred
  • Skills:   The Executive Director of Compensationwill have significant knowledge andunderstanding of higher education. In addition to the specific skills outlinedabove, additional key skill sets include:  

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills
  • Exceptional listening and communication skills
  • The ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Project management and budget management
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws related to compensation
  • Strong technical skills and the ability to use technology to enhance results
  • Commitment to equal employment opportunity and diversity
  • Commitment to exceptional customer service
  • Behaviors:TheExecutive Director will exhibit qualities of emotional maturity, genuineness, self-confidence, commonsense, judgment, fairness, creativity, discretion, decisiveness, politicalsavvy, diplomacy, tact, resiliency, adaptability, courage of convictions andtolerance for ambiguity.  Demonstratedbehavioral expectations include:

    • Unquestionedintegrity and trustworthiness
    • Commitment to the University’s mission andstrategic plan, as well as missions and strategic plans for eachcampus/institute
    • Ability to make good, consistent, and fairdecisions based on fact and data
    • Ability to work well with cross-functional teamsand to foster teamwork
    For full consideration, candidates should apply electronically with a cover letter addressing their interest in and qualifications for the role, a resume, and a list of at least three professional references. 

    Job: Executive/Administrative
    Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
    Organization: Human Resources-Administration
    Schedule: Full-time
    Job Posting: Oct 19, 2020, 9:28:39 AM

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