Director of Human Resources

Saint Joseph, Minnesota
Apr 26, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Human Resources department at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University invites applications for the full-time, benefit-eligible position of Director of Human Resources.
Reporting to the CSB and SJU Vice Presidents for Finance and Administration, the Director of Human Resources is responsible for providing strategic and visionary  leadership consistent with the institutions’ mission and goals in all areas of Human Resources management, including but not limited to: campus culture; diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice (DEIJ); recruitment and onboarding of faculty and staff; employee relations, performance management; compensation and benefits administration; AA/EEO; comprehensive professional development programming; employment policies; succession planning; human resources data and analytics; and regulatory/legal compliance.    
The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) is a liberal arts college for women, and Saint John's University (SJU) is a liberal arts college for men and a graduate School of Theology for both men and women and is also the home of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library and the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research. The campuses are located in the central lakes area of Minnesota, surrounded by more than 3,000 acres of pristine forests, prairies, and lakes. The campuses are minutes away from St. Cloud, an increasingly diverse regional center with a population of over 100,000, and 70 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Some CSB/SJU faculty and staff choose to reside locally, while others commute from the Twin Cities. Both St. Cloud and the Twin Cities offer a wide range of fine arts, cultural, dining, recreational, and sporting opportunities.
CSB/SJU are Catholic colleges in the Benedictine tradition enlivened by values of community, hospitality, stewardship, and justice. The schools are dedicated to cultivating an equitable, inclusive community founded on respect for all persons. Students, staff and faculty from many diverse belief systems and backgrounds collectively bring a rich dimension to the academic, cultural, and religious experience at CSB/SJU. Learn more in our Institutional Statement on Diversity and in our brochure regarding Higher Education in the Catholic and Benedictine Tradition.
With a total enrollment of approximately 3,300 students, CSB/SJU are unique in all of higher education, distinguished by their commitment to the holistic transformational development of women and men within the context of a unified, coeducational experience. All students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to experience and engage with the two institutions. For further information, see
CSB/SJU offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program.



1. Create a strategic vision for a workplace where employees thrive and excel. Lead the Human Resources department in delivering quality consultation, high-quality programs, mission-based resources, proactive data and analytics, and responsive services to the campus communities. Lead, mentor, supervise, and evaluate the HR staff as they develop a talented workforce that contributes to the mission of CSB and SJU, advances the institutions’ visions, and collaboratively meets institutional goals.  

2. Advise division heads and department supervisors on hiring processes, employment policies, employee relations issues, and disciplinary actions ensuring consistency in employment practices and fair and equitable treatment of employees. Consult with legal counsel, as necessary.

3. Research, develop, and implement competitive compensation, benefits, and performance appraisal programs. Manage compensation administration to include salary survey collection, wage and salary plan design, compensation plan research, and   annual compensation and market/range adjustments.  Support the CSB and SJU Board Chairs in executive compensation review and the contract renewal process for the president(s).

4. Support and expand a campus culture of transformative inclusion through active leadership in campus wide DEIJ initiatives and programs. Model commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice work. Lead collaboratively with other campus leaders to attract, hire, and retain a diverse workforce and to advance the institutions’ commitment to DEIJ in all HR systems, policies, and practices.

5. Serve as Affirmative Action Officer formulating the institutions AA/EEO plans and conducting required reporting.

6. Serve on the institutions’ Title IX team and as an adjudicator for human rights or sexual misconduct cases involving employee respondents. Provide guidance on the institutions’ child protection policies in response to reports of suspected abuse, and report status to the Child Protection Report Team. Investigate and/or respond to reports received through the institutions’ Ethicspoint System.

7. Identify key performance indicators for the institutions’ human resource and talent management functions; assess institutional success and market competitiveness based on these metrics.  

8. In collaboration with CSB Executive Director of Facilities, represent management in union negotiations for the International Union of Operating Engineers. Initiate planning for negotiation meetings; represent interests of management in the negotiations process; communicate with union leadership and stewards; and maintain official records of contract changes.

9. Ensure compliance with employment, benefits, insurance, safety, and other laws, regulations, and requirements. Develop and recommend effective new or revised policies in response to institutional needs or legal/regulatory changes. Maintain current and comprehensive staff handbooks, work directly with the Faculty Handbook Committee Chair on HR policies and procedures relevant to Faculty.

10. Create effective and comprehensive professional development, leadership, and training programs for all levels of the organization that reflects the mission and strategic goals of the institutions. Connect the program with employee goals and performance.  

11. Represent the CSB/SJU Human Resources internally/externally on committees, task forces and in professional networks. Actively engage in professional organizations and development activities with CUPA-HR and SHRM to remain current in the field and to advance HR management on campus.

12. Collaboratively plan execute campus-wide employee recognition, events, and wellness activities.  

13. Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice Presidents or Presidents.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management or related field 
  • Demonstrated HR leadership experience for an organization of approximately 500 employees or more. 
  • Demonstrated leadership experience creating and providing robust professional development and leadership and training programs for all levels of the organization. 
  • Demonstrated successful experience advancing DEIJ work and a professional commitment to inclusive practices.
  • Effective supervisory skills in leading and mentoring an HR team.
  • Demonstrated high degree of professionalism, critical thinking skills, and discreet judgment.
  • Ability to build positive and collaborative work relationships with constituents at all levels in the institutions.
  • Ability to consult, formulate, and effectively recommend new or revised institutional policies.
  • Excellent skills in verbal and written communications, inter-personal relations, and presentations.
  • Advanced technology skills, including experience utilizing HRIS systems. 
  • Ability to work independently managing multiple priorities and objectives.
  • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations. 
  • Experience implementing competitive compensation, benefits, and performance appraisal programs. 


  • Master’s degree in Human Resources Management or related field. 
  • Senior-level professional certification in Human Resources (SPHR, SCP)
  • Experience in higher education and/or non-profit organization. 
  • Experience representing management in union negotiations.

To Apply:

Applications are accepted online by clicking on "Apply" above. Candidates are asked to complete the application form and submit a letter of application and resume.
If you require an accommodation to participate in the CSB/SJU hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (320) 363-2508 or [email protected]
It is the policy of CSB/SJU to conduct a pre-employment background check.  An offer of employment is contingent upon a successful background check.
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.