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Associate Director, Employment and Classification/Compensation

Northern Virginia Community College
Fairfax County - 059

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Human Resource Analyst II

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Associate Director, Employment and Classification/Compensation

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Northern VA Community College


NV280-VP Administration

Work Location:

Fairfax County - 059

Hiring Range:

Commensurate With Experience (up to max of $105,461)

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Full Time

Work Schedule:

Monday – Thursday 8:30 to 5:00

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Job Description:

The security of our students, faculty, and staff is very important at NOVA. Please take a moment to review NOVA’s Annual Security Reports

General Description: The Associate Director of Employment and Classification/Compensation manages the Employment and Compensation/Classification team for NOVA HR. The Associate Director has day-to-day oversight for the team’s responsibilities of successfully and consistently analyzing position descriptions and applicant pools in accordance with federal and state guidelines, and NOVA and VCCS policies and procedures. This position oversees the team’s efforts in recruiting, selecting, and on-boarding new hires, as well as providing coaching and guidance to hiring managers to ensure policies and procedures are followed and business needs are met. This position also serves as a consultant to college leadership on recruitment, retention, and workforce planning by providing expert advice on applicable policies, procedures, and law. The Associate Director develops and implements recruitment and retention plans and strategies for hard-to-fill and/or mission critical positions and provides expert level coaching and guidance to leadership and hiring managers on recruitment and retention, ensuring business needs are met, and top talent is selected. The Associate Director of Employment and Classification/Compensation will maintain an effective level of business literacy about the college’s financial position, plans, culture, and competition in order to identify and deliver a diverse, well-qualified applicant pool. This position plays a critical role in ensuring the college is attracting and hiring the best possible talent.
Duties and Tasks: The Associate Director of Employment and Classification/Compensation ensures all processes and programs adhere to applicable agency, state and federal laws and policies; serves as a highly experienced professional in employment to include coaching and consulting with managers to build strong relationships; ensures operations are consistent with the mission and values of both HR and the College. The Associate Director of Employment and Classification/ Compensation develops local and national marketing and recruitment plans for key positions across the college, employing traditional sourcing strategies and resources, as well as developing new, creative recruiting ideas. The incumbent will partner with college leadership, particularly HR senior leadership, to assess current and forecast future staffing needs, maintaining a pulse on the trends in higher education relative to the dynamics of the candidate pools, and modifying recruitment strategies accordingly. In addition, the incumbent will lead the oversight and management of all recruiting vendor platforms, ensuring contract terms are beneficial and cost-effective to NOVA and the needs of the college. The Associate Director will assess operational needs within the team, while providing consulting expertise to designated units, ensuring compliant, seamless, and consistent recruitment efforts.
Essential Functions: • Assesses, designs, develops, implements, and evaluates recruitment policies, procedures, and ensures innovative best practices to attract and retain NOVA’s workforce. • Ensures team compliance with applicable agency and state policies as well as state and federal laws. • Effectively manages team performance and training to provide exceptional customer service and efficient operations. •Serves as subject matter expert to hiring managers on recruitment and selection processes to ensure compliance with Federal, State, DHRM, VCCS, and NOVA policies and procedures regarding employment. • Develops recruitment and retention plans and strategies for hard-to-fill and/or mission critical positions. •Vendor relationship management to ensure efficient use of contracted resources. •Develops proactive staffing plans and work with campus leaders to develop succession plans. Identify talent issues before they impact the business. • Maintains a pulse on the trends in higher education and dynamics of the candidate pool and modify recruitment strategy accordingly. • Serves as the recruitment subject matter expert and continually demonstrate creative sourcing strategies. • Screens and sources applications and serves on interview panels/search committees as needed • Works consistently to ensure a great candidate experience by representing NOVA in a positive, professional perspective • Tracks recruiting and applicant trends and results. Implements process improvements as necessary. • Administers applicant tracking system (PeopleAdmin), as appropriate. • Provides guidance and assistance to college administrators regarding the full hiring process including successful interview methods and techniques. • Provides consultative services to all levels of management and staff regarding relevant human resources practices, policies, and procedures. • Ensures compliance with State, Federal, System (VCCS) and College (NOVA) policies in the advertisement, screening, referral, selection and hiring of faculty. •Partners with hiring managers to develop accurate job descriptions (EWPs) and job requisitions (NOVs) to successfully attract and hire key talent for current and future organizational needs. •Administers job postings and hires in the applicant tracking system (PeopleAdmin). •Guides managers in utilizing compensation strategies to attract and retain high caliber talent. •Provides guidance and assistance to college administrators regarding the full hiring process including successful interview methods and techniques. •Assists managers with writing competency-based interview questions. •Reviews recruitment and selection documentation to ensure equitable, fair, and compliant hiring practices. •Conducts pre-employment background checks and EVerify • Launches new hires and transfers and ensures the successful on-boarding of hires. • Helps to ensure quality services in all areas of Human Resources. • Interprets, applies, and clearly communicates organizational policies, goals and objectives. • Effectively manages time and resources. • Performs work independently and with little supervision.

Special Assignments:

May be required to perform other duties as assigned. May be required to assist the agency or state government generally in the event of an emergency declaration by the Governor.

KSA's/Required Qualifications:

Required KSAs: • Demonstrated success providing guidance and consultation to management, using a business partner approach to influence outcome and ultimately meet business needs while maintaining compliance. • Knowledge of management principles involved in strategic planning, leadership techniques and coordination of people and resources. • Advanced knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of human resource management • Advanced knowledge of federal and state laws pertaining to human resource management • Advanced knowledge of state and agency policies and procedures related to human resource management • Knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of human resources development, including group dynamics, teaming and problem solving; • Knowledge of facilitation and presentation techniques; • Knowledge of project planning and project management techniques; • Ability to provide human resource consulting services in relevant areas; • Solid ability to analyze data, solve problems and provide recommendations; • Ability to develop recommendations, reports, studies and presentations; • Strong negotiation skills • Ability to guide, lead and supervise professional or administrative support staff; • Highly developed skills in collaboration; • Highly developed skills in oral and written communication. • Ability to build and maintain relationships and develop strong, trusting relationships in order to partner with management to achieve optimal results. • Must be well organized and be able to manage multiple, conflicting priorities. • Ability to work in a fast pace, high volume environment. • Ability to exercise good judgment, discretion and confidentiality •Excellent consulting, client management, and customer service skills. • Must possess strong critical and analytical thinking skills. Reading comprehension skills to understand and interpret written policies and procedures, and highly effective communication skills are a must. •Must be able to work in a fast paced, high volume environment and be able to tolerate ambiguity. •Must be able to research and resolve complex issues; articulate complex topics; analyze data utilizing a variety of techniques. • Exercises discretion and ensure a high level of confidentiality, and establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relations with faculty, staff, students and the general public are key. • Requires proficiency in the usage of a PC, standard office equipment, software and web applications including, but not limited to, MS Office, PeopleSoft, and PeopleAdmin.
Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in human resource management or closely related field. Significant full-time professional-level human resources experience within employment or in an HR business partner capacity. Demonstrated experience resolving complex employment issues. Experience supervising full-time staff, providing the appropriate tools and feedback to successfully perform duties. Must demonstrate a high level of competency in recruitment and talent acquisition and have significant work experience as a personnel recruiter and/or HR generalist. Demonstrate experience developing and implementing successful talent acquisition and recruitment strategies for hard to fill positions.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Human Resources or closely related field. SPHR and/or SHRM-SCP certification. Previous work experience in higher education. Demonstrated experience interpreting and applying the Virginia Department of Human Resources Management (DHRM) and/or VCCS policies and procedures. Prior experience working with PeopleAdmin and PeopleSoft. Knowledge of multiple HR functions that are complementary to the hiring process. This includes compensation/classification, benefits, performance management and/or employee relations. Previous work experience recruiting faculty. Previous work experience in a fast paced, high volume environment with a decentralized customer base is highly desirable.

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Background Check Statement Disclaimer:

The selected candidate’s offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation, which may include: fingerprint checks, local agency checks, employment verification, verification of education, credit checks (relevant to employment). Additionally, selected candidates may be required to complete the Commonwealth’s Statement of Economic Interest. For more information, please follow this link:

EEO Statement:

The Virginia Community College System, an EEO employer, welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds and recognizes the benefits of a diverse workforce. Therefore, the VCCS is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications. We prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disabilities, political affiliation, veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors.

ADA Statement:

The VCCS is an EOE and Affirmative Action Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Acts (ADA and ADAAA), VCCS will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodation to applicants in need of access to the application, interviewing and selection processes.

E-Verify Statement:

VCCS uses E-Verify to check employee eligibility to work in the United States. You will be required to complete an I-9 form and provide documentation of your identity for employment purposes.

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Working at Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. With over 130 degree, certificate and workforce programs NOVA helps to prepare students to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution. Learn more about Northern Virginia Community College at 

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