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Director of Human Resources

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Illinois (US)
Commensurate with experience and qualifications; excellent benefits package.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Human Resources. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Administration (VCA), the Director of Human Resources will partner with Chancellor James T. Minor and the VCA to provide strategic and tactical guidance on matters including recruitment and labor and employee relations.

SIUE is one of the largest employers in the Madison-St. Clair County region, with over 2,400 full- and part-time employees at three campus locations that include a sizable grant-funded Head Start unit, Charter High School and educational services and programs located in East St. Louis, Illinois, and the School of Dental Medicine located in Alton, Illinois. The Director will lead and direct the daily operations of the Office of Human Resources at SIUE, including a team of thirty (30) HR professionals in the following areas:
-Recruitment and Civil Service Testing
-Employment, Compensation and Classification
-Labor and Employee Relations
-Payroll, Compliance, HRIS and Benefit Services

SIUE’s new Director of Human Resources will join the institution at the ideal time to have a historic impact on the future of this great institution.  The next Director will be an experienced, transactional and transformational leader who will help shape the future of the institution. The successful candidate will lead and contribute to visionary strategies that produce both qualitative and quantifiable outcomes for the betterment of the University. This candidate will be a leader who is motivated to take on new tasks and find solutions to problems. They should inspire other HR employees to be equally as motivated in fulfilling their daily tasks.

The Director of Human Resources will be charged with advancing an equitable and inclusive workplace culture.  All employees of the University have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect as well as exhibit conduct that reflects a shared commitment to anti-racism and the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). 

The position will also:
• Assist the University in attracting and retaining qualified individuals to support the University’s programs and educational mission including the University’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion;
• Support federally funded programs in maintaining compliance;
• Manage the department budget within guidelines to meet the changing needs of the University;
• Serve as the Designated Employer Representative to the State Universities Civil Service System (SUCSS);
• Ensure that all university human resources policies and practices are in compliance with SUCSS, State Universities Retirement System (SURS), IRS, and other statutory or regulatory requirements;
• Provide HR related guidance and consultation to the University community, including the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Provost, Deans and Directors;
• Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with eighteen (18) labor organizations represented throughout the university as well as develop and oversee strategies related to contract negotiations. 

To Apply to the Position:
This position closes to applicants at 11:59 p.m. CST on the posting end date.  Candidates must upload and attach the following documentation to their application package in SIUE’s HireTouch system:
-Cover Letter
-Unofficial academic transcripts, including those for SIUE. All candidates must provide transcripts for educational qualification verification and/or course work assessment
-List of at least three professional references with current contact information
-Diversity statement demonstrating your personal and professional commitment to equity, diversity inclusion and how you will implement EDI values in this position as part of the university mission, vision, and values. This statement should be no more than two pages.

When uploading your required documents, please ensure you attach them to the correct position using the drop-down box to label.  Please label Diversity Statement using the “Other” label.  Failure to follow this step may keep Hiring Managers from reviewing your materials.  Please be sure to complete updated 2022 forms that are attached to the job located under your Applicant Profile box (refresh browser if needed).  Incomplete application packages will result in a delay of review and/or non-review.  Applicants will be subject to a background check prior to an offer of employment. SIUE offers an exceptional array of benefits to all full-time and part-time employees (50% or more receive benefits accrued at percentage of appointment) including:
*Medical, dental and vision insurance; 
*Life insurance;
*SURS retirement plan;
*Supplemental retirement savings plans;
*Paid vacation and sick leave accrual;
*Generous holiday schedule/paid holidays;
*WorkLife programs;
*Employee Assistance Program (mental health and wellness);
*Employee discounts (local and national retailers);
*University tuition waivers (full-time receive 100% waiver of tuition*)
*Limits on credits hour per semester, student fees still apply.
For more about our benefits and employee services, visit:   

For candidate nominations, please contact Jennifer Oates-Blair, Talent Acquisition Specialist, at [email protected] or 618/650-2127. 

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Management, Business Administration, or closely related field
-Seven (7) or more years of progressively responsible human resources experience, including supervision of staff

Preferred Qualifications:

-Master’s degree or advanced terminal degree in a related field preferred
-Successful completion of a professional certification program such as PHR, SPHR, SHRM- CP or SHRM-SCP
-Higher education experience 


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a nationally recognized university that provides students with a high-quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live.

Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottom land and only 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 13,000 individuals and 2,300 faculty and staff. The city of Edwardsville is consistently cited as one of the top cities in Illinois for families, based on several factors, including affordability, green spaces, excellent schools, low crime rate, financial stability and philanthropic spirit.

SIUE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, as well as more than 30 additional accrediting agencies. In January 2019, SIUE was reclassified by The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education to the newly created doctoral/professional universities category. Fully certified at the Division I level by the NCAA, SIUE is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) (men’s soccer & wrestling).

Join the adventurous minds here at SIUE that are changing the world; explore our employment opportunities today.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville nurtures an open, respectful, and welcoming climate that facilitates learning and work. As an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce, we will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status.  For more on our State of Diversity, visit SIUE Mission, Goals and Plans 

The SIUE Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at The report contains campus safety and security information, crime statistics, fire safety policies, and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. This report is published in compliance with Federal law, titled the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” and the Higher Education Opportunity Act also known as the “Campus Fire Safety Right to Know.” For those without computer access, a paper copy of the report may be obtained, with a 24-hour notice, from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, 1-618-650-2536.

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Campus Box 1040
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