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Human Resources Director

Stanford University
Arts, Stanford, California, United States

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Four-Year Institution

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Human Resources Director🔍Arts, Stanford, California, United States📁Human Resources📅Dec 16, 2022 Post Date📅97396 Requisition #Human Resources Director

Stanford University is one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

The Vice Presidency for the Arts at Stanford University was established in 2017 to elevate the arts in the University’s priorities and lead strategic planning for the University’s arts goals. Stanford’s non-departmental arts programs fall under the auspices of the Vice President for the Arts (VPA), including Stanford Live (Bing Concert Hall and Frost Amphitheater), Anderson Collection at Stanford University, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford Arts Institute, and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts. The central Office of the Vice President for the Arts provides shared services and manages campus-wide arts opportunities, strategic partnerships, arts grant opportunities, and student support.

Stanford has recently welcomed a new Vice President for the Arts and is embarking on an exciting new chapter, driven by the recognition that art is essential to advancing social justice, culture change, and wellbeing on the Stanford campus and in our communities. This belief serves to orient the VPA in its next phase – both programmatically and operationally, through building equitable, inclusive, healthy organizational cultures that can bring meaningful artistic experiences to life.


The Office of the Vice President for the Arts (OVPA) seeks a Human Resources Director to deliver the full range of human resources programs and services – strategic and tactical – through the lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) to five varied and complex business units within VPA. The HR Director will be hands-on, providing expert, personalized, timely and efficient service to a diverse group of arts professionals, including bargaining unit employees and academic staff, in a highly matrixed organization. The ideal candidate will have excellent judgment, be collaborative and empathetic, be passionate about DEIB and the employee experience, and thrive in an active and fast-paced environment.

Reporting to and in partnership with the Senior Director of Finance & Administration, the HR Director will be a strategic advisor to VPA leadership in all key HR areas including: recruitment and hiring, culture and engagement, DEIB, career pathways, performance management, employee relations, policy implementation, and organizational planning. This position is also responsible for leading and managing the key HR processes and projects in support of VPA’s mission and its short- and long-term workforce requirements. The HR Director is the local HR partner for VPA, and liaises with central University HR (UHR) to leverage many University resources. The position has one direct report, an HR & Operations Associate.

In this role, you will:

Leadership and Organizational Culture

  • Collaborate with the organization's management to support or drive priority VPA-wide initiatives (e.g. hiring models; career pathways; pay transparency for recruitment; refinement of flexible/hybrid work models).
  • Design strategies for facilitating organizational and behavioral change. Perform needs assessment, analysis, and consulting on organizational issues; make recommendations on organizational design and development issues.
  • Partner with VPA leadership to advance established DEIB goals to increase the diversity of candidate pools in hiring processes; facilitate career pathing and development; and build organizational trust.

Talent Management (recruitment/onboarding) and Development

  • Oversee organization-wide view of talent management (recruitment, onboarding and staffing plans), support or lead higher level searches, and structure offers. Oversee hiring and appointment of academic staff and Faculty Directors.
  • Manage VPA's salary-setting program. Advise managers on assignment of employees to appropriate classification levels; review and approve salary actions; manage incentive and bonus programs.
  • Oversee performance evaluation process, leveraging university systems and documents.
  • Assess organizational and individual staff development needs. Identify, communicate, and consult with staff on training and career development opportunities. Develop and conduct relevant HR-related trainings.
  • Investigate basic and complex employee relations issues, and initiate appropriate resolutions in alignment with applicable policies and laws. Work in consultation with appropriate university partners to resolve highly complex issues, as needed. Coach and advise staff on organizational, employee, and labor relations issues.
  • Manage the performance of one direct report (HR Associate). Set team objectives, priorities, and resources to align with department objectives.

Policies and Procedures

  • Oversee processes for workers' compensation, disability, leave, workplace accommodation requests, and health and safety issues, with accurate documentation and recordkeeping.
  • Oversee, initiate, and/or approve human resources transactions submitted for processing.
  • Prepare reports, and analyze data available through local and centralized database resources to support informed evaluation and decision-making.
  • Other duties may also be assigned.

This position is based on the Stanford campus and is considered hybrid. Minimum on-campus schedule is two days per week in the office and as needed.

In order to be successful, you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree and five years relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience as a consultant and advisor to management in at least four human resources areas, from among: employee relations, employment and labor law, compensation, staffing and employment, training and development, performance coaching and management, and organizational development.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and understanding of group dynamics.
  • Demonstrated leadership in promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work directly with people from a diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, genders, political and religious beliefs, physical and learning differences, sexual orientations and identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Successful track record of establishing credibility and trust with a diverse client group.
  • Demonstrated experience in employee relations.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, problem solving, judgment, negotiating, influencing, and decision-making skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Excellent facilitation and oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare clear and concise reports and deliver formal presentations or training to senior management and other audiences.
  • Demonstrated strong supervision/management and staff development experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite and human resource information systems.

Don’t meet every single requirement? At the Vice Presidency for the Arts, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. Let us know in your cover letter how your experience makes you a good fit for us. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles!

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or the opportunity to audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law

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We are one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career. 

At Stanford you'll work with bright, diverse, dedicated people. You'll find encouragement to learn and grow. You'll enjoy excellent benefits and an outstanding environment.

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Student Enrollment

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  • Graduates: 8,897


  • 8,180 contiguous acres in six governmental jurisdictions
  • Nearly 700 major buildings
  • 97% of undergraduates live on campus


  • 5,300 externally sponsored projects
  • $1.33 billion total budget


  • 2,043 faculty members
  • 21 Nobel laureates are currently members of the Stanford community
  • 5:1 student to faculty ratio

Stanford University is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

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