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Student Life is committed to facilitating student learning and the development of the whole student while cultivating a diverse and inclusive campus community. Through our programs, services, facilities, and partnerships, we provide opportunities for students’ transformation and enrich their education.
The Student Life Human Resources Department provides a full complement of talent lifecycle services to the 1200+ staff and approximately 3000 plus student staff within the Division of Student Life. Functional areas include talent acquisition (recruitment), compensation practices, employee and labor relations, and performance management and employee development. The fifteen-(15) team members that make up the department work in various capacities including HR Generalists, Staffing and I-9 specialists and payroll representatives.
The Human Resources Director (HRD) will lead the strategic vision/direction of human resource operations and talent management for the division of Student Life. They will lead a department of up to 15 professional staff members. They are a critical leadership partner with directors across the division in the development and deployment of people and talent strategies. They lead the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic staff plan in alignment with Student Life Human Resources, Division and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plans. Through close partnership with other division directors, they inform division objectives and priorities. The HR Director will report directly to the Associate Vice President, Student Life.
Strategy and Planning: (50%)
Under the sponsorship and guidance of AVP, drive HR functional excellence and talent strategies across the division through the design and implementation of effective HR strategies, programs, practices, policies, and tools that are in alignment with, and in support of the achievement of the Student Life strategic objectives and priorities
Lead the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Staff Plan including creating annual actions plans and reports, oversight of sub teams, and represent Student Life as one of the Institutional Implementation Leads for the division. Develop an approach and practices with a commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Partner directly with division directors and senior leadership as a strategic business/human resource leader
Lead an effective people strategy designed to ensure the development and growth of skills and abilities to drive the division forward including succession planning, training, talent development, and performance management.
Develop and deploy an effective employee communication strategy providing updates on current topics and invites/encourages employee feedback on issues affecting the work environment and staff experience
Develop, recommend and implement policies, procedures and employee feedback tools designed to promote and monitor a positive employee relations climate and the accomplishment of strategic objectives.
Drive positive employee relations through coaching, consulting and facilitation skills to influence behavior and organizational decisions consistent with Student Life Vision and Mission.
Lead and model Student Life values of treating others with respect, dignity and in a manner where students and staff feel they belong, are listened to and learn from the perspective of others.
Coach and develop high performing HR team and supports them accomplishing HR initiatives and objectives focused on meeting human capital needs
Ensure compliance with all applicable legislation regarding labor relations, employee relations, diversity, employment, employee benefits, compensation, and other employee-related matters
Serve as an internal HR advisor on sensitive and confidential matters. Advice the leadership of student life and the unit Directors in all matters related to performance management, talent acquisition and development and labor relations
Management and Administrative: (10%)
Responsible for HR Budget and related items
Other work related duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field
Minimum of eight (8) years of significant and progressive Human Resources related experience, including Labor Relations in a complex organization. Ability to apply human resources expertise to progressively move the organization forward while operating as part of a public institution.
Demonstrated experience in supervising and leading a team of professionals in the deployment of HR practices in a complex organization
Strong analytical skills, including experience developing and using metrics for analysis; extensive computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and HR Management Systems.
Strong knowledge of HR emerging trends and best practices.
Demonstrated excellent client relationship in ensuring service delivery and developing positive relationships with other leaders and HR professionals at the University of Michigan. Build strong consultative relationships by serving as a strategic human resources business partner to leaders in fast-moving areas and those that have a reach across campus.
Demonstrated decision-making and problem solving skills.
Successful change management experience in leading HR initiatives that increase organizational effectiveness. Influence culture change through listening, inclusivity and curiosity.
Work Authorization: Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship
Master’s Degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development or related field
Prior experience with HR Data Analytics; experience using scorecards and KPI’s
Implement development opportunities for management and leadership.
Previous demonstrated experience in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to drive culture change
Previous experience working in a Higher Education environment
This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery.
These are the skills and behaviors that contribute to success and effectiveness of the role:
Demonstrated success in creating an environment focused on diversity, equity and inclusion
Hands-on HR functional experience; balancing strategic thinking with tactical execution
Proven track record of leading a team and delivering high level results
Strong customer focus, accuracy and confidentiality
Demonstrates knowledge and implications of data on the business
Demonstrated experience in dealing with conflict and diffusing difficult situations
Ability to identify needs and provide customized solutions
Proven ability to influence and work effectively across all levels in the organization
Continuous/process improvement experience and mindset; actively seeking out new and better ways for current processes
Independent and creative problem-solving
Strong communication, coaching and facilitation skills
Demonstrated change management skills
HR Director manages an HR Departmental Budget; up to ~$1.2M
The HR Director working conditions include frequent travel across the UM Ann Arbor campus. The position requires the frequent use of a laptop computer and working in various workspaces (conference rooms. “Huddle room” offices, resident and dining halls, etc.)
HR Manager (1)
Talent Management Lead (1)
HR Admin Assistant (1)
Leave and Disability Business Partner (1)
HR Transactions Center Supervisor (1)
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 168352
About University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
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