Overview

Andrews University seeks a Director of Human Resources. The Director of Human Resources is the chief human resources officer of the university and serves as an advocate regarding benefits, policies, and practices that would have a positive impact on employees and as an advisor and strategic partner to university administration. Provides leadership through the management of a comprehensive human resources department, ensuring that all HR programs and initiatives are integrated and effective in supporting the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the institution.

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The Director of Human Resources is the chief human resources officer of the university and serves as an advocate regarding benefits, policies, and practices that would have a positive impact on employees and as an advisor and strategic partner to university administration. Provides leadership through the management of a comprehensive human resources department, ensuring that all HR programs and initiatives are integrated and effective in supporting the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the institution.

—Qualifications Summary
Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field with professional certifications and licensures preferred. Relevant certifications include SPHR, PHR, SHRM – CP or SHRM – SCP. Thorough understanding of human resources principles and practices including employment law, ADA, ACA, EEO, FLSA and FMLA compliance. Experience with human resource technology, design and functionality and or other human resources computer applications and systems. Please see complete qualification requirements in the full position description.

—–Duties & Responsibilities

Directs and coordinates various human resources activities including employment, payroll, benefits management, retirement and service records, compensation and salary administration, training and development, and human resource information systems and records management.
Directs management of the employment processes, ensuring that all federal and state laws, regulations, and standards are met.
Works with different groups of people, including administrators, faculty, staff and student employees regarding employment issues.
Develops a strong employee relations program.
Services as a liaison between the employees and administration.
Directs the development of training and organizational development programs that address personal, professional, and organizational needs of university employees and departments.
Directs the administration of insurance, retirement, and other benefits programs.
Provides strategic direction and oversight to the university’s staff wage and salary programs
Ensures that applicants, employees, vendors, and university administrators receive excellent customer service in all interactions with the Office of Human Resources.
Evaluates departmental procedures to streamline and/or automate processes, improve customer service, reduce paper-flow, and improve human resources data management; plans and implements changes as needed.
Manages funds by planning, developing, and controlling the departmental budget.
Recommends and participates in the development of university policies and procedures; may serve on university planning and policy-making committees.
Supervises the planning and execution of HR related campus events including employee celebrations and recognition ceremonies.
Maintains confidentiality and works appropriately with highly sensitive information.
Stays current on industry trends and best practices in talent management and other human resource functions and understand the changing market.
Contributes to the overall success of the university by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

About Andrews University

Andrews University seeks a Director of Human Resources. The Director of Human Resources is the chief human resources officer of the university and serves as an advocate regarding benefits, policies, and practices that would have a positive impact on employees and as an advisor and strategic partner to university administration. Provides leadership through the management of a comprehensive human resources department, ensuring that all HR programs and initiatives are integrated and effective in supporting the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the institution.

-----Supervisory Responsibilities

Ability to work independently with little or no supervision

Manages six regular full-time subordinates - the Assistant Director/Compensation Manager, Employment and Benefits Manager, Benefits Specialist, Payroll Supervisor, Payroll Assistant, Administrative Assistant/Service Record/Retirement Specialist/Training and Development Coordinator. The HR Director is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this unit while delegating certain activities to two supervisors within the department.

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.

----Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field with professional certifications and licensures preferred. Relevant certifications include SPHR, PHR, SHRM - CP or SHRM - SCP.

Thorough understanding of human resources principles and practices including employment law, ADA, ACA, EEO, FLSA and FMLA compliance. Preferred knowledge and understanding of immigration procedures and regulations related to employment.

A minimum of four years of related experience in a leadership/supervisory role with evidence of skills in effectively leading and working with a team of other professionals. Experience with human resource technology, design and functionality and or other human resources computer applications and systems.

Preferred experience working in higher education, or proven capacity to engage effectively with different employment environments.

Demonstrated experience working in a diverse environment.

ATTITUDES AND VALUES

Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Alignment of values and priorities with those of Andrews University. Track record of transparency, integrity, commitment to “customer service” and acting with good judgment.

----Technical Competencies

Proficient in MS Office, particularly Word, Outlook, Excel.

----Interpersonal Interactions

Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively develop and present information and policy to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors. Evidence of strong interpersonal skills, including capacity to empathize and resolve conflict.

ANALYTICAL AND REASONING SKILLS:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inferences and apply to practical situations. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables with creativity and identify potential solutions to complex situations. Proven capacity to move from potential solutions to action.

---Physical Demands

The physical demands are those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. No or very limited physical effort required; no or very limited exposure to physical risk. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work hours will require flexibility.

----Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment, where the noise level is usually moderate.