Director of Human Resources
Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University
The mission of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs is to engage, teach and inspire students and leaders to understand and solve challenges in our world, to advance research that informs public policy and decision-making to improve our communities and to collaborate with communities through innovative partnerships to enhance quality of life. The Wilder School has 12 graduate and undergraduate programs and certificates in public safety, governance and community development, and a Center for Public Policy with five units that provide development training, research and consulting services to state and local government agencies, nonprofits and businesses.
Our vision is to be the premier resource for public policy expertise and social equity in public safety, governance, and economic and community development. We seek to attract the highest quality faculty, staff and students, to be leaders in our profession, to have local to global impact, and to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.
This position reports to the Dean and is responsible for providing strategic leadership in the planning and implementation of high-quality human resources administrative processes, professional development, and continuous organizational improvement initiatives for employees in the Wilder School, in a manner consistent with the vision, mission, and values of the School and the University. The incumbent in this position must participate in building a "culture of yes," one that appreciates the mission and goals of the School and finds creative ways to advance them, within University policies and applicable laws.
This position is a member of the senior leadership team at the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. It is responsible for all aspects of human resources administration within the Wilder School, and for creating and implementing professional and organizational development programs that make the Wilder School a collaborative, high-performance, diversity-embracing workplace. The Director represents the school internally, and at times, externally on human resources and personnel matters and must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. The Director collaborates with the Dean and with members of the senior leadership team, along with faculty and staff. The incumbent must develop a strong working relationship within the University to collaborate professionally with the Office of the Provost, Central Human Resources, Legal Counsel, Payroll, and other departments. He or she must be proactive and have the ability to balance and flag unusual situations. Critical decision-making skills to exercise discretion and independent judgment to manage multiple assignments in a fast-paced and changing work environment are necessary. The incumbent will work under intermittent supervision, resolving complex issues independently and referring unprecedented issues to a higher level.
Minimum hiring standards:
* The incumbent must display professionalism and good interpersonal skills and should have experience in Organizational Development, Employee Relations, Compensation Management, Progressive Discipline, Timekeeping, Faculty Affairs, Performance Management, University and State Policies, Human Resources Management, Benefits, Leave Administration, and Federal Employment Law.
* Master's degree or training and experience that equates to a master's degree in all major task areas of the position required.
* Significant experience working in a human resources leadership or managerial role, preferably in an academic setting or within a complex organization.
* Demonstrated leadership experience implementing solutions to enhance human resource systems, operations, and processes while promoting a culture of high quality service delivery. This includes strong critical thinking skills and the ability to handle confidential matters discreetly and professionally.
* The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, handle multiple interruptions, multi-task, and work on special projects. Must demonstrate an ethical work history and have the ability to stay calm and maintain accuracy. Good organizational, time management, and change management skills required.
* Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills including a positive, helpful, service-oriented attitude.
* Knowledge of federal and state policies regarding employment, pay practices, and other employment laws. Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply university policies and procedures
* The ability to forecast human resource needs and to project accurate budgeting.
* Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so at VCU.
Preferred hiring standards:
* Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certificate preferred.
* Proficiency in VCU Systems (Banner, eJobs, HireRight, Blackboard, etc.), Microsoft Office, e-mail and internet programs.
* Experience working in a public agency and/or university setting.
* Knowledge of University policies regarding faculty, University, and classified employment.
* Experience, ability, and interest in engaging in occasional teaching activities of the Wilder School.
Applications must be submitted online through e-jobs, www.vcujobs.com/postings/79758 and should include a cover letter, detailed resume with the names and contact information of three references.
Review of applications will begin immediately.
"Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability."