The Director of Human Resources is responsible for providing leadership, planning, development, coordination, implementation and oversight of human resources programs and services in the Academic Health Center (AHC). The director works with AHC collegiate units to develop and implement a comprehensive human resources program for AHC faculty, staff, students, and administrators. The individual’s responsibilities include human resources planning; employee and labor relations; recruitment and staffing; education, training, development and performance evaluation systems; compensation and benefits; and diversity and equal opportunity. The director manages a professional staff and reports to the Associate Vice President for the Academic Health Center. The individual will work collaboratively with the University’s Office of Human Resources to ensure that AHC efforts are aligned with University-wide human resources policies, programs, and strategic initiatives.
Duties and Responsibilities
Strategic Leadership and Planning
Lead the development, implementation and assessment of short-term and long-term HR strategies and goals, including anticipating emerging issues that will affect policy and program development within the AHC.
Continuously improve the development of and lead a forward-thinking, client-oriented, human resources organization for the AHC.
Collaborate with AHC leadership to advance the AHC’s strategic direction, to facilitate and manage change, ensure compliance with HR policies and laws and establish and implement HR best practices and promote operational excellence.
Develop long-term HR strategies and lead implementation efforts to increase diversity of staff and faculty within the AHC.
Develop strategies and sponsor key initiatives to promote and achieve a culture of service, excellence and employee engagement. Work with collegiate units within the AHC to develop and implement action plans related to the employee engagement survey results with a focus on the needs of the health sciences.
Collaborate with AHC colleges and units to develop and implement supervisory training and employee development programs incorporating resources available through the Office of Human Resources and identifying other resources to enhance and supplement OHR offerings.
Set priorities on key projects and HR initiatives to support the strategy and goals of the AHC and provide leadership to ensure successful execution.
Develop and present proposals for new programs or policies to senior management and obtain buy-in from senior leaders.
Represent the AHC in University-wide committees, task forces and projects.
Supervise and provide leadership to a team providing HR services to AHC colleges and units in a shared services delivery model. These services include HR consulting, staffing, HRIS and payroll. Evaluate employee performance and provide on-going training, development, feedback and coaching to HR staff.
Ensure that HR staff have the resources, training, and knowledge needed to deliver professional HR services and consultation to stakeholders.
Ensure that HR and related management practices comply with law, policy, contracts and rules related to Human Resources.
Maintain knowledge of critical employment laws. Oversee investigations into complaints of violations of employment laws or policies. Ensure that HR team members maintain knowledge of applicable employment laws and HR policies.
Advise and consult on HR risk management. Take appropriate actions to minimize risk, including providing timely and effective investigations, as well as consultation and advice to managers, leaders, and other HR professionals in the AHC. Facilitate and deliver HR training for supervisors, managers, and HR professionals.
HR Data/HR Analytics
Oversee the work of AHC HRIS to develop reports and dashboards to enhance HR services within the AHC colleges and units. This may include diversity dashboards to increase awareness of diversity and inclusion efforts and progress, reports on hiring and recruitment, and employee exit surveys.
Working with HRIS staff, identify reporting needs and HR metrics to support data-driven HR practices.
HR Consulting/Employee and Labor Relations
Provide leadership, guidance and training to HR staff on labor and employee relations issues, including corrective action processes, grievances, and labor and relations. The scope of employee relations includes labor represented groups, civil service, P&A staff and faculty.
Consult with management, faculty, staff, and HR team members on interpretation of contracts, work rules, policies, and employment law. Advise on practice, precedent and best practices.
Oversee or conduct investigations into employee complaints and advise on response to complaints and resolution of conflict or disputes. Consult with collegiate and administrative leadership regarding specific matters of faculty or staff performance and behavior.
Provide escalation for consultation and investigation of HR issues that are particularly complex or sensitive, including partnering with the Office of Human Resources as necessary.
Oversee annual performance review cycle and merit pay plans.
Work with leadership to facilitate actions to maintain and improve levels of staff and faculty engagement.
Foster diversity and inclusion in all aspects of AHC’s HR practices.
Workforce Planning/Compensation & Benefits
Provide advice and expertise on evaluating appropriate starting salaries and salary increase requests, ensuring internal equity and competitive compensation.
Develop and implement policies and practices related to compensation including special pay situations for promotions, augmentations, bonuses, retention offers, etc.
Other responsibilities as needed or assigned.
Reports to: Associate Vice President of the Academic Health Center Appointment Term: Twelve month annually renewable; 100% time Classification: P&A 9356D1
BA/BS in Human Resources or related field, plus 12 years of related professional HR experience to include supervisory responsibilities.
Working knowledge of employment laws, rules and regulations affecting human resources.
Extensive experience and knowledge in most HR practices areas.
Demonstrated success in project management, including organizational and planning skills.
Success working and leading in a complex, multi-layered and collaborative environment.
Ability to work effectively with ambiguity, use sound judgment and discretion.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing across all levels of the organization.
Demonstrated leadership ability and an ability to influence others directly and indirectly.
Demonstrated experience and commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace
Advanced degree in HR or related field.
PHR/SPHR certification or equivalent.
Significant experience leading a team of professionals.
Experience interpreting collective bargaining agreements and with corrective action and grievance processes.
Experience in higher education, health care and/or public sector employment setting. Experience at the University of Minnesota is a plus.
Skills and/or training in change management and conflict resolution.
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