The Assistant Director, Facilities Management HR serves as primary point of contact for all areas of operational HR support, including but not limited to, performance management coaching; organizational structure design; talent assessment, training and development; recruitment and retention. The successful candidate must be able to perform the wide range of HR duties from strategic initiatives, employee relations, organization and individual development/effectiveness, union relations, leadership coaching, hiring support (from the identification of hiring needs all the way through departmental specific onboarding), and compliance with established Payroll and Compensation practices for both bargaining unit and non-bargaining unit employees. The Assistant Director will collaborate with leaders and individuals at all levels of Facilities Management to consult on policies and practices to resolve differences and encourage optimal performance.
Please note: Evening and weekend hours as needed.
- Serves as a resource to managers and bargaining unit supervisors on employee relations issues, including but not limited to position reviews, performance management, correcting performance/discipline, leaves of absence, accommodation, and collective bargaining unit interpretation. Assures compliance with other university reporting requirements such as mandated reporter, sexual misconduct training, accurate timekeeping, and Conflict of Interest.
- Manages the division’s recruiting processes (e.g., posting through onboarding). Collaborates with hiring managers to conceive, create, and post openings. In conjunction with Talent Acquisition, manages searches; supporting hiring managers with candidate selection and reference checking; compensation/salary analysis for salary setting; and new employee onboarding. Identifies and leads diversity recruitment initiatives and implements plans to achieve and build a diverse Facilities Management staff, including the skilled trades.
- Works with managers to process appointments, compensation, and certain contracted services through the Payroll or HRIS system as applicable.
- Creates and implements a strategic plan for staff professional development, leadership development and training. Promotes training, assures incoming and continuing staff have access to and are availing themselves of appropriate learning resources. Identifies and facilitates access to campus resources intended to support staff performance and development. Creates programs/materials to guide training efforts and initiatives. Collaborates with NUHR to evaluate program outcomes and report such findings to FM Leadership.
- Other Duties as required
- Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
- 7-10 or more years of related Human Resource experience.
- Demonstrated general HR consulting and problem diagnosis skills, including organization design, change management, human capital planning and employee relations.
- Experience in handling bargaining unit employee relations.
- Facilitation of organizational team development.
- Business acumen that includes general operational processes, financial management and business planning knowledge.
- Strong capability to partner and build credibility with management.
- Effective problem solving skills.
- Collaborative, transparent work style.
- Master’s Degree Preferred.
- Professional HR Certification Preferred.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.