Director of Human Resources, Advancement Division

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 22, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, Virginia Tech is a top 25 public research institution. Under the leadership of a dynamic President, the University is growing in Blacksburg as well as expanding its presence across the Commonwealth, most notably the Health Science and Technology campus in Roanoke and the Innovation campus in the DC metropolitan area.

The Advancement Division at Virginia Tech is a growing and dynamic organization, with more than 265 alumni relations, fundraising, and university relations professionals working together to achieve common goals that further the university’s vision. Virginia Tech posted a record fundraising total in fiscal year 2019 and in October launched its most ambitious campaign ever. Boundless Impact: The Campaign for Virginia Tech, has a goal to raise $1.5 billion and engage 100,000 alumni and friends worldwide.

Virginia Tech is seeking an accomplished human resources professional to serve in the role of Director for Human Resources within the Advancement Division. The position will report jointly to the Vice President for Human Resources and the Associate Vice President for Advancement and Chief Operating Officer within Advancement.

The director will align and execute unit-based HR strategy with the university’s mission and strategy, working as part of the larger HR organization. The role will provide leadership, guidance, and resources for all talent-related activities including acquisition, development, management, and engagement. Responsibilities include oversight of hiring and onboarding activities, training programs, performance management and employee relations, workforce planning and staffing, diversity and inclusion, recruiting, retention planning, and succession planning.

This individual will serve as the key strategy collaborator with leaders of the Advancement division and will be a member of the program director team. The director will manage a team of HR professionals to support this work and provide strong service.

To carry out these responsibilities, this person must be proactive, a strategic thinker, understand the critical importance of planning and program delivery, be able to successfully balance competing values, and align recommendations and actions with the strategies of the university.

Success in this position will rely on awareness of the culture and environment of Advancement, the university, and human resources. This will be enabled by developing strong relationships across campus and fostering respectful communications and collaborations within a diverse community. Given the joint reporting relationship, this person must manage potentially conflicting interests, possess strong organizational skills, plan and schedule individual work and team work, set priorities, and manage multiple projects and deadlines.

Required Qualifications

Related master’s degree or bachelor’s degree with significant related experience in human resources.
Recent progressive and consultative HR experience in a complex organization with diverse cultures, geographies, and operating environments, including experience providing forward-facing strategic recommendations, working with senior leadership, and influencing and managing people and projects in direct and indirect supervisory roles.
Increasing levels of responsibility to include a broad HR Generalist background with experience in multiple disciplines such as talent acquisition, talent management, talent development, performance management, compensation, and more.
Experience working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment with quickly shifting priorities.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to maintain discretion and the highest ethical and professional standards while dealing with confidential information.
Management level experience delivering HR services.

Preferred Qualifications

Related HR certifications such as SPHR or SHRM-SCP.
Significant and increasing levels of HR responsibility within higher education.
Significant and broad experience at increasing levels of responsibility in Advancement; multiple roles and perspectives desirable.
Direct experience and demonstrated leadership in one or more Advancement networks (e.g. CASE).

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$100,000 - $130,000

Review Date

July 22, 2020

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Advertised: June 22, 2020
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