Job no: 227168-LI
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Dean, Director, Executive, Human Resources, Payroll, Management/Supervisory

Position Summary:

Leads and develops strategic initiatives, provides policy direction, and manages HR functions and staff at the institutional level to best support organizational human resources to attract, hire, engage, and retain talent (complete employee life cycle). Acts on behalf of the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) leading and representing the organization in the CHRO's absence or as requested. Primary responsibilities include leading, providing policy direction, and managing the Total Rewards unit. This unit includes Benefits Processing and Analysis, Compensation Strategy and Administration, Payroll Services and Analysis, HR Information Systems and International Faculty and Staff Services.

UW−Madison has more than 22,000 faculty and staff located in 32 colleges, schools, and divisions. Employees work in a wide variety of occupations. This is a key leadership position that supports the human resource programs that allow the university to attract, hire, engage and retain talent.

The Director reports to the CHRO.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW−Madison . We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin−Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree required. Master's Degree preferred.

Degree emphasis preferred in human resources, public administration, business/management, or related field or related prior work experience.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

HR Experience with a total reward focus in at least 5 of the last 10 years. Experience includes leading the vision, strategic planning and execution in compensation, benefits, and payroll administration, along with human resource management.

Experience in higher education environment preferred.

Required Technical competencies:
- Benefits Administration - Administered and maintained benefit structures in organizations with multiple employment groups (e.g., salaried/hourly, multiple occupational areas) and varied benefit plans.
- Compensation Administration - Conducted, analyzed, implemented and maintained compensation structures in organizations with multiple employment groups.
- Payroll Administration - Implemented and maintained full scope of payroll administration to include international taxation.
- Information Management - Managed development and maintenance of HR data in a complex organization.
- Human Resource Management - Demonstrates knowledge of and skills in managing a human resource unit in alignment with professional human resources principles and practices.

License or Certificate:

Professional certifications/designations/licenses preferred in: Compensation and/or benefits (e.g., Certified Compensation Professional, Certified Employee Benefit Specialist); or human resources (e.g., Professional in Human Resources PHR, Senior Professional in Human Resources SPHR)

Additional Information:

Required Core competencies:
- Leadership - Creates a vision and develops ideas that mobilize the organization and motivate the employees to work toward a common goal for the good of the organization.
- Management - Effectively mentors, coaches, develops, listens to, empowers, and provides performance feedback to employees while overseeing the work of the unit to ensure it reaches its goals and expectations.
- Budget - Effectively manages the unit budgets.
- Equity, engagement, inclusion and diversity - Understands, articulates and puts into practice the characteristics of (and strategies to) create and lead an engaged and inclusive work environment. -Creates a positive workplace climate.
- Communication - Understands and appreciates that clearly expressing verbal, nonverbal, and written ideas, information, and feelings is critical to relationship building.
- Collaboration - Develops cooperation and teamwork while participating in a group, working toward solutions which generally benefit all involved parties.
- Problem Solving - Applies a logical approach to address problems or opportunities or manage situations by drawing on knowledge and experience to evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Managing Change - Initiates and/or manages the change process and energizes it on an ongoing basis, taking steps to remove barriers or accelerate its pace.
- Results-Driven - Demonstrates concern for achieving and surpassing results against an internal or external standard of excellence including showing passion for improving service delivery with a commitment to continuous improvement.
- Ethics and Integrity - Earns the trust and respect of others through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions.

Work for a world-class educational and research institution, located in one of America's best places to live.

The University of Wisconsin−Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. As a public land-grant university and prolific research institution, our students, staff, and faculty members partake in a world-class education and solve real-world problems. One of our longest and deepest traditions is the Wisconsin Idea , a guiding principle that education should influence people's lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

UW−Madison is ranked 42nd overall and 13th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report, 2019.

Madison, Wisconsin is consistently rated one of the best places to live and work and receives high rankings in many measures, including: #1 Cities with Best Work-Life Balance,, 2020; #8 Best Places to Live,, 2020; #3 Best State Capitals to Live In,, 2020; #4 Fittest Cities in the U.S., ASCM American Fitness Index, 2020; #1 Cities Where Women are Most Successful,, 2019; #1 Best Places in the U.S. for Raising Children,, 2020; and many more.

Human Resources at UW-Madison is undergoing transformational change in order to foster employee engagement; attract, develop, and retain talent through inclusive and equitable practices; and create a culture that is adaptable and diverse, making UW-Madison one of the world's preeminent institutions of higher education. In addition, UW-Madison is implementing a new and modernized salary, title and benefits structure through the collaborative efforts of the Title and Total Compensation Project (TTC). These new structures will ensure that UW-Madison is market-informed and competitive to be an employer of choice. The global pandemic and the national conversation around racial injustice have also had a profound impact on our policies and practices and will undoubtedly shape the workplace of the future at our university.

This position offers a competitive salary and full range of benefits



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

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You will be asked to provide a cover letter and resume addressing your skills and experience as they relate to the qualifications and duties in this job description.

As applicants move on to next steps in the process, they will be asked to provide names and contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address) of at least three references, at least one of which should be a current or former supervisor.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.


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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW−Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

Applications Open: Sep 17 2020 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Oct 15 2020 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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