Assistant/Associate Director of HR, Engagement and Employee Relations

Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 21, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant/Associate Director of HR, Engagement and Employee Relations

Human Resources

Regular or Temporary

Hours Per Week

FLSA Determination

Weeks Per Year


Open Date

Full or Part Time
Full Time

Position Summary

Trinity College has an opportunity for an Assistant/Associate Director of Human Resources for Engagement and Employee Relations to join the Human Resources team. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, the Assistant/Associate Director will ensure employee centered and effectively managed engagement and employee relations programs that drive an exceptional experience for an evolving, diverse workforce.

We seek to have our staff reflect the changing demographics of our student body. Our student body is diverse, representing 41 states and 70 countries with 21% students of color and 50% women. Just over 90% of students live in campus residences. Trinity College is a highly selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts institution located in Connecticut’s capital, Hartford. With over 2100 full-time undergraduate students and 91 graduate students, the College maintains a rigorous academic profile complemented by a vibrant and diverse co-curricular program. The College enjoys the benefit of being situated in an urban center and has strong academic, social, and philanthropic connections to our home city of Hartford. As a preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.

Through a consultative, agile approach, the Assistant/Associate Director will:

  • Lead the development and implementation of employee engagement programs and processes in response to data and in anticipation of workforce trends
  • Leverage the HR Analytics strategy for continuous employee feedback and to assess the effectiveness of human resources programs
  • Design and implement employee and manager development programs in response to identified organizational and employee needs
  • Effectively and thoroughly respond to and research employee concerns utilizing best practice methods and information
  • Effectively communicate programs to promote employee understanding and ability to make informed decisions; assist employees with program questions and/or concerns
  • Represent the College in oversight of and communications with applicable vendors and third-parties
  • Assure and co-ordinate the College’s compliance with governing statutes, regulations and internal policies
  • Manage or contribute to other organizational or human resources projects in anticipation of or in response to evolving enterprise needs.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Masters’ Degree in administration, human resources or MBA and/or professional certifications are preferred
  • Minimum of six years of progressively responsible HR experience including work with employee engagement, learning and development and employee relations
  • Higher education human resources and labor relations experience is a plus

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated understanding of current engagement approaches including employee development and recognition
  • Knowledge of current Human Resources consulting and management principles and practices, including experience with surveys and analytics, shared services and COE HR models
  • Working knowledge of employee relations processes
  • Proven commitment to a work approach that encompasses inclusiveness and diversity
  • Success compiling, analyzing and presenting data to communicate program effectiveness and workforce needs
  • Demonstrated success in developing employee communications that support changing programs and policies
  • Ability to operate strategically and tactically as organizational needs require and to proactively contribute to HR team goals
  • Demonstrated change management skills used to effectively influence a broad range of constituencies
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to apply sound judgement to a variety of complex issues
  • Ability to communicate effectively in various modalities with all employees in the organization

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants are required to discuss in their cover letter their commitment to and/or experience working with diverse individuals or in diverse communities. For optimal consideration, please submit your application by April 19, 2021.

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Trinity College is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college for men and women, with approximately 2,200 undergraduate students and 200 faculty members, located in Hartford, Connecticut. Our Mission is “Engage. Connect. Transform.” As the preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives. Trinity is an actively engaged community of students, faculty and staff who work together to develop and sustain the intellectual and creative opportunities central to a first-class liberal arts education. Hartford, the state capital, provides many opportunities for cultural and social engagement.

The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. Trinity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities should request, in advance, any needed accommodation in order to participate in the application process.

For all faculty positions, completion of the Ph.D. or appropriate equivalent is expected. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context, and a well-articulated plan for sustained research. Trinity is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service.

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