Executive Director of Human Resources

Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jul 22, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Concordia University Chicago (CUC) invites applications for the full-time, exempt position of Executive Director of Human Resources. This position has authority over and is responsible for managing all human resources functions: benefits administration, budget and planning, labor and employee relations, compensation, talent management, HRIS, and all human resources related compliance mandates for Concordia University Chicago. This position reports directly to the Associate Vice President of Legal Affairs and is located in River Forest, IL.


  • Builds a culture of trust, collegiality, employee engagement, and compliance
  • Effectively manages HR personnel, operations and budget
  • Continually monitors HR operations and determines appropriate technology systems and support
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations
  • Partners with senior university leaders to recruit and retain a faithful, qualified workforce to advance the CUC mission
  • Tracks and assesses CUC's effectiveness in recruiting personnel
  • Analyzes and coordinates employee retention efforts
  • Determines and approves compensation levels and practices for all positions prior to posting to ensure internal and external equity
  • Coordinates employee benefits with Concordia Plans
  • Informs and advises employees of HR-related policies, procedures and practices through the Employee Handbook
  • Collaborates with supervisors in effectively managing employees
  • Proactively offers solutions that align with mission and legal requirements
  • Maintains visibility and availability in order to assist employees
  • Fosters a culture of professionalism, collegiality, employee engagement, and compliance by implementing effective training and talent management programs and by effectively receiving and responding to employee concerns
  • Identifies employee development and training needs/ opportunities
  • Implements the employee development plan
  • Special Projects and other duties as assigned
  • Candidates must be committed to the mission and identity of Concordia University Chicago. Additionally, they must profess values congruent with the teachings of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS)

Skill Sets:

  • Exhibits a service mentality toward all stakeholders
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Technically proficient with computer programs; specifically Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, & BANNER preferred
  • Superior verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • All communication with stakeholders is effective, professional, accurate, and timely
  • Improves work performance and that of others by being receptive to and appropriately sharing information

Minimum Experience Required:

  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible HR experience
  • Experience in faith-based higher education preferred
  • Working knowledge of Title IX, HRIS, wage and compensation systems preferred

Education Requirements:

  • Master's degree in Human Resources, Business or related field required
  • SPHR, SHRM-SCP, or other related certification required
  • Undergraduate certification or colloquy completion as a professional church worker in the LCMS preferred

Compensation and Benefits:

Starting range is dependent upon individual qualifications and experience. Concordia University Chicago benefit options include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Disability and Survivor Plan (Basic Life Insurance)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Retirement Pension Plan
  • Retirement 403(b) Savings Plan
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Accident Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Tuition benefits (available for employees and their qualified dependents)

Application Information:

Interested individuals should include a cover letter, resume and references with their online application.

Concordia does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex or age. As an institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, however, and to the extent allowed by law, Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religious affiliation.

Concordia University Chicago does not generally sponsor for employment visas except for positions that oversee, teach or support our international programs.

About Concordia University Chicago:

Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university founded in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Theology, Arts & Humanities, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Health, Science & Technology, Concordia-Chicago offers more than 160 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. All undergraduate and graduate degrees are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Concordia University Chicago has been recognized as a College of Distinction since 2010, and is consistently ranked among the Best Regional Universities - Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. For more than a decade, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more about our commitment to higher education, rooted in the Gospel, at CUChicago.edu.

Steadfast in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, Concordia University Chicago promotes academic rigor in its liberal arts and professional programs; grounds students in objective truth, integrity, and excellence; and practices faithfulness to the Confessional teachings of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, as it forms students for vocations in church, family, and the world.

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