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Senior Director, Total Rewards

University of Virgina
Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Aug 24, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration
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Full Time
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University of Virginia is excited to announce the opportunity for a strategic, collaborative, and mission-oriented professional to serve as the Senior Director of Total Rewards. The Senior Director is committed to best-in-class service in support of the University and its employees, leads and mentors an established team of professionals, and is responsible for developing and overseeing all strategic initiatives across the Total Rewards portfolio for the University.

In its 2021 report, U.S. News & World Report ranked UVA the No. 4 best public university, and UVA continues to rank in the Top 30 of all national universities, both public and private. The University is an iconic public institution of higher education, boasting of nationally ranked schools and programs, diverse and distinguished faculty, a major academic medical center, and a strong reputation as a renowned research university. Nearly 30,000 people are employed by UVA with more than 3,000 full-time faculty and 14,000 full-time staff in the Colleges, and 12,000 personnel in the Health System.

 The Senior Director of Total Rewards reports to the AVP of IMPACT and Decision Support and manages a high-performing team responsible for the comprehensive portfolio of Total Rewards. The team consists of 30 full-time employees in the functional areas of Compensation; Benefits; Faculty & Employee Assistance Program (FEAP); and Wellness.

 The Senior Director will lead the strategic direction of Total Rewards, integrating best practices, market trends, and employee feedback to adapt to the customer and workforce needs. This critical role contributes to an organizational environment that motivates, attracts, and retains a diverse and high-performing workforce as a key member of a central human resources office for the all of UVA, including UVA Health. To learn more about UVA’s human resources department, visit


 The successful candidate possesses a record of inspirational and accomplished leadership in complex environments along with the highest level of commitment to advancing the mission of UVA. Experience managing a Total Rewards portfolio within higher ed and/or healthcare will be especially valued.

 Bringing a strong understanding of leading practices, the Senior Director must be a strategic, creative, thoughtful, and collaborative leader who recognizes the value and tremendous impact of Total Rewards on the recruitment, retention, and wellness of highly qualified employees.

 A continuous learner, the Senior Director will have a strong grasp on industry trends and opportunities along with a track record of mentoring staff, creating a positive and equitable team environment, and inspiring others to do their best work in a culture of creativity, inclusion, accountability, and growth. They will be excited to apply their experiences and knowledge and to think creatively and thoughtfully in ensuring that UVA is an industry leader in Total Rewards.

 The successful candidate will be a flexible and agile strategist who can envision continuous opportunities for improvement within Total Rewards and work collaboratively across departments and portfolios to effectively meet shifting priorities and organizational challenges.

 They will have exceptional personal and professional integrity, an optimistic orientation, and a demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout their career. This individual will have self-confidence with genuine humility and will be an active and engaged listener.

 Other qualifications include:


  • Minimum 5-7 years of relevant and progressive leadership and management experience within a highly complex organization, preferably in higher education and/or academic medicine.
  • Subject-matter expertise and management experience related to at least one aspect of the Total Rewards portfolio (Compensation; Benefits; FEAP; or Wellness) is required. Preference for familiarity with compensation management, even if past portfolio has focused on another specialty.
  • Successful track record leading, managing, and fostering a diverse team of professionals.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively, collaboratively, and responsively with diverse stakeholders and leadership teams within a complex organization.
  • Strong verbal and written communications.


PHR/SHRM-SCP certification or functional equivalent preferred.


UVA has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of the Senior Director of Total Rewards. Sarah Gaines, Associate Partner, and Sudeshna Chatterjee, Associate, are leading the search. Inquiries, expressions of interest, and nominations may be sent to UVA is committed to Inclusive Excellence, and candidates are encouraged to address how they would support the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in cover letters. Additional information can be found here


The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


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