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University Director of People & Culture

University of Austin
78701, Austin
$99K - $150K, DOE
Date posted
Apr 21, 2024

The University of Austin (UATX) is the first non-profit University in Texas to launch in over 60 years. We are a “start-up” university, with all the challenges which that entails, but have been very successful in our short existence in being certified by the THECB as an in-person, degree-granting university, in raising well over $150M in funding, and in attracting both world-class faculty and many outstanding student applications. Our inaugural class of 100 students launches this year, in Fall 2024. As we’ve grown from a small group of founding staff to around 35 employees, we expect to roughly double that staff count this year, and of course, to welcome students, too. We are seeking an ambitious HR professional to help us grow in our fearless pursuit of truth.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Recruits, interviews, hires, and trains new staff in the department. 
  • Oversees the daily workflow of the department.
  • Provides constructive and timely performance evaluations.  
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance with company policy. 

Regular Duties:

  • Collaborates with senior leadership to understand the organization’s goals and strategy related to staffing, recruiting, and retention.
  • Plans, leads, develops, coordinates, and implements policies, processes, training, initiatives, and surveys to support the organization’s human resource compliance and strategy needs.
  • Provides support and guidance to management and other staff when complex, specialized, and sensitive questions and issues arise.
  • Creates learning and development programs and initiatives that provide internal development opportunities for employees.
  • Administers or oversees the administration of human resource programs including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.
  • Identifies staffing and recruiting needs, develops and executes best practices for hiring, and manages the talent acquisition process (including recruitment, interviewing, and hiring).
  • Conducts research and analysis of organizational trends including review of reports and metrics from the organization’s human resource information system (HRIS) or talent management system.
  • Monitors and ensures the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to upper management.
  • Develops and implements departmental budget.  
  • Facilitates professional development, training, and certification activities for HR staff.
  • Collaborates with senior leadership to build company culture and foster employee engagement.
  • Collaborates with senior leadership and other colleagues to develop the University intranet for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Updates employee handbook as needed
  • Manages the University’s HRIS; maintains accurate electronic data and paper files.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Required Skills/Abilities: 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Ability to adapt to the needs of the organization and employees.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn the organization’s HRIS and talent management systems.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least five years of human resource management experience required.
  • Higher Education experience preferred.
  • Strong working knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations (e.g., FLSA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA).
  • Title IX and Cleary experience highly desirable, but not required.
  • SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP preferred.

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