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Vice President for Administration and Finance

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Director of Human Resources

Job Description

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business needs of the University. The Director will provide leadership, expertise, and guidance to departments on all human resource, employee relations, performance management, benefits, and equity matters. The role will oversee recruitment, human resource, and organizational development staff. The successful candidate will build relationships across all levels, and clearly communicate and interpret HR policies while maintaining confidentiality and handling sensitive situations with solid judgment and discretion. This position reports to the VP of Administration and Finance.

  • Lead the Human Resource Department and ensure efficient processing of HR systems. Empowering the HR team to create best practices, sharing ideas and holding the team accountable for creating solutions that continue to unify the system around all elements of the function.

  • Develop, implement and manage a human resources strategic plan that incorporates HR programs to address and solve business needs and long-term objectives of the University.

  • Manage and provide guidance on the University’s employee benefits programs, serving as the primary liaison with vendors and brokers who deliver these services.

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders and assist leadership with the development of staffing models that will provide the optimal resource needs for the University.

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of performance evaluation systems and job descriptions that contribute to the compensation structure and personnel requirements for the state.

  • Design and implement an effective communication and feedback system for human resources that strengthens employee engagement and is responsive to the overall informational needs of the workforce.

  • Identify trends and proactively recommend solutions to improve performance, retention, and the employee experience.

  • Manage and ensure timely updates to the employee handbook, HR policies and procedures. Perform reviews of policies to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

  • Coordinate the human resources technology systems – Human resource information system, talent acquisition system, and learning management system. Lead efforts to develop technology solutions for enhanced business processes and procedures.

  • Manage the onboarding and training opportunities for selected departments and the University.

  • Provide guidance to management on personnel issues, interpretation of personnel policies, and employment laws and regulations. Where applicable, oversee employee disciplinary meetings, terminations and investigations.

  • Maintain accurate and thorough HR records.

  • Oversee essential compensation and payroll functions for University employees. Maintain and evaluate market compensation data.

  • Assist with the annual contracting processes with University employees.

  • Develop and monitor appropriate recruiting and hiring strategies.

  • Place empathy and customer service at the core of all HR activities.

  • Develop and maintain the HR departmental budget, taking care to align resources with departmental and University-wide strategic objectives.

  • Ensure institutional compliance with state and federal employment laws and regulations

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or related field required.

  • Supervisory experience.

  • At least five (5) years of human resource management experience.

  • Master’s Degree in related field.

  • HR-related certification (PHR or SHRM-CP Certification).

  • Human resource management experience in higher education.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, independently and as a member of a team, especially in a fast-paced, highly dynamic environment.

  • Extensive knowledge of federal and state employment and benefits laws related to FLSA, FMLA, ADA, EEO, ACA, COBRA, worker’s compensation, retirement contribution plans, and other relevant legislation.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage relationships with external vendors and related parties.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external constituents, including Kansas Board of Regents members, and audit firms.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

  • Time Management & Organizing, Planning & Prioritizing Work - Managing one's own time and the time of others and developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

  • Database user interface – Comfortable using technology and adapting quickly to learn new software.

  • C omputer skills - Proficient in cloud-based HRIS applications. Workday experience is preferred.

  • Proficient with e-mail and cloud-based document systems (e.g., Google applications).

  • Highly proficient with standard word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software .

Appointment Date: Preferred July 2024, or as soon as possible

Application Deadline: Priority Deadline is May 30, 2024. Review of applications will begin after the deadline and continue until the position is filled.

Benefits : Competitive benefit package

Application Process: To apply for this position, please visit . Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Required Application Documents: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three professional references.

Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF .

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Mark Griffin


Community of Hays

FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant college town of approximately 20,000, located halfway between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70. Hays is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas. The community boasts excellent recreational programs and facilities, including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, and extensive walking, running, and biking trails. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes that offer great opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily. The Hays community is home to excellent Pre-K and K-12, public and private schools. With over 60 restaurants, major retail outlets, a low unemployment rate, and very short commute times, the city provides a safe, welcoming, low-cost, high-quality living environment for the residents who call "Hays, America" home.

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

Notice to KPERS retirees applying for a position: Recent legislation changes working-after-retirement rules for both you and your employer if you go back to work for a KPERS employer. Please contact your KPERS representative or for further information on how this might affect you.


Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University was founded in 1902 as the Western Branch of Kansas State Normal School. The institution was originally located on the grounds of Fort Hays, a Nineteenth-Century frontier military outpost. The state of Kansas initially intended the university’s academic programs to focus on agriculture, but it opened as a “normal” or teacher’s college.

FHSU today is a regional comprehensive public university where determined, innovative and caring faculty and staff share a deep commitment to teaching and mentoring students. Our mission is to develop the engaged global citizen-leaders our world needs today. 

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