University of La Verne
Executive Director, Human Resources
Job Description Summary:
The Executive Director of Human Resources is responsible for
overseeing the the Office of Human Resources. The position reports
to the General Counsel.
The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit
university founded in 1891 located in La Verne, California. The
core values that we live by are Ethical Reasoning, Diversity and
Inclusivity, Lifelong Learning and Community and Civic
Engagement. If you're passionate about these values,
join us at the University of La Verne!
- Participates proactively and collaboratively to further the
University’s mission and to advance the University’s strategic plan
through strategic thinking, leadership of the Office of Human
Resources staff, outreach to campus members, engagement with senior
leaders, creative thinking and problem solving, initiative, and
active participation in the life of the University.
- Oversees, plans, organizes, directs, integrates, and evaluates
the Human Resources Department programs, projects, activities, and
operations of the University including administrative and staff
benefits administration, compensation, employment, labor relations,
training and development, problem resolution, formulation and
administration of personnel policies and procedures, and government
compliance and safety.
- Develops strategies to articulate and promote the rewards of
working at University of La Verne and to position the university as
an employer of choice. Develops strategies to address talent
- Monitors long-term plans, goals, and objectives focused on
achieving the department’s mission and priorities; co-manages and
co-directs the development, implementation, and evaluation of
plans, policies, systems, and procedures to achieve department’s
annual goals and work standards with the Associate Director of
Business Analytics and Strategic Planning, Training &
- Supervises, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned
personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with
assigned employees to correct deficiencies; and implements
discipline and termination procedures.
- Plans and evaluates the performance of assigned staff;
establishes performance requirements and personal development
targets; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for
performance improvement and development; recommends compensation
and other rewards to recognize performance; and recommends
disciplinary action, up to and including termination, in accordance
with the University policies and procedures.
- Develops and retains highly competent, customer
service-oriented staff through the selection, compensation,
training, and day-to-day management practices that support the
University’s mission and values.
- Advises administration and supervisors on employee relations
matters including grievance and disciplinary procedures and
actions, complaints, work relationships, performance and other
- Directs the recruitment activities for faculty, staff, and
administrative personnel; develops advertisements, in-house flyers,
and mailings; conducts reference checks; screens applications and
resumes and respond to applicants; serves on various search
committees as directed.
- Directs and coordinates the position control process for
University personnel; reviews and updates position
- Monitors the University interviewing and selection processes of
employees and recommends transfers, reassignments, terminations;
responds to protests; reviews unemployment insurance claims;
directs the performance appraisal process for staff and
- Administers the compensation program for administration and
staff; directs job analysis review process and participates in
compensation studies; coordinates insurance of employment contracts
and staff letters.
- Formulates, interprets, and administers personnel regulations,
policies and contractual agreements; develops and distributes
employee handbooks; conducts a variety of workshops and seminars
related to personnel issues and related laws.
- Administers the benefits program for University employees;
communicates with insurance brokers and retirement providers;
negotiates with carriers; directs the insurance renewal and open
enrollment process; provides information to employees related to
insurance, benefit and retirement changes; ensures timely
transmittal of premiums and employer contributions to
- Directs the University’s Injury Prevention Program; monitors
the worker’s compensation program; communicates with vendors
related to workers compensation claims; maintains related records
as required; conducts safety meetings as necessary.
- Maintains current knowledge of trends and laws related to
benefits administration in colleges and universities; recommends
policy and program alternatives as necessary; serves as Benefits
- Assures compliance with personnel related laws, rules and
regulations, including Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with
Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, OSHA, ERISA and
- Communicates with other administrators, University personnel
and contractors to coordinate activities and programs, resolve
issues and conflicts and exchange information.
- Provides staff assistance to cabinet members and University
personnel under the direction of the Chief Human Resource Officer;
completes special projects as assigned; represents the University
at various meetings and events; prepares and presents staff reports
and other necessary correspondence.
- Maintains current knowledge of new trends and innovations in
the field of human resources; attends and participates in
professional group meetings; participates in professional
development activities; reads publications relevant to area of
- Monitors developments in areas of responsibility and analyzes
proposed state and federal law and regulations and court decisions
for their impact on University practices and operation.
- Serves as the University human resources representative on
various committees; explains, justifies, and defends assigned
programs, policies and activities; negotiates and resolves
sensitive and controversial issues; responds to and resolves
difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints.
- Bachelor’s degree in business administration, human resources,
organizational development, psychology or a related field.
- HR leadership experience in a complex environment encompassing
multiple specialties; ten years of which are in a managerial or
supervisory capacity of exempt-level employees
- Leadership skills and experience in making decisions regarding
hiring, evaluation, coaching and developing professional level
exempt and non-exempt staff and determining, setting and achieving
- Experience with and understanding of labor, employment laws,
policies, and procedures.
- Knowledge of recruitment and retention; employee relations;
policy administration; training and organizational development; and
performance management practices required
- Demonstrated experience leading and managing teams using strong
customer-centric and results-oriented support services.
- Highly effective decision-making, problem solving, critical
thinking, project management and organizational leadership
- Demonstrated written analysis and oral presentation experience
with all level s of management. Highly effective communication and
- Masters’ Degree
- Human Resources SHRM or PHR Certification
- Human Resources Experience Working in Higher Education
- Knowledge of Banner HR and PeopleAdmin
- Knowledge of Title IX and ATIXA Certification
La Verne Central Campus
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and
apply on line at the following link: http://laverne.edu
Located in Southern California, the University of La Verne offers a
distinctive and relevant educational experience to a diverse
population of students, preparing them for successful careers and a
commitment to lifelong learning across the liberal arts and
professional programs. The academic units of the not-for-profit
university include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of
Business and Public Management, the LaFetra College of Education,
and the College of Law. The university offers both undergraduate
and graduate programs, including degree programs tailored for
working adults. The university's central campus is located 30 miles
east of Los Angeles in the historic Old Town section of La Verne, a
city with a population of approximately 35,000 at the foothills of
the San Gabriel Mountains. The university also has eight regional
campuses throughout California and the College of Law campus in
Ontario, California. The university is classified as a Carnegie
Doctoral Institution with moderate research activity. Core values
are reflected throughout all curricular and co-curricular programs,
its emphasis on close professor-student interaction, personal
support of its students, and its diversity.
The University of La Verne prides itself in being reflective of the
diversity of Southern California. Approximately 80 percent of its
nearly 8,500 students come from diverse backgrounds and the U.S.
Department of Education has designated the university as a Hispanic
Serving Institution (HSI). With 80,000 alumni, the university
fulfills a critical community function in educating students from
underserved populations, many of whom are the first generation in
their family to attend college.
The University of La Verne is an equal opportunity employer and
does not discriminate against employment or employees on any basis
prohibited by state and federal law. University of La Verne hires
and promotes individuals based on their qualifications and is
consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard
to race, color, religion, gender, disability, medical condition a
or sexual orientation