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Director or Sr. Director of Human Resources

Vanguard University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Sep 23, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration
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Full Time
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Director or Sr. Director of Human Resources
Vanguard University

Under the direction of the CFO, this position will strategize, plan, organize and direct the human resources function and operation of the University including benefits administration, compensation, talent acquisition administration, employee relations, learning and development, conflict resolution, employee retention, formulation and administration of personnel policies and procedures, government compliance, ergonomics, payroll administration, and student employment administration. This position will also supervise and evaluate the performance of HR Operations and payroll staff. The Director/Sr. Director is expected to model the University mission, vision and values, and align HR programs in support of the University Strategic Operating Plan.

In fulfillment of the position, he/she will perform or delegate the following:

  • Develop, align, and integrate a Human Resources Strategic Plan for the well-being and retention of employees, covering Benefits/Retirement, Compensation/Rewards, Employee Relations, HR Compliance and Policies, Talent Management/Staff Development, and HR Systems/Data in support of the larger University Strategic Plan.
  • Serve as University liaison in employee grievance meetings as required: communicate with supervisors and employees to resolve related issues, complaints, work relationships, performance and other related matters. Also works with our in-house and/or outside legal counsel on matters of employment, benefits and related law.
  • Direct the recruitment activities for staff and administrative personnel and support the recruitment activities for faculty; develop advertisements, finalize position descriptions, mailing, and conduct background checks, and reference checks upon department request; screen applications and resumes and respond to applicants; serve on various search committees as requested.
  • Direct and coordinate the position control process for University personnel; review and update position descriptions.
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff; interview and select employees and recommend transfer, reassignment, termination; respond to protests; review unemployment insurance claims; direct the performance appraisal process for staff and administrative personnel.
  • Administer the compensation program for administration and staff; conduct job analysis review and participate in compensation studies; coordinate employment contracts and staff letters. Assist provost office in faculty salary analysis and related matters.
  • Formulate, interpret and administer personnel regulations, policies and contractual agreements; develop, update, and make available employee handbooks; provide a variety of workshops and seminars related to personnel issues and any of the HR disciplines.
  • Administer the benefits program for University employees; communicate with insurance brokers and assist in negotiation with carriers; direct the health insurance renewal and open enrollment process; provide information to employee related to insurance and benefit changes.
  • Supervise and evaluate the student employment process and procedure for all University student workers; including student payroll and related issues.
  • Oversee the payroll administration policies and procedures related to University-wide payroll and timekeeping practices and related issues.
  • Oversees the worker's compensation program; communicates with vendors related to workers compensation claims; maintains related records as required; conduct ergonomic assessments in conjunction with the workers compensation carrier.
  • Maintain current knowledge of trends and laws related to benefit administration in colleges and universities; recommend policy and program alternatives as necessary.
  • Assure compliance with personnel related laws, rules and regulations, including Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Affordable Care Act, and others.
  • Communicate with other administrators, University personnel and contractors to coordinate activities and programs, resolves issues and conflicts and exchanges information.
  • Partner with Executive, senior and middle management by providing professional HR consulting and support; serve as an internal consultant on HR and organizational/operational issues.
  • Work with Executive management in reorganizations, rightsizings, downsizings and all things related to Organizational Development.
  • Develop and prepare the annual preliminary budget for the University human resources and institutional benefits programs; analyze and review budgetary and financial data; control and authorize expenditures in accordance with established limitations.
  • Will be a Deputy under the Title IX Coordinator, directly or indirectly involved in Title IX and Title VII matters, assisting with investigations, and/or in an advisory role.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or other related field. Masters Degree preferred.
  • Five to ten years of extensive experience in project management, strategic planning and management/leadership role of human resources or business management; including at least two years of benefits administration experience is required.
  • Understanding of Higher Education institution preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in the application and interpretation of state and federal laws and regulations including FMLA, CFRA, PDL, ADA, Title VII, EEOC, and FLSA, and their application in a Higher Ed Christian environment, specifically a Religious Corporation.
  • Broad knowledge and experience in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, organization development, employee relations, safety, and training and development.
  • Demonstrated user of Microsoft Office Suite applications.
  • Strong leadership skills with sensitivity to the concerns of University employees.
  • Ability to implement and manage new projects, processes, and initiatives; hands-on experience with large scale change.
  • Proven background in full cycle recruiting including sourcing, interviewing and workforce planning.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present data; including departmental budget preparation and control.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Skill to utilize salary surveys and data analysis to authorize salary offers, merit and equity increases.
  • Advanced knowledge of contemporary principles of human resource management, public personnel practices and techniques of labor relations and skill in developing policy and procedure documentation.
  • Ability to prepare and present various analytical materials in relation to salary, benefits and labor relations.
  • Foster a customer oriented work environment in conjunction with administrators to develop and implement policies and practices that reflect the vision and mission of Vanguard University.
  • Demonstrate the ability to determine the key issues in a particular operational situation, involve the appropriate individuals, and develop appropriate plan of action while maintaining confidentiality and discretion.
  • Proven ability to work independently and demonstrate confidence in prioritizing tasks effectively in a fast paced environment and able to meet scheduled timelines.
  • Direct the maintenance of a variety of reports and files related to University personnel and benefits administration programs and activities.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, administrative officials and others concerned with personnel matters and administration.
  • Ability to supervise and train assigned staff including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge and acceptance of principles and philosophies of Vanguard University.

    Full-time position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and includes a generous benefits package.

    Applicant should submit a completed VUSC Application for Staff Employment and current resume. All applications/resumes/materials must be submitted electronically via e-mail to: . We are located at: Vanguard University of Southern California, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Applications will be received until position is filled or until a sufficient number of applications are received.

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