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Associate Director for Human Resources

Employer
Harvard University
Location
Massachusetts, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 22, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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Harvard University

Associate Director for Human Resources
Harvard Graduate School of Education
57944BR

Position Description


The Associate Director of Human Resources will be part of a forward thinking, high-performing committed team of colleagues providing a broad range of HR services with a focus on service excellence, developing creative solutions, flexibility, and innovation for our staff and student worker communities.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Human Resources, the Associate Director will be responsible for providing expert, innovative, pro-active, strategic, accurate, and timely human resources services to a portfolio of key customers including staff working in administrative and research positions, faculty engaged in research, prospective employees, and the broader HGSE and Harvard communities. As with all HGSE Human Resources team members, all activities are carried out with a lens of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

  • Expertly counsels and advises on complex labor and employee relations and conflict management/resolution, organizational design and staffing structures, FMLA/ ADA, FLSA determination and compensation models, career development, compliance, and training.
  • Strategically develops, evaluates, and advises on creative options and solutions; makes recommendations for approaches and alternatives; develops and analyzes HR metrics and other data to inform decision making.
  • Expertly interprets and communicates policies.
  • Possesses deep knowledgeable of employment law and Harvard's union and non-union policies in providing expert level advice to employees and managers.
  • Partners with the Associate Dean and other colleagues to share responsibility for the office a needed including annual processes, operations, payroll, and HR systems.
  • The Associate Director will have leadership responsibility for the policies, practices, and metrics related to all leaves at HGSE. Develops, implements, and communicates process improvements for leaves management for HGSE team members. Ensures compliance with all university and school-wide processes to ensure leaves are managed and communicated appropriately. Serves as the HGSE leaves expert and represents the school at the University level sharing relevant information as needed while working closely with two HR Coordinators to manage the leave processes.
  • Serves as the HGSE Human Resources expert for contingent workforce planning and implementation. Reviews, analyzes, and recommends long term strategy on managing/moving contingent workforce to the managed service provider (MSP), including all change management issues and communications.
  • Develops the strategy and leads the HGSE reward and recognition program, partnering closely with the Dean's Office to honor and recognize HGSE employees at events. Represents HGSE at the University for Harvard Heroes and manages and implements at HGSE. Conceives and leads continual process improvement initiatives related to employee recognition.
  • Identifies, develops, and executes relevant HR programming to support the HGSE community.
  • Partners with the Director and Associate Director for Talent Acquisition on the development and implementation of progressive leading edge HR services.
  • Provides recruitment services to select departments and serves as the backup for the Associate Director for Talent Acquisition, the Director for HR Operations, and the Associate Dean as needed.
  • Serves as a mentor to HR Coordinators in the office and provides opportunity for career development and growth.
  • Serves on school-wide and University committees as opportunities arise.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 8 years' relevant HR experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills


  • Any candidate wishing to be considered must supply a cover letter in addition to their resume.
  • Previous human resources experience in a teaching and research environment is strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to be strategic and integrate the big picture into day-to-day HR advice, decisions, and approaches.

  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn the needs of a broad range of business units and individuals required.

  • Solutions-oriented and flexible with a creative approach to problem solving.

  • Strong negotiating and influencing skills and the ability to conduct difficult/sensitive conversations successfully.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain strict confidentiality.

  • Advanced knowledge of employment and labor laws/regulations.

  • Experience in unionized environments preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide customer service excellence in a "high touch" diverse environment.

  • Strong ability in building relationships across all levels of an organization

  • Analytical skills and ability to think strategically and creatively to anticipate and solve problems.

  • Excellent oral/written/presentation skills.

  • Adaptability/flexibility to meet frequently changing needs.

  • Highly detail-oriented team player.

  • Strong Microsoft Office skills.

  • SPHR/PHR and/or advanced coursework in field preferred.


Working Conditions

The position is located on the Cambridge, MA campus. Successful candidate will have the opportunity to work a hybrid schedule with some days on campus and some days off campus if desired. Details will be discussed with those invited to interview. Successful candidate must live and work in a Harvard registered state (MA, NH, ME, CT, RI, VT, MD, and NY) with the ability to travel to campus weekly.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.


Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

Job Function
Human Resources

Sub Unit
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Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Department
Human Resources

Time Status
Full-time

Union
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening
Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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