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HR Director

Tempe, AZ


The Director of Human Resources (DHR) is responsible for developing HR people and benefit strategies, compliant plan administration and delivering a quality employee experience. Effectively translate institutional goals into meaningful benefits and HR service strategy.  Directly oversees a staff of three including payroll and recruiting, reports to VP of Finance and Administration, and is part of the  Leadership Council and supports 300+ employees.
This individual is valued as an effective leader, mediator, communicator, trainer, and expert in employee relations and retention. The DHR ensures human resources procedures and operations are consistent with current laws and organization policy.  The DHR participates on a variety of internal and external committees, task forces, training and workforce solutions, employee retention, and matters relative to college interests.
  • Knowledge expert who directs all human resources and payroll activities
  • Serves as the designated EEOC officer and Title IX Coordinator
  • Responsible for monitoring and maintaining institutional compliance and timely reporting related to Affirmative Action, Department of Labor, and EEOC deadlines
  • Represent the department as an active member of Leadership Council on all relevant committees and task forces, as assigned
  • Supervises payroll accountant; payroll has become multi-state and multi-national in the last year
  • Investigates employee/management complaints/grievances and mediates as necessary; analyzes information presented and makes recommendations to bring about resolution; creates and maintains secures confidential documentation throughout process
  • Performs and oversees employee relations function for employment dispute issues, communicates with legal counsel, and advises management of legal advice regarding trends and changes in employment law; updates policies, postings and regulations as needed for employee review
  • Serves as liaison to administrative management and staff. Identify and recommend appropriate Human Resource actions relating to investigations, reorganization, policy and procedure interpretation, and other related performance personnel issues such as corrective actions
  • Serves as HR Business Leader on personnel policies, procedures, and compliance
  • Maintains current policy and communication, Arizona employment law updates and internal communications
  • Leads benefit contract renewal negotiations, seeks input from leadership regarding selection of, and leads implementation of employee benefits programs
  • Leads by example, contributes to and maintains a positive work environment conducive to promoting an atmosphere of cooperation with staff, faculty, administration and students;
  • Performs related duties as needed/assigned in collaboration with HR department and executive leadership
  • Serve as liaison for all HR vendors, including benefits
  • Provide continuous development for HR team members
  • Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration, organizational development, management, or equivalent field required.
Advanced degree in human resources, business administration, psychology, or public administration preferred.
Ten years of professional experience, with a minimum of 3 years of leadership experience in an organization recognized for its excellence in the Human Resources function; or, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. ADP software, non-profit, medical, or higher education backgrounds a plus.

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