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Assistant Dean of Human Resources

University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin School of Business

Madison, Wisconsin 53706
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Full Time
  • Administrative
  • Employee Relations
  • Compensation
  • Employment/Recruitment
  • Organizational Development
University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin School of Business
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Position Summary:
  This position reports directly to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration for the Wisconsin School of Business and manages a team of four fulltime employees who represent the Human Resources, Employment Relations, Payroll and Benefits functions supporting the school's staff, faculty, and student employees.

The Wisconsin School of Business employs over 85 faculty and over 250 staff members in support of its programs, which include an undergraduate program, a range of graduate degrees, and executive education offerings. Its Knowledge Centers bring together researchers, students and business leaders to build life-long learning communities. Effective human resource management is particularly critical to the success of the School, which is driven heavily by collaborative activity, expressed by the brand essence "Together Forward."

The Assistant Dean for Human Resources coordinates human resources activities for all units of the Wisconsin School of Business to maximize the strategic use of human resources throughout the school. The Assistant Dean will lead a staff to maintain personnel policies and procedures, employee compensation, benefits, recruitment, employee relations, training and development, and legal compliance and is responsible for working with the Financial Management Office to coordinate and administer the annual budget process.

Principal duties:

Leadership and Management 35%
-Contribute to strategic decision-making and success in the Wisconsin School of Business, by focusing on matching human resource policy, practice and capability to the school's plans for achieving its strategic goals;
-Lead the development, formulation, and implementation of Wisconsin School of Business personnel policies and procedures, in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration and campus HR;
-Ensure that WSB Personnel Policies and Procedures are in alignment with Federal, State, UW-System, and UW Madison laws, policies, procedures and practices and guide HR staff and school managers to successfully pursue legitimate objectives while remaining in compliance;
-Provide leadership in areas of ADA, Sexual Harassment, Affirmative Action, Employee Assistance, recommending policy and procedure to comply with Federal and State law;
-In partnership with the schools' Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, develop policies for the recruitment, and retention of a diverse workforce and work with HR Coordinator to implement as part of recruitment processes;
-Serve as the appointing authority for Wisconsin School of Business personnel transactions.

Employee and Constituent Relations 35%
-Respond to employee grievances, complaints, employee assistance, and affirmative action compliance requests. Serve as the Division Level Representative for ADA for academic staff, classified staff, and student employee requests;
-Seek creative and legitimate solutions to human resources problems that confront the Wisconsin School of Business and implement solutions across Wisconsin School of Business units;
-Develop and provide training and professional development opportunities for Wisconsin School of Business units and analyze training
needs to develop new training programs or improve existing programs.
- Serve as subject matter expert in campus training opportunities and able to direct Wisconsin School of Business staff in utilization of campus training programs and initiatives.
- Seek to improve internal processes to streamline workflow and provide better service to the College. Evaluate the impact of new initiatives and systems as they apply to the College¿s human resources, payroll and benefits programs and activities. Determine strategies for successful implementation.

Management Coordination 25%
-Work with the Dean, Senior Associate Deans, Associate Dean, and staff of the Financial Management Office to support and validate unit level budget requests and support and implement approved budget requests; activities performed represent an interrelationship between personnel and budget;
- Maintain fluency in campus systems; Lead, direct, and oversee all aspects of human resources for the Wisconsin School of Business's faculty and staff including but not limited to recruiting, rate and title changes, layoffs, non-renewals, reclassifications, FMLA,DDR and leaves of absence
- Implement campus and school HR initiatives (e.g. performance management, comp and title);
-Serve as the Wisconsin School of Business representative on campus committees and represent the school at personnel-related hearings and investigations
-Plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate work activities of subordinates and staff related to employment, compensation, recruiting, and employee relations.

Additional Duties as Assigned 5%
-Additional duties as assigned.


Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Minimum of 7-10 year of professional work experience in human resources. Experience working within university human resources preferred.

The position requires significant knowledge of and the ability to apply human resources and payroll and benefits theory, law, systems, processes, and practice to create a work environment for the Wisconsin School of Business which supports successful programs and the continued development and success of staff and faculty.

Demonstrated knowledge of the following:
-Principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation & benefits, employee relations, human resources information systems, and managing employee wellness initiatives;
-Faculty, staff, and lecturer hiring processes and procedures;
-Understanding of HR function as a partner in accomplishing organizational goals;
-EEO, labor, and other relevant laws;
-Budget planning & preparation;
-HR Information Systems;
-Payroll & benefits processes

Well qualified applicants will:
-Have strong organizational & management skills as well as excellent communication, customer service, and interpersonal skills;
-Be well-organized and able to manage multiple projects and deadlines;
-Be fluent in navigating complex organizations, systems, and processes;
-Have demonstrated experience serving as a trusted HR professional and the ability to work with employees to resolve sensitive, complex, and time critical situations;
-Be a team player with outstanding negotiation and motivational skills;
-Have a positive, helpful, problem-solving, customer service approach to working with faculty, staff, job candidates, visitors, and alumni;
-Be proactive and have the ability to diagnose problems and identify appropriate solutions in pursuit of key goals and outcomes;
-Have the ability to influence, change thinking, or gain acceptance from others in sensitive situations;
-Have the ability to provide leadership, work collaboratively on teams, and consult effectively and independently with all in the organization; and
-Demonstrate creativity & innovative thinking aimed at enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of services to job candidates and employees.
-Demonstrated experience and effectiveness in management and employee supervision
-Effective in consulting with various constituencies, sharing creative and innovative ideas to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of human resources, payroll and benefit services with the College

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