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Director, Human Resources - 0407927

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
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Director, Human Resources – 0407927

James Madison University is currently accepting applications for the position of Human Resources Director. The Human Resources Director is responsible for leading the human resources (HR) team in serving the university community by administering university HR policies and practices for all employees including staff, administrative and professional faculty, instructional faculty, adjunct faculty and wage (part-time) employees. The HR Director is chiefly responsible for overseeing the delivery of innovative and service-oriented HR functions including recruitment and selection, benefits (including insurance and retirement), total compensation, pay practices, workforce strategy, employee relations and engagement, HR information systems and the business processes associated with the collection, processing and maintenance of HR metrics and data.

General Duties and Scope of Responsibility include:
HR Leadership and Strategic Planning: The Director of Human Resources provides strategic HR leadership for the university including developing and implementing a Human Resources Strategic Plan consistent with the University's Strategic Plan. The Director leads the HR staff creatively to develop innovative processes and service-delivery improvements resulting in greater organizational effectiveness.

HR Policies and Procedures: The HR Director works with the JMU Senior Leadership Team to ensure Human Resource perspectives are a university priority. The Director manages the development of and adherence to all HR related policies and programs. The Director has broad responsibilities for the administration, interpretation and implementation of programs and policies to ensure university compliance with relevant rules, regulations, state and federal laws and executive orders. The HR Director oversees the regular review of policies, procedures and practices.

Employee Recruitment and Retention: The HR Director influences strategic human resources planning in order to position the university as a well-respected employer of choice and to support the institution. The Director must share a commitment to diversity, inclusion and civility for all students, faculty and staff as well as the extended JMU community. The HR Director promotes acquisition of the very best talent and promotes employee retention.

Technology Management: The HR Director maintains a collaborative partnership with JMU Information Systems (IS) for many HR activities. The HR Director must have a comprehensive knowledge of HR data and metrics, which includes but is not limited to data gathering, compilation, analysis and report preparation. The HR Director utilizes a working knowledge in the area of business applications and human resource management system (HRMS) functions and other information systems. The HR Director oversees testing simulations for upgrades or software modifications, process mapping, functional business analysis of workflow, and other practices that are common between HR, Payroll and the user community.

Employee Relations: The HR Director leads, directs and oversees investigations of complaints and allegations of inappropriate employee behavior or violations of the Commonwealth of Virginia Standards of Conduct. The Director provides oversight of the JMU HR mediation function and works diligently to successfully resolve employee relations issues to ensure the best possible outcome for the employee, the supervisor and the university.

Compliance: The HR Director ensures that JMU complies with all employment related federal and state laws. The HR Director also participates in the oversight and preparation of reports and compliance activities related to EEO/AA, ADA, Workers Compensation, Title IX, COBRA, FMLA, FLSA and the ACA.

Reward and Recognition: The HR Director serves as a design resource on compensation related initiatives. The HR Director is responsible for assisting in the administration of reward and recognition programs or HR activities to maintain and improve positive employee relations and work life balance.

Collaboration: The HR Director maintains relationships with the appropriate external agencies, professional consultants and peers within and external to JMU and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The HR Director serves on-campus committees, task forces and various commissions as a chief collaborator to represent the interests of JMU, HR, and faculty and staff. The HR Director also works to ensure that the HR department works closely and effectively with all JMU departments.

Qualifications include:
The successful candidate will have an outstanding human resources career history that incorporates at least ten years of progressive and successful human resources leadership experience and possess an earned master's degree in a relevant field.

The candidate must have substantial experience and superior oral and written communication skills.

The successful candidate will have experience within a college or university system, a closely related field or an organization of equal or greater complexity.

Candidates must possess demonstrated experience and knowledge of all key functional areas of human resource management including, but not limited to, total rewards, strategic management, employee relations, workforce planning and employment, and risk management. Successful candidates should also demonstrate a working knowledge of retirement benefits, executive compensation and human resource management systems (including HR metrics and data management).

Candidates must possess a comprehensive understanding of all relevant laws, regulations, rules and practices to ensure compliance with governing agencies.

The successful candidate will have a career history that includes demonstrated creativity and a strategic approach to human resources through innovation, leadership and the ability to formulate, communicate, and execute strategic initiatives.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with superiors, subordinates, and colleagues.

The successful candidate will provide evidence of effective leadership to include operating in a culture of teamwork including trust, respect and dignity. Candidates must possess a proven ability to create an environment where others are motivated to achieve shared goals.

Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion and civility.

Candidate must describe a personal history of providing creative solutions to customer problems and excellent customer service with and through subordinates.

Candidates must be able to convey a reputation of integrity, ethical leadership and ethical practices.

A certification in human resources is valued and preferred.

To apply:
Please visit and reference posting number 0407927. Salary is commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin on April 7. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation.

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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