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Director of Human Resources

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado 80523
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Colorado State University is a Carnegie research intensive land-grant university committed to the ideal that educated and motivated people can make a difference in the world. Founded in 1870, Colorado State University today is setting the standard as a 21st century land-grant university, supporting economic vitality, shaping people of skill and character, and targeting the great global challenges of our time through life-changing research, teaching, and outreach. One of the leading public research universities in the United States, Colorado State receives more than $300 million in research expenditures. Colorado State University’s instructional programs cover the broad spectrum befitting a major research university, with a comprehensive array of baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, and exclusive statewide authority for programs in agriculture, forestry, natural resources, veterinary medicine, and extension.

Colorado State University employs over 15,000 full and part-time faculty, exempt and non-exempt professionals, classified staff and student employees. The University’s Human Resources Department is led by the Director, who is responsible for the daily operation of the Department and ensuring contributions through the Human Resources Department to the University’s initiative to enhance the employment experience at Colorado State University for faculty and staff and increase the recruitment and retention of highly talented faculty, administrative professional and classified staff.

We are a department that values collegiality, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. Ongoing and positive interactions among Human Resources staff with faculty, staff, and students contribute to our department’s supportive and open culture of inquiry and collaboration.

The Director for Human Resources reports to the Associate Vice President for Human Capital. The Director has oversight of approximately 35 state classified and administrative professional employees, and shares oversight of a $2.4 million budget. The Director is responsible for creating and implementing the strategic vision for Human Resources and leading the daily operational management of the Department. The Director will also collaborate with members of the Office of Equal Opportunity and the Office of Training and Organizational Development, the other units reporting to the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, to innovate and maximize the operations of the offices meeting the needs of the University, our employees and leaders. The strategic vision should emphasize enhancing efficiencies, quality and operational effectiveness, as well as excellence in providing service to others. This Department incorporates the operational units comprising employee benefits; payroll; compensation; classification; recruitment, employment selection and classification for state classified personnel; general oversight of the State Personnel System within the University; employee relations along with informal resolution of concerns or problems in the workplace; personnel policy development and interpretation; employee records and personnel action processing; the Human Resources service center; and, the human resource management information system.

The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and integrity, as well as strong interpersonal skills to foster collaborative relationships among broad constituencies. The person will be sharp, motivated, and possess excellent interpretive, analytic, and written and oral communication skills. The incumbent will possess the ability to manage and direct efficiently, effectively and positively the daily operation of a human resources organization.

This position is responsible for current and future initiatives that establish and streamline personnel processes and services to units and employees across the university with the goal of placing Colorado State University as an employer of choice in the nation for faculty and staff.
• Determine vision, goals, and strategic plans for employee recruitment and retention and employee processes.
• Determine the management and administrative infrastructure necessary to further the efficient and broad delivery of human resources functions to units and employees.
• Determine strategies for leveraging relationships with key constituents and employee councils to advance the goals of the Department of Human Resources.
• Determine strategies and goals to maximize the human and financial resources in the Department of Human Resources to create capacity and deliver to the University community the necessary services as a strategic partner to units and administrators.

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59 pm (MT) on July 31, 2017. To apply and view the full position announcement, visit Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with the duties, and required and preferred qualifications, a current resume, and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Greiner,

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer. Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates.


Required Job Qualifications:

• A bachelor’s degree in human resources, organizational development, business, public administration, labor/industrial relations, law or other directly related field.
• Demonstrated leadership experience with strong organizational and administrative skills.
• Greater than 10 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources with five or more of these years in leadership roles.
• Excellent analytical, organizational, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
• A strong commitment to customer service.

Preferred Job Qualifications:

• A master’s degree in human resources, organizational development, business, public administration, labor/industrial relations, higher education administration, or other related field or a law degree.
• Experience at an institution of higher education or other large employer with 500+ employees.
• Knowledge of and experience with higher education principles, practices and procedures.
• Ability to develop policy and procedures and effectively communicate these to University units and employees.
• Demonstrated record of establishing effective collaborative efforts and relationships across an organization.
• Experience with a variety of different employee classifications (i.e., “at will” employees, classified employees, tenured employees, etc.).
• Proven track record of inspiring and managing a diverse professional staff in a multi-functioning unit with a strong commitment to customer service.
• Experience with regulatory compliance.

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