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Senior Manager, Human Resources

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Job Type:
Employee, Contract
Job Status:
Full Time
  • Compensation
  • Employee Relations
  • Employment/Recruitment
  • International HRM
  • Labor/Industrial Relations
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
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Job Details

The GEHR Division supports the mission of OIST by providing a wide spectrum of human resource-related services including Compensation & Benefits, Recruitment, Employee Relations, Performance Management, Training & Development, Diversity & Welfare, and Organizational Development.  The Senior Manager for Human Resources (HR) serves as a member of the GEHR Division’s leadership team. The primary responsibility is to ensure that the Division’s services are in compliant with the Japanese labor and employment laws, and at the same time, meet the needs of the expanding OIST education and research enterprise.   The Senior Manager for Human Resources (HR) supervises the staff engaged in the core HR services, and reports directly to the Vice President for GEHR.

 Specifically, the Senior Manager, HR will;

- Lead strategic HR initiatives for the University in collaboration with the relevant divisions.

- Ensure all HR policies procedures and practices are consistently administered in compliance with the Japanese laws and regulations.

- Develop and implement a transparent system of resolving disputes among employees as well as between supervisors and employees.

- Ensure smooth and efficient administration of core HR services by leading and supporting HR staff engaged in; hiring, employment contract management, compensation and benefits administration, performance evaluation management, time and attendance management, employee relations, record keeping, and the IT system development and management.

- Help develop a strategic staffing and personnel budget plan to meet the future needs of OIST Graduate University.



The ideal candidate should be both a strategic thinker and operationally hands-on person - able to see the “big picture” while maintaining attention to details; and be able to operate comfortably in an international HR environment.

  1. Experience of progressive leadership in HR positions (10+ years desirable).
  2. Expertise and/or can partner with functional HR Specialist teams in various areas such as succession planning, talent management, talent acquisition, organization development, employee relations, compensation, and benefits
  3. Knowledge of and experience with applying the various Japanese employment laws and practices
  4. Experience in working in an organization that employ people from around the globe, mostly on fixed-term contracts.
  5. Experience with leading and implementing changes and improvements in human resource management strategies that meet the needs of a continuously evolving organization.
  6. Demonstrated commitment to build a diverse and inclusive organization.
  7. Outstanding interpersonal relationship building skills.
  8. Excellent written and spoken communication skills in Japanese, with business level English skills.


  1. A Bachelor's degree in Law, Organization Development, Business Administration, Human Resources, or other fields relevant to human resource management
  2. Experience working at a university or research institution highly desirable.
  3. Knowledge of a Human Resources information system widely used by the Industry.
  4. Active affiliation with appropriate Human Resources networks and organizations and ongoing community involvement.
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