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Vice President for Human Resources & Development

Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, California 90045
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Otis College of Art and Design


Vice President for Human Resources & Development


Job Summary:

Otis College of Art and Design is currently accepting applications for a Vice President for Human Resources & Development. The Vice President for Human Resources & Development (VPHRD) oversees, directs, and provides strategic leadership for all Human Resources & Development (HR&D) operations and activities, including but not limited to employment practices, compensation administration, workforce planning, workers’ compensation and disability, benefits administration, labor relations, investigations, employee grievances, regulatory and institutional compliance, and policy development. The VPHRD serves on the College’s senior leadership team and directs comprehensive short-term and long-range strategic initiatives in partnership with members of the College to advance and build support for changes in and enhancements to HR&D programs and services in alignment with the College’s strategic objectives. This position reports to the President.



• Oversees the planning, coordination, implementation, and management of the College’s human resources functions, objectives, initiatives, programs, services, processes, and activities to align with the College’s strategic objectives. Offers innovative and forward-looking approaches.

• Serves in a leadership role in the development of comprehensive short-term and long-range human resources initiatives to enhance operations, programs and services. Serves on the senior leadership team and partners with other College members to advance and build support for changes in and enhancement to human resource functions, initiatives, and services. Modifies and/or adds to services provided to the College community to meet business needs.

• Represents management by serving as the College’s advocate at hearings, meetings and investigations conducted pursuant to collective bargaining agreements, complaint resolutions, or other governmental agency inquiries.

• Coordinates the College’s collective bargaining team with outside counsel in preparing for and fulfilling bargaining activities and related research or procedural needs, including hearings, motions, discovery, witness preparation, post-hearing appeals or judgment enforcement.

• Provides expertise, leadership and strategic consultative services to senior administrators, faculty, and staff. Discusses issues and requests with concerned parties to determine best course of action for effective resolution.

• Directly or indirectly manages all assigned subordinate staff. Determines organizational structure, reporting relationships, and short- and long-term staffing needs based on HR&D goals and objectives.

• Oversees the performance appraisal process for staff and evaluates management requests for employee raises, promotions, and reclassifications. Provides dispute resolution guidance and employee counseling as necessary.

• Directs health care and retirement plan programs through subordinate managers and third- party providers. Designs, develops, and oversees health and financial programs and services for the College’s employees. Assesses quality of health and retirement plan services and operations. Modifies existing services and/or creates new health and retirement plan services. Develops short- and long-term strategic plans and objectives for health care and retirement plans to maximize benefits to all employees and meet cost containment goals.

• Develops and administers human resources-related policies and procedures. Ensures policies and procedures reflect current best practices and are consistently applied across the College.

Reviews and recommends revisions as necessary. Recommends and/or approves exceptions.

Ensures the College community is kept informed of changes and updates.

• Plans, develops, and manages budgets for human resources programs. Recommends and/or

makes budgetary and resource allocations. Approves/disapproves departmental expenditures. Develops projections for short- and long-term planning. Provides financial analyses and reports as needed.

• Interacts and negotiates with external vendors and administrators to plan and coordinate the delivery of human resources services, existing or new. Assesses capabilities and performance and makes recommendations regarding continued use of services.

• Maintains currency and compliance with all federal, state, and local laws related to employment law and human resources best practices. Informs Senior Team of current human resources trends and developments. Assesses impact of legislation on existing programs and makes changes as appropriate.

• Other duties as assigned. Must be responsive to work-related phone calls and emails during non-business hours on occasion.



How to Apply:

Interested candidates must apply via Otis’ website at to be considered for the position.



Bachelor’s degree required. Minimum 7 years of progressively increasing leadership, planning and management experience in human resources field. Demonstrated strong organization, planning, analytical, innovative, and critical thinking, strategic, collaborative, interpersonal, and relationship- building skills are essential. Established experience designing and executing human resources programs and benefits. The ideal candidate will possess a thorough knowledge of management principles, budgeting, finance, and applicable laws/regulations. PHR or SPHR highly desirable; relevant professional organization memberships preferred. Excellent written and oral communication and public speaking/presentation training skills required.


Emergency Response/Recovery – Position Requirement:

• This is not considered an essential position.

• This is considered an essential position. In the event of an emergency, the employee holding this position is required to “report to duty” in accordance with Otis College’s Emergency Operations Plan and/or the employee’s departmental emergency response and/or recovery plans. Familiarity with those plans and regular training to implement those plans is required. During or immediately following an emergency, the employee will be notified to assist in the emergency response efforts, and mobilize other staff/faculty/students if needed.

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