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Director of Human Resources & Affirmative Action

Position Deleted on 11/08/2011. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Worcester, MA
  • Admin - Human Resources
  • Admin - Multicultural Affairs and Affirmative Action
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
included on Affirmative Action email
Clark University, a small, urban, liberal arts-based research university in New England, invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action.

The Director of HR/AA is responsible for creating and implementing human resources services for approximately 700 faculty and staff. Working collaboratively with leaders across the campus, the director will oversee an effective and responsive HR operation and develop practices and programs that support the University's mission. S/he will promote a positive, diverse and productive culture with the goal of high levels of employee productivity and morale; and foster an inclusive and collegial campus community. Serving as the primary human resources officer for the University, the director provides tactical HR leadership and consultation to the University and is responsible for high quality service in the following areas: recruitment, employment services, employee relations, training and development, benefits management, salary administration and job classification, performance evaluation, health/wellness, conflict resolution, recognitions programs, workers comp/leave administration, affirmative action, records management, personnel policy development and interpretation, and human resources information systems (HRIS). S/he reports to the Vice President for Budgets & Planning and oversees the daily office operations and 3.5 HR staff members. The Director also serves as the Affirmative Action Officer and chief conflict resolution/grievance officer for issues of harassment or discrimination; and works closely with both the Provost and the Executive Vice President/Treasurer regarding legal issues effecting employment practices and/or employee legal actions.

The director will be expected to coordinate and carry out a variety of general employee relations functions; research, recommend, and implement a wide range of Clark University HR policies and procedure; and keep abreast of current developments in government regulations, court decisions, and higher education practices related to human resources.

We seek an experienced HR practitioner with a record of accomplishment, preferably in a higher education. The successful candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree (Master's degree preferred) and 10+ years experience in all aspects of human resources management with a record of progressive increases in responsibility. We desire a person who will lead with both a decisive and consultative style; and will foster open communications and proactively build positive relationships with faculty and staff; demonstrate a strong commitment to collegiality, mutual respect, and inclusiveness; and acts in a fair, flexible, honest, and ethical manner at all time. Applicants should have excellent relationship management abilities; including the ability to manage through influence and persuasion at all levels of an organization; and the ability to balance patience with sense of urgency.

Other requirements include excellent oral and written communication skills coupled with negotiation skills necessary to formulate policies and programs and arrive jointly at solutions with stakeholders; have a broad base of technical knowledge and skills relevant to human resource administration in higher education (we are currently in the process of converting from an ADP HR Perspective system to SunGard's Banner HR/Payroll); excellent writing, analytical, and problem-solving skills; strong planning, organizational, administrative, supervisory, and budget-management skills; and the ability to deal effectively with a wide range of faculty and staff, as well as job applicants and outside organizations, frequently regarding highly confidential or sensitive personal, financial and/or legal matters.

Founded in 1887, Clark University is an innovative liberal arts college and research university located in central Massachusetts. Worcester is the third largest city in New England and is approximately 40 miles west of Boston. Clark is a campus of people, not just departments. Here individuals can make a difference, and we seek those who share our values to support our mission. If you have a strong work ethic, embrace a pluralistic community and are dedicated to directing a high performing operation, we invite you to apply for this position which we seek to fill no later than January 1, 2012.

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to: AA/EOE - Clark values diversity.
AA/EOE Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply.
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