Director of Human Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Position Location: Southeastern, WI
Reporting Relationship: University Chancellor
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to academic excellence, student success, diversity and inclusiveness, and community engagement. UW-Parkside grants bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 30 academic programs and currently enrolls 5,200 students, many of whom are first-generation and nontraditional. UW-Parkside is the most ethnically diverse campus in the University of Wisconsin System with more than 22% students of color and 19% faculty and instructional staff of color. UW-Parkside benefits from the cultural diversity of the communities that it serves in southeast Wisconsin. Located in northern Kenosha County in the Chicago-Milwaukee urban corridor, much of the university’s 700-acre campus has been preserved in its natural wooded and prairie state.
Under the general direction of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, the Director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action is responsible for the administration and management of a comprehensive human resources program for the university, including organizational and staff development, compensation planning, payroll preparation and processing, recruitment and selection, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action program, orientation, training and development, administering the employee health and welfare programs, administering the human resource information systems, aiding in the planning, development, implementation and maintenance of university policies, operational procedures and guidelines; planning, directing and administering the university employee/labor relations process; and other related functions as directed.
The Director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action must assure compliance with state and federal statutes and regulations including Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Work involves frequent communication with all levels and categories of employees across the campus including executive officers, deans, and directors. Interaction with campus faculty, academic staff, classified staff, employee organizations, employee unions and students is critical along with collaboration with UW System Administration and other UW campuses. The Director provides strategic, proactive and innovative leadership in the human resources function and is responsible for providing accurate and consistent information.
Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities
Provide leadership in the development and implementation of a strategic human resource as well as policies and procedures that define human resource roles around customer needs, and address the human resource requirements of a complex university (unclassified staff, classified staff, faculty, and students) consistent within the framework of the University’s mission and strategic plan.
Meet with the Chancellor on a regular basis to provide leadership in the campus affirmative action program. Collaborate with the Senior Diversity Officer and others in the areas of equal employment and advancement, affirmative action and the attainment of campus diversity. Oversee the employee search and screen process to ensure recruiting, hiring and retaining of faculty and staff is carried out fairly, equitably and in compliance. Ensure compliance with federal, state and UW System policies by implementing and monitoring University affirmative action policies and programs. Receive, investigate and facilitate resolution of informal and formal complaints of harassment and discrimination from students, faculty and staff.
Provide leadership to the Human Resources Department in ensuring quality employee relations, exceptional employee customer service, fair and equitable compensation decisions and opportunities for all employees, and systematic recruitment and selection procedures; oversee payroll processing, leave accounting, benefits counseling, administration and orientation, retirement assistance, labor agreement administration, employee orientation and training, performance management, employee assistance program, etc.
Collaborate with university units/departments as a facilitator of strategic human resource planning, organizational change and transition management with the expectation of improved and efficient work processes and practices, cost savings, and collaboration between units; provide assistance with and interpretation of human resource related policies, procedures, programs, laws, fiscal planning, reporting, grievance settlements, disciplinary action, etc.
Manage the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources Department personnel and budget, coordinate the planning of human resource services for the University, and collaborate with the UW-System Office of Human Resources, and other statewide entities involved in planning and development of human resource programs.
Lead the campus relative to human resource technology and advocate for the institution related to UW-System’s system-wide technology efforts, including ensuring a reliable and accountable appointment, payroll, and benefits system.
Serve on campus and UW System committees as deemed appropriate for this position.
An important campus strategic initiative is diversifying the workforce. It is the responsibility of the Director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action to provide leadership, integrity and oversight for the recruiting and hiring process of the campus. The Human Resources/Affirmative Action office will provide key leadership with ongoing statistical reports and other relevant information necessary to assist with this goal.
Knowledge/Skills and Abilities
Bachelor’s degree in human resources related field.
Working knowledge of state and federal employment, affirmative action, compensation and labor relations regulations and laws, e.g. Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, IRCA, FFMLA, WFMLA, FLSA, ADEA, Rehabilitation Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and EEOC guidelines.
Demonstrated commitment to affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity.
Documented supervisory and leadership experience.
Excellent oral and written communication skills; innovative; resourceful and action-oriented.
Demonstrated judgment, analysis and decision making skills in a professional setting.
Experience of human resource expertise to guide and counsel human resource decisions and value continuous learning and employee development (e.g. compensation, classification and analysis, training/employee development, recruitment, performance management, benefits administration and labor relations).
Experience in formulating and implementing personnel policies and procedures.
Experience leading a human resources department and building positive and collaborative relationships with others in a fast-paced, team environment.
Interact and cooperate effectively with diverse constituencies.
Discrimination complaint investigation techniques.
Demonstrated experience with human resource information systems, word processing, spreadsheets, web technology and database applications.
Master’s Degree in Human Resources or related field.
Working knowledge of Wisconsin Administrative Code and Board of Regents policies.
Human resources management experience in higher education or the public sector.
Demonstrated leadership in change and transition management.
Working knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply general principles, federal and state laws, regulations, and local ordinances related to equity (EEO, AA and ADA) compliance, and diversity/inclusion.
Demonstrated ability to formulate strategic plans and execute strategic initiatives.
Demonstrated knowledge of, or prior success with, the principles and practices of performance management, particularly with progressive discipline and conflict resolution in a unionized environment.
Demonstrated knowledge of, or prior success with, effective employee recruitment and retention practices, e.g., mentoring, employee assistance, etc.
Physical demands: Ability to work for extended periods at a computer; requires other office demands including eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, telephone and other office equipment.
Working conditions and environment
Occasional evening commitments and overnight travel to attend UW System related meetings.
Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail submissions attention: Cheryl Gundersen, Search Committee – Director of Human Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141.