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We have an outstanding opportunity for an Associate Director, Executive Office HR .
Reporting to the Senior Director of the Executive Office of the President & Provost, the Associate Director for Executive Office Human Resources is responsible for proactively providing consultation and expert advice regarding employee relations to units of the Executive Office of the President & Provost, which includes:
- The Executive Office (Office of the President & Provost), including Board of Regents, Office of the Ombud, Population Health Initiative, and University Policy & Rules - Vice Provost Organizational Units: Academic & Student Affairs, Academic Personnel, Planning & Budgeting - Faculty Advancement, Faculty Senate/UCommittees, Compliance & Risk Services, Internal Audit, UWINCO; Environmental Health & Safety; and Health Sciences Services
Areas of guidance and consultation for units include: policy, rule, and law interpretation, reasonable accommodation, complaint resolution, leave administration, labor relations, performance management and corrective action, workplace violence and training. The Associate Director must develop service strategies, processes, and programs that are responsive to the needs of Executive Office units.
The successful candidate must be capable of managing multiple and competing priorities with frequently tight deadlines skillfully, reliably, accurately, and confidentially while demonstrating discretion and independent judgement in all areas of operation. Input and demand come from multiple directions, people, organizations, and activities. Managing this breadth and complexity requires a good working relationship with colleagues, excellent communication and organizational skills, an ability to deal with the unexpected, an acceptance of a certain level of stress, an ability to maintain an optimistic outlook, a capacity for innovation, and a willingness to embrace change and process improvement.
The Associate Director is expected to stay current and informed of all HR policies and procedures and actively integrates and implements them as needed. The duties assigned to this position can be highly sensitive and dynamic and requires the incumbent to be flexible, respectful, ethical, supportive, and discrete. The Associate Director must be able to analyze and identify appropriate solutions or next steps to any number of nuanced issues.
Duties & Responsibilities
Guidance & Consultation (70%)
•Evaluate organizational practices and ensure compliance with laws, rules and policies. As necessary, develop human resources practice recommendations that comply with regulatory requirements while meeting or maintaining operational needs. Develop implementation strategies that maintain continuity of operations. Advise employees and supervisors regarding institutional procedures. •Provide information to employees regarding complaint resolution options. Provide guidance to leadership responding to employee complaints. Conduct, or assist leadership with, investigations to resolve allegations and work with parties towards resolution of employee complaints or negotiate settlements and prepare settlement agreements. •Provide comprehensive consultative advice on leave administration. Advise clients regarding the provisions of laws and rules governing various types of leave use, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). •Educate and inform leadership regarding the interpretation and application of labor agreements. Assist in responding to and resolving employee grievances. May participate on contract negotiation teams. •Provide consultative advice and educate clients regarding performance management and corrective action.
Communication & Training (30%)
•Act as liaison to facilitate communication with other functional Human Resources units when specialized knowledge or interpretation is needed.Serve as an expert resource drawing from a broad base of human resources/employment knowledge for day-to-day human resources advice and counsel. Serve as primary contact and principal resource for all departmental employee relations needs. Handling and coordinating org-wide and managerial communications •Successfully build professional relationships with and provide consultative services to clients, service team members, functional areas of human resources, and other staff in units such as Disability Services Office, and University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO). •Develop and conduct presentations and training programs customized to client needs. Independently develop curriculum; participant materials, presenter's outline, etc. for new course offerings in human resources arena. Continually update course materials.
•Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Human Resources or related field •Minimum of six years of increasingly responsible senior human resources experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. •Demonstrated experience and ability to interpret complex policies, rules, and laws including: FMLA, ADA, union contracts, Washington Administrative Code. •Demonstrated experience with training design and facilitation with particular focus in elevating skill levels and capacity of supervisors and managers. •Demonstrated ability to:
oProvide consultative client service with diverse groups of people in a team environment oModel leadership and consultative direction to staff establishing professional partnerships that further the organization's mission. oWork in a collegial manner within a team setting providing leadership and assistance to staff in developing effective working relationships. oProvide consultative advice regarding complaint resolution. oApply knowledge of good management practices, performance management, employment law, conflict resolution, and general compensation. oProvide formal informational and training presentations which demonstrate excellent writing and communication skills.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
•Experience working in higher education •Experience leading through change •Experience working in a shared services environment
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