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Director of Human Resources

Warner Pacific University, Portland, Oregon

Job - Education

Close Date: 03/31/2019

Warner Pacific University’s Mission: Warner Pacific is a Christ centered, urban, liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution.

Warner Pacific University’s Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific University is committed to hiring staff and faculty with an intentionality that demonstrates the importance of having an employee community that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the students we serve. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Summary Description: The Director of Human Resources is a full-time, benefit eligible position reporting to the Vice President for Finance. This role leads the HR department as the University’s chief human resource officer and supports the University by demonstrating consistent positive leadership while nurturing and advancing a strong customer service focus and modeling behavior and performance. The Director manages the human resources function including advising managerial staff on complex and sensitive personnel issues, change management and best in class HR practices.. The Director serves as liaison with other departments, advises, and supports staff on University policies, employee benefits and employment issues. The Director will lead and manage employee compensation and benefits, employee relations, recruitment, hiring, onboarding, employee training, development as well as HRIS development and administration.

Essential Functions:

University Wide
Collaborates with Vice President for Finance/CFO in developing strategic departmental goals objectives and systems. Evaluates, analyzes and recommends changes to department systems as indicated by process improvement efforts and when required by law.
Responsible for long range strategic human resource planning.
Assists employees in understanding personnel policies and procedures, researches, investigates issues, and recommends solutions through appropriate channels.
Responsible for the implementation of various employee benefit programs and maintenance of records as required or compliance with HIPPA, COBRA, FMLA, OFLA, ADA and other applicable regulations and programs including processing requests for short and long-term disability benefits and leave.

Human Resources Department
Responsible for the management of the human resources departmental budget.
Responsible for overseeing the maintenance of employee personnel records information.
Oversees and strategizes with Vice President for Finance/CFO to ensure delivery of best in class University employee benefits program and manage related communication, follow-up and audits.
Serves as the liaison with benefits representatives regarding analysis of benefits administration changes and related issues.
Supports and collaborates with University Controller regarding the payroll function, ensuring that continual improvement occurs that ensures timely and accurate processing of payroll, benefit reconciliation and related records.
Optimizes use of current ERP and collaborates with other departments to improve HR recordkeeping and reporting.
Partners with campus safety to build relationships and best in class practices in workers compensation programs, participates on campus safety committee and maintains workers compensation files.
Collaborates with campus safety on issues relating to OSHA and ADA and ensures compliance.
Salary Administration and Compensation
Responsible for developing and maintaining the University’s compensation plan including pay grades, salary survey participation, benchmarking positions job classifications, researching comparable positions and descriptions.

Training and Development
Proposes, develops and conducts employee-training programs in collaboration with Vice President for Finance/CFO to foster an environment conducive to continuous education, professional growth and succession planning.
Originates and leads human resources practices and objectives that will provide an employee-oriented, high performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity, goal attainment and the recruitment and ongoing development of a superior workforce.
Leads the implementation of the performance management system that includes performance development plans and programs.

Recruitment Process and Employment
Manages the process for recruiting, hiring and onboarding for all staff hires.
Leads the HR department in providing guidance and information to managers regarding new hires, promotions and transfers regarding pay decisions. Utilizes job descriptions organization charts and compensation information internal and external to make informed recommendations regarding position classification and compensation to the Vice President for Finance/CFO.
Responsible for the review of job postings, applicant tracking, orientation performance reviews, faculty and staff immigration issues and exit interviews

Employee Relations
Coaches and mentors supervisors in performance management strategies and recommends action to facilitate collaboration and conflict resolution.
Uses interpersonal skills combined with organizational and multi-cultural awareness to help resolve difficulties and influence effective working relationships. Consults with management, supervisors and employees to resolve human resource issues.
Responsible for employee relations including investigations under direction of the Vice President for Finance/CFO and attorneys, providing reports and recommendations for mitigation and prevention.

Title IX Coordination
Serves as University’s Title IX Coordinator and ensures compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of the 1972 Civil Rights Act and the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2012 (VAWA) related to gender harassment.
Responsible for adoption, publication and monitoring of University Title IX compliance policy and procedures.
Responsible for recruitment, training, and ongoing oversight of Title IX deputy coordinators as it relates to Civil Rights Investigations and related training and communication.
Oversees compliance efforts and investigations of any complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination.
Responsible for ongoing training, reporting and evaluation of University’s Title IX compliance efforts and making recommendations for appropriate changes.

Diversity Communication
Develops policies and programs to attract, retain and promote a diverse workforce for Warner Pacific.
Able to help foster an organizational culture of engagement that demonstrates commitment to diversity.
Demonstrates a high-level of interpersonal skills and proven ability to communicate effectively within a diverse and complex culture.

Minimum qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in human resources or related discipline and five to seven years of professional development level as a human resources generalists, manager and leader.
Extensive experience utilizing sound business principles and best in class practices related to employee relations, employee development, benefit administration, compensation, recruitment and selection, training and investigations.
Demonstrates commitment to a Christian liberal arts education by upholding the mission of the University and abiding by the Employment Standards and Lifestyle Agreement
High-level of emotional intelligence and proven skill in employee relations, customer service expertise and conflict negotiation.
Strong analytical skills and proficiency in developing human resources information systems and processes for reporting and analysis.
Knowledge of compliance with state and federal employment laws.
Ability to maintain confidentiality on all matters.

Preferred qualifications:
Human resources experience in higher education setting.
PHR/SPHR or SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification.

Warner Pacific University is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment. We, therefore, encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University. Warner Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

To Apply: In order to be considered an applicant for this position, please complete our online employment application at Click "Apply Now" to complete the online application, and submit the following:
1. Resume
2. Cover letter with names/contact information for three professional references

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