Executive Director of Human Resources

$118,104 yearly
  • Ilisagvik College
  • 100 Stevenson Street, Utqiagvik, AK, USA
  • Jan 12, 2023
Full time Executive Human Resources

Job Description

REPORTS TO: President

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday 8:30pm - 5:00pm

COMPENSATION: $118,103.69/year + DOE + Benefits, Exempt Position

Iḷisaġvik College is rooted in the ancestral homeland of the Iñupiat. As an institution, we are “Unapologetically Iñupiaq.” This means exercising the sovereign inherent freedom to educate our community through and supported by our Iñupiaq worldview, values, knowledge, and protocols. The Iñupiaq way of life is woven into our curriculum, programs, activities, and daily interactions within Iḷisaġvik College and our community partners.


The Executive Director of Human Resources provides administrative leadership, management and oversight for all aspects of Human Resources alignment with the College’s mission, vision, values and strategic direction. The Executive Director of Human Resources works collaboratively with executive team members and serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Team (PAT) for strategic planning and technical expertise.


  • Leads and oversees, plans, implements, monitors, and evaluates all HR functions for the College in order to attract, retain and develop top talent to serve students and communities of the North Slope of Alaska. Initiatives and strategies include, but are not limited to benefits, policies, programs, processes, and systems.
  • Advises management on key initiatives and HR matters to ensure fair and equitable compliance with College policies and practices, procedures and administrative directives, as well as state, federal, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Interprets applicable employment laws and advise and coach those with supervisory responsibilities and staff on the application of those regulations.  In coordination with the President, consults with legal counsel on HR matters as appropriate. 
  • Oversees and implements the College’s recruitment initiatives to attract and retain top talent to meet the needs of Iḷisaġvik. Specifics elements include, but are not limited to:  advertising, application distribution, Hiring Committee formation, background checks, relocation, New Hire Orientation, and succession planning.
  • Responsible for providing HR training, onboarding for supervisors, faculty and staff. 
  • Develops, builds, and oversees required training, continuing education and coaching structures for the institution. 
  • Provides general HR assistance to employees, including policy and procedure information, employee development benefits, insurance case management, and advising, as appropriate.
  •  Assists supervisors with employee development including corrective action, mediation, and effective evaluations.
  • Develops strategies and initiatives to enhance staff engagement and the overall employee experience. 
  • Facilitates complaint resolution and grievance processes as needed.
  • Manages, analyzes, monitors, and designs strategies for the College’s compensation program consistent with Iḷisaġvik’s compensation philosophy, budget and market factors. 
  • Oversees salary administration and position classification consistent with Fair Labor Standards Act. 
  • Responsible for overseeing and administering the College’s benefits program, including health, life, and disability insurance, unemployment insurance, and Workers’ Compensation.
  • Supervises HR staff, partners with administration, and interacts with faculty, students and members of the community.  Ensures that HR staff have the resources, knowledge and training needed to provide professional HR services.
  • Interacts effectively in a multicultural environment and engages in Iñupiaq cultural activities in the workplace.
  • Develops and manages the HR budget and approves invoices for payment.
  • Ensures that HR staff have the resources, knowledge and training needed to provide professional and consistent HR services with a high level of customer service. 
  • Participates in appropriate professional development to maintain knowledge of current HR trends, practices, and regulations, including, but not limited to, employee relations, compensation, benefits, diversity issues, and employment legislation.
  • Assists Safety Technician on general safety matters, including accident prevention, job design, and ergonomics.
  • Oversees and administers pre-employment and post-accident drug screening. 
  • Maintains all HR and Safety records, ensures records accuracy via periodic audits, and serves on College’s Risk Management Team.
  • Develops, prepares and maintains the Employee Handbook.
  • Develops, analyzes and conducts HR surveys and provides reports results as necessary.
  • Complies with College policies, procedures and administrative directives, as well as state, federal, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances.                                                      
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, and presentation communication skills.
  • Enjoy working with people and are approachable in a genuine manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively handle changing, stressful situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain high level of confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in MS Word and Excel and experience with HRIS systems.
  • Current Department of Transportation drug testing certification or ability to obtain during first ninety [90] days of employment.
  • Has ability to travel when necessary.
  • Willingness to attend appropriate HR training and professional development.
  • Demonstrated HR work experience in a post-secondary work environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard workplace safety regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment background check.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in one or more of the following areas: post-secondary educational systems, North Slope Borough [NSB] institutions and organizations; Iñupiat culture, language, values, and traditions.
  • Ability to interpret and represent North Slope community values, customs, and beliefs for the College.
  • Ability to interpret and represent College actions and western institutions to the North Slope community.
  • Ability to support Iḷisaġvik College’s mission.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five years demonstrated professional experience with increasing responsibility in all aspects of the body of knowledge of HR including, but not limited to: workforce development, strategic human resources, laws and regulations, employee relations and development; risk management, compensation and benefits, and providing HR training.
  • Three years of professional supervisory experience.
  • Three years of strong managerial skills to include budgets, strategic planning, professional development, employee relations, performance evaluation, and professional experience managing compensation and benefits programs.Demonstrated knowledge of employment laws and regulations including, but not limited to: Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Equal Employment Opportunity, Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Affordable Care Act.


  •  Master’s degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Organizational Development or related discipline.
  • Eight years of experience working in HR.
  • Familiarity with Title IV.  
  • Professional SHRM or other HRCI certification or ability to obtain a professional HR designation within first twelve months of employment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge with Great Plains database.
  • Three years of experience serving on a Risk Management Team.
  • Valid driver’s license.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk and hear; The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, and may occasionally drive a vehicle. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: The environmental conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and the employee is regularly required to work indoors with a usually moderate noise level in the work environment.


Leave - 16 paid holidays and up to 36 days of paid leave

Retirement - Iḷisaġvik College is a public employer whose employees contribute to the State of Alaska, Public Employees Retirement System.

Health Insurance - Iḷisaġvik College is self-insured and Meritain Health is the health insurance third party administrator. Iḷisaġvik College offers health insurance to our employees with a no cost premium, and $50/month for each additional dependent and a low cost annual deductible of $200 for employee only and $600 for family.

Life Insurance - Iḷisaġvik College offers Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage through Guardian Life to employees at no cost to the employee in the amount of $100,000/per benefit.

Additional supplemental or voluntary retirement, life insurance, disability benefits offered.