Director of Human Resources

  • Fort Lewis College
  • Durango, CO, USA
  • Jul 10, 2019
Full time Human Resources

Job Description

Job Summary: 

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for overseeing and providing strategic direction for all human resources activities at the college.  The position provides strategic and operational leadership to college constituents in human resources planning, policy creation and implementation, problem resolution, and systems development. The Director plans and implements strategic initiatives, ensuring maximum efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies. The position further ensures that Human Resources (HR) programs and initiatives are consistently applied and are integrated and effective in supporting the College’s overall mission, goals, and objectives. The Director of Human Resources serves as a member of the leadership team and may serve on multiple college planning and policy-making committees. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: 

  • Supports and, where appropriate, leads change management in alignment with the college’s strategic plan. 
  • Coordinates employee development, including on-boarding and training programs, aimed at influencing organizational culture.  
  • Participates in executive planning and decision making for HR and various institutional programs, while providing broad administrative leadership and coordination to the college and senior executives as designated by the Vice President for Finance & Administration. 
  • Provides strategic guidance and consultation to college constituents regarding Human Resources best practices, policy interpretation, problem resolution, and compliance with college regulations and state and federal law. 
  • Provides leadership on the development and implementation of sustainable compensation models and benefits programs, balancing prudency while continuing to offer competitive compensation packages to attract and retain top talent. 
  • Ensures that HR related services - including hiring, compensation, discipline, grievance resolution, etc. - to internal stakeholders are effective, cohesive, and consistent with the needs and objectives of the various departments, as well as the institution as a whole. 
  • Provides direction and oversight in the development and implementation of employee relations strategies and programs designed to minimize and mediate workplace disputes, and to foster a positive and productive work environment. 
  • Provides strategic direction and expert consultation to departments, ensuring compliance and consistency in the application of HR practices.  
  • Offers on-going training and guidance to programs and departments, and assists in aligning departmental HR needs with college guidelines. 
  • Designs, evaluates, maintains, and implements organizational programs, services, initiatives and procedures to streamline and/or automate processes, improve customer service, optimize HR services, and improve data management. 
  • Monitors and evaluates operational effectiveness of programs; develops reporting procedures and other methods to establish program accountability; revises processes and procedures to reflect best practices and to improve program effectiveness. 
  • Establishes and monitors various metrics related to HR best practices. 
  • Anticipates, establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures. 
  • Supervises HR staff; establishes standards, evaluates performance, and monitors workload and productivity. 
  • Ensures that the development and execution of policies governing Human Resources practices comply with all local, state, and federal regulations. 
  • Serves as Trustee for Colorado Higher Education Insurance Benefits Alliance Trust, the faculty and professional staff benefit system.  Requires bi-monthly travel. 
  • Manages operating budgets, systems, and procedures for the unit(s) of oversight. 
  • Oversees the Equal Opportunity Coordinator. 
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. 

Required Education, Specialized Skills and Experience: 

  • A baccalaureate degree plus 5 years of progressively responsible management experience, preferably in a higher education human resources environment. 
  • Certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and/or Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designation. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of employment law and human resource information systems. 
  • Demonstrated expertise across HR functional areas. 
  • Supervisory experience with proven ability to provide strong leadership. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and HRIS database experience. 

Preferred Education, Specialized Skills and Experience: 

  • A Master’s Degree in Human Resources or a related field, or a Law Degree.  
  • Ten years of progressively responsible management experience. 
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and/or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification. 
  • Demonstrated professionalism in written and oral communications. 
  • Experience working with faculty, exempt staff, classified staff and student employees. 

Reports To / Supervisory Responsibility: 

Reports to Vice President of Finance & Administration / Supervises HR staff 

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic). 
  • Ability to work in an office setting.  
  • Ability to work at a computer for an extended period of time. 

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear, reach, stoop, kneel, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements to do computer work. 
  • Light to moderate lifting is required. 

Travel: 

5%-10% of travel time expected for this position.  Most travel occurs within the state to attend the bi-monthly Colorado Higher Education Insurance Benefits Alliance Trust (CHEIBA). 

FLSA Status/ Position Type/Expected Hours of Work/ and Salary Range: 

  • Exempt 
  • Full-time; 1.0 FTE 
  • Permanent 
  • 12-month position   
  • 40-hour week   
  • Benefits provided   

Application Process: 

Email submissions only accepted. 

A complete application packet includes: 

  1. A letter of interest addressing the minimum qualifications and responsibilities 
  2. Resume 
  3. A statement of how you incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace 
  4. List of three references and their contact information 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to:  hrdirectorsearch@fortlewis.edu

Application materials received by August 11th will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.