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Assistant Director, Human Resources Consulting Services

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Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant Director, Human Resources Consulting Services
Department Human Resources (7101)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona’s Division of Human Resources Consulting Services unit (HR Consulting) has an opportunity for a dynamic, knowledgeable, professional to provide day-to-day leadership to the HR Consulting Team. In addition to leadership responsibilities, this position will include an assigned client group. HR Consulting uses an internal consulting-based model to provide direct consultation and guidance to supervisors, managers, and senior leaders on a wide variety of HR topics, including employee relations, performance management, recruitment strategies, application of policy and legal compliance, compensation, retention, and organizational effectiveness. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, HR Consulting and Equity Compliance, the successful candidate will provide oversight for HR Consulting at the University and work closely with the Organization Excellence team on organizational development initiatives.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Administration and Leadership

  • Direct and provide oversight for the daily activities of HR Consulting.
  • Supervise and mentor members of HR Consulting, lead internal projects, and conduct internal process improvement.
  • Collaborate with Assistant Vice President and colleagues to ensure alignment of all HR programs, policies, practices, and activities with the University’s strategic direction.
  • Other leadership duties and responsibilities as required or assigned in key areas of HR.

Organizational Consulting

  • Guide campus leadership, supervising managers, and employees, on performance management and workforce development.
  • Review coaching and termination decisions to ensure compliance with federal, state, and EEO laws and ordinances, and procedural compliance with associated policies and procedures.
  • Develop and execute action plans to resolve issues that have emerged from trend spotting conducted within assigned client groups or across Human Resources.
  • Consult, confer, and partner with Office of General Counsel, Office of Institutional Equity, Disability Resources, Risk Management, and other campus stakeholders to provide guidance and recommend courses of action to supervisors, department heads, and other individuals as needed.
  • Manage large projects that solve problems or drive innovation and positively influence the University’s operations and culture.
  • In partnership with other HR functional areas, execute strategies for effective recruiting and staffing initiatives, talent management, and total compensation.
  • Develop and identify current and future organizational needs/structure.
  • Work with the Organizational Excellence team to facilitate and develop materials for training and professional development workshops, seminars, and retreats for employees and supervisors.
  • Conduct individual and organizational assessments.
  • Help University departments and units identify and correct inefficiencies, and provide consistent and streamlined processes, methodologies, and practices.
  • Other organizational consulting duties and responsibilities as required or assigned in key areas of HR.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively in a diverse, team-oriented environment.
  • Strong knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations that guide supervisors to risk-appropriate management decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach supervising managers and leaders on best practice solutions and resolution of complex issues.
  • Excellent writing, group facilitation, and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of organizational development principles and HR-related theories, models, and trends.
  • Ability to be flexible and willing to take on a variety of assignments.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or a related field.
  • 8 or more years of experience working in a professional human resources generalist capacity, which includes recruitment and selection, employee relations, absence management, training and development, compensation/classification, and discipline and termination.
  • 5 or more years of experience in a management or leadership role, which includes directly managing, directing and coaching direct reports and other professionals.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft applications such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in relevant discipline.
  • SHRM and/or HRCI Professional Certification in HR.
  • Experience designing, developing and facilitating training and development programs using various delivery methods.
  • Work experience in a higher education environment.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $85,000 - $90,000 Annually, DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22114
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Nicole Johnson
(520) 621-8298

Open Date 10/10/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled
Review Begins On 10/19/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HigherEdsJobs.com
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Provide an example where you had to coach a supervisor, manager or leader to undertake actions that presented a significant degree of risk or legal liability.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Using the following scale, how would you describe your level of proficiency working with MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Visio.
    • A None/low
    • B Fair
    • C Good
    • D Strong
    • E Expert
  4. * What HR or business-related trainings or workshops have you delivered in your current or previous positions? What were the topics, who developed the content and who was the audience?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Briefly describe the breadth and depth of your professional-level HR Generalist experience in area such as organizational development, HRIS, recruitment, employment, employee relations, absence management, compensation/classification, training and development, discipline, termination and investigations. What do you consider to be your areas of strength and expertise and why?

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Describe a particular complex case you managed that required you to provide legal or regulatory explanation, interpretation and/or explain application.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you possess 8 or more years of experience working in a professional human resources generalist capacity, which includes recruitment and selection, employee relations, absence management, training and development, compensation/classification, and discipline and termination?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Do you possess 5 or more years of experience in a management or leadership role, which includes directly managing, directing and coaching direct reports and other professionals?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents