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Senior Human Resources Director

Iowa City, IA

Job Reference #: 72165

Job Information:

 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



Senior Human Resources Director 

 [Classification: Senior Human Resource Director, PGA6]


The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Human Resources Director.  As a member of the senior leadership team for the College and University HR, you will function as a strategic business partner providing direction and input and serving as leader, consultant, resource and authority on HR policies, practices and resources.The position is accountable to the Dean of the College and the University Chief Human Resources Officer.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is the largest college in the University, which also includes colleges of Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health. The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, a community of about 80,000 with a cosmopolitan atmosphere, exceptional cultural resources, excellent public schools and libraries, and outstanding medical care.

This position will partner with leadership to provide consultation based upon the strategic mission of the organization; lead, develop and initiate strategies that influence the organizational environment; monitor trends, forecast workforce needs and develop organizational HR strategies; identify and implement HR initiatives that leads to more effective and efficient processes. Oversee the College’s Human Resources function, supervise and mentor three full-time HR representatives, one administrator and five HR coordinators.

Note to Applicant: Please ensure your resume/cover letter illustrates the experience you have that demonstrates the level of proficiency required (extensive and expert/leader) for the qualifications listed below.  For a complete definition of the proficiency levels, please visit: Three professional references will be requested now and additional references may be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Required Qualifications: 

Education Required: 
A Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience Required:
7-10 years of progressive administrative or managerial experience in human resources in a complex and/or high profile organization with multiple departments/units; supervision experience with professional staff.

Knowledge of contemporary human resource principles, practices and processes and current federal and state laws, statutes, regulations, policies and directives pertaining to human resources. Demonstrated expert/leader knowledge and ability to:
  • Plan and develop an organization’s HR enterprise in order to increase individual and organization effectiveness
  • Utilize outstanding oral, written and electronic communications skills as demonstrated by (a) tailoring messaging to various audiences, including complex and highly sensitive information, (b) managing conflicts and investigations, (c) delivery of presentations or staff training, and (d) authoring/editing formal policy language
  • Implement effective strategies for promoting a diverse environment based on the principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity.

Desired Qualifications:
HR certification (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, etc.) or other professional HR certifications;

Demonstrated experience (typically 3-5 years) working in one of the following is highly preferred:
  • Human resource management experience in a public sector or higher education environment, or
  • Senior Human Resource officer/leader at a University with a high level of collaboration between University HR and local department/division;

Demonstrated experience in organizational workforce planning and change management to align the workforce and culture to achieve organizational goals with measurable outcomes;

Demonstrated hands-on, collegial and collaborative leadership style that is effective throughout all levels of the organization.

Terms of EmploymentThis is a 100% time, regular position with full University of Iowa benefits.  Salary range is $90,000 to commensurate.

Application ProcedureTo apply for this position, visit our website at and search for Requisition #72165.  Only applications submitted at will be considered.

The University of Iowa is a Big Ten, nationally ranked research university with 30,000 students located in Iowa City. A vibrant community boasting excellent public schools, safe, comfortable neighborhoods, affordable housing, a highly educated population, and numerous cultural, recreational and sporting opportunities and events contribute to the Iowa City area frequently appearing high on the best-places-to-live listings. Go here to learn more about “Why Iowa?”

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Posted 01/08/18

Job ID: 62944