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The University of Michigan Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Senior Director for Academic Human Resources (AHR) provides senior-level leadership in human resources administration and consultation related to programs, policies and procedures for instructional and primary faculty, as well as graduate student instructors, graduate student research assistants, and graduate student staff assistants. AHR is also responsible for union contract issues and processes for academic faculty and staff.
This office provides a wide range of services for faculty, staff, departments and administrators, including: guidance and counsel to units, faculty, and staff on all academic human resources policies; review and processing of all academic appointments; and advising on all academic labor and academic faculty and staff relations issues.
The Associate Vice Provost and Senior Director has a dual report to the Associate Vice President for Human Resources and the Vice Provost(s) for Academic and Faculty Affairs. This position partners with the senior leadership of University Human Resources, faculty leadership in the 19 schools and colleges on the Ann Arbor campus, the Michigan Medicine Human Resources Department, and the Dearborn and Flint campus human resource offices, in delivering services and programming.
This individual, collaborating with other University of Michigan senior leadership, develops and contributes to strategic planning, leadership coaching, policy creation and other efforts to build a diverse university community. The Senior Director participates in setting and actualizing the agenda for the full spectrum of human resource services at the University of Michigan as a member of the HR senior leadership team.
To fulfill our mission, the AHR provides information, consultation, training and resources to the University community with regard to academic collective bargaining agreements. Under these collective bargaining agreements, Academic Human Resources is responsible for contract negotiations and contract administration, including interpretation of contracts, grievances, discipline and the discharge process.
Other responsibilities include:
- Verifying sabbatical service and exceptions;
- Approving reduction in force requests (for staff and primary staff with 10 or more years of service in academic units);
- Approving retirement agreements for faculty, including variances to the furlough policy and the phased retirement policy;
- Approving supplemental salary requests;
- Providing leadership programming for deans, associate deans and department chairs;
- Providing advice and consultation to faculty and academic administrators, covering the entire range of personnel issues for faculty;
- Coordinating the collection and review of Regents communications for any personnel action at the senior faculty rank (appointment, tenure or promotion), appointment to an academic administrative position, and appointment as a named endowed chair requiring Regental approval;
- Administering all faculty grievance procedures;
- Managing the tenure and promotion process for the Provost's office
- This position requires a Master's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience, and a minimum of eight years of experience in the planning, implementation and administration of academic human resources programs;
- Progressive responsibility and achievement in a higher education setting;
- Proven experience in policy development, program strategy, implementation and evaluation;
- Ability to interact effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences;
- Expertise and experience in leadership of individuals and highly effective teams;
- Ability to be highly productive in a fast-paced environment;
- Experience in collective bargaining, contract administration, managing grievances, discipline and the discharge process;
- Demonstrated ability and experience advising and influencing executives, and providing metrics and insights that lead to key decision making;
- Ability to influence direction and decisions in a decentralized academic environment with multiple constituency groups and multiple levels of leadership;
- Passion for delivering high quality service and a deep interest in building and maintaining strong relationships with academic departments;
- A results orientation paired with attention to organizational context and stakeholder interests, and the ability to strategically lead and influence organizational change;
- Excellent communication, critical thinking and creative problem solving skills.
- A doctorate or professional degree is highly preferred
When considering candidacy, applicants should be particularly aware of the University's current focus areas, including high priority efforts related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates should note that the U-M's dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. It is central to our mission as an educational institution to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment, for we believe that diversity is key to individual floursihing, educational excellence, and the advancement of knowledge.
In addition, University of Michigan leaders model professional behaviors and traits necessary for success, including the ability to:
- Create a shared vision;
- Create value for the diverse communities we serve;
- Lead innovation and change;
- Foster and promote diverse teams;
- Collaborate and build inclusive relationships;
- Coach and develop talents;
- Achieve results;
- Solve complex problems;
- Align culture;
- Adapt self;
- Act with courage and confidence;
- Communicate effectively;
University Human Resources seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.