As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for five consecutive years. Founded in 1899, the University of Washington School of Law is one of the nation's top public law schools; it also enjoys strong private support for leading programs in Asian Law, Global Health, Law & Technology, Tax, and Environmental Law. Located in William H. Gates Hall, a new state-of-the-art facility in vibrant Seattle, the School of Law is also home to the Gates Public Service Scholars program and the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services. The University of Washington School of Law is seeking a full time Director of Human Resources, Equity, and Engagement.Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Finance and Operations, the School of Law Director of Human Resources, Equity, and Engagement provides director level administrative oversight and human resources support to the School of Law, its centers and graduate programs, and the Gallagher Law Library. This position spearheads the collaborative efforts of the School of Law's faculty, staff and students to provide an engaging, safe and diverse environment. The Director is responsible for leading the School of Law's strategy to promote workforce diversity and foster an inclusive environment for faculty, students, and staff.The Director provides decision support to the Dean, Associate Deans, the Assistant Dean of Finance and Operations, and faculty and staff leadership on recruitment, hiring, compensation, general human resources functions, regulatory compliance (including FLSA, FMLA, EEO, and ADA), training and development, corrective actions and separations, using discretion and independent judgment to ensure that superior human resources service is provided and that both the School of Law and the University are compliant with all state and federal employment laws. This position manages complex personnel issues for 57 full-time faculty, approximately 200 part-time faculty, 13 librarians, and 92 staff (professional staff and contract-classified employees in three different bargaining units). The Director provides leadership and expertise in academic and staff human resources policies and procedures, employment practices, payroll, and employee relations. To effectively integrate equity and engagement into all aspects of the faculty, student, and staff experience, the Director will incorporate the School of Law's core diversity values into all talent and development initiatives.The Director is expected to develop and implement policies and programs that promote an open, engaging and welcoming community between internal and external constituents. The Director manages the School of Law Diversity Plan and is expected to align UW Law's diversity efforts with the UW's Race and Equity Initiative. This position provides consulting, training and coaching for leaders and employees on inclusion and equity opportunities and issues, while providing various solutions in order to advance UW Law's values.The Director supervises two FTE - 1. The Academic HR Manager is responsible for managerial level academic personnel processes and payroll within the School of Law and; 2. The HR Assistant Sr. who serves as an HR generalist.RESPONSIBILITIES:Human Resources, Employee Relations, and PersonnelProvide advice and counsel on faculty, librarian, and staff HR issues to all college faculty and staff, including the Dean, Associate Deans, the Assistant Dean of Finance and Operations, and senior faculty and staff. Independently respond to questions from faculty and staff leadership, administrators, and central UW offices regarding academic and staff HR issues. Respond to inquiries regarding HR issues such as complex leave issues, outside professional work, telecommute policy, compensation, job classification and employee relations.Manage the hiring, appointment, and separation actions for faculty, staff and student appointments. Ensure compliance with federal and state laws, UW policies and procedures, and union contract regulations for faculty, staff and academic student employees. Recommend, draft and monitor school policies and procedures for compliance of UW rules, regulations and best practices.Develop relationships with leadership and staff members and provide advice and counsel on challenging HR, cultural, and organizational issues. Serve as a resource for faculty, students, and staff who have safety or harassment complaints. Manage and conduct investigations and resolution of allegations of violations of policies, practices, and code of conduct and complex employee relations issues.Interpret all aspects of academic and staff personnel policies and procedures (e.g. Faculty Code, University of Washington rules and regulations, Washington Administrative Code, FMLA/family medical leave use, grievances, performance problems, corrective disciplinary action, layoff procedures, etc.) for law school leadership, faculty and staff. Keep senior faculty and staff informed and up-to-date on personnel policies and procedures. Advise leadership, administrators, managers, faculty and staff on institutional hiring practices and staffing needs for faculty, staff and students, and ensure policies are followed.Review, monitor and advise on internal equity of staff, librarian, and faculty positions. Review, provide advice and counsel, and coordinate appointment changes and position reviews for professional and classified staff. Oversee reorganization/restructuring/downsizing efforts with senior faculty and staff.Review staff promotions, in-grade salary increases, temporary pay increases, re-classifications and other salary/position changes, evaluate equity within school/program and make recommendations concerning their approval.Oversee and manage the annual faculty merit process and performance evaluation process for professional and classified staff. Provide consultation and guidance to faculty on merit materials and staff supervisors in completing forms and conducting effective evaluation meetings. Ensure that performance expectations and goals are aligned with UW Law's strategic objectives, policies and procedures. In collaboration with the Assistant Dean of Finance and Operations, ensure compliance, equity and implementation of merit and unit adjustments.Provide administrative oversight for academic appointments and faculty searches to include review of job descriptions and coordinating the search process with the Dean, faculty search committees and Academic Human Resources. Oversee the faculty new hire process.Manage all faculty and academic personnel appointment actions, including promotion and tenure, reappointment, appointment renewal, endowed chairs and professorships, and sabbatical processes. Track appointment deadlines, monitor mandatory action dates and advise the Dean and Associate Deans on required and recommended activities. Serve as a resource for faculty governance matters. Provide oversight for faculty reporting on outside work for compensation.Oversee the recruitment and search process for classified and professional staff. Participate in candidate interviews, provide coaching to hiring managers and ensure hiring strategies support open and inclusive searches. Lead the development and expansion of recruiting a diverse staff. Manage job offer process including negotiation, and create and distribute offer letters and oversee staff responsible for new employee onboarding, appointment implementation and ongoing payroll management.Write and review position descriptions for new and replacement positions and position reviews, assuring responsibilities and requirements are appropriate for salary offered and equitable with compensation levels for similar positions in the law school. Analyze job requirements, determine essential functions and identify criteria to fill specific vacancies.Oversee the development/establishment of new, complex School of Law programs through the development of position descriptions, performance criteria, compensation levels, payroll titles, and provide counsel on reporting structures and internal equity.Oversee and initiate staff disciplinary actions, layoffs, and reassignments, including but not limited to investigating circumstances and recommending course of action to supervisor; creating and reviewing drafts of counseling letters; providing counsel and serving as mediator for supervisors; attending meetings to serve as a third party; helping employees and supervisors understand their options as outlined in labor contracts or civil service rules; and working to resolve conflict.Manage disability accommodation process and ensure proper documentation is requested and retained, and employees and supervisors understand applicable policies. Serve as liaison with UW Human Resources as well as the Disability Services Office. Ensure compliance with Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) policies.Equity and Community EngagementSpearhead the collaborative efforts of the School of Law faculty, staff and students to provide an engaging, safe and inclusive environment. Plan and direct the implementation of action plans in collaboration with key stakeholders. Monitor and report on progress.Collaboratively lead the design of the School of Law's equity, inclusion, and engagement strategy. Conduct workforce analysis, climate surveys, and organizational assessments to identify enablers and potential inhibitors to an inclusive environment. Influence decision-making related to practices and priorities through data, analysis, and community feedback.Nurture campus, community, and other partnerships that help UW Law strengthen its impact and visibility on issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and multiculturalism. Represent UW Law on campus-wide committees as appropriate.Manage the School of Law Diversity Plan and align the School's diversity efforts with the UW's Race and Equity Initiative. Serve as UW Law's liaison to UW's Race & Equity Initiative.Provide guidance to students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and collaborate with UW leaders, colleagues, and campus partners to effectively address diversity, equity, and climate issues.In partnership with the Dean for Students and the Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, develop and execute programs that advance diversity, inclusion, equity and multiculturalism and provide the opportunity for respectful dialogue on these and related issues.Manage budget lines allocated for consulting, training and coaching for leaders and employees on inclusion and equity issues.Communication and Process ImprovementOversee the School of Law HR intranet and process documentation. Develop databases and other tracking tools and utilize data resources available through central units to track human resource information including organizational charts, directories, faculty promotion and tenure, paid professional leave, committee memberships, mandatory deadline reviews, salary comparisons, staff reports and other information as necessary.Create content for and maintain college HR intranet, including procedural guidelines and instructions, web-based and downloadable forms, best practice and training materials, templates and links to additional resources. Oversee the college faculty and staff directory and the School of Law's proprietary database.Training and DevelopmentSupport and partner with Assistant Dean of Finance and Operations and other staff leadership to develop trainings and workshops on a variety of topics to enhance supervisor effectiveness and employee retention and satisfaction. Develop, implement and support programs and services that promote inclusion, a sense of community and the discussion of difference within and outside the classroom, collaborating with a broad range of faculty, staff and students. Provide leadership on the implementation of new University-level systems and develop and oversee trainings and workshops to ensure compliance and integration.Other Duties as AssignedREQUIREMENTS:Bachelors degree in Business Administration, Organizational Development, Higher Education Administration, or related field and six years of increasingly responsible human resources experience including personnel administration and analysis. 4 years of experience managing and leading employees.Experience working in the area of diversity and inclusion, community outreach, or a relevant, related discipline.Proven leadership, communication, team building and problem solving capability.Must demonstrate strong ethics, influence and negotiation, leadership, interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively manage stress and engage in continuous learning.Knowledge of applicable federal and state personnel policies, rules, regulations and laws. Diplomatic and articulate communication style. Excellent oral and written skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with all levels of University employees.Ability to work well under pressure, deadlines, and changing priorities. Ability to work independently and demonstrate customer service and problem resolution skills.Ability to work with diverse people with tact, diplomacy, discretion, sensitivity, and confidentiality.Possesses a high level of accountability, drives for results, displays a sense of ownership, and is passionate about attaining goals and surpassing expectations.Demonstrated ability to analyze, develop and implement process improvements.Action orientation, superior attention to detail, project management and organizational skills.Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.DESIRED:Master's degree in Organizational Development, Higher Education Administration, or related field.University of Washington human resources experience to include knowledge of University personnel policy and procedures for faculty, professional, classified staff, and graduate students. Familiarity with UW, State, and Federal HR policies and laws.Comprehensive knowledge of UW central services, offices, and UW administrative computing systems (i.e. UWHires and Workday).Proficiency working with Microsoft Windows, Excel, Word.CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:Application Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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