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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: October 7, 2019
The BEST (Biological, Environmental, Science and Technology) Regional Service Center at UC Berkeley supports the Colleges of Natural Resources, the Biological Sciences Division and related independent research units and museums. For more information on the BEST Regional Service Center visit: https://bioregion.berkeley.edu/home BEST invites applicants for a new Academic Human Resources Supervisor position. The successful candidate will become a member of the BEST HR leadership team and will hold functional responsibility for non-senate, research-based academic titles. This work involves recommending, developing, implementing, administering, coordinating, and evaluating Academic Human Resources policies, labor contracts, statutes, programs, and procedures covering recruitment, appointment, and advancement; compensation, benefits and salary administration; performance evaluation and management and equity. The incumbent will support and advise the Regional Associate Dean and Director in developing and implementing effective strategies to manage academic human resources within the unit and will supervise a staff of five HR professionals.
Supervises staff responsible for the following areas for non-senate academic employees: recruitment and retention efforts, salary administration, employee benefits, health and safety, and affirmative action plans. Serves as subject matter expert for the BEST region. Provides interpretation of complex academic HR/AP policies and procedures. Makes recommendations that affect the strategic direction of BEST HR/AP organization in the academic realm. Provides guidance to BEST AP/HR Staff with regards to counseling for academic employees concerning complex and/or particularly sensitive work-related or career-related problems.
Analyzes operational reports to identify trends and opportunities for service optimization, resolution time improvement, and service customization specific to Academic HR. Conducts investigations into complaints involving academic appointees; provides feedback to HR Partners and makes strategic recommendations. Analyzes and implements resolutions to the problems.
Recommends hiring of new employees, salary actions, terminations, and assigns performance ratings. Serves as an expert resource for the unit on academic HR issues; trains and mentors staff.
Acts as unit's Labor Relations officer with respect to academic employee complaints or grievances. Identifies and utilizes precedent-setting situations to recommend new organizational procedures and practices. Works with a team of staff to document best practices from the units and evolve them into standardized future state BEST HR/AP processes and policies. Develops, implements and monitors staffing strategies to ensure effective and appropriate delivery of Academic HR support such as changes in work processes, allocations or unit procedures.
Represents the Regional Associate Dean in delegated academic personnel concerns; provides analysis and recommendations on high level cases; reviews and approves routine appointment requests on behalf of the RAD as appropriate.
Must demonstrate advanced professional human resources functional knowledge including best practices and legislative standards in classification and compensation, labor and employee relations, performance management, recruitment and retention, leaves management and risk management.
At least five years prior professional experience in Human Resources Management at the analyst or partner level with some experience as a work lead or supervisor.
Excellent analytical abilities with prior experience interpreting personnel policies and applicable laws and regulations.
Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work effectively with others who possess a diversity of communication styles.
Must be able to provide guidance and coaching to academic supervisors, employees, unit management and HR staff with persuasiveness and sensitivity.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Advanced problem solving ability and ability to develop sound solutions to novel or unique problems.
Strong strategic planning ability; ability to develop and implement effective staffing plans and HR procedures and to support strategic planning initiatives.
Understanding of HR service delivery and business strategy.
Prior professional experience in a shared services environment and/or in higher education administration.
Developed understanding of human resources processes and policies specific to academic research employees.
Salary & Benefits
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Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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