Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is dedicated to advancing knowledge of the ocean and its connection with the Earth system through a sustained commitment to excellence in science, engineering, and education, and to the application of this knowledge to problems facing society. In pursuit of this mission are some of the most worlds most talented ocean scientists and engineers who are pushing the boundaries of knowledge about the ocean to reveal its impact on our planet and our lives. If you would like to support the people who go to impossible places to do impossible things, and support the Institution by bringing your understanding of the complex issues surrounding diversity and inclusion and supervisor training, you can help make a difference by joining an incredible HR team.
We are looking for a talented HR professional to join our team in the role of either HR Partner or Senior HR Partner depending upon qualifications and experience level. This person will report to the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and will have subject matter expertise and demonstrated success in 3 areas: development and delivery of best-in-class supervisor training in critical soft-skills, policies and procedures; performing as the diversity and inclusion advisor within an HR department or for an organization, including for Academic Programs Office; and providing guidance on career and organizational development .
The individual must have subject matter expertise as it relates to development and delivery of supervisor training; deep appreciation for and understanding of the complex issues surrounding diversity and inclusion and the ability to weave these appropriately into supervisor training; and experience discerning and documenting the differences between position levels. Other important attributes must include the ability to gain the trust of others, be an excellent problem solver, be successful as a mentor, be a team player and be positive, flexible, engaging, organized, proactive, and a hands-on business partner. This is an individual contributor role, and is a regular, full-time, exempt position eligible for benefits.
Supervisor/ Leadership Training
Work closely with the CHRO and other leaders in the Institution to:
Create and deliver an effective multi-year supervisor training program with focus on development of soft skills associated with managing people, best practices, and Institutional policies and procedures
Weave D&I topics into training content [i.e. unconscious bias, structural racism, etc.]
Incorporate Train the Trainer philosophy when appropriate to more broadly disseminate training
Conduct needs analysis, solicit feedback and evaluate deliverables on an on-going basis
Lead the creation of a Supervisor Tool Kit on the HR intranet
Support the creation of a Future Leaders of WHOI leadership program
Educate and train employees, supervisors, managers and leaders on diversity principles and cultural competency skills for recruiting, retaining and leading a diverse workforce
Diversity & Inclusion Advisor
Work to support goals of the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and Workplace Climate Committees
Work directly with the Assistant Director, Talent and HR Operations to:
create a comprehensive diversity recruitment and retention plan that addresses advertising, networking, recruitment outreach activities, and other techniques for increasing and retaining diverse qualified candidates
provide guidance and resources to hiring teams on how to appropriately infuse diversity into our recruitment practices, especially for key Institutional positions
provide counsel and guidance to supervisors and managers on desired outcomes and best practices associated with leading employees from diverse backgrounds and perspectives
Help the Institution address Diversity and Inclusion related matters by making recommendations to improve policies, procedures and organizational processes that represent best practices learned through experience, industry research and benchmarking
Align inclusion initiatives with the organizational mission, goals, strategies and metrics
Monitor, measure and report on progress to improve inclusion and diversity specifically in the area of Marketing/Communication, Leadership, and Workforce Representation
Employee Career Progression/Development
Develop an Employee Tool Kit on the HR intranet which will support career progression and provide other developmental tools
Work directly with the Assistant Director, Compensation to:
develop and clarify career pathways for job families as well as individuals to ensure consistent and equitable approaches are being taken
provide for professional development opportunities
meet with supervisors and/or employees for career pathway / professional development discussions
Establish effective relationships at all levels of the organization, while gaining and maintaining credibility and trust
Identify trends or issues through interaction with departments, bringing ideas back to CHRO and to the HR team and the Institution to effectively develop strategies to address problem areas
Support other HR Department initiatives leveraging natural tendency towards team work
Serve as secondary support to other Human Resources professionals and/or perform other duties if necessary
Work within a budget agreed upon by HR leadership
Other responsibilities as deemed necessary to serve the HR Department and the Institutions needs
Education & Experience
Bachelors degree, preferably in a related field, is required . Advanced degree is preferred, such as an MBA or MS in Human Resources Management or Organizational Development or industry certification
HR Partner: minimum of 5 years of work experience with increasing responsibility and demonstrated ability to think strategically and operate independently within the SME training discipline; progressive general related HR [HR Business Partner] experience; minimum three (3) Years of experience with specific D&I responsibility/experience.
Senior HR Partner: minimum of 10 years of work experience with increasing responsibility and demonstrated ability to think strategically and operate independently within the SME training discipline; progressive general related HR [HR Business Partner] experience; minimum five (5) Years of experience with specific D&I responsibility/experience.
Most possess exceptional skills including but not limited to: development and delivery presentation skills, strong communication and interpersonal skills, proven effective written and verbal communication skills, ability to multi-task while maintaining a sense of urgency and prioritization, maintaining strong attention to detail, and being proactive to customer needs.
Demonstrated experience of positive outcomes being flexible and adaptable in an ambiguous team environment
Proven experience leading successful projects from inception through completion
Demonstrated experience facilitating employee relations and performance management issues, and providing strategic guidance on organizational and people matters
Must possess experience and ability to work effectively, ethically and tactfully with international constituents, government agencies, and both internal/external personnel of all levels
Must be highly computer literate and able to learn new technologies
Must exhibit professional demeanor and desire to grow and learn new things while exercising good judgment and discretion to ensure a high level of confidentiality
Experience in a Not-for-Profit Organization, Academic, and/or Research Institution is preferred
Experience with compensation and career classification is a plus
Excellent analytical skills to assess organizational issues, processes and performance, and function as a problem solver and change agent when appropriate
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to: occasional standing and/or walking; mostly and continuously sedentary with desk-oriented work. Keyboarding, interacting frequently through on-line meetings such as ZOOM and WebEx and phone calls and in-person meetings. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working in physical location with team members and walking/driving to meet with others.
Internal Number: 2020-1287
About Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world's leading, non-profit organization dedicated to ocean science and engineering, exploration and education. Come join a diverse organization whose curiosity, creativity, and commitment help improve the world's understanding of the ocean's importance to the plant and to society. Experience a culture of excellence, dedication, innovation and discovery.Please visit https://careers.whoi.edu for a listing of all of our openings and apply today!
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