The Executive Director of Human Resources has overall leadership and supervisory responsibility for leading, planning and managing MassArt's human resources functions in accordance with the policies, procedures, and practices of the College and in compliance with all applicable laws and labor contracts. Areas of responsibility include employee and labor relations, benefits and wellness, compensation, performance management, employee development, human resources information systems, talent acquisition and management, succession planning, and evaluation of the human resources operation. MassArt is a small-sized employer and all of the HR staff, including the executive director, perform the operational work. This is a hands-on position, working collaboratively to re-imagine the department with the HR staff to support MassArt employees (approximately 375 permanent FTE).
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: President or President’s designee
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Human Resources Department staff
Summary of Duties
- Ensures the operations and administration of all human resource functions including the preparation of the human resource budget and directs and implements all college initiatives and projects associated with a comprehensive administration of the Human Resources Department.
- Implements the collective bargaining process, oversees the administration of and ensures compliance with contractual agreements, including grievance procedures.
- Ensures the effectiveness of employee onboarding, professional development, and engagement and recognition programs, to provide all employees opportunities for professional growth and advancement.
- Works with Administration and Finance to coordinate bi weekly payroll and annual payroll budget.
- Leads, develops and mentors the human resources team, to provide excellent employee and labor relations and provide responsive, innovative services for employees.
- Maintains current knowledge of and interprets, implements and complies with federal, state, local laws and labor contracts that affect the human resources functions of the College, including mandatory training requirements.
- Ensures that supervisors and College leaders consistently administer College policies and procedures related to human resource management, are advised on personnel matters, and are supported in developing a culture of accountability, shared governance, innovation and employee engagement.
- Maintains and improves systems to process human resources transactions and employee files and records and conducts research, collects data, provides analysis and prepares reports relevant to the College’s human resources operation.
- Ensures a diverse faculty and staff by developing a culture of equity, inclusion, and accessibility through the implementation of college policies, procedures and professional development. Collaborates with and supports the College’s Culture and Compliance groups on strategic efforts involving EEO, Affirmative Action, ADA, and Title IX.
- Serves on the President’s Leadership Team and attends a variety of College and external activities, some that occur in the evenings or on weekends.
TO APPLY: Please complete our online application. All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. Pre-employment background checks, including criminal history, will be conducted for all positions. Candidates for this position may be screened out if there are apparent mistakes in the documents submitted or if there is failure to follow application instructions. MassArt is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design is a public, independent institution that prepares artists, designers, and educators from diverse backgrounds to shape communities, economies, and cultures for the common good, and demonstrate our values by:
Pursuing a just, compassionate, and equitable learning environment.
Cultivating rigorous creative practices by observing, questioning, making and remaking.
Honoring courage, honesty, mutual respect, and self-expression.
Believing in the power of art and design to transform our world.
Please note that MassArt does not provide employment-based visa sponsorship or non-student exchange visitor visa sponsorship for administrators, managers, technical staff, library staff or support staff. All offers of employment are based on appropriate U.S. work authorization.
MassArt currently does not provide reimbursement for travel.
Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile will be conducted on the final candidate prior to an offer of employment. MassArt requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration.
- A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management or related field.
- At least four years of experience in human resources.
- Self starter with demonstrated skill in managing multiple projects with competing deadlines and achieving timely and high-quality results.
- Comfort with providing excellent customer service.
- Knowledge of principles, practices, and laws of human resource management.
- A commitment to embracing diversity and serving the needs of a diverse population, including the ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
- Excellent written and oral communication, presentation, organizational and technology skills.
- Master’s degree in Human Resources or related field.
- Demonstrated success working in a collective bargaining higher education environment that values shared decision-making and collaboration.
- Ability to speak and write in Spanish.
- Project management skills and experience leading process improvement initiatives.
- Experience implementing leading-edge best practices in human resources management, including employee onboarding and succession planning.
- Demonstrated skill in negotiation, conflict management, contract management and change leadership.
- Experience in position classification, salary/benefits administration, recruitment and hiring practices, training and development, employee/labor relations, development of policies and procedures, performance management, Title IX and Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity.
- Proficiency in G Suite, NeoGov, and Commonwealth systems such as HRCMS
Internal Number: 00087
About Massachusetts College of Art & Design
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