The Director provides strategic and operational leadership in all aspects of human resource administration; innovates and implements the human capital strategy for the McCormick School of Engineering (McC) across a diverse portfolio of organizational structures: 9 academic departments, 11 professional masters programs (executive education), institutes, research centers, shared service centers, and deans offices. Responsibilities encompass optimization of the school’s people plan including position management for 220+ staff and tailoring the organizational structures to the differing needs of the individual McC department/program/center; stewardship of the staff salary management budget; staff engagement; talent recruitment, orientation, performance; training and professional development; change management, etal. The Director will collaborate with leaders and individuals at all levels across the school to continually enhance a culture of collaboration and communication which values diversity, equity and inclusion and shares a common goal to best support the school’s teaching and research excellence. Represents and advocates for the School on University committees and initiatives; develops collaborative relationships with NU Human Resources, Office of Equity, Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion, the PAC Committee, Sexual Harassment Prevention Office, Office of Organizational Strategy and Change, and NU Risk Management. Brings awareness and ensures compliance with federal, university and school policies and procedures. The Director leads the McC HR team as well as customer service teams for research appointments and visas and the BA and PA “on Assignment.”
The Director reports to the Associate Dean of Administration, Finance, Facilities and Planning.
Vision and Strategy for Organizational Structure(s) and Talent Management aligned with NU/McC’s strategic priorities and spanning a diverse portfolio of organizational structures. Creates innovative solutions to deliver short term solutions and seize long term opportunities. Proactively obtains and analyzes information and data to recognize internal and external employment trends, identify systemic issues, interpret metrics to inform decisions regarding recruitment, performance, turnover, retention, and future staffing needs.
Stewardship of the McC staff salary management budget; coordination with position management; compensation equity. McC is a “hybrid” school with six different revenue streams funding the School’s total staff requirement. Considers impact of staffing plans, salary offers, and restructures on revenue source(s) and staff management expense budget; works closely with the Senior Director of Financial Operations for the multi-year staff budget; quarterly forecasts. Leads plan for staff expansion/contraction/reallocation as necessary. Oversees annual staff merit planning and mid-year equity/CR review. Develops presentations to McC senior management, NU Human Resources including HR Comp, PAC Committee.
Best Practices in Talent Management Lifecycle; Performance Management; Engagement; Professional Advancement; and Leadership Development. Identifies and broadens adoption of sophisticated and contemporary HR best practices in the higher education and business workplaces. Builds an inclusive community, facilitates the convergence of stakeholder working groups, enhances engagement with and recognition of individual staff. Involved in senior level staff recruitment as well as performance improvement plans; develops trusted relationships with deans, chairs, faculty and senior administrators. Ensures access and inclusion of all McCormick staff in relevant NU Learning and Development courses. Innovates themes and curricula for the McCormick Training Hub including operational topics, work life balance and wellness, diversity and inclusion.
Customer-centric Culture. Supervises the McC HR Team and the Customer Service offerings for research appointments and visas as well as BA On Assignment and PA on Assignment to provide continuity of support to faculty, staff and students across the school. Identifies additional shared service opportunities to optimize administrative support.
Good Governance. Ensures the school’s compliance with external and internal laws, policies, requirements including labor laws, NU faculty and staff handbook, conflict of interest, prevention of harassment, safe campus training. Represents and advocates for the school on NU standing and ad hoc Committees; may represent the Associate Dean on compliance and risk management committees.
Culture of Collaboration and Engagement across the McC community of faculty, staff andstudents and with colleagues across the University and externally. Communicates clearly and frequently about school performance, best practices, and initiatives. Nurtures pro-active business relationships with NU HR, other NU Central offices, other NU Schools, and peer engineering schools. Proposes strategic alliances.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, Organization Development or other related field. Masters or comparable level of experience preferred.
10+ years HR Generalist experience and/or combination of HR generalist plus HR functional experience in a large, complex, decentralized organization with progressively higher levels of responsibility. Preferably minimum 7 years experience in higher education administration or closely related field.
Demonstrated competency in leadership, strategic planning and community building.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.