Reporting to the Associate Dean for Human Resources and a member of the FAS HR leadership team, the Senior Director, Human Resources Consulting manages a team of fifteen staff (ten HR consultants, four HR Coordinators, a Leaves Consultant) and oversees their provision of services to clients and constituents. In addition, this role is responsible for leading the strategic oversight, development, and delivery of the HR generalist function and related programs, processes, and services for FAS's broad range of academic and operational functions. This role has direct oversight for the development, implementation, and governance of equitable and inclusive University workforce policies.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
· With FAS Associate Dean for HR and Senior HR Team, crafts strategic communications to advance HR programs and agenda.
· Designs and implements a partnership model for the delivery of the full range of HR services across FAS departments and divisions.
· Gathers, assesses, communicates, and responds to feedback on HR services, making appropriate adjustments as needed.
· Supports consultants in communicating HR's vision, mission, and initiatives with clients.
· In partnership with FAS Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (ODIB) and the FAS Director of Talent Acquisition and Development, champions the attraction, development, and retention of a diverse, talented, and engaged workforce.
· Responsible for talent management and career development with and for consultants, ensuring they have the needed tools, resources, and training opportunities to succeed and grow professionally.
· Acts as FAS's primary liaison to Harvard's Office of Labor and Employee Relations, acting as a source of expertise on contractual and union matters.
· Maintains and supports a portfolio of HR clients within FAS; ensures timely and excellent service delivery.
· Ensures that a strong leadership, development, inclusive and coaching culture permeates the organization.
· Capitalizes on the use of data and HR Analytics to inform business solutions.
· Assures that performance expectations are clear and consistent and that HR professionals are held accountable for delivering excellent HR service and programs to their assigned units.
· Facilitates long-term initiatives aligned with the Harvard Human Resources strategic priorities
· Develops and promotes feedback mechanisms for employees and managers to ensure appropriate HR services and processes are being offered within FAS.
· Addresses the need for policy appeals and/or resources for investigations, as needed.
· In collaboration with colleagues across the University and with the Office of the General Counsel, promotes and monitors compliance with state and federal employment and labor laws and University workforce policies.
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· Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required. Minimum of 15 years of overall progressively responsible experience in human resources, business, and/or higher education administration.
· Staff management experience required.
· Advanced degree preferred.
· Proficient in key functional areas of HR: Employee Relations, Organizational Development, Labor Relations, Staffing, HR Project Management, Compensation and HR Analytics.
· Demonstrated working knowledge of policy development; strong understanding of federal labor and employment law including the NLRA, FLSA, FMLA, MAPFML, ADA needed. Prior senior leadership experience and proven expertise in change management.
· Well-developed skills in motivating and managing teams.
· Proven ability to work effectively across a complex organization, and a collaborative and consultative interpersonal work style.
· Clear, comprehensive understanding of the link between HR and business strategy
· Strong ability to manage sensitive issues in a confidential manner
· Must be an outstanding communicator and possess the ability to establish credibility among consultants, clients, and senior leaders.
· Ability to find new ways for HR to support the business strategy and advance the University's mission through pragmatic, responsive, and future-compatible consulting
· Collaborative and consultative style to build and maintain effective and trusting partnerships and working relationships
· Strong influence and consensus building skills
· Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
· Strong analytical, communication and presentation skills
· Solid business acumen
· Strong problem solving, negation and mediation skills
· Ability to develop clear, actionable steps in support of an overall business strategy
· Ability to develop and deliver (directly or in partnership with the Center for Workplace Development) relevant, effective training programs to targeted audiences
· Significant knowledge of HR policies and process (ex. Workforce planning and talent management)
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