WCER Associate Director of HR and Talent Management
University of Wisconsin Madison
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Internal Number: 283196-AS
The person in this position will be a trusted leader in multiple areas: As a business leader, they will implement and monitor the use of approved policies and procedures, audit the program budget, and approve unit expenditures. As part of their business leadership, they will also oversee daily HR operations, including payroll, benefits, and workforce relations. As a talent leader, they will lead a team of HR professionals to recruit, hire, and retain a high-quality workforce prepared to address challenges in an education research environment. As a strategic leader, they will support the planning, implementation, and management of strategic initiatives for the center's HR functions such as recruitment, employment relations, performance management, compensation and classification, and payroll and benefits. This position will report to WCER's Chief Operating Officer (COO).
The successful candidate will have a continuous improvement mindset; will be committed to fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion in WCER; and must possess the ability to effectively interact and communicate with employees, principal investigators, and administrative leadership. The position requires excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills, and the ability to work under pressure to meet multiple demands while maintaining high service standards. All work is done in a collaborative team environment in support of WCER's values and strategic priorities.
Assists with the planning, implementation, and management of strategic initiatives for one or more human resources functions such as recruitment, employment relations, performance management, compensation and classification, and payroll and benefits. Implements, operationalizes, and monitors the use of approved policies and procedures and ensures strategy alignment. Typically audits the program budget, approves unit expenditures, and supervises human resources (HR) staff.
20% Assists with planning, implementation, and management of strategic initiatives for one or more human resources function
5% Audits the unit budget and approves expenditures
10% Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
15% Implements, operationalizes, and monitors the use of policies and procedures to comply with laws, regulations, institutional policies, and unit objectives
15% Identifies needs and recommends improvements to leadership regarding HR matters such as workforce performance and competency gaps, organizational structures, compensation discrepancies and assists with the development of training plans and mitigation strategies as needed
20% Coordinates HR activities, such as recruitment, pay administration programs, new hire orientation, employee benefits, and health and safety plans, through managerial HR staff
15% Serves as an advisor and liaison to unit managers and staff providing organization information and interpretation of human resources policies and procedures
Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
Required Bachelor's Degree Master's Degree Preferred in a related field
Preferred certifications include SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP/SHRM-PHR/SPHR
Required Experience - Minimum of five (5) years of experience in progressively more responsible human resources positions, including experience in workforce relations and talent acquisition. - Experience supervising staff and/or leading human resources activities. - Demonstrated history of and/or commitment to promoting social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in procedures, processes, and workplace culture.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities - Experience with developing and implementing strategies toward organizational success and growth. - Significant knowledge, and ability to apply, human resources and employment theory, law, and best practices to create a positive work environment - Demonstrated knowledge of principles and procedures for talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention, compensation and benefits, professional development and training, employee relations and human resources information systems. - Knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and labor laws (FMLA, ADA FLSA, Title IX, etc.).
Preferred Experience, knowledge, skills and abilities - Excellent verbal and written communication skills. - Experience prioritizing work in a multi-faceted and changing environment. - Ability to provide leadership, collaborate on teams, and consult effectively and independently. - History of customer service-orientation to working with hiring managers, staff, recruitment candidates and stakeholders within and outside an organization. - Demonstrated success as a supervisor motivating, supporting, and retaining a team to create a positive work environment and focus on customer service and excellence. - Skilled at diagnosing problems and identifying appropriate solutions in a team environment. - Ability to provide guidance in sensitive, confidential situations. - Demonstrated record of identifying and implementing innovative strategies that have enhanced HR services for employees and project leaders.
Full Time: 100%
Hybrid environment, partially onsite and partially remote. The balance of face-to-face and remote work schedule for this position will be discussed at time of hire.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $92,000 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications The starting salary for the position is $92,000 but is negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.
The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), established in 1964, is one of the first, most productive, and largest university-based education research and development centers in the world. WCER's researchers and staff work to make teaching and learning as effective as possible for all ages and all people. WCER's mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners. To this end, our center helps scholars and practitioners develop, submit, conduct, and share grant-funded education research. At WCER, all employees share five fundamental organization values to guide the purpose and quality of our work and interactions within ourselves and our outside stakeholders. The values that the work and people of WCER strive to uphold are: - Innovation and Excellence. Continuous improvement is a driver for excellence. We innovate and improve in our work to advance education through leading research and development. - Equitable Education. Equitable education is essential to a healthy society. We aim to reverse imbalances and injustices in education through our work. - Affirming and Increasing Diversity. Individual differences and group diversity inspire creative and equitable outcomes. We actively affirm and seek to increase such diversity in our center. - Healthy Workplace. The well-being of our workplace enhances success for all. We commit to a workplace based on mutual respect and transparency. - Partnering Across Differences. Diverse backgrounds and expertise improve the quality of our work. We collaborate across disciplines, methodologies, organizations, and communities to strengthen our research and development outcomes.
How to Apply:
Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process. As part of the application process, you will be required to submit: - A cover letter addressed to WCER COO, Hanna Blazel, describing how your experience and qualifications meet the requirements of this position - A current resume - A list with the contact information of at least three professional references
Our center is conscious of inequities in the field of education and how these disproportionately harm the most marginalized members of our society- including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) individuals, people from poor and working-class backgrounds, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ people. We firmly believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or members of other marginalized groups.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.