Reporting to the Vice President for Human Resources, the Managing Director is responsible for leading the strategic oversight, development, and delivery of the HR generalist function and related programs, processes, and services for Harvard's Central Administration working across a broad range of businesses, academic and operational functions. In addition, 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:
Directs and oversees HR programs, processes and consulting services for the ~5500 staff members/45 Departments that make up the Central Administration (CADM); ensures timely and excellent service delivery
Leads the university workforce policy function ensuring collaboration with university leadership to develop and implement inclusive workforce policy that stays current with legal and regulatory changes at the federal and state levels
In partnership with CADM leadership, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (ODIB) and the Managing Director, Talent Acquisition and Outreach, champions the attraction, development and retention of a diverse, talented and engaged workforce.
Serves as a subject matter expert on workforce policy interpretation and application; counsels and guides colleagues across the university on complex employee relations issues
Leads HR Project/Program Management for University wide initiatives and may represent CADM in complex university-wide HR programs (e.g. position tracking and reporting; ensures consistent implementation across CADM)
Partners with the Managing Director for Talent Acquisition and Outreach to help manage and deliver embedded and inclusive talent acquisition services to central administration
Serves as university-wide resource/lead on sensitive management/HR issues (e.g., investigations, large scale work actions)
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 in CADM
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
Oversees CADM Leaves Administration, ensuring effective and compliant service in coordination with the Benefits team.
Oversees training design and delivery for School/unit colleagues on employment-related policies, practices, and compliance.
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including: Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year. Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date. Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service. Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools. Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute. Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Please note that Harvard University cannot provide Visa Sponsorship or Work Authorization for this position.
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Harvard Human Resources is committed to enabling Harvard's world changing mission through inclusive excellence in Human Resources practices. We welcome applicants who bring varied experiences, backgrounds, and expertise to advance the work of the department in service to Harvard's mission.
Salary Grade: 062
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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. Enthusiasm and mission orientation are non-negotiable.
Advanced degree preferred. Demonstrated working knowledge of policy development; strong understanding of federal labor and employment law including the NLRA, FLSA, FMLA, ADA needed. Prior senior leadership experience and proven expertise in change management. Proficient in key functional areas of HR: Employee Relations, Organizational Development, Labor Relations, Staffing, HR Project Management, etc. 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
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 maintain effective and trusting partnerships
Collaborative style and ability to build trusting working relationships
Strong influence and consensus building skills
Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
Strong analytical, communication and presentation skills
Solid business acumen
Knowledge of the organization/institution (Harvard) as well as local units
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)
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.