North Dakota State University (NDSU), located in Fargo, ND, is seeking applications for the position of Director of Human Resources. This position is responsible for strategic and innovative initiatives designed to improve the processes and systems for the campus community through training programs, procedure, policy and operational efficiencies. The Director leads NDSU in the areas of recruiting and retention efforts, performance reviews, compensation decisions and employee relations, building on our reputation as an employer of choice. This is a full-time, benefitted position that reports directly to the Vice President for Finance and Administration.
The successful candidate will possess and/or demonstrate:
Personal and professional integrity, strong analytical skills and a commitment to collaboration, innovation, flexibility and creativity.
Ability to clearly and effectively communicate, both written and verbally, with a wide range of internal and external colleagues and constituencies, including faculty, staff and students. Must be able to lead strategies for organizational development, recruitment, training, retention, compensation and benefits. Must possess strong analytical skills, with proven experience in analyzing, interpreting and ensuring compliance with all necessary federal and state laws.
A solid record as a collaborative leader with the ability to guide staff through institutional change and lead by example, with a focus on NDSU’s mission and service.
A strong understanding of the [Land Grant] academic mission and context, operate with a “people” orientation, and possess exceptional communication and leadership skills.
Ability to lead by influence and example, be a champion for change. Promote and cultivate positive transformation.
Ability to lead the human resources department that is characterized by best practices that promote operational excellence, adherence to institutional values and high-performing employees.
Ability to build on organizational culture within the University that is characterized by increased flexibility, customer service and a strategic versus transactional orientation. Engage HR team to seek out ways in which it can provide added value to University clients and continuously working to improve the quality of HR services and delivery.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply, including those with progressively responsible human resources leadership within higher education, not-for-profit and for-profit industry, consulting, or a combination of all or some of the above.
The successful candidate will lead an office of HR professionals who serve more than 6,100 full- and part-time employees located on NDSU’s main campus and throughout the state of North Dakota, to include the Extension Service, Main Research Station and seven Research Extension Centers.
As the state’s land grant institution, NDSU has a longstanding commitment to bringing educational opportunities and research solutions to the people of North Dakota. NDSU excels in its support of the state’s economic engine of agriculture, with signature programs in Engineering, Health Professions, pharmaceutical, biological and physical sciences. We also collaborate with other leading research universities and ND higher education institutions on programs and courses, as well as providing administrative payroll services.
As a student focused, land-grant, research university, NDSU continues to evolve, adapt and thrive and continue our commitment to affordability, efficiency and productivity.
Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business or related field.
Seven years of Human Resources experience indicating progressive human resource responsibilities, including supervisory experience and working directly with organizational leadership.
Professional experience in providing vision, strategy, and/or innovation to improve HR activities to align with policies, procedures and the overall university mission and goals.
Demonstrated ability to promote and understand the customer experience.
Demonstrated success in utilizing data to inform decision making, plan benchmarking activities and HR metrics when developing solutions to retention and employee training needs.
Excellent Microsoft Office skills, and working knowledge of HR technology.
Extensive interpersonal communication, collaboration and leadership skills for working effectively and building relationships with individuals at all levels in a complex organizational environment.
Advanced degree in Human Resources/related field (equivalent applicable experience will be considered)
PHR, SHRM-CP, SPHR or SHRM-SCP certification
Five or more years of supervisory experience
Experience in higher education Human Resources
Experience in a large, complex organization
APPLICATION MATERIALS: Application materials should include a cover letter addressing candidate interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume addressing the minimum qualifications, veteran’s preference documents (if applicable) and five professional references with e-mail addresses and phone numbers. References will be contacted later in the search process and with prior notification to the candidate.
Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting the search committee chair, Cynthia Rott, at email@example.com or 701.231.7458.
All submissions will be treated in confidence and should be sent electronically (PDF) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRIORITY CONSIDERATION INFORMATION: Screening will begin on May 15, 2021. Applications received by the screening date will be given full consideration. The position will be open until filled.
NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable. Direct inquiries to: Vice Provost, Title IX/ADA Coordinator, Old Main 201, 701-231-7708, email@example.com.
About North Dakota State University
North Dakota State University (NDSU) is proud of its tradition as the state’s student focused, land-grant, research institution. With almost 12,500 students, NDSU encompasses a broad spectrum of curricular offerings, scholarly activity and service. The University consists of eight colleges whose programs of study include 50 graduate doctoral programs; 86 master degree programs and professional masters programs; 97 bachelor degree programs; one specialist program; 31 graduate level certificate programs and undergraduate certificate programs. The University hosts a large and increasingly diverse student profile and is home for the largest full-time, on campus enrollment in the 11-institution state university system.
NDSU joined the ‘top 100’ National Science Foundation (NSF) rankings in 2012 and has climbed to 95th in the nation, with more than $152M in research productivity as of the FY19 reporting period. Because of this ranking, NDSU has become the highest NSF ranked institution in the five-state region of ND, SD, MT, WY and ID. Those rankings have opened up a steady progression of new partnerships and funding opportunities with other leading universities, private entities and ...federal agencies, never before possible for a North Dakota university.
NDSU has also solidified itself as one of the most successful overall NCAA Division-I athletic programs in the nation. NDSU student-athletes’ commitment to excellence helped shine a national spotlight on an athletics program celebrating its NCAA Division-I competition. NDSU has for the last several years been one of the top ten winningest overall Division-I athletic programs in the nation, with most of its teams going to post-season and up to national championship levels of play. The football team alone has won eight national championships in the last nine years and has set a new record in NCAA and American college football history.
NDSU employs over 6,000 full- and part-time employees across the state of North Dakota. The NDSU campus includes approximately 44 square blocks or 261 acres. Complementing the campus are the ND Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and seven NDSU Research Extension Centers located on 19,869 acres throughout the state.
NDSU is situated in a vibrant and growing area of the state, and the city of Fargo is regularly cited in national publications as one of the best college towns in the nation, the best locations for entrepreneurial business start-ups, and the best places for young professionals. The steadily growing metropolitan statistical area (2020 MSA) population of 257,000 is anticipated to see continued growth over the next decade.