Director of Human Resources

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The Human Resources (HR) department at Aquinas College seeks a Director of Human Resources. This position is responsible for the coordination and effective operation of the College’s Human Resources department. Typically, it supervises and provides assistance with employee recruitment, orientation, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits administration, training and development, budget, employee relations, Federal and State law compliance related to labor, employment and human resources. The position is also dedicated to developing collegial working relationships with staff, faculty, and students across campus, supporting a welcoming environment that includes honesty, integrity and confidential interactions, consultation and guidance to College management on strategic staffing plans, and committed to actively contributing to Aquinas College’s mission and vision.

Responsibilities/Duties/Tasks/Essential Functions:

  • Advise senior leadership, supervisors and manager in human resource management issues, including competitive wages and benefits, emerging issues and trends that may impact the college. Consult with legal counsel as directed to ensure appropriate administration of policies and procedures.
  • Provide strategic guidance and input to Cabinet/Leadership Team on execution of the human resources element of the college’s strategic plan.
  • Enhance the recruitment strategy by exploring recruitment opportunities. Manage the recruitment process for staff and faculty positions, including authorization, posting, gathering and reviewing applications, interviewing, reference and background checks, and documenting employment offers.
  • Maintain communication with hiring managers and search committees throughout the hiring process.
  • Provide oversight to and actively manage, when necessary, the payroll process including coordination with the external vendor, approval of pay rates, coordination with the Business Office and timely execution of the process.
  • Oversee employee benefits programs. Serve as primary liaison with benefits providers to assure efficient operations and timely resolution to benefits issues. Evaluate changes within the benefits offered to remain competitive in the marketplace.
  • Provide leadership in the development, administration and communication of personnel policies and procedures that support the college’s mission.
  • Lead, actively manage and encourage the HR team in a positive environment.
  • Evaluate human resource systems and processes, collaborate with governance groups to ensure efficient and effectiveness along with continuous improvement where deemed necessary to meet the needs of the college. Submit proposed changes to proper governance channels and communicate and roll out adopted changes.
  • Annually review staff and faculty handbook to ensure required compliance topics are covered, with recommendations for improvement.
  • Review employee relations and/or performance management issues. Provide technical assistance to supervisors and employees on personnel matters related to supervision / management skills, benefits, policy, procedure, employee complaints, etc. Assist in drafting and communicating performance improvement plans and documenting corrective action.
  • Actively manage the annual employee performance review process by reviewing the performance review form for effectiveness, communicating the objective, and training supervisors and employees in execution of the review.
  • Respond to employee related issues such as employee complaints, harassment allegations and civil rights complaints. Conduct investigations, as necessary. Serve as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Aquinas College.
  • Actively participate and contribute in the Benefits Committee.
  • Consult on compensation decisions using market-data research, assess compensation and benefits package to support recruitment and retention of qualified personnel.
  • Plan and oversee the human resources department budget.
  • Responsible for labor/regulatory compliance (ADAAA, FMLA, FLSA, EEO, etc.)
  • Plan and coordinate events and workshops for employees.
  • Review of Job Descriptions for FLSA compliance, best practices.
  • Participate on, and lead committees and projects on campus.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources/Development/Labor Relations/Business
  • Management role in human resources or a related field; Master's degree preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years' Human Resource experience, including at least 3 years in a leadership role.
  • Experience in higher education industry is preferred.
  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) or SHRM Certified Professional (SHRMCP) credential strongly preferred.
  • Title IX experience or ability to complete training and certification within specified timeframe, strongly preferred.
  • Able to interact and communicate effectively in a clear, concise manner with compassion for employees from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Able to speak publically to a diverse audience.
  • Able to gather and analyze data to prepare concise, written reports.
  • Strong prioritization, problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand, create, and implement policies and system changes.
  • Other duties as assigned to service the needs of the College in related areas.


  • Human resource expertise
  • Management skills – combination of active and oversight roles
  • Business Acumen
  • Communication - verbal and written
  • Computer technology skills
  • Consultation skills
  • Effective people development
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Ethical Practice
  • Diversity & Cultural Awareness
  • Leadership & Navigation Collaboration and Relationship Management

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

  • Office environment with frequent contact with employees (faculty, staff, student workers) and collaboration across campus.
  • Frequent computer work and the ability to sit and stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Aquinas College is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition. Aquinas College provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and service to others, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good. Aquinas College values: Faith, Learning, Service and Community.

Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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