Assistant VP and Director of Human Resources
Florida Gulf Coast University - Fort Myers, FL

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Florida Gulf Coast University, a unit of the State University System of Florida, seeks an experienced human resources professional for the position of Assistant Vice President and Director of Human Resources. The University invites applications and nominations. The deadline for applications is April 26, 2013.

The Opportunity

The Assistant Vice President and Director of Human Resources reports to the Vice President and General Counsel of the University. The administrator provides strategic and transformational leadership in the planning, development, and implementation of quality-based, integrated human resource programs and services.

In collaboration with the Vice President and General Counsel and constituents of the institution, the Assistant Vice President and Director builds and fosters strong relationships to translate the goals and initiatives of the University into Human Resource strategic and operational plans.

With a 20-member staff, the administrator works with University personnel at all levels on a daily basis. The Assistant Vice President and Director also has contact with personnel at other state universities.

Responsibilities include appointments, classification, faculty and staff recruitment, benefits, leave, retirement, compensation, administration, personnel records maintenance, employee relations, organizational development, and training.

Additionally, this administrator conducts collective bargaining for all certified units consistent with the University's vision, mission, and values.

The Assistant Vice President and Director also:
Builds, motivates, and retains a strong, results-oriented, and respected Human Resource organization and culture that is proactive, operationally excellent, and viewed by the University to be collaborative, fundamentally fair and equitable, effective, supportive, thorough, efficient, and innovative

Provides transformational leadership with a focus on building a customer service-oriented HR infrastructure that best serves the needs of a wide variety of constituents

Proactively reviews and streamlines processes to ensure the delivery of high-quality services that contribute to employee productivity

Provides critical leadership and expertise in times of change and budget constraints

Oversees administration and direction of the Banner and PeopleAdmin HRIS Systems

Provides strategic consultation and guidance to all levels of administration, faculty, and staff concerning human resource matters, employee relations issues, and organizational development needs with a high degree of confidentiality, integrity, ethics, initiative, and judgment

Assists the Provost's Office with faculty and adjunct employee personnel matters, which may include immigration issues, and collective bargaining

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Candidates must have a master's and/or JD degree from an accredited institution in a relevant field and a minimum of eight years of current progressively human resource responsibilities, including six years of employment, employee relations, and generalist experience in an environment of comparable size and complexity. Demonstrated experience building a successful and service-oriented human resources department is required. Proficiency in the use of a personal computer using MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point) is essential.

Preferred qualificationsinclude work experience in a higher education environment and with negotiations, labor relations, and collective bargaining. Professional Certification by the Society of Human Resources Management (SPHR/PHR) and/or other certifying bodies in the Human Resources profession also is desired.

Other qualifications include:
Knowledge of regulations, policies, and procedures

Knowledge of all functional areas in human resources, such as recruiting; position analysis and classification; compensation; benefits; immigration; training and organizational development; performance management; employee relations; human resources information systems and data management

Ability to make strategic recommendations and decisions; communicate effectively orally and in writing; independently plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments; meet established work deadlines

Knowledge of Banner and People Admin HRIS Systems

Understanding of FERPA requirements, HIPAA compliance, and Florida's relevant sunshine laws

Proven experience with budget development, implementation, and reporting

Knowledge of P-Card functions, auditing, and administering

Thorough understanding of benefits and compensation

Effective leadership, supervisory and transformational skills

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external constituents

The Assistant Vice President and Director directly supervises the Assistant Directors for Human Resources and the Office Manager. In that role, the administrator:

Assigns, reviews, and/or approves work

Instructs and trains personnel in processes and procedures

Determines employee goals and objectives

Makes recommendations regarding employee hiring, salary adjustments, discipline, termination, and/or performance evaluations

Schedules staff, and approves time and leave

Conducts annual performance appraisals

The Assistant Vice President and Director also has administrative oversight of other personnel, including full-time, part-time, temporary, and student workers. The administrator indirectly supervises additional staff.

The Assistant Vice President and Director is designated essential personnel of the University. In this role, the administrator provides assistance in the event of an emergency on campus, including pre-storm preparation, post-storm cleanup, and replacement of stored goods to ready campus for operation after a storm; or other services assigned.

About Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University opened in 1997 as the 10th institution in the State University System of Florida. The University is situated on 760 acres in the heart of coastal Southwest Florida, including 89 buildings and a 15-acre solar field. FGCU has carefully preserved its natural setting, providing a living laboratory and a campus rich in wooded trails and tranquil lakes.

The University has almost 1,100 faculty and staff. More than 50 percent of the faculty are members of a union.

FGCU has a diverse enrollment of more than 13,000 undergraduates and graduate students, with 3,675 residing on-campus. Fifty-one percent of the students are from Southwest Florida. The University features small classes and personalized attention for students. FGCU offers 52 undergraduate programs and 33 graduate programs, including a doctorate in physical therapy and a doctorate in education. The technology-enhanced campus has state-of-the-art facilities to support educational programs.

Five colleges offer degree programs in Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health Professions, and Engineering. The most popular majors include Accounting, Biology, Business, Communication, Criminal Forensics, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Environmental Science, Resort and Hospitality Management, Marketing and Psychology. STEM programs offered include Environmental and Marine Sciences, Biotechnology, Computer Information Systems, and Engineering.

On the master's level, the most popular programs include Nurse Anesthesiology, Physical Therapy, Social Work, Business Administration, Educational Leadership, and Public Administration.

At Florida Gulf Coast University, a well-rounded educational experience does not consist solely of academics. Service learning plays a vital role in a FGCU education, with students providing nearly 150,000 hours of service to hundreds of community organizations and projects annually.

On-campus activities include 15 NCAA Division I athletic teams and more than 150 student clubs and organizations. The University has 18 fraternities
and sororities and 24 sports clubs.

About Fort Myers, Florida

Fort Myers is in the heart of sunny Southwest Florida. Home to many beautiful beaches, there are plenty of outdoor nature activities and fun water sports to enjoy. Family friendly and filled with activities and amenities for all ages, Fort Myers is committed to providing a high quality of life. Southwest Florida is one of the nation's fastest growing regions and offers a variety of places to dine, shop, and play.

Florida Gulf Coast University is an EO/EA/AAI, which has a commitment to cultural, racial, and ethnic communities and encourages women and minorities to apply.

Nominations and Application Process

To submit an application,visit Florida Gulf Coast University's SOAR web site at and access Requisition #1719. Review of applications will begin immediately. Deadline for applications is April 26, 2013. Only applications submitted through the SOAR website will be accepted.

Under Florida Public Record Law, applications submitted are available for public review upon request.

To submit nominations,send the contact information to:

The individual will be sent information on the search and invited to apply.

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is assisting with this search. The consultants are:

Emily Parker Myers,President and CEO

Kenny Daugherty,Executive Vice President and COO

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