Interim Human Resources Director
Cambridge College - Cambridge, MA

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The Director of Human Resources will provide proactive strategic and tactical HR leadership, management and consultation to the College in the areas of staff and labor relations, compensation analysis, benefits design and administration, vendor management, leave of absence administration, training and workers compensation administration. This position will be responsible for supervising all HR employees.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: - Plan, implement administer, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the specific functions, programs and services of the Human Resources Office, including but not limited to employment, benefits, personnel records, compensation, discipline and dismissal, equal opportunity/affirmative action, training and employee relations. Develop and modify programs/services/policies/procedures in accordance with institutional needs, objectives and governmental regulations.
- Research, recommend, document, implement, interpret and enforce a wide range of Cambridge College human resources policies and procedures.
- Execute employment process including recruitment, providing assistance to hiring managers and/or search committees, hiring, new employee orientation and employee exits. Ensure that all new faculty and staff receive a friendly and thorough College introduction and orientation.
- Participate in the negotiation of and manage both the implementation and ongoing matters of all union collective bargaining contracts.
- Coordinate and carry out a variety of general employee relations functions in an effective and positive manner. Investigate, document and recommend solutions to a wide range of employee job performance and interpersonal problems, discrimination and harassment complaints, and other employee relations issues. Coordinate and carry out formal disciplinary procedures and dismissals. Serve as liaison with legal counsel when requested on employment related matters.
- Exercise full supervisory authority directly over human resource staff members. Hire and train new staff. Confer regularly with staff to plan coordinate and evaluate activities/projects, assign and review work, assist with difficult or unusual tasks, investigate and resolve problems. Evaluate job performance. Plan, request and administer the department operating budget. Ability to supervise and be supervised giving and accepting constructive criticism.
- Plan and administer appropriate records systems for all personnel functions.
- Perform key research and planning functions related to the design and upgrading of information technology systems for assigned areas of responsibility. Fully utilize technology and efficient and effective business practices in the design and delivery of services.
- Ability to treat all fellow employees, students and the College’s guests with civility and to refrain from actions that disrupt the efficient functioning of the College.
- Ability to follow directions and complete workload accurately, accept supervisory input and constructive criticism.
- Ability to manage stress and work under pressure while multitasking under deadlines.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: - Keep abreast of current developments in state and federal governmental regulations, court decisions and higher education practices related to human resources. Attend various professional meetings and conferences.
- Conduct or participate in various surveys, and compile market survey data.
- Performs other related duties and/or special projects as required and/or assigned.
- Must have appropriate transportation to visit other locations within the Commonwealth and occasionally be available to travel to Regional Centers in other States.

QUALIFICATIONS: - Experience in a unionized environment strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of state of the art human resources products and services.
- Demonstrated business wring skills, internet research skills and project management/report writing skills.
- Competency with Microsoft Office, ADP products and systems, Demonstrated comfort with using technology in an office setting, experience managing projects; ability to independently manage multiple priorities and responsibilities.
- Attracts, retains and motivates excellent people. Cares about people and sets people up to succeed. Practices good performance management by clearly setting expectations, goals and promoting accountability. Practices managerial courage to make tough decisions when necessary. Engages people in an open, transparent and collaborative manner.
- Builds positive relationships with faculty and staff across all College departments, and shows a commitment to collegiality, mutual respect, supportiveness and inclusiveness. Acts in a fair, flexible, honest and ethical manner at all times.
- Practices excellent communication and transparency. Balances the need to make timely actions while seeking input from appropriate individuals. Shares information routinely across all areas of the College. Fosters open communication, acceptance and appreciation of others opinions and thoughts.
- Consistently looks for a better way to do things in order to create organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Acts as a good steward of the College’s resources.
- Strong commitment to quality service and customer service to faculty and staff. Experience in developing strong and effective process improvements goals and metrics for optimal results.
- A passionate commitment to the mission of the College.

EXPERIENCE: - Masters Degree required in a related field of study, Human Resources Management or JD preferred.
- Experience in higher education preferred.
- SHRM certification strongly preferred.
- Must have ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
- High level of initiative and drive with a strong sense of urgency and accountability.
- Demonstrated ability to work well with others and effectively manage delicate personnel issues with professionalism and diplomacy.
- Minimum 4 years experience as manager or director of Human Resources Department.
- Experience with 403(b) regulations and audits, Form 5500 completion, non-discrimination testing, COBRA, HIPPA, and other related regulations.
- Experience with interpreting and managing compliance with state and federal employment related laws including but not limited to: FMLA, Title VII, ADA, FLSA, IRCA, Equal Pay Act, etc.
- Must have demonstrated experience in benefits administration, compensation structures and administration, employment and employee relations.
- Must have demonstrated knowledge and experience with designing, executing and/or brokering employee training programs.

PHYSICAL EFFORT REQUIRED:
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk, hear, and effectively communicate with others in person and in writing. The employee is required to be mobile. The employee must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to see others and read documents. This job requires the employee to spend lengthy periods of time performing computer assisted work. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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