Director of Human Resources

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Director of Human Resources
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 201700529AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Desired Start Date 11/15/2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Posting Date
Open Until Filled Yes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 07/31/2017
Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University is a Carnegie research intensive land-grant university committed to the ideal that educated and motivated people can make a difference in the world. Founded in 1870, Colorado State University today is setting the standard as a 21st century land-grant university, supporting economic vitality, shaping people of skill and character, and targeting the great global challenges of our time through life-changing research, teaching, and outreach. One of the leading public research universities in the United States, Colorado State receives more than $300 million in research expenditures. Colorado State University’s instructional programs cover the broad spectrum befitting a major research university, with a comprehensive array of baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, and exclusive statewide authority for programs in agriculture, forestry, natural resources, veterinary medicine, and extension.

Colorado State University employs over 15,000 full and part-time faculty, exempt and non-exempt professionals, classified staff and student employees. The University’s Human Resources Department is led by the Director, who is responsible for the daily operation of the Department and ensuring contributions through the Human Resources Department to the University’s initiative to enhance the employment experience at Colorado State University for faculty and staff and increase the recruitment and retention of highly talented faculty, administrative professional and classified staff.

We are a department that values collegiality, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. Ongoing and positive interactions among Human Resources staff with faculty, staff, and students contribute to our department’s supportive and open culture of inquiry and collaboration.

Position Summary

The Director for Human Resources reports to the Associate Vice President for Human Capital. The Director has oversight of approximately 35 state classified and administrative professional employees, and shares oversight of a $2.4 million budget. The Director is responsible for creating and implementing the strategic vision for Human Resources and leading the daily operational management of the Department. The Director will also collaborate with members of the Office of Equal Opportunity and the Office of Training and Organizational Development, the other units reporting to the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, to innovate and maximize the operations of the offices meeting the needs of the University, our employees and leaders. The strategic vision should emphasize enhancing efficiencies, quality and operational effectiveness, as well as excellence in providing service to others. This Department incorporates the operational units comprising employee benefits; payroll; compensation; classification; recruitment, employment selection and classification for state classified personnel; general oversight of the State Personnel System within the University; employee relations along with informal resolution of concerns or problems in the workplace; personnel policy development and interpretation; employee records and personnel action processing; the Human Resources service center; and, the human resource management information system.

The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and integrity, as well as strong interpersonal skills to foster collaborative relationships among broad constituencies. The person will be sharp, motivated, and possess excellent interpretive, analytic, and written and oral communication skills. The incumbent will possess the ability to manage and direct efficiently, effectively and positively the daily operation of a human resources organization.

Required Job Qualifications

• A bachelor’s degree in human resources, organizational development, business, public administration, labor/industrial relations, law or other directly related field.
• Demonstrated leadership experience with strong organizational and administrative skills.
• Greater than 10 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources with five or more of these years in leadership roles.
• Excellent analytical, organizational, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
• A strong commitment to customer service.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• A master’s degree in human resources, organizational development, business, public administration, labor/industrial relations, higher education administration, or other related field or a law degree.
• Experience at an institution of higher education or other large employer with 500+ employees.
• Knowledge of and experience with higher education principles, practices and procedures.
• Ability to develop policy and procedures and effectively communicate these to University units and employees.
• Demonstrated record of establishing effective collaborative efforts and relationships across an organization.
• Experience with a variety of different employee classifications (i.e., “at will” employees, classified employees, tenured employees, etc.).
• Proven track record of inspiring and managing a diverse professional staff in a multi-functioning unit with a strong commitment to customer service.
• Experience with regulatory compliance.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Leadership

• Provide leadership, vision and strategic planning to the Department of Human Resources operations impacting employee recruitment, retention and engagement, including services and personnel processes.
• Innovatively analyze, propose and implement initiatives and processes that improve personnel processes and services to meet the needs of the University and contribute to the competitiveness of Colorado State University.
• Engage in employment administration encompassing the development, maintenance and interpretation of employment policies, managing unemployment claims, representing CSU to external agencies involving HR matters, and providing support to administrators when disciplinary or employee relations issues arise.
• Continue to build the Department of Human Resources as a strategic partner to units and administrators.

Percentage Of Time 40
Job Duty Category Management

• Manage the daily operations of the Department of Human Resources.
• Ensure that the services offered by the Department of Human Resources uphold the University’s policies and procedures, federal and state laws and regulations, and add value to the colleges and divisions, and are efficient and customer friendly.
• Participate in the development of University policies and procedures from the perspective of Human Resources and the impact on people.
• Be responsible for the prudent oversight of all administrative and financial functions of the Department of Human Resources.
• Additional duties as assigned.

Percentage Of Time 40
Job Duty Category Collaboration

• Create and foster collaborative and effective relationships on campus, furthering the work of the Department of Human Resources, particularly with Faculty Council, Administrative Professional Council, Classified Personnel Council, University Benefits Committee and their leadership.
• Create and foster smooth and productive exchanges and working collaborations within the leadership and units in the Department of Human Resources.
• Establish credibility throughout the University with administrators, supervisors and employees in order to be an effective listener, problem solver and strategic partner.

Percentage Of Time 20

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with the duties, and required and preferred qualifications, a current resume, and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Greiner,

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Kathy Greiner,
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3
Maximum Requested

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Is one of your degrees in human resources, organizational development, business, public administration, labor/industrial relations, law or other directly related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How many years of progressively responsible experience in human resources do you have?
    • Less than 5 years.
    • At least 5 years, but less than 10 years.
    • At least 10 years, but less than 15 years.
    • 15 or more years.
  4. * How many years of experience in human resources leadership roles do you have?
    • Less than 2 years.
    • At least 2 years, but less than 5 years.
    • At least 5 years, but less than 10 years.
    • 10 or more years.
  5. * Please provide a brief statement (less than 250 words) on an initiative, program or action that you contributed to, created, chaired or implemented as a strategy committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please provide a brief statement (less than 250 words) where a customer service challenge was presented and how you developed a process or initiative to improve overall customer satisfaction.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * The HR Director position is a key strategic position for Colorado State University. Based on the outlined position description, the salary range for this position is $140,000 to $160,000 (non-negotiable).
    • I would like to be considered for this position based on this salary range.
    • My salary currently exceeds this salary range; however, based on other benefits I would like to be considered for this position.
    • I would like to remove my application from consideration as my current salary exceeds this salary range.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents