Director of Academic Personnel and Human Resources (716U), School of Public Health - 25756
University of California Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 2584414
Director of Academic Personnel and Human Resources (716U), School of Public Health - 25756
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Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Administration, the Director leads the Academic Personnel & Human Resources Team, in the School of Public Health Dean's Office. The team manages and supports the day-to-day AP/HR activities and actions for the School's 600+ person workforce, including senate and non-senate faculty, non-faculty academic appointees, staff, and student employees. The AP/HR Director receives assignments, from the Assistant Dean for Administration and the Executive Associate Dean, in the form of objectives with goals and the process by which to meet goals. They operate with considerable independence and autonomy in providing leadership, planning, and delivery of services. The Director provides direction to academic HR and generalist staff according to established policies and management guidance, and administers academic HR policies that directly affect subordinate staff. The Director recommends changes to school policies and practices; identifies risks and responds accordingly; and provides priority setting and work flow analysis. The Director is responsible for the activities of the team, with responsibility for results, and represents the School at campus-wide meetings/committees.
Supervises a team of direct reports responsible for all areas of academic employment (e.g., recruitment, (re)appointment, pay, benefits, advancement, retention, leaves, retirement, separation), as well as student employment, and partners with Berkeley Regional Services for all areas of staff employment.
Manages an allocation of academic appointees, including: coordinating the senate/non-senate academic search and appointment process (e.g., placement of ads, drafting of search plans, conducting the initial screening of materials, supporting search committees, submitting search reports, completing/submitting appointment cases); coordinating the review, analysis, and processing of ongoing activities and actions, including the complex peer-review process (e.g., merit, promotion); coordinating Pathway Agreements and transition activities.
Relative to the AP/HR Team, recommends hiring of new employees, salary actions, performance ratings, and other related issues of managed staff and student employees.
Ensures team members are fully trained and have the tools and access they need to perform successfully in their roles.
Effectively develops, leads, and manages team, harnessing strong team-building skills as a means to build staff morale.
Actively engages in and supports the professional and career development of direct reports; promotes and supports flexible work arrangements, within the parameters of business need.
Conducts workload assessments and leads prioritization/balancing efforts.
Serves as an expert resource for the School on academic HR matters, and provides interpretation of complex policies and procedures.
Provides strategic advice and counsel to leadership, division heads, and program directors by analyzing and interpreting system-wide and campus policies, collective bargaining agreements, academic HR procedures and practices.
Counsels senate and non-senate faculty and other academic appointees concerning moderate to complex work-related problems.
Participates in strategic visioning and initiatives.
Participates in the development and monitoring of policies and procedures for School operations. Identifies and leads process improvements.
Develops and implements operational tools and protocols, and associated metrics.
Recommends and customizes training needs for diverse constituencies on topics related to Academic HR.
Act as a liaison between the School and central campus departments (e.g., APO, BRS, OFEW). Acts as School's Labor Relations officer with respect to academic complaints or grievances.
Ensures annual data reporting requirements are met.
In the absence of the Assistant Dean of Administration, provides Dean's Office review and approval of staff-related actions, which are managed by Berkeley Regional Services.
Participates in workshops, trainings, and other professional development opportunities.
Other duties, as assigned.
5+ years experience providing academic human resources and/or human resources support within higher education institution(s).
Demonstrated ability to build and sustain cohesive, highperforming teams through excellent management of direct reports, and to achieve goals through subordinate staff.
Comprehensive understanding of academic recruitment, appointment, and advancement processes, including strong knowledge of or ability to quickly learn campus and system academic HR polices, guidelines, and procedures.
Knowledge of human resources policies, programs, and processes, and how they affect other organizational policies and procedures.
Able to interpret complex HR and academic HR policies and procedures with risk management exposure to the organization, including labor contracts, to prevent potentially litigious personnel actions.
Strong customer service orientation, including excellent interpersonal skills to be able to work effectively across the organization at all levels and with diverse populations including faculty, academics, and staff; high degree of emotional intelligence; demonstrated experience building collaborations; proven political acumen in complex, multilayered organizations.
Demonstrated ability to handle difficult or volatile situations/individuals effectively.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, specifically as it relates to communicating to a variety of internal and external stakeholders; strong data presentation skills.
Demonstrated ability to produce written documents (e.g., academic advancement recommendation letters) of the highest caliber, with outstanding attention to detail.
Demonstrated skills in problem identification and resolution, sound judgment and decision-making, critical thinking/analysis, risk management, negotiation, creative problem solving, and organizational skills.
Ability to provide guidance and coaching of process and policies to individual employees and School leadership.
Experience utilizing quantitative and qualitative data to identify areas in need of improvement; experience with monitoring/assessing processes and carrying out process improvement efforts.
Ability to integrate core concepts of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging into everyday practice.
Ability to maintain confidentiality, objectivity, sensitivity, discretion, professionalism, and exercise good judgment and tact.
Self-starter; able to work independently, multi-task effectively, as well as foster teamwork.
Comfortable, flexible, and adaptable in a fast-moving, high pressure, constantly shifting environment, with frequent interruptions and multiple priorities.
Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Suite, Google Collaboration Suite, and Smartsheet.
Working knowledge of a human resources management system (HRMS) and/or other related business software programs and systems.
Knowledge of databases, with experience in data tracking and data analysis.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $115,000.00 - $125,000.00.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement (i.e., part on-site, part remote), should the incumbent desire.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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