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Located in the heart of the Puget Sound region, the University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. The campus is committed to increasing access to an excellent UW education and preparing students to be leaders throughout Washington and beyond.
UW Bothell provides students a participatory, cross-disciplinary experience grounded in hands-on learning, community-based research, close relationships with faculty as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success.
The campus offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current enrollment is approximately 6,000 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, more than 40% are first-generation college attendees, and more than half are students of color.
The University values hiring faculty and staff who have demonstrated experience and ability to work successfully with diverse student populations and who can contribute to a campus culture that promotes equity among colleagues.
Diversity and inclusion are core values at UW Bothell. Our work begins with the acceptance and celebration of the differences that are represented through the many diverse and minoritized communities on our campus and in the surrounding community. We recognize that we are bound together in a collective experience and that our actions impact all in our community. When we focus on the lives of the most marginalized groups among us, we also create conditions of equity, justice and academic excellence for everyone.
In addition to having award winning faculty and staff, UW Bothell has been recognized for innovations in academic programming and support services designed to help students graduate on time and debt-free. It has also earned both recognition and awards for its work in the area of environmental sustainability.
The Senior Director for Organizational Excellence and Human Resources will provide leadership in advancing the University of Washington Bothell's strategic plan and continue to facilitate our efforts to build a work environment where everyone feels listened to and valued, where their contributions matter, and where everyone is respected for their expertise and humanity.
Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Administration, the position will oversee organizational excellence, human resource and campus development initiatives that help to enhance a campus culture that emphasizes belonging, respect, change and high performance. The person oversees successful human resources operations across the campus and is the primary liaison for the campus to UW HR, Academic Human Resources, the Integrated Services Center, and related offices. This role is responsible for leading and guiding staff, faculty and student employee HR operations throughout the campus.
The Senior Director makes decisions about and provides advice on complex faculty, staff, and organizational issues affecting the employment and livelihoods of our faculty, staff and student employees. The person must be highly effective at working with many different individuals with varied interests and goals and at different professional levels, including the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Deans, Administrators, staff, faculty and student employees, and central HR and administrative offices’ staff. This position plays a critical role in the campus being able to hire and retain key personnel, and in managing the numerous challenges inherent to human interactions. Given the scope and reach of this position and its impact on all units within the UW Bothell campus, the position has a significant impact on the success of the campus's research, teaching, and service mission.
Staff and Academic Human Resources Strategic Leadership
•Oversee the Office of Human Resources and plans and develops the personnel and human resource management functions aligned with the strategic objectives of the campus and in accordance with university policies and procedures, union contracts, and local, state and federal rules, statutes and regulations. •Oversee and facilitate the implementation of policies and functions supporting institution-wide faculty recruitment, appointment, reappointment, retention, merit reviews, and other salary changes. Partner with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Deans, Division Program Chairs, and General Faculty Organization and faculty leadership on all matters related to academic human resources such as faculty appointment, promotion and tenure review processes. •Serve as a primary point of contact for Academic Human Resources, Office of Academic Personnel, UWB Campus Council on Promotion and Tenure (CCPT), and school leaders and staff on academic personnel matters. Provide consultation on academic personnel topics. Liaise between parties to provide information and facilitate solutions to problems complying with faculty code. Oversee academic personnel data audits and submissions for entire UW Bothell campus. •Oversee the administrative processes relating to faculty appointment/reappointment, promotion and tenure, retention and sabbatical leave applications; provide advice and guidance to deans, staff and faculty members on these processes. •Oversee submission and tracking of faculty hiring plans, job advertisement review and approval, and outside work requests. •Consistently engage in process improvement efforts around AHR and HR practices and processes for the UW Bothell campus to enhance efficiencies, build consistency, reduce errors and rework and mitigate single points of failure. •Coach, mentor, develop and lead an OE/HR team that is sought out across the campus for their expertise, compassion, creativity and strength-based model of problem-solving. •Oversee and lead compensation analysis– assess, advise and confirm salary setting guidelines for directors and managers, and identify possible equity and performance salary-setting concerns across UW Bothell campus. In collaboration with the Institutional Planning and Budget, implement and manage consistent and equitable compensation practices that support employee retention and recruitment efforts. •Oversee and provide employee relations consultation for faculty, staff and student employees – provide coaching and advise deans/directors/managers on how to address staff performance issues. Manage and implement complex corrective action processes concerning all categories of staff including professional, classified, student, and temporary staff. Facilitate appropriate communications. •Oversee all aspects of employee lifecycle -recruitment, hiring, onboarding, annual performance development process, and exit interviews and off-boarding, and where necessary initiate and facilitate the complex staff layoff process. •Oversee complex process improvements, such as student employee recruitment and hiring. •Serve as the Ethics and EEO Officer of the campus. •Serve on campus leadership committees such as the Chancellor’s Cabinet. •Partner with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity Equity and Inclusion to develop, enhance and sustain diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging priorities and practices across the campus community and throughout the employee lifecycle. •Design, implement and execute timely and accurate communication to the campus community concerning Organizational Excellence and HR issues.
Organizational and Culture Development
•Leadership/Management development –build leadership potential through coaching and either provide or locate other professional development opportunities. •Develop and implement career pathing for strategic positions throughout the organization and build and deliver career development programs that support career paths. •Collaborate with UWB unit leaders to assess efficiencies within their administrative units. Advise on maximizing and balancing administrative human resources within units. Utilize human resource networks to ensure consistency with university-wide best practices, including supporting a diverse workforce. Utilize metrics and suggest needed modifications to address changing business needs and plan for changing workforce demands. •Meetings and committees - represent UW Bothell at university-wide human resource and academic human resource related meetings. Develop collaborations across the University and establish participation with peers and others. Participate in, organize, and lead appropriate internal meetings and committees. •Collaborative work environment - work with leadership and employees to build and maintain a respectful and collaborative work environment across the campus and continuously represent the importance of open and transparent dialogue at all levels, and across all levels of the organization. •Direct and manage the design, development, and delivery of culture transformation, performance management practices, leadership succession and growth, and organizational development initiatives. •Other duties as assigned by Vice Chancellor Planning and Administration.
•Master's Degree in Human Resource Management, Organizational Development, Business or related field. •Minimum of nine (9) years experience in a leadership capacity in higher education.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
•Demonstrated record of leadership in a complex and highly regulated organization. Ability to work effectively with various levels of leaders, faculty and staff to provide actionable advice. •Knowledge and demonstrated application of organization effectiveness principles, management and leadership development principles, organizational change management, coaching, career development, career pathing and OD principles. •Working knowledge of employment law, compensation planning and salary analysis, talent review, employee and labor relations, recruitment and retention, culture development, and experience with HR programs and services. •Experience managing various employment-related activities such as faculty and staff leave, accommodations, grievances, and other employee relations issues. Demonstrated experience with shared governance, promotion and tenure, and academic HR functions that are grounded in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging principles and practices. •Experience working with highly confidential information and taking appropriate action. Demonstrated ability to lead and develop HR staff members. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups. •Demonstrated problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Ability to handle complex and sometimes highly charged situations and problems in a calm manner, using sound professional judgement. •Excellent written, verbal, analytical and interpersonal communication skills. •Excellent critical thinking, problem-solving, and professional judgement skills •Ability to initiate and complete tasks and projects under time and budget constraints. Willingness and desire to learn and to facilitate learning and growth of others.
•This position currently allows for a hybrid work model with an expectation of being on campus three days/week.
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Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.