Vice President-Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer

Posted: 01/14/2024

Vice President-Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer

Vice President-Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer

TITLE OF POSITION: Vice President-Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer

STATUS: Full-time, Exempt

DEPARTMENT: HOD - Human Resources

LOCATION: Grand Rapids - W.A. Lettinga Campus

REPORTS TO: Executive Vice President for Quality & Effectiveness

Summary:

You will support the mission of Davenport University through the continuous development and implementation of “best in class” human resources practices, programs, and services. In addition, you will be responsible for designing and implementing the University's diversity and inclusion strategy. Your areas of responsibility will include the strategic leadership and oversight of talent acquisition and retention, HR business partnerships, employee relations, total compensation and benefits administration, position classification and structure, organizational design, wellness, student employment, and all other talent related projects, initiatives, and systems. These responsibilities are performed in an ethical manner consistent with the University's mission, vision and cultural values.

You Will:

Human Resources Leadership:

• Advises the Executive Vice President for Quality and Effectiveness on human resource issues.
• Plan, guide, and advise the President on diversity, equity, and inclusion matters.
• Provide day-to-day leadership for the HR Team and develop strategies to support and advise the Leadership Team and the University in the areas of workforce planning, recruiting, and career development.
• Continually develop, communicate, and implement progressive human resources policies, procedures, processes, programs, and initiatives.
• Provide oversight of the development of talent and acquisition and retention strategies to encourage applicants of all backgrounds to be equally assessed, hired, and developed to full potential and performance.
• Evaluate and implement executive benefit and compensation programs including deferred compensation and executive life insurance coverage. Conduct or arrange for a periodic compensation study for executive compensation.
• Ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding employment practices and employee relations.
• Develop, and implement progressive benefit and total compensation programs to provide motivation, rewards, and incentives for effective performance. Provide programs that develop partnerships with the employees for the short and long-range health and welfare protection of the employees.

Chief Diversity Officer:

• Research diversity issues, keep abreast of trends in diversity and inclusion, evaluate the University's programs and recommend new policies or changes in policies and programs across campuses and divisions, as appropriate.
• Collaborate with university stakeholders to assess barriers and create strategies to recruit and maintain a diverse workforce.
• Partner with the Office of Performance Excellence to design diversity, equity, and inclusion training programs that strengthen awareness, build capabilities, and promote a climate of belonging.
• In collaboration with a DEI council and other internal partners, develop, coordinate, and deliver cultural engagement events, programs, and training.
• Serve as a liaison between the university and external diversity organizations and community action groups.

Both:

• Continually assess the competitiveness of all programs and practices against the relevant comparable companies, industries, and markets.
• Manage budgets with a commitment to fiscal responsibility.
• Serve as a member of the President's cabinet as well as serve on other University committees as needed.
• Prepares reports as needed.
• Understand and abide by all external and internal regulations and policies. This includes NCAA, GLIAC and national affiliations associated with athletics or other role-specific regulations.
• Demonstrate and support the University's mission, vision, and values.
• Provides GREAT customer service, anticipating and exceeding the needs of our customers.
• Demonstrate and promote the University Cultural Values.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

• Bachelor's Degree in a related discipline required, while a Master's Degree preferred.
• A minimum of ten years of experience in progressively challenging human resources leadership positions.
• Experienced strategic, forward-thinking, creative leader with high ethical standards and demonstrated sound judgment.
• Minimum of three to five years of experience working with diversity/inclusionary programs and/or initiatives required, experience in higher education preferred.
• Ability to set short and long-range goals with action steps for accomplishing results.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and promote a positive working environment, spirit of cooperation, and positive reactions to change and conflict resolution.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills, both written and oral which transcend diverse audiences.
• Experience working with remote leaders, employees, and partners.
• Demonstrated motivational and problem-solving capabilities with a high degree of integrity, ethics, and dedication to the mission of the University.
• Demonstrated ability to work accurately and effectively with computerized data systems.

• Must be able to work an irregular schedule including evenings or other additional hours during peak times or as required.
• Business office environment. Prolonged sitting and standing. Use of personal computer and telephone (eye and hand strain). Some travel required (own transportation). No regular lifting requirements, occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.

Our culture, benefits and perks Empower U with:

• Freedom to grow. We offer free or reduced tuition for staff, spouses and dependents. Nationally recognized internal training and leadership programs, and career development. Is your program not available at DU? Ask about Tuition Assistance.
• A caring culture DU values work-life balance and offers generous and flexible paid time off, 403(b) with an employer contribution plus the opportunity for an additional employer match with an employee contribution, paid volunteer time off, relocation benefits and more…
• A Healthier U. Wellness program, free use of Athletic Facilities, Employee Discounts, and access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP.)

Diversity and Inclusion:

At Davenport, we believe that engaging diversity, equity and inclusion is essential to achieving educational and institutional excellence. We invite you to join us as we band together to create an environment of equity and inclusivity that leverages diverse life experiences, ideas, backgrounds and perspectives. We respect diversity and are committed to fostering an environment of support, inclusiveness and learning, both in the workplace and throughout the application process. With that in mind, we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, including people of color, people with disabilities, Veterans and the LGBTQ + community. We recognize that not all job seekers have all the preferred qualifications listed in the job ad, but we strongly recommend that you apply if you meet most of the criteria.

About Davenport University:

At Davenport University, we know what it takes to be successful. With over 155 years of providing quality education under our belts, thousands of Davenport graduates are making an impact on the world with the knowledge and skills they learned here. Our team of faculty and staff collaborate to make this possible. Joining DU means growing and advancing your own career, while making a lasting impact on our students, colleagues and the communities in which we serve.

Would you like to be part of our success? It all starts here!

EEO-Davenport University is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of a person(s) national origin, race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, transgender identity, veteran or military status, marital status, height, weight, genetic information, and any other category or classification protected by law.

• Business office environment. Prolonged sitting and standing. Use of personal computer and telephone (eye and hand strain). Some travel required (own transportation). No regular lifting requirements, occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.

Our culture, benefits and perks Empower U with:

• Freedom to grow. We offer free or reduced tuition for staff, spouses and dependents. Nationally recognized internal training and leadership programs, and career development. Is your program not available at DU? Ask about Tuition Assistance.
• A caring culture DU values work-life balance and offers generous and flexible paid time off, 403(b) with an employer contribution plus the opportunity for an additional employer match with an employee contribution, paid volunteer time off, relocation benefits and more…
• A Healthier U. Wellness program, free use of Athletic Facilities, Employee Discounts, and access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP.)

Diversity and Inclusion:

At Davenport, we believe that engaging diversity, equity and inclusion is essential to achieving educational and institutional excellence. We invite you to join us as we band together to create an environment of equity and inclusivity that leverages diverse life experiences, ideas, backgrounds and perspectives. We respect diversity and are committed to fostering an environment of support, inclusiveness and learning, both in the workplace and throughout the application process. With that in mind, we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, including people of color, people with disabilities, Veterans and the LGBTQ + community. We recognize that not all job seekers have all the preferred qualifications listed in the job ad, but we strongly recommend that you apply if you meet most of the criteria.

About Davenport University:

At Davenport University, we know what it takes to be successful. With over 155 years of providing quality education under our belts, thousands of Davenport graduates are making an impact on the world with the knowledge and skills they learned here. Our team of faculty and staff collaborate to make this possible. Joining DU means growing and advancing your own career, while making a lasting impact on our students, colleagues and the communities in which we serve.

Would you like to be part of our success? It all starts here!

EEO-Davenport University is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of a person(s) national origin, race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, transgender identity, veteran or military status, marital status, height, weight, genetic information, and any other category or classification protected by law.

• Business office environment. Prolonged sitting and standing. Use of personal computer and telephone (eye and hand strain). Some travel required (own transportation). No regular lifting requirements, occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.

Our culture, benefits and perks Empower U with:

• Freedom to grow. We offer free or reduced tuition for staff, spouses and dependents. Nationally recognized internal training and leadership programs, and career development. Is your program not available at DU? Ask about Tuition Assistance.
• A caring culture DU values work-life balance and offers generous and flexible paid time off, 403(b) with an employer contribution plus the opportunity for an additional employer match with an employee contribution, paid volunteer time off, relocation benefits and more…
• A Healthier U. Wellness program, free use of Athletic Facilities, Employee Discounts, and access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP.)

Diversity and Inclusion:

At Davenport, we believe that engaging diversity, equity and inclusion is essential to achieving educational and institutional excellence. We invite you to join us as we band together to create an environment of equity and inclusivity that leverages diverse life experiences, ideas, backgrounds and perspectives. We respect diversity and are committed to fostering an environment of support, inclusiveness and learning, both in the workplace and throughout the application process. With that in mind, we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, including people of color, people with disabilities, Veterans and the LGBTQ + community. We recognize that not all job seekers have all the preferred qualifications listed in the job ad, but we strongly recommend that you apply if you meet most of the criteria.

About Davenport University:

At Davenport University, we know what it takes to be successful. With over 155 years of providing quality education under our belts, thousands of Davenport graduates are making an impact on the world with the knowledge and skills they learned here. Our team of faculty and staff collaborate to make this possible. Joining DU means growing and advancing your own career, while making a lasting impact on our students, colleagues and the communities in which we serve.

Would you like to be part of our success? It all starts here!

EEO-Davenport University is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of a person(s) national origin, race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, transgender identity, veteran or military status, marital status, height, weight, genetic information, and any other category or classification protected by law.

• Business office environment. Prolonged sitting and standing. Use of personal computer and telephone (eye and hand strain). Some travel required (own transportation). No regular lifting requirements, occasional lifting up to 25 pounds.

Our culture, benefits and perks Empower U with:

• Freedom to grow. We offer free or reduced tuition for staff, spouses and dependents. Nationally recognized internal training and leadership programs, and career development. Is your program not available at DU? Ask about Tuition Assistance.
• A caring culture DU values work-life balance and offers generous and flexible paid time off, 403(b) with an employer contribution plus the opportunity for an additional employer match with an employee contribution, paid volunteer time off, relocation benefits and more…
• A Healthier U. Wellness program, free use of Athletic Facilities, Employee Discounts, and access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP.)

Diversity and Inclusion:

At Davenport, we believe that engaging diversity, equity and inclusion is essential to achieving educational and institutional excellence. We invite you to join us as we band together to create an environment of equity and inclusivity that leverages diverse life experiences, ideas, backgrounds and perspectives. We respect diversity and are committed to fostering an environment of support, inclusiveness and learning, both in the workplace and throughout the application process. With that in mind, we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, including people of color, people with disabilities, Veterans and the LGBTQ + community. We recognize that not all job seekers have all the preferred qualifications listed in the job ad, but we strongly recommend that you apply if you meet most of the criteria.

About Davenport University:

At Davenport University, we know what it takes to be successful. With over 155 years of providing quality education under our belts, thousands of Davenport graduates are making an impact on the world with the knowledge and skills they learned here. Our team of faculty and staff collaborate to make this possible. Joining DU means growing and advancing your own career, while making a lasting impact on our students, colleagues and the communities in which we serve.

Would you like to be part of our success? It all starts here!

EEO-Davenport University is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of a person(s) national origin, race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, transgender identity, veteran or military status, marital status, height, weight, genetic information, and any other category or classification protected by law.

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