Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Classification: Exempt
Division/Department: Human Resources
Reports To: Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and College Secretary


Morehouse College's associate vice president of human resources is a key thought partner and trusted advisor to Morehouse's senior leaders on all human capital matters. They will report to the senior vice president, chief administrative officer and board secretary. The associate vice president of human resources directs the Office of Human Resources and provides strategic and day-to-day oversight for organizational development and institutional human resources policies. The associate vice president is responsible for other programs, including employee relations, staff and leadership development, benefits, implementation of personnel policies and procedures, recruitment and orientation, the Human Resources Information System, faculty and staff compensation, performance management systems, compliance issues, and personnel records. This position develops and manages the annual human resources budget and supervises the human resources staff members.

The associate vice president has the authority to approve health insurance claims, workers' compensation premiums, unemployment premiums, life, and supplemental insurance premiums, and monitors institutional staff budget lines for staffing expenses. This position is responsible for overseeing and administering Morehouse's retirement program by serving as a retirement fiduciary committee member. The position oversees the processing, tracking, and analysis of employee health insurance premiums/expenses, reserve funds, and fixed costs associated with Morehouse's self-insured health benefits plan. This position provides oversight of various expense projections in conjunction with staff and faculty compensation planning and analyzes, forecasts, and implements annual staff and faculty salary adjustments.

Essential Duties and Responsbilities
  • Ability to lead all core HR areas, emphasizing executive coaching, talent management, organizational design, change management, culture enhancement, and demonstrated capability building HR operational excellence
  • Proven track record of driving positive cultural change and strengthening the culture and associated value proposition
  • Formulate, recommend and ensure consistent implementation of human resources policies and procedures for Morehouse
  • Determine and recommend employee relations practices necessary to establish a positive employer-employee relationship and support a high employee morale level
  • Monitor legal and compliance risks related to the human resource function
  • Direct the preparation of information requested or required for compliance and ensure accuracy and completeness
  • Direct a process of organizational planning that evaluates structure, job design, and staff forecasting throughout Morehouse
  • Establish wage and salary structure, pay policies, performance appraisal programs, employee benefit programs and services, and company safety and health programs (and monitor all programs for effectiveness and cost containment)
  • Make recommendations for substantive changes and procedure development to the supervisor before implementation
  • Establish standard talent acquisition, recruiting, and placement practices and procedures to meet Morehouse's needs
  • Consult with appropriate stakeholders to ensure Morehouse has management training programs that address Morehouse's needs across division lines
  • Direct the preparation and maintenance of reports necessary to carry out department functions and prepare periodic reports to senior management, as necessary or requested
  • Keep supervisor informed of significant problems that jeopardize the achievement of objectives and those not being addressed adequately at the line management level
  • Provide general administration of staff directly responsible for employment, affirmative action, staff development, risk, health, and benefits management
  • Provide procedures and standards to support administrative and supervisory personnel regarding the recruitment, selection, compensation, promotion, and transfer of employees and resolve grievances
  • Prepare budgets and control expenditures for areas of responsibility
  • Provide joint leadership and oversight for professional development for all employees
  • Provide employee relations supervision, and conduct where necessary, internal investigations related to discrimination and all other HR-related legal complaints
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • The associate vice president for human resources requires a strategic mindset with the ability to execute because they participate in all major strategy discussions at Morehouse. It is simultaneously a hands-on role, with expectations for leading a team of HR professionals and working with everyone, including trustees, the president, provost, deans, vice presidents, faculty and department chairs, and staff across all academic and administrative divisions.
  • Collaborative and influential, including developing relationships easily and sees that as an essential way of working. Employees expect the associate vice president to be visible, accessible, and approachable. In other words, someone who builds trusted relationships. A high level of confidence and trust in the HR leader will be required to implement the changes coming over the next few years.
  • Technologically savvy and experienced with technology, sophisticated in the use of data, knowledgeable about process redesign, and change management experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state legislation and regulations governing human resources functions, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX, EEO, Workers' Compensation, COBRA, and the Family Medical Leave Act, etc.
  • Results-oriented professional who can make a difference; an individual who takes initiative, makes things happen, accepts accountability, has a "can do" attitude, and a strong sense of urgency
  • Creative and flexible in attitude and style to adapt to new situations in a rapidly changing, dynamic environment
  • Strong communication skills: oral, written, presentation, and influence, plus the ability to communicate across all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated knowledge of—and experience in—developing and implementing innovative human resources management programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in designing and implementing workforce planning, human resource strategies, restructuring, process reengineering, and evaluation methodologies
  • Demonstrated experience as a change agent implementing organization-wide change
  • Skill in organizational development, human resource management, budget and resource planning, and execution
Required Education and Professional Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in business, management, human resources, or related area. M.B.A. or relevant advanced degree preferred, but not required
  • Minimum of 10 years of strong generalist human resources experience across all functional disciplines with increasing levels of responsibility
  • At least five years of experience in managing a team of human resources professionals
  • Higher education experience
Preferred Qualifications
  • Specialized professional human resources certification (PHR or SPHR)
Physical Demands
  • This position is largely a sedentary role. However, it requires some travel, minimum lifting of fewer than 10 pounds, and some long standing and walking.

Morehouse College is an equal opportunity employer. No employee or applicant will be discriminated against in any condition of employment because of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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