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Human Resources Manager

Company: Castleton University
Location: Castleton
Posted on: January 28, 2023

Job Description:

Grade: 15

Non-Bargaining Unit FLSA: Exempt


The Human Resources Manager contributes to enabling a work environment that supports employee engagement, leadership success, goal-orientation, diversity and belonging. The individual in this role guides leaders, staff and faculty with respect to employee and labor relations, and the implementation of policies, procedures and programs related to recruitment and retention, compensation, performance management, talent development, and human resources transactional activities. As a partner to University divisional leadership, the HR Manager fosters a "Better Together" approach to addressing workforce needs.


Employee Relations

  • Develops trust and an understanding of strategic goals to support employees' and managers' success with respect to effective communications and the ability to proactively address areas of concerns
  • Administer employee recognition and related initiatives to improve workplace culture, employee satisfaction, and continual engagement
  • Ensure compliance with relevant aspects of faculty and staff contractual agreements and university policies
  • Work collaboratively with union leadership/representatives to identify and resolve contractual and grievance issues, and support management as requested in the grievance process
  • Conduct investigations and provide timely, objective recommendations, and mediate solutions
  • Assist employees with human resources needs and connect with resources on a variety of concerns related to pay, benefits, professional development, etc.

    Recruitment and Retention

    • Work with hiring managers to craft detailed, accurate position descriptions, ensure requested positions support organizational needs
    • Develop and advertise position descriptions
    • Partner with search committees and hiring managers to ensure adherence to university procedures
    • Execute recruitment and talent management strategies to attract, develop, engage and retain a diverse, skilled, and effective workforce
    • Identify opportunities to promote diversity in hiring practices
    • Develop and administer processes to ensure the complete onboarding, orientation, and new hire performance management (including probationary periods) of all new employees
    • Manage the exit process and perform analysis on turnover, determining the causes of separations in an effort to improve employee retention
    • Lead, develop, and implement retention strategies to retain employees while contributing to building a strong employment brand


      • Ensure all positions are appropriately classified - conduct new position classifications, review reclassification requests, and make recommendations for classification/compensation consistent with university policies and procedures
      • Develop salary recommendations based on VSCS compensation policies and practices
      • Monitor employee compensation to ensure pay equity

        Talent Development

        • Engage with managers to identify skill or talent gaps and identify means of addressing them
        • Work with managers and leadership to develop succession plans and identify programming necessary to grow internal talent

          Performance Management

          • Facilitate and maintain the annual performance evaluation process - provide coaching and guidance to managers, review completed evaluations, and work with managers on creating and implementing performance improvement plans as needed
          • Serve as a resource for managers in addressing employee performance concerns


            • Serve on campus and system wide committees as directed
            • Ensure compliance with applicable state and federal statutes, regulations, and policies related to human resources
            • Perform other related duties as assigned


              General supervision and direction are received from the Assistant Vice President for People and Culture.


              Administrative and functional supervision of 1-3 support staff within the department.


              • Bachelor's degreein Human Resources, Business Administration, or a related field plus a minimum of five (5) years of human resources experience. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
              • Demonstrated proficiency with office software such as Microsoft Work, Excel, and Outlook
              • Significant experience with employee relations and investigating complex employee relation issues
              • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment


                • Experience working in human resources in an academic environment
                • Experience working in human resources in a unionized environment
                • SHRM or other applicable HR designation

                  KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES


                  • The principals and practices of human resources administration, including equal employment opportunity, methods of talent recruitment, performance evaluation, and employee/labor relations
                  • Methods and techniques of conflict resolution
                  • Commitment to developing own professional knowledge and the professional knowledge of team members regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion and how it informs practices within human resources
                  • Knowledge of federal and state human resources laws and regulations


                    • Good planning, administrative, and organizational skills
                    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
                    • Outstanding customer service orientation and commitment to high quality task execution
                    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
                    • Strong consulting and conflict resolution skills


                      • Demonstrated ability to support a diverse community and promote diverse perspectives, cultures and an inclusive environment
                      • Ability to build trust with employees
                      • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals/groups inside and outside the VSC
                      • Ability to work independently as well as with diverse, collaborative teams
                      • Ability to make independent decisions, problem solve, and drive results
                      • Ability to prioritize and manage workload
                      • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality

                        Location: This position will be based on the Castleton campus, with the possibility of a hybrid remote arrangement

                        This general outline illustrates the type of work which characterizes the job classification. It is not an all-encompassing statement of the specific duties, responsibilities and qualifications of individual positions assigned to the classification.

                        VTSU values individual differences that can be engaged in the service of learning. Diverse experiences from people of varied backgrounds inform and enrich our community. VTSU strongly encourages applications from historically marginalized and underrepresented populations. VTSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer, in compliance with ADA requirements, and will make reasonable accommodations for the known disability of an otherwise qualified applicant. Please contact Sarah Potter for assistance with accommodations

                        NOTE:This job is subject to a fingerprint-supported criminalbackground check. Any offer of employment is contingent upon thesatisfactory results of this check.

Keywords: Castleton University, New England , Human Resources Manager, Human Resources , Castleton, Northeast

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