Director, HR, Health Affairs Region

$85,000 - $132,000 yearly
  • Wayne State University
  • Nov 14, 2022
Full time Human Resources

Job Description

Director, HR, Health Affairs Region


About WSU

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society.


About the Position

Are you a dedicated, innovative Human Resources professional looking to make an organizational impact? Do you have experience driving transformative change and shaping a culture of high performance? Wayne State University is looking for a strategic Human Resources Director to join our team right here in the heart of Midtown, Detroit. Be an integral part of academic and student success at a premier university in one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Join the movement. Apply today.



Duties and Responsibilities


  • Through assigned staff, provides full-service human resources consultation services and support for assigned areas to include staffing, performance management, professional development, employee and labor relations, change leadership, compensation/benefits, and regulatory/legal compliance.


  • Provide overall leadership and direction to staff.  Set expectations & focus, assign duties, delegate ‎‎responsibilities, evaluate activities, prepare performance ‎appraisals & professional development plans. Provide coaching, mentoring and teaching.  Manage the ‎‎administrative process for assigned staff including hiring, ‎promotions, terminations, disciplinary procedures, ‎and salary ‎‎adjustments. Provide ongoing performance feedback, goal setting, and development plans for staff. ‎‎‎Plan for future staffing needs.  Provide timely communications to staff.


  • Develops and implements human resources strategies aligned to WSU, and HR divisional strategies and core objectives.


  • Using standardized, strategic approach, assesses applicants, facilitates departmental interviews, and performs background and reference checks on qualified candidates. Manages the process of developing and writings job profiles, interview questions, job postings, job descriptions, and other related advertising. Evaluates competency, experience, and education of candidates and negotiates salaries according to established compensation guidelines.  Makes job offers on behalf of the school/college/division and arranges for preplacement assessments.  Provides direction and support to hiring managers.


  • Through assigned staff, designs and implements business-focused policies/contracts, processes, and procedures that are in alignment with University strategies and objectives. Advises and assists in the application and interpretation of human resources policies, legal and union contract compliance, staff planning, transfers, promotions and terminations.


  • Facilitates, leads, and participates in large-scale organizational projects and multidisciplinary teams.


  • In consultation with internal and external legal counsel, assists in preparation of data for litigation, compliance hearings, arbitration, contract negotiations, and the like.


  • Perform other duties as required.



Minimum Qualifications



  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, human resources, or related field. MBA, MSHRM or related graduate degree preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.



  • Seven to ten years' progressively more responsible HR leadership experience in large, complex organizations.  Experience in an organization where human resources is strategically aligned to the core business is strongly preferred, as is previous leadership experience in an organization undergoing transformational change.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Outstanding depth and breadth of the human resources profession:  Ability to articulate broadly and deeply about core areas of human resources at a level consistent with seven - ten years' progressively responsible HR leadership experience in a large, complex organization.  Specific areas include: culture change, linking HR to business strategies, performance alignment, leadership development, learning and development, human resources measurements, metrics and analytics, staffing, employee and labor relations, human resources information systems, employment law (i.e., FLSA, ADA, FMLA, etc.), diversity & inclusion, compensation plan design and implementation, variable pay plans, benefit administration, and payroll.


  • Leadership/management/teamwork:  Expert knowledge of leadership, management, and teamwork principles, and demonstrated ability to effectively apply principles to support and advance organizational objectives.  Proven ability to appropriately hire, manage performance of, and develop assigned staff.  Demonstrated capability to form and effectively facilitate organizational-wide multidisciplinary teams, and to gain cooperation and buy in of staff, stakeholders, and other entities in absence of formal authority.  Demonstrated ability to introduce and lead large-scale change through assigned work groups and organization as a whole.


  • Demonstrated ability to assist leaders with identifying required team education, experience, expertise and behaviors, implementing effective performance management processes, and motivating teams to exhibit desired behaviors and achieve defined goals.  


  • Ability to correlate specific team member function to strategic objectives, identifying team members based on required education, experience, expertise and behaviors, and development of performance alignment and coaching tools designed to achieved desired outcomes. 


  • Possess a "coaching" rather than "rule and control" management style.


  • Ability to value all people, understand, and appreciate their unique experiences, styles, talents and perspectives. Ability to work with leaders to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where employees can bring their best authentic selves to work and utilize diversity to drive innovation.


  • Service excellence orientation:  Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with employees at all levels.  Can function as a team leader and team member as situation requires.  Strives to promote esprit de corps with team members.  Effectively negotiates turnaround times and manages internal partner expectations.


  • Business orientation:  Possesses a business orientation first, sales/marketing orientation second, and HR orientation third.  Displays an appropriate bias for action that demonstrates deep understanding of business needs and service excellence standards.  Demonstrates ability to "think ahead" to anticipate needs of team and internal partners s/he is supporting. Consistently exercises appropriate judgment and discretion in all job functions, even when clearly defined processes may not be in place.  Identifies viable courses of action first, and reviews recommendations (as appropriate) with next-level manager.


  • Process development, implementation, and improvement; project management:  Demonstrated ability to develop and successfully implement sound, repeatable business/human resources processes, with a strong focus on operational efficiency and effectiveness.  Can appropriately identify core business issues, viable business-oriented solutions, and necessary resources.  Ability to effectively operationalize defined processes.  Demonstrated ability to structure, implement, and manage to successful completion complex business projects.


  • Communication:  Must have highly effective verbal and written communication skills.  Must be able to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the company, candidates, and other individuals external to WSU. Demonstrated ability to "sell" ideas and concepts and gain buy in of targeted audiences.


  • Technology:  Working knowledge of current technology (i.e., HRIS, applicant flow technology, and standard business word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software) and social platforms.  Can articulate working knowledge of standard business systems and software.



Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary Range - Min: $85,000; Max: $132,000



Application Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 


Please apply directly to posting#046756 via using the following link: