Senior Director of Human Resources and Academic Staff Research Program 
Job Posted: 16 January 2023
Company: Stanford University
Closing Date: 11 February 2023
Location: Palo Alto, CA

 

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At a glance

Join a well-oiled, collaborative, service-oriented team who works together to solve complex HR matters! Stanford University is recruiting a Senior Director of Human Resources to join their Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research (VPDOR). This hybrid position is located in Palo Alto, CA. VPDOR provides guidance and support to facilitate, nurture and safeguard a thriving research ecosystem at Stanford. You will work with a high level of independence and exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgment. Stanford recognizes that living in the Bay Area comes with a high cost of living. Because of this, they are doing their absolute best to offer a total compensation package that creates an opportunity for you to thrive in a career at Stanford AND enjoy the beautiful Bay Area!
 
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Description: What you'll be doing

Another Source’s client, Stanford University, is recruiting a Senior Director of Human Resources to join their Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research (VPDOR). This position is located in Palo Alto, CA. This is a hybrid position; a minimum of 2 days on-site is expected. 

Stanford recognizes that living in the Bay Area comes with a high cost of living. Because of this, they are doing their absolute best to offer a total compensation package that creates an opportunity for you to thrive in a career at Stanford AND enjoy the beautiful Bay Area! How do they do that? 

  • This is a hybrid opportunity with the flexibility to work remotely and on Stanford’s Palo Alto campus. 
  • 17+ transportation programs and resources.  
  • 7+ On-site childcare facilities available to you!  
  • Relocation assistance is available. 

Being on campus means the opportunity to utilize world-class exercise facilities where you can grab a lunchtime workout to sustainability and environmental responsibility programs that make it easy to live your values:  

  • 20+ recreational facilities  
  • 18+ Mental health and wellness programs  

A caring culture! We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources:  

  • $6,000+ in tuition and training assistance annually 
  • Up to 50% of Stanford's annual tuition cost applied to your child's undergraduate tuition across the nation https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/benefits-rewards/tgp 
  • 18+ PTO/Vacation days per year  
  • Up to 5% of your base pay contributed automatically to your 403(b) + a generous match  
  • 100% of your retirement account is fully vested immediately  

About The Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research (VPDOR) :   

The Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research (VPDOR) provides guidance and support to facilitate, nurture and safeguard a thriving research ecosystem at Stanford. To this end, the VPDOR assumes dual roles. As Cognizant Dean for the independent academic units, the VPDOR oversees the program scope and resources for the sixteen multi-disciplinary and independent laboratories, centers, and institutes which operate outside of the schools’ boundaries. As Vice Provost and the University’s Chief Research Officer, the VPDOR recommends and promulgates new policy and its implementation; manages the mission-support offices that provide services of research compliance and administration, health and safety, and technology transfer to Stanford’s research enterprise; oversees the program and appointment of Academic Staff - Research; and advises the President and Provost in a broad array of academic issues pertaining to and beyond research.  

We invite you to learn more about our organization here: https://doresearch.stanford.edu/office/office-vice-provost-and-dean-research. 

Our VPDoR Diversity Journey: 

  • We create a hub of innovation through the power of diversity of disciplines and people. 
  • We provide equitable access and opportunity to all members of the community in order to do their best work, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 
  • We listen to and value all colleagues who bring diverse perspectives to the advancement and development of a respectful community. 
  • We promote a culture of belonging, equity, and safety. 
  • We embed these values in excellence of education, research, and operation 

More about this Opportunity: 

We are seeking a Senior Director of Human Resources to join the team working under the direction of the Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Operations. You will serve as a chief people advisor for the dean and oversee the full range of human resources strategy and activities for all independent academic units and mission-support research compliance and administrative departments under VPDOR, with more than 760 benefits-eligible staff. In addition, you will oversee the policy formulation and appointment/promotion program of campus-wide Academic staff - Research (AS-R), including research scientists, research engineers, and research scholars, with more than 800 employees.  You will manage a team of 5 human resources staff to address these staff related issues, policies, programs, and processes; manage the entire human resources function for the organization and the AS-R program for the university, and maintain accountability for the budget, as assigned. You will work with a high level of independence and exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgment.   

You will also work closely with VPDOR unit leaders, Faculty Affairs, and University Human Resources to plan and implement change management efforts related to policies, programs, and/or processes across the VPDOR organization and/or that affect AS-R populations. 

This is a 100% FTE, benefits-eligible position. The position will be based on Stanford's main campus and will be considered for an option of hybrid work arrangement, subject to operational need. For consideration, applications must include, as separate documents, a letter of interest and a CV or resume.  

VPDOR-wide Human Resources Program 

  • Lead HR engagement initiatives in collaboration with VPDOR's management and senior leadership by having an excellent understanding of the VPDOR's objectives, issues, needs, and key success factors. 
  • Develop organization-specific policies and practices; actively lead the human resources strategy for planning processes, and actively promote best practices. 
  • Design and lead strategies for facilitating organizational and behavioral change. Perform needs assessment and process improvement; make recommendations on organizational design and development issues; establish metrics and monitor trends. 
  • Investigate complex employee relations issues and initiate appropriate resolution; recommend and facilitate effective solutions in alignment with applicable policies and laws; assess risk to the organization and identify compliance issues. Identify and analyze trends; make recommendations for changes/improvements. Coach and advise staff on organizational, employee, and labor relations issues. 
  • Participate in setting organizational objectives and goals, and oversee the performance management process for VPDOR. Provide relevant training and guidance to managers and employees; initiate and/or direct appropriate interventions; independently handle and/or manage redesign and reassignment efforts.  
  • Identify, direct, and/or deliver the training and development planning for individuals and groups; lead organizational and team effectiveness assessment. 
  • Direct talent management program (recruitment, retention, workforce planning, and staff development), and collaborate with University Human Resources to provide effective recruitment methods for assigned areas. Structure complex offers; support or lead high level and complex searches; advise on affirmative action objectives. 
  • Manage VPDOR's salary-setting program; develop guidelines for program implementation. Advise managers on assignment of employees to appropriate classification levels; design incentive and bonus programs. 
  • Oversee processes for workers' compensation, disability, leave, workplace accommodation requests, and health and safety issues; inform managers as needed. Collaborate with University Human Resources and other university stakeholders administering these functional areas. Act as a resource to others in the VPDOR organization, and ensure the accurate documentation and retention of recordkeeping. 

University-wide Academic Staff-Research Program 

  • Advise academic leadership on Academic Staff - Research (AS-R) policies, programs and priorities. Responsible for devising internal policies, procedures, training, administration and compliance with regulations in partnership with Faculty Affairs and University Human Resources.  
  • Establish, maintain and enhance university salary structure for AS-R.  
  • Manage the appointment of more than 800 AS-R employees at Stanford. Advise academic leadership or administrators on appointment, promotion, and compensation matters.  
  • Consult senior leadership on university-wide strategies and initiatives to support and develop AS-R. Conduct ongoing needs assessment and improvement of the AS-R program, including the information technological system; direct and facilitate organizational development plans, strategies and implementation. 
  • Actively advocate with University Human Resources for leadership and training programs for AS-R. Direct, facilitate or coordinate development of programs to provide job enhancement and career growth for AS-R.  

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: 

Education & Experience: 

  • Bachelor's degree and eight years relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience. 
  • Familiarity with the academic or research environment is desirable. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Demonstrated experience as a consultant and advisor to senior management in all human resources areas, including: employee relations, employment and labor law, compensation, staffing and employment, training and development, performance coaching and management, and organizational development. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and understanding of group dynamics.  
  • Successful track record of establishing credibility and trust with a diverse client group, including senior leaders.  
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and management courage. 
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, creative problem solving, judgment, negotiating, influencing, and strategic decision-making skills.  
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, tact, and diplomacy. 
  • Demonstrated ability to advise on and implement organizational change.  
  • Demonstrated end-to-end experience in the development and execution of organization-wide initiatives. 
  • Excellent facilitation and oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare clear and concise reports and deliver formal presentations or training to senior management and other audiences. 
  • Strong supervision/management and staff development experience. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, Smartsheet, Google Drive suite, and human resources information systems. 

WORK STANDARDS: 

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations. 
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. 
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu. 

Anticipated Salary: $240,000 – $255,000 

Why Stanford is for You:   
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:  

Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.  
A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.  
A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.  
Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.  
Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!  

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.