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Human Resources Division Director, Division of Information Technology

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: VP of Human Resources
Department: VP-Human Resources
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Human Resources

Job Description

Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, Virginia Tech is a top 25 public research university. Under the leadership of a dynamic President, the University is growing in Blacksburg as well as expanding its presence across the commonwealth, most notably the Health Science and Technology campus in Roanoke and the Innovation campus in the DC metropolitan area.

As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and a leading research institution, Virginia Tech manages a research portfolio of more than $531 million. The university fulfills its role as a land-grant institution by fostering a collaborative environment that integrates technology into all disciplines, so that the Virginia Tech community can serve as a force for positive change around the commonwealth, the country, and the world.

The Division of Information Technology has 400 employees and provides support to this community and its multiple campuses in Blacksburg, Roanoke and northern Virginia. The division focuses on enhanced support for teaching and learning; participation and support for research activities; outreach, community partnerships, and advanced networking and communications; and access, security, and maintenance of information systems that allow the university to accomplish its mission.

Virginia Tech is seeking an accomplished, visionary human resources professional to serve in the newly created position: director of human resources for the Division of Information Technology (IT). This position will report jointly to the Division of Information Technology and the Division of Human Resources. The position is co-managed by the Chief of Staff for the Vice President for the Division of IT and the Sr. Divisional HR Director for the Sr. Vice President and Chief Business Officer. Working as part of both the larger HR organization and the Division of IT, the HR director will align and execute unit-based HR strategy with the university’s mission and strategy.

The incumbent will provide strategic and tactical leadership, consulting, and resources for all talent-related activities including acquisition, development, management, and engagement. Responsibilities include oversight of hiring and onboarding activities, training programs, performance management and employee relations, position management, workforce planning and staffing, diversity and inclusion, recruiting, retention strategies, and succession planning. This individual will serve as the key strategy collaborator with the Vice President for the Division of IT while serving as a member of both the Division’s leadership team and the Division of Human Resources leadership team.

To carry out these responsibilities, the incumbent must be proactive, a strategic thinker, able to understand the critical importance of planning and program delivery, able to successfully balance competing values, and able to align recommendations and actions with the strategies of the university. Success in this position will rely heavily on awareness of the culture and environment of the Division of IT, the university, and the Division of Human Resources. This will be enabled by developing strong relationships across campus and fostering respectful communications and collaborations within a diverse community.

Given the joint reporting relationship, the incumbent must manage potentially conflicting interests, possess strong organizational skills, plan and schedule individual work and team work, set priorities, and independently manage multiple projects and deadlines.

Required Qualifications

• Related Bachelor’s degree with significant related experience in a professional human resources role
• Recent progressive and consultative HR experience in a complex organization with diverse cultures and operating environments, including experience providing forward-facing strategic recommendations, working with senior leadership, and influencing and managing people and projects through direct and indirect supervisory roles
• Increasing levels of responsibility to include a broad HR Generalist background with experience in multiple disciplines such as talent acquisition, talent management, talent development, performance management, compensation, and more
• Experience working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment with quickly shifting priorities
• Strong interpersonal communications skills
• Ability to maintain discretion and the highest ethical and professional standards while managing confidential information
• Management level experience delivering HR services

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s degree in human resources, management, or related field
• Related HR certification such as SHRM-SCP or SPHR
• Significant and increasing levels of HR responsibility within higher education
• Prior experience working within an IT environment is preferred

Appointment Type

Regular

Salary Information

Commensurate on Experience

Review Date

8/1/2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Brittany Kessler at bmlester@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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