Director - Human Resources & Diversity - Administrative Affairs - 13996


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Human Resources and Diversity.

The Director of Human Resources and Diversity works with and reports to the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Affairs to develop and manage programs, bring innovation to the process of attracting and retaining diverse talent, and implement and improve processes throughout the University.


The director serves in a senior position to provide leadership in the development and integration of the University's human resource programs to recruit, engage, and provide quality service to the employee community of a public, comprehensive university in rural Wisconsin. The director is responsible for coordinating all aspects of human resources for faculty, academic staff, university staff and student employees. The director reports to the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs, and provides advice and counsel to executive officers, deans, and directors, and interacts with faculty, academic staff, university staff, employee organizations and students.

Essential Duties and Attributes:

  1. Collaborates with other divisions to transform general ideas into workable solutions.
  2. Brainstorms with the Administrative Affairs team to discover new solutions and approaches to old problems.
  3. Formulates effective new ideas and innovative strategies for recruiting, retaining and empowering diverse talent.
  4. Collaborate with senior leaders to develop effective talent acquisition and retention processes that help the university meet its goals to increase diversity and inclusion.
  5. Recognizes promising ideas and finds ways to introduce them into the University’s future plans and discards ideas that are ineffective, costly, or beyond the scope of the University’s mission.
  6. Analyzes existing practices to isolate areas ripe for improvement or enhancement.
  7. Encourages creative thinking in employees and finds ways to nurture innovative thinking across all areas of the campus.
  8. Follows responses to new ideas, tracks and analyzes the success of new programs or services, and responds to questions or concerns.
  9. Monitors development of other organizations to spot trends in innovation.
  10. Promote a customer service approach.
  11. Develop and implement programs that foster staff professional development.
  12. Allocates resources to maintain the campuses’ existing agenda while accounting for new projects and processes.
  13. Evaluates the progress of innovation and adjusts the pace or direction of new projects in accordance.
  14. Keeps all new programs in line with the University’s mission and maintains consistency with the University’s message and brand.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Five or more years at the Director Level over-seeing a Human Resources Department.
  • Possesses human resource knowledge and expertise to guide and counsel human resource decisions, and values continuous learning and employee development.
  • Working knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply general principles and guidelines, federal and state laws, and regulations; including EEO, AA, ADA, Title IX, and other regulations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of HR information systems, web technology, and database applications.
  • Demonstrated commitment to affirmative action, equal opportunity, diversity, and employee assistance.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent education and/or certification.
  • Experience working in Human Resources in a higher education, public sector setting and private sector.
  • Demonstrated leadership in change and transition management.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate strategic plans and execute strategic initiatives.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, or prior success with, the principles and practices of performance management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, or prior success with, effective employee recruitment and retention practices, e.g., mentoring, employee assistance, etc.
  • Demonstrated record of innovative leadership in human resource management.
  • Demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Must possess an inquisitive and creative mind.
  • Must be independent and self-directed but able to work and lead a team of creative individuals.
  • Superior research and analytical skills to track and predict trends.
  • Must be able to work creatively within a budget and use innovation to find ways of more effectively managing resources.
  • Strong business knowledge, understanding of a variety of business practices, and familiarity with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater or similar environment.
  • Must be able to collaborate with leadership and Administrative Affairs team.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and persuasion skills.
  • Must be willing to take calculated risks and manage expectations of both internal development teams and potential and existing projects and programs.
  1. Develop and implement a strategic human resource development plan, as well as policies and procedures that define human resource roles around client needs and address the human resource requirement of a complex university (faculty, academic staff, university staff, students) while enhancing diversity in the workforce.
  2. Lead the Office of Human Resources & Diversity in ensuring quality employee relations, fair and equitable compensation decisions and opportunities for all employees, and systematic recruitment and selection procedures; oversee payroll processing, leave accounting, benefits counseling and administration, retirement counseling, training, performance management, employee assistance program, and other human resources based programs.
  3. Oversee diversity efforts and initiatives in the Human Resources & Diversity Office, working in collaboration with the Chief Diversity Officer and senior leaders across campus.
  4. Work with university units/departments as a facilitator of strategic human resource planning, organizational change and transition management with the expectation of improved and efficient work processes and practices, cost savings, and collaboration between units.
  5. Provide assistance with and interpretation of HR related policies, procedures, programs, laws, fiscal planning, reporting, grievance settlements, disciplinary action, and serve on committees as appropriate.
  6. Lead the Office of Human Resources & Diversity in providing staff development opportunities for different types and levels of staff.
  7. Manage the Office of Human Resources & Diversity personnel and budget, coordinate the planning of human resource services for the University, and collaborate with the UW System Office of Human Resources, and other statewide entities involved in planning and development of human resource programs.
  8. Lead the campus relative to HR technology and advocate for the institution related to UW System's system-wide technology efforts, including ensuring a reliable and accountable appointment, payroll, and benefits system.

UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-Whitewater is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-Whitewater is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.

UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).


Applications received by March 2, 2018 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1024 or hrstudent@uww.edu. For questions regarding the position please contact:

Christine Fisher
University Executive Staff Assistant


Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • References
This Job ID is 13996.

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