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Assistant Vice President-Exec Mgt

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Work type: Executive Management
Major Administrative Unit / College: Health Sciences
Department: Health Sciences EVP 40001123
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Human Resources, Executive Management, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Working/Functional Title

Ast Vice President of Human Resources for OHS

Position Summary

The OHS Assistant Vice President of Human Resources (AVP-HR) reports to the Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and serves as a key member of the OHS executive leadership team. The AVP-HR provides strategic leadership by identifying human resources needs and opportunities across the OHS enterprise, which includes the Colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Nursing, and MSU Health Care, Inc, and articulating those to the EVP and the OHS executive team. The AVP-HR is expected to be an enterprise-wide thinker who both leads and partners with other senior leaders across OHS and the university to develop a forward-thinking people strategy that will drive a high-performing, efficient and effective organization. The AVP-HR will identify, propose and implement an effective organizational structure for a people-centered, progressive OHS human resources unit, and leading by example, will help to nurture a respectful and caring culture throughout the OHS. The AVP-HR is responsible for developing and executing HR strategic planning that supports the over-arching vision, mission and goals of OHS, and for operational initiatives that support its business plan and strategic initiatives, including all aspects of human capital management such as talent acquisition, training and development, performance management, succession planning and analyses of people-related metrics and trends across the various units that comprise the OHS.
• Lead the human resources strategic direction, and partner with OHS executive leaders including the EVP, college deans, HCI CEO, and others to understand how HR can best support business strategies, annual priorities, and entrepreneurship goals of the OHS.
• Develop and implement a human resources strategy with identified priorities that aligns with the business goals of the OHS and supports entrepreneurial growth, while fostering a respectful and inclusive culture.
• Develop and propose a plan to elevate the delivery of people services to all faculty and staff throughout the OHS enterprise, which could include development of a shared services model that would more effectively and efficiently meet the needs of OHS constituents.
• Assess, study, propose and then lead efforts with the colleges to implement consistent policies and processes for faculty hiring, onboarding and career development (RPT), ensuring adherence to the university’s policies and procedures.
• Effectively communicate, enthusiastically support and execute the HR strategy.
• Maintain internal reporting mechanisms and track employee data in order to make decisions using historical and predictive models and respond to requests for metrics.
• Build strong relationships with HR and faculty affairs leaders in the health colleges and HCI in order to lead and serve as an internal consultant, especially in the areas of talent acquisition, negotiating offers, communicating performance expectations, employee development, feedback, coaching, and employee relations to ensure implementation of HR best practices organization wide.
• Lead recruitment efforts and/or lead search committees for selected hard to fill or high-level positions.
• Provide advice and support for the colleges’ annual review processes for faculty; lead annual review processes for the EVP’s direct reports; provide administrative support for 5-year dean reviews.
• Support the staff performance excellence process, providing leadership and consulting services to frontline managers in support of the performance review process.
• Define the OHS DEI plan and develop and lead its integration into practice.
• Provide training opportunities for managers/supervisors for people-related activities (feedback, coaching, performance review, labor relations, etc).
• Identify needs for growth, develop a proposal and business plan for additional staff, and build a team of service-oriented human resources professionals with clearly defined roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities to ensure implementation of HR best practices across the organization.
• Execute the HR strategy and business plan as a hands-on operational leader, including setting clear goals, prioritizing work, making decisions, and ensuring accountability across all HR areas of interest.
• Strengthen and grow alliances with university partners including Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs, Central Human Resources, Office of Employee Relations, Office of the General Counsel and Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion to achieve university goals and ensure compliance with all applicable university policies and procedures related to faculty and staff employment/appointment.
• Establish and ensure that HR workflow is sufficient for timely review and approval of transactions and oversee delivery of transactional HR services to ensure timeliness and accuracy.
• Participate as a confidential partner on the OHS triage team when notified of OIE, Hotline or other complaints, providing guidance and follow through as requested by the EVP.
• Regularly review HR business processes to ensure efficient delivery of HR initiatives.
• Develop, implement, communicate, interpret and revise policies related to faculty and staff employment and operational efficiency and effectiveness.
• Oversee compliance and reporting on HR metrics and analytics.
• Lead or participate on special projects or assignments, including representing OHS on university committees, task forces or work groups, as requested by the EVP.
• Serve as an advisor to the EVP, OHS Executive Team, Health Sciences Leadership Team, college human resources managers and associate deans for faculty affairs.
• Provide technical expertise and leadership for organizational and team effectiveness, leadership development, talent and culture while providing proactive, pragmatic solutions and alternatives.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Human Resources or Business or Equivalent

Minimum Requirements

• Master’s degree in human resources, business or related field from an accredited institution.
• Strong HR generalist background with experience managing complex employee issues such as FMLA, ADA, performance issues, discipline including experience in the organized labor environment.
• At least 10 years' experience in human resources management or administration with at least 3 years' experience in a director level role.
• Solution-focused professional with experience leading in an entrepreneurial environment where novel issues and problems demand innovative thinking.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills, the ability to build trust-based connections with a broad range of stakeholders, and the ability to critically analyze, challenge and diplomatically push back when appropriate.
• Experience driving or strongly participating in organizational transformation as it relates to operational efficiencies, people capabilities and culture change.
• Experience writing and implementing new policies/modifying existing policies.
• Demonstrated sound judgement and decision making with an ethical mindset.
• HRCI or SHRM certification preferred.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working in an academic environment with knowledge of the principles of academic freedom, academic governance, faculty tracks, reappointment/promotion/tenure.

Required Application Materials

Please upload the following materials with your application:

  • Current CV
  • Statement of interest in the position
  • Statement of commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion to include examples of how you have advanced DEI in your professional career

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


Department Statement

The MSU Health Sciences community is committed to providing health, hope and healing for all. As individuals we are strong. Together we are an unstoppable force for good, standing ready and prepared to serve and working every day to bring health closer to home.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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