Director of Human Resources

Dakota Wesleyan University seeks to hire a Director of Human Resources that will work collaboratively to help the university reach its vision to create and sustain a community in which all are challenged and encouraged to lead lives of meaning and purpose. The University mission celebrates and promotes the values of learning, leadership, faith and service. To achieve that vision and mission, the University maintains a focus on students, a willingness to innovate, and a strong sense of community within the campus and Mitchell, SD community. The Director of Human Resources will play a key role in enhancing employee satisfaction and engagement so that the University can fulfill its mission and vision.

This position reports directly to the Vice President of Finance and Administration and serves as a key advisor to the President’s Cabinet with regards to human resources policies and practices.

Dakota Wesleyan University has been named to the Prairie Business magazine's list of 50 Best Places to Work.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads and promotes a positive employee culture by developing, revising, and implementing creative and necessary policies and programs that support and drive the mission of the University while ensuring employee engagement and satisfaction.
  • Manage and facilitate the Employee Engagement Committee for the purpose of developing, recommending, and leading initiatives and programs that promote a high level of employee morale and motivation. We aspire to champion efforts that:
    • Equips and empowers people to attend to the workplace culture within their sphere of influence.
    • Values (and shows appreciation for) the role all employees play in living out the mission and vision thereby moving employees beyond their department, division, or silo.
    • Values continual learning through intentional and developmental professional development.
  • Responsible for overseeing the human resource and payroll functions of the University, including the maintenance and management of all employment records and human resource data; administration of all employee benefits, including compensation, wellness, retirement, workers' compensation, leave, unemployment insurance, Tuition Exchange, and other benefits programs or issues.
  • Leads the University’s compliance with all existing governmental and labor legislation while maintaining knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management and employment law.
  • Directs and coordinates with relevant supervisors all aspects of the employee lifecycle from talent recruitment (developing applicant pools through strategic advertisement and initial screening), job descriptions, benefits briefings, hiring, welcoming and announcing new employees, on-boarding, retention, to termination, resignation, and retirement processes.
  • Oversee the annual employee performance appraisal program at the University; Ensure supervisors create, maintain and review accurate job descriptions.
  • Address complex employee relations issues and provides expert guidance to University and department leaders. Oversee investigations into employee complaints, ensuring thoroughness and adherence to university policies. Consults with legal counsel as appropriate on employment and labor relations matters. Serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and works with the Title IX Coordinator to ensure that faculty and staff receive appropriate training and support.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university. Degree in Human Resources Management or Development; Organizational Management; Public Administration; Business; or related field, strongly preferred.
  • Ability to maintain human resources records and information systems that follow governmental and university guidelines and that equip university leaders with data to make informed and strategic decisions.
  • Ability to manage operational and personnel budgets that efficiently and effectively allocate resources.
  • Some staff supervisory experience, with strong interpersonal and leadership skills, and excellent writing and oral communication skills.

Dakota Wesleyan University is committed to fostering diversity and is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the candidacy of underrepresented groups.

Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to:

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Human Resources
Dakota Wesleyan University
1200 W. University Avenue
Mitchell, SD 57301

Dakota Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer and provider.