Company: U of A Division of Ag

Location: U of A Division of Ag

Job Summary

The Chief Human Resources Officer oversees the Division of Agriculture Human Resources function, including federal and UA benefits programs, federal and UA retirement plans, employee leave and disability programs, employment, position classification, compensation, performance management, employee relations, disciplinary actions and terminations, faculty and staff functional training, employee personnel records, and personnel policy and procedures.

This position directs operations of the Human Resources function, including hiring, training, supervision, and performance evaluation of the Human Resources staff. This position also collaborates with Administration in the development of human resources strategy and performance, as well as conducts special projects. The position reports directly to the Associate Vice President of Finance and Administration.

Detailed Job Description

Job Duties:
Collaborates with Administration in the development of human resources strategy and performance.
Recommends, maintains, and oversees implementation of compensation and classification systems in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, including:
• developing, updating, and implementing compensation policies and procedures;
• auditing compensation records for internal and external equity;
• recommending institutional salary/pay ranges;
• administering and advising on requests for compensation/position review
• determining justification for personal services requests;
• determining position titles and classifications;
• overseeing merit systems;
• utilizing provisional and pool positions;
• classifying and reclassifying positions;
• documenting concurrent employment;
• conducting salary surveys;
• preparing audit responses;
• working closely with Division Business Office/Finance Unit; and
• administering the unemployment compensation/hearing process.

Oversees, administers, and assists recruitment and retention efforts.

Ensures compliance with and proper administration of personnel policies and procedures.

Responsible for unification of personnel/employment program procedures and approach across the Division.

Oversees administration, communication, counseling, recordkeeping, and documentation of the Division’s employees and candidates, federal and UA benefit and retirement programs, employee leave and disability programs, worker’s compensation, and the UA wellness program for active employees and their families, retirees, surviving spouses and dependents.

Oversees implementation, user training, and administration of the employment software system for hiring, applicant tracking, and position description documentation.

Participates in certain immigration and visa activities, including administration and maintenance of required paperwork and ensuring publication of required notices.

Responsible for performance management and employee performance evaluation programs, including advising Administration and supervisors on employee performance expectations, evaluation instruments, and performance improvement plans.

Conducts and oversees investigation pertaining to workplace infractions, including those involving suspected improprieties concerning an employee’s moral, ethical, or behavioral conduct; meets with supervisors and employees to manage conflicts and resolve disputes before they reach the formal grievance stage. Works closely with the Office of Inclusion, Access, and Compliance regarding non-discrimination strategies and formal complaint resolution.

Manages the Employee Assistance Program.

Responsible for creation, interpretation, and communication of Division personnel policies and other related policies, procedures, and templates. Ensures Division personnel policies are compliant with UA Board of Trustees and System-wide policies.

Maintains in-depth knowledge of AA/EEO and other state and federal laws and regulations to assure equity and legal compliance. Maintains knowledge of industry trends and legislation with implications for personnel administration.

Provides faculty and staff training related to Human Resources functions, policies, and procedures for orientation, conferences and workshops, and the in-service training program.

Supervises Human Resources managers located in Fayetteville and Little Rock; coordinates personnel matters and reporting with the Division Compliance Officer and, on appropriate issues, the Associate General Counsel for the Division.

About the Company

The Division of Agriculture was created in 1959 to carry out two of the three traditional land grant missions: extension and research. Our research arm is the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Serviceis our outreach arm.

Between the two, we work to fulfill our mission: We strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices.


Minimum Qualifications

This position requires a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline plus seven (7) years of relevant professional experience, including two (2) years in a supervisory or managerial capacity. Working knowledge of applicable federal and state employment laws and other laws affecting liability and compliance.

Preferred Qualifications

Leadership role in human resources at an Arkansas, state-supported institution of higher education.
SHRM certification.
Experience with Workday or similar ERP system.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to speak & write clearly & communicate ideas successfully. Ability to organize, plan & prioritize work. Ability to attend to details while simultaneously handling multiple projects. Ability to analyze, interpret & apply relevant regulations, policies & procedures. Initiative to learn & maintain current knowledge in area of assignment. Physical & mental ability to effectively perform duties & responsibilities related to the job, which may include long & irregular hours of work.


Excellent benefits package including health, dental, vision, retirement, and a competitive leave plan.  

Travel Requirements


Additional Information

To apply, visit Posting # R0046384

UADA is an AA/EEO/Disabled/Veterans/E-Verify employer.