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Company: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Location: Arkansas

Job Summary

The Director of Human Resources oversees the UA System Division’s Office of Human Resources in the Little Rock Office and the Fayetteville Office.

Responsibilities include 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 Office 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. Some state-wide travel may be required.


Detailed Job Description

Responsibilities include 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; directs operations of the Human Resources Office including hiring, training, supervision and performance evaluation of the Human Resources staff; and collaborates with Administration in the development of human resources strategy and performance.

Responsible for recommending, maintaining, and overseeing implementation of compensation and classification systems in accordance with state of Arkansas regulations, including creating compensation policies and procedures, auditing compensation records for internal and external equity, recommending institutional salary/pay ranges, determining justification for personal services requests, determining position titles and classifications, requesting special entry rates, overseeing merit systems, utilizing provisional and pool positions, classifying and reclassifying positions, requesting second language compensation, documenting concurrent employment, conducting salary surveys, preparing audit responses, working closely with Financial Services partners and administering the unemployment compensation/hearing process.

Administers the position/salary review program, reviewing and researching requests and recommending approval or denial. Responsible for unification of program procedures and approach across the Division.

Oversees administration, communication, counseling, record keeping, and documentation of the Division’s employment 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. Addresses and provides resolution for escalated leave and benefits issues. Oversees benefits vendor relations and university and regulatory reporting. Responsible for HIPAA compliance, training, and ongoing HIPAA security testing and monitoring. Requests and oversees implementation of federal and UA early retirement authorizations.

Oversees implementation, user training, and administration of the employment software system for hiring, applicant tracking, and position description documentation. Reviews and approves position descriptions for appropriate job title and classification. Oversees recruitment, immigration, and visa activities. Assures appropriate support and provides guidance to hiring supervisors and Administration regarding staffing strategies and employment. Assures performance of required criminal background check and substance abuse screening. Assures that vacancy announcements and candidate selection processes are in compliance with Division, state, and federal guidelines. Addresses and resolves escalated employment and tuition waiver issues.

Responsible for performance management and employee performance evaluation programs, including advising Administration and supervisors on employee performance expectations, evaluation instruments, and performance improvement plans. Anticipates and prevents escalation of personnel issues, recognizing precarious situations and putting out fires. Provides advice and counsel to supervisors and Administration regarding employee difficulties, disciplinary actions, termination processes, documentation, and applicable personnel and employment law. Meets with supervisors and employees about confidential and complex personnel issues to defuse conflicts and resolve disputes before they reach the formal grievance stage. Creates and maintains documentation for legal purposes. Works closely with the Affirmative Action/Civil Rights Compliance Officer regarding non-discrimination strategies and formal complaint resolution. Manages the Employee Assistance Program.

Responsible for creation, interpretation, and communication of all Division personnel policies and certain other policies, procedures, and templates. Assures agreement with Division of Agriculture and UA Board of Trustees 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 the Managers of Human Resources 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

As a land grant institution, the mission of the Division of Agriculture is to strengthen agriculture, communities and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices.


Qualifications/Requirements

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.

A Bachelor’s degree and either a pertinent professional license or four (4) years of directly related experience may be substituted for the Master’s degree.

Substitution for a Master’s degree does not waive the other requirements, which are in addition to the substitution requirements.


Benefits

For information on our benefits, please visit: https://benefits.uasys.edu/


Travel Requirements

15%


Additional Information

For consideration, applicants must certify and submit an application on our organization's job portal at http://jobs.uaex.edu Posting # 864

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an AA/EEO/Disabled/Veterans/E-Verify employer.

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