Executive Director of Human Resources

Executive Director of Human Resources




Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions


Department: Human Resources


Locations: Macomb, IL


Posted: Jan 20, 2023


Closes: Open Until Filled


Type: FT - Continuous


About Western Illinois University:


Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves over 7,600 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL.


Job Description:


Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA), the Executive Director of Human Resources serves as a key partner with University Leadership and sets the overall strategic vision for Human Resources. The Executive Director has oversight and responsibility for all talent acquisition and development, oversees benefits and labor relations, promotes a highly diverse and high functioning work force, coordinates development and assimilation of University Human Resource policies and procedures and identifies trends and innovations in all aspects of Human Resources.


The Executive Director will build a strong foundation to ensure a progressive business and service focused approach to recruiting and retaining a diverse population of talent, will provide development opportunity and serve as a strategic thinker in creating a diverse and progressive talent management program. This position serves as the subject matter expert for the University in all that encompasses Human Resources.


The key responsibilities for the Executive Director of Human Resources include:


• Providing leadership and guidance to the Human Resource department by overseeing talent acquisition, training, retention, talent development, performance management, classification and compensation, labor relations, benefits, immigration and employee recognition.

• Developing human resource plans and strategies that support achieving overall business objectives. Serving as a mentor, business partner, and strategic advisor to campus partners to ensure alignment of policies, processes and best practices.

• Functioning as a strategic advisor to each unit's leadership regarding organizational and management issues. Developing comprehensive strategic employee recruiting and retention plans to meet the needs of the University.

• Serving as the Chief Labor Relations Negotiator for the University for civil service classification collective bargaining agreements. Overseeing the development and implementation of comprehensive compensation plans ensuring competitiveness and equability.

• Promoting a culture of accountability, compliance, and continuous improvement with an eye toward automation for increased efficiency.

• Planning, assigning, and reviewing work of HR staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hiring, training, developing, and managing staff to ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives.

• Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and reinforcing WIU's position as an equal opportunity employer. Partnering with General Counsel, Equal Opportunity and Access, and Internal Audit offices to investigate and resolve employee complaints, allegations, and employee relations issues.

• Partnering with internal offices, including the Office of General Counsel, to ensure compliance with federal and state laws.

• Developing and implementing a comprehensive succession and continuity plan for HR including cross-training and professional development opportunities.

• Overseeing the budget for the human resources department.


APPOINTMENT: April 1, 2023 or sooner if possible.


COMPENSATION: Salary starting at $115,000; Commensurate with education and experience.


Western Illinois University offers a comprehensive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/human_resources/benefits/.




Minimum Qualifications


• A Master's degree in human resources, organizational development, leadership, labor law, or other related fields.

• Minimum of 5 years of progressive human resources experience in areas to include strategic employment, training, classification, compensation, benefits administration, labor law, and employee relations, including experience with negotiation and administration of agreements of labor relations contracts; at least three of those years should have been spent in a leadership role.

• Solid knowledge of recruiting, performance management, training and development, wage and hour law, benefits, compensation, EEO/AA guidelines, employee relations, and HR systems.

• Ability to develop policies and procedures, and to effectively communicate all policies and procedures to University employees and departments.

• Superior interpersonal communication skills with a proven ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a variety of both internal and external constituents.

• Experience as a successful facilitator in conflict resolution.

• Experience designing and implementing successful staff development programs.

• Demonstrated leadership ability with strong organizational and administrative skills with the ability to balance the daily operations of a Human Resources office with the strategic needs of the University.

• A strong commitment to customer service, including a demonstrated record of fostering that commitment within HR teams and related work groups.


Preferred Qualifications


• Senior level experience leading a complex Human Resources environment.

• Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification and/or Society for Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Certification.

• Experience working in public higher education or governmental entity including oversight of institutional compliance issues related to state and federal mandates.

• Experience in overseeing HR information systems and related technologies.

• Experience in collective bargaining negotiating.

• Strong understanding of the strategic relationship between HR and the University's core business functions, overall business environment and the various levels that affect that organization's success.


For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body).


Additional Information:




Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region. WIU currently serves over 7,600 students between the two campuses.


WIU-Macomb, IL: Western's traditional, residential main campus offers a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, and post-baccalaureate certificates. A diverse community in west central Illinois, Macomb features a unique blend of agriculture, industry, service, retail, education, and culture. Macomb serves as the county seat, with connections across the state with Amtrak providing twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).


WIU-Quad Cities: Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois, the WIU-Quad Cities campus is the only public four-year regional university that serves the Quad Cities region. Designed as a metropolitan commuter campus, WIU-Quad Cities offers select undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Moline is located just 80 miles north of the Macomb campus and is centered within a diverse, bi-state community of 383,000 that offers a broad range of cultural, social, and entertainment amenities and experiences, as well as varied businesses and industries.




Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.

At WIU, we will:


• Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities.

• Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.

• Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.

• Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.

• Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.

• Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.

• Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.

• Create a University wide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.




More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 41 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 16 post-baccalaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.


Student Resources


More than 200 student organizations at Western provide social, academic, recreation, sports, service, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more. Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.




The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.


Application Instructions:


Applicants will be required to upload a letter of application and current curriculum vitae or resume, as well as provide contact information for at least three professional references for their online application. Unofficial transcripts are required at the time of application; however, candidates chosen for on-campus visits will be required to submit official transcripts for continued consideration.


Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL: http://www.wiu.edu/employment/


Screening will begin on February 6, 2023.


Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.


Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law. Western Illinois University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.


Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Bruce Western at mailto:[email protected]


For assistance with the online application system contact the Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at HR- mailto:[email protected]


To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/3826436


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