Position Purpose: The Director of Human Resources collaborates with the VP for Finance to support the core educational mission of the university by providing a high level of service to university community employees. The primary responsibilities of the position include the direction, planning, coordination and management of Human Resources functions for the staff, faculty, adjunct faculty, and student employees of Aurora University, which includes its main campus in Aurora, IL, its campus in Williams Bay, WI, and its center in Woodstock, IL. The incumbent must demonstrate a successful track-record of managing personnel and policy initiatives including but not limited to hiring, on-boarding, compliance, compensation, retirement, benefits, employee relations, student employment, performance management, training and development, faculty governance and contracts, etc. Additionally, the Director of Human Resources will manage a team of three direct reports and needs to show the ability to manage the day to day functions of the department as well as execute university initiatives.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Monitors and ensures organization compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews and recommends policy and practice modifications, as needed, to maintain compliance.
Complete timely and accurate filing of all personnel related reports required by federal, state, and local agencies as well as accreditors and other third-party compliance.
Develops and executes best practices for hiring and talent management that aligns with the overall objectives of the institution and consistent with the university's culture.
Facilitate and support performance management and professional development programs.
Manage new employee on-boarding efforts to ensure a candidate's successful transition to contributing employee.
Oversee all university benefit programs including the university retirement plan, health and welfare plans, worker's compensation, leave plans, tuition remission and other benefits.
Develop strong working relationships at all levels of the university and consults with senior leaders to ensure consistent and fair resolution of employee issues / concerns.
Coordinates and oversees the process for requesting employee accommodations.
Oversee the accuracy of employment data for reporting and compliance purposes.
Works as a close partner with the VP for Finance on strategic matters as they arise.
Essential Job Requirements:
At least 8 years of generalist human resources experience.
Prior experience working in higher education preferred.
Extensive knowledge and experience executing HR practices, policies, and procedures.
Experience managing HR professionals.
Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced team environment.
Strategic mindset and orientation with the ability to solve problems.
Track record of managing changing needs, multiple projects, and fluid priorities simultaneously.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.