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Seattle Colleges
  • Position Number: 1531938
  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Position Type: Director

Vice Chancellor of Human Resources

Closing Date/Time: Fri. 09/13/19 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $11,666.67 - $12,583.33 Monthly
$140,000.00 - $151,000.00 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Siegal Center: 1500 Harvard Avenue, Seattle, Washington

Position Summary:
The Seattle Colleges serves metropolitan Seattle and its surrounding communities, and it composes the largest community college district in the state, educating over 45,000 students each year. Students choose from an array of more than 135 academic and career technical programs, including nine applied baccalaureate degrees. Like the region, the colleges' population is dynamic. The student body is the most diverse in the Northwest, reflecting nearly 80 different languages spoken in homes throughout the city. By design, each of the colleges reflects its community.

The community college district includes: North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College. While the colleges are an integral part of their neighborhoods and offer unique educational programs, all are comprehensive and offer programs in college transfer, professional/technical training, adult basic education, baccalaureate level, and continuing education.

Seattle, located on the Puget Sound, is surrounded by water, mountains, and the best that nature has to offer. As one of the most innovative global cities, it is home to large tech industry, with Amazon, Microsoft, Nintendo, Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Expedia headquartered in its metropolitan area.

Position Summary

The Vice Chancellor of Human Resources (VCHR) is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Seattle Colleges. The VCHR directs the comprehensive human resources and labor relations services of the district, including ensuring compliance with all laws, rules, policies, procedures, and collective bargaining agreements related to HR functions, strategic planning, and program development.

The VCHR designs and directs the delivery of the district's professional and employee development programs, is the subject-matter expert on rules and best practices related to HR, develops and implements labor relations strategies, and maintains strong and positive relations with both internal and external constituencies. The VCHR also supervises exempt employees serving as human resources directors at the colleges and employee service administrators at the district office.

This is a non-represented, civil service exempt position.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Seattle Colleges follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides the following information as a guideline for applicants:
  • Ability to operate office equipment
  • Ability to read and verify data and prepare various materials
  • Ability to exchange information on the phone or in person

    Essential Functions:
    Diverse and Inclusive Work Environments
    • Provides leadership and strategic direction to the district's efforts in supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to the district's workforce and in increasing employee diversity, particularly among the faculty and management groups.
    • Works closely with district and college leadership in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce among faculty, staff, and administrators, and in developing a healthy and productive work environment that reflects the district's values in regard to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This includes supporting all employees in bringing their authentic selves to work and supporting a diverse array of thoughts, ideas, and voices in the workplace that support organizational success.
    • Work with Chancellor's Executive Cabinet to set strategic direction for diversity and HR operations.
    • In collaboration with the college human resources directors, leads the delivery of comprehensive human resources programs and services, policies, and best practices that maximize effectiveness, efficiency, and consistency for each respective college and other district instructional and/or administrative facilities.
    • Serves as the primary strategic and tactical human resources advisor to the chancellor and, as needed, to the district's board of trustees.
    • Works with the Chancellor's Executive Cabinet to set strategic direction for diversity, HR operations, professional and career development programs, leadership best practices, employee engagement, and healthy workplace environments.
    • Represents the college at quarterly meetings of the Washington State Human Resources Management Commission.
    • Represents the district human resources function in community outreach and engagement opportunities.
    • Provides direction to and participates in a variety of committees and groups to improve the human resources programs throughout the district.
    • Establishes and applies internal controls that ensure legal compliance of assigned functions and adherence with generally accepted human resources practices. Ensures compliance with Washington state laws, administrative codes, and collective bargaining agreements.
    • Plans, develops, and directs a variety of programs/functions for the district. This includes but is not limited to employment, payroll and benefits, workforce diversity, employee training and professional development, labor relations and contract negotiations, and human resources strategic planning in compliance with pertinent federal/state rules, regulations and laws, and collective bargaining agreements.
    • Responsible for ensuring that the district is in compliance with Title IX policy and procedures as they pertain to employment.
    • Directs the district's employee and labor relations activities and processes that result in positive resolution of conflicts and grievances, including third-party claims and/or litigation.
    • Provides management-level oversight to the Human Capital Management pillar of the district's impending PeopleSoft implementation.
    • Engages with district employees at all levels to identify and resolve issues. Meets with union representatives to discuss and understand issues and concerns, with the goal of reaching collaborative solutions.
    • Performs other functions and duties related to the office of the VCHR or as may be reasonably assigned by the chancellor or board of trustees.
    Change Management
    • Develops ongoing, proactive strategies to lead culture and organizational change while serving as a resource for the implementation of that change.
    • Facilitates processes for both internal and external stakeholders to identify and discuss impacts of changes in order to find collaborative solutions, preferably prior to changes being decided and/or implemented.
    • Works with campus human resources directors to guide strategic adoption of modern best practices related to management, supervision of employees, team building, and organizational leadership.

    Required Education, Experience & Abilities:
    • Master's degree in business, human resources, organizational psychology, or a closely related field.
    • At least five years of increasingly responsible professional leadership experience that includes the management of multifunctional human resources programs, systems, and operations. Experience in higher education highly preferred.
    • Knowledge and successful experience in collaborative labor management, negotiations, compensation, organizational training and development, employee benefits, employment and employee relations, and workforce diversity programs and initiatives.
    • Proven ability to build effective teams and partnerships, both internal and external to the human resources department.
    • Demonstrated ability to establish, promote, and maintain positive and inclusive working relations in a collaborative, culturally diverse work environment and across a broad spectrum of constituents, such as faculty, staff, students, unions, and external constituents.
    • Demonstrated success in creating, leading, and managing change and continuous improvement efforts.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding in leading an organization through cultural and organizational change.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and success at creating and sustaining employee engagement.
    • Demonstrated experience in successfully promoting a workplace culture of health, wellness, and well-being by way of policy and program development for the overarching purpose of the retention and flourishing of all members of the community.

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