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Director of Human Resources, Advancement Division

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Director of Human Resources, Advancement Division
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170175
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Virginia Tech is seeking an accomplished and visionary human resources professional to serve in a newly established and critically important role of Director of Human Resources, Advancement Division. Over the last year, Virginia Tech has worked to develop a new human resources service delivery model that will emphasize the critical nature of human resource management and effectiveness across the university. Beginning this summer, the university will move to establish senior human resource leaders in key academic and business units on campus. The position reports jointly to the Chief Human Resources Officer in central Human Resources and the Associate Vice President for Advancement Services within the Advancement Division.

The Director of Human Resources, Advancement Division is responsible for developing, maintaining, and enhancing a comprehensive and nationally recognized program of talent acquisition, development, management and engagement to drive a high-performance culture in Virginia Tech’s Advancement Division. The position works as a program director within the Advancement Division and partners with Virginia Tech’s central Human Resources unit to lead human resources programs that support Advancement’s core business strategies.

This role will be expected to lead all talent-related activities including acquisition, development, management, and engagement within the division. Responsibilities include oversight of the division’s hiring and onboarding activities, training programs, performance management and employee relations, workforce planning and staffing assessment, diversity and inclusion recruiting and retention plan, and succession planning.

To carry out these responsibilities, this position will be expected to be a proactive, strategic thinker who understands the critical importance of planning and program delivery who is able to successfully balance competing values and align recommendations and actions with division and University strategy. The position will also embrace and promote the mission, values, goals and organizational needs of the university and the Advancement Division and understand the impact of HR activities on division’s finances and strategy.

Success of this position will rely a great deal on being aware of the culture and environment of the university, human resources, and the Advancement Division, developing strong relationships across campus (and in particular Human Resources and the Advancement Division), and fostering respectful communications and collaborations within a diverse community. Given the dual reporting relationship, the position must manage potentially conflicting interests, utlize strong organizational skills, plan and schedule individual work and team work, set priorities, and manage multiple projects and deadlines.

Required Qualifications:

• Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree with significant related experience in Human Resources.
• Recent progressive and consultative HR experience in a complex organization, including experience:
– Providing forward-facing strategic recommendations.
– Working with senior leadership.
– Managing people and projects in direct and indirect supervisory role.
• Experience working in fast-paced, team-oriented environment with quickly shifting priorities.
• Demonstrated excellence in communications and strong listening skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated high emotional intelligence.
• Strong customer service orientation and sense of integrity.
• Capacity to deal with a wide range of relationships and situations; comfort with ambiguity.
• Ability to maintain discretion and the highest ethical and professional standards while dealing with confidential information.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Significant and broad experience at increasing levels of responsibility in Advancement; multiple roles and perspectives desirable.
• Direct experience and demonstrated leadership in one or more Advancement networks (e.g. CASE).
• Broad experience in human resources management to include recruiting, benefits, employee relations, and/or training/development.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

Interested candidates must apply online at and search for posting AP0170175. Include with the faculty application, a cover letter, resume, and list of five references.

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process please notify the Human Resources Service Center, 540-231-9331,

A review of applications will begin after July 26, 2017.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: University Development
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm may vary to include days, nights, weekends and holidays.
Job Posting Date: 06/28/2017
Review Begin Date: 07/26/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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