Director of Human Resources

California, United States
Thursday, 8 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 8 December 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Family: Human Resources
Job Series: Human Resources
Job Code: 4707
Grade: M
Exemption: Exempt

The Office of the VPDOR (VPDOR) is directed by the Vice Provost and Dean of Research and provides guidance and support to facilitate, nurture, and safeguard a thriving research ecosystem. The VPDOR provides oversight for 18 independent labs, institutes and centers, including physical and life sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities disciplines, 5 shared facilities, and research support units including the offices of Technology Licensing, Environmental Health and Safety, and Research Compliance, for a consolidated budget of $245M.

The VPDOR aspires to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary and disciplinary research innovation; ensures that Stanford’s research community earns and maintains the public trust; sustains a culture of integrity and operational excellence; and celebrates diversity of individuals and ideas. We operate on the basis of accountability, collaboration, equity and inclusion, growth and adaptability, and open communication. 

Position Summary: The VPDOR dean’s office is seeking a Director of Human Resources to join the team working under the direction of the Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration. You will serve as a strategic human resources advisor for the senior leadership team and oversee the full range of human resources management for VPDOR’s units, with approximately 750 benefit eligible staff.  You will manage a team of three human resources staff to address all staff related issues, policies, programs, and processes; manage the entire human resources function for the organization; and maintain accountability for the budget, as assigned. You will work with a high level of independence and exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgment.

For consideration, applications must include, as separate documents, a letter of interest and a CV or resume.

In this role, you will: 

  • Lead HR engagement initiatives in collaboration with VPDOR's management and senior leadership by having an excellent understanding of the VPDOR's objectives, issues, needs, and key success factors.
  • Develop organization-specific policies and practices; actively lead the human resources strategy for planning processes, and actively promote best practices.
  • Design and lead strategies for facilitating organizational and behavioral change. Perform needs assessment and process improvement; make recommendations on organizational design and development issues; establish metrics and monitor trends.
  • Investigate complex employee relations issues and initiate appropriate resolution; recommend and facilitate effective solutions in alignment with applicable policies and laws; assess risk to the organization and identify compliance issues. Identify and analyze trends; make recommendations for changes/improvements. Coach and advise staff on organizational, employee, and labor relations issues.
  • Participate in setting organizational objectives and goals, and design performance appraisal process for VPDOR. Provide relevant training and guidance to managers and employees; initiate and/or direct appropriate interventions; independently handle and/or manage redesign and reassignment efforts. 
  • Identify, direct, and/or deliver the training and development planning for individuals and groups; lead organizational and team effectiveness assessment.
  • Direct talent management program (recruitment, retention, workforce planning, and staff development), and provide effective recruitment methods for assigned areas. Structure complex offers; support or lead high level and complex searches; advise on affirmative action objectives.
  • Manage VPDOR's salary-setting program; develop guidelines for program implementation. Advise managers on assignment of employees to appropriate classification levels; design incentive and bonus programs.
  • Oversee processes for workers' compensation, disability, leave, work place accommodation requests, and health and safety issues; inform managers as needed. Act as a resource to others in organization, and oversee the accurate documentation and retention of recordkeeping.
  • Oversee and approve human resources transactions submitted for processing. Prepare reports, and analyze data available through local and centralized database resources.
  • Manage the performance of direct reports. Set team objectives, priorities, and resources to align with department objectives.
  • Participate in and/or lead human resources-wide and university human resources projects/initiatives, as needed.

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree and eight years relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated experience as a consultant and advisor to senior management in all human resources areas, including: employee relations, employment and labor law, compensation, staffing and employment, training and development, performance coaching and management, and organizational development.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and understanding of group dynamics. 
  • Successful track record of establishing credibility and trust with a diverse client group, including senior leaders. 
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and management courage.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, creative problem solving, judgment, negotiating, influencing, and strategic decision making skills. 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise on and implement organizational change. 
  • Demonstrated end-to-end experience in the development and execution of organization-wide initiatives.
  • Excellent facilitation and oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare clear and concise reports and deliver formal presentations or training to senior management and other audiences.
  • Strong supervision/management and staff development experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite and human resource information systems.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4707
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: M
  • Requisition ID: 87419

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