Associate Athletics Director and Director, Human Resources

California, United States
17 Sep 2019
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17 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation:

Stanford’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (“DAPER”) is the premier intercollegiate athletic program in the country. We are the proud “Home of Champions”! We lead the nation with 123 NCAA championship titles, won the women’s Capital One Cup, and brought home the Learfield Director’s Cup for 25 straight years. We support nearly 900 student-athletes who compete on 36 intercollegiate athletics teams and help to lead the university’s physical education, recreation and wellness initiatives. Our dedicated staff embody a culture of excellence, embrace our mission of scholar-athleticism and exemplify a relentless championship spirit. Our actions and staff are guided by the core tenets of the Athletics Department culture, “The DAPER Way”, which are: Embrace Scholar-Athleticism, Pursue and Revere Excellence, Lead with Courage, and Work Cohesively.

Are you ready to inspire champions? If yes, then this may be the right opportunity for you! 

The Stanford University Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation is currently accepting applications for a highly-motivated, energetic and dynamic individual with exemplary human resources experience to serve as the Associate Athletics Director and Director, Human Resources. This position will provide strategic direction for the human resource-related functions for a large, complex, and dynamic department by managing the full range of human resources services, including, developing policies, programs, and processes; performing data, trend and statistical analyses; providing guidance on development of organizational structure, providing guidance to the department’s leadership, and managing staff related issues. This position will be a key member of the DAPER leadership team and will work independently as well as under the direction of the Deputy Athletics Director to address a variety of complex organizational and employee relations issues, requiring a high degree of confidentiality. Provide counsel and advice to a diverse group of individuals in an active, fast-paced, and challenging environment. Supervise human resources staff to accomplish goals and objectives.

Summary of Essential job functions:

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership for the Human Resources function for the Athletics Department.
  • Serve as a vital thought partner to the Deputy Athletics Director and the executive team on key HR initiatives.
  • Convert departmental strategic objectives into goals and measurable outcomes.
  • Analyzing and synthesizing data into coherent summaries for various audiences.
  • Effective communication to all audiences ranging from union employees to executive staff.
  • Manage salary-setting program. Advise managers on assignment of employees to appropriate classification levels; recommend, review and approve salary actions.
  • Oversee organizational-wide view of talent management (recruitment and staffing plans), and structure offers. Support or lead higher level searches, and advise on diversity objectives.
  • Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, personal development for direct reports and accountable for the performance of employees.
  • Direct coaches, supervisors and managers in the interpretation and implementation of human resources policies, procedures and programs.
  • Continuously improve the onboarding and exit program for all staff and coaches
  • Design strategies for facilitating organizational and behavioral change. Perform needs assessment, analysis, and consulting on organizational issues; make recommendations on organizational design and development issues.
  • Investigate basic and complex employee relations issues, and initiate appropriate resolution; recommend and facilitate effective solutions in alignment with applicable policies and laws. Work in consultation with deputy athletics director and institutional employee/labor relations staff to resolve highly complex issues. Advise coaches, leadership and staff on organizational, employee, and employee and labor relations issues.
  • Evaluate, refine and modify performance appraisal process; design procedures and documents specific to the organization, as needed. Provide relevant coaching and guidance.
  • Assess organizational and individual staff development needs. Identify, communicate, and consult with staff on desirable training and career development opportunities. Develop and conduct a robust and relevant training program and participate in training design.
  • Oversee processes for workers’ compensation, disability, leave, work place accommodation requests, and health and safety issues; inform managers and deputy athletics director.
  • 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.

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree and at least seven years relevant experience with progressive responsibility. An advanced degree is highly desirable.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, creative problem solving, judgment, negotiating, influencing, and strategic decision-making skills. Unwavering ability to maintain confidentiality, and to apply tact, and diplomacy in every situation.
  • 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.
  • 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 audiences at all levels of the organization.
  • Strong supervision/management and staff development experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite (with a high level of proficiency with spreadsheets) and human resource information systems.
  • A track record of success in a fast paced and dynamic environment, with experience in a D1 Athletics Department preferred
  • The courage to make tough decisions and do the right thing even when it is not the convenient thing.
  • Excellent conflict management skills.
  • Integrity and character that are above approach.
  • Have a good sense of humor

DAPER’s Integrity:

This position, along with all DAPER coaches and staff, is responsible for the integrity of Stanford’s intercollegiate athletics program and for the reputation of Stanford University. This position is responsible for insuring that his/her involvement with Athletic Department activities maintains the integrity of the University’s reputation and does not negatively impact the relationship between the University and its faculty, staff, students and alumni. Additionally, this position must comply with University policies and procedures, NCAA and PAC-12 rules and regulations.

Why Stanford is for you:

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! 

*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.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: K