Director, Human Resources

Fargo, ND
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May 09, 2019
Job Type
Full Time

Position Description:
North Dakota State University ( NDSU ) invites applications for the position of Director of Human Resources. This individual is responsible for strategic and innovative initiatives designed to improve the processes and systems for the campus community through training programs, procedure, policy and operational efficiencies. The Director leads NDSU in the areas of recruiting and retention efforts, performance reviews, compensation decisions and employee relations, building on our reputation as an employer of choice. This is a full-time, benefitted position that reports directly to the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Observe, anticipate and promote change within the Finance and Administration division and NDSU , seeking input from others and providing direction to leadership and team members. Establish, foster, and embody a climate of change, challenge the status quo, and cultivate positive transformation.

Fully support and model the University's mission, vision and core values to advance NDSU's priorities with integrity and honesty. Be regarded as a discernible leader that represents the Finance and Administration division to the campus community.

Listen and communicate to ensure proactive acceptance and ownership of strategic and operational direction as well as the accomplishment of the University's goals.

Gather information, select best strategy, implement and evaluate decisions to assure continuous improvement and assure decisions will positively impact NDSU's overall strategic plan.

Take initiative and hold self and others personally responsible for actions and decisions.

Collaborate and build relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization in order to understand the business objectives and to align HR solutions to achieve the objectives.

Build a culture of positivity and celebration, and recognize short-term wins.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Business or related field.

Seven years of Human Resources experience indicating progressive human resource responsibilities, including working directly with organizational leadership.

Professional experience in providing vision, strategy, and/or innovation to improve HR activities to align with policies, procedures and the overall university mission and goals.

Demonstrated ability to promote and understand the customer experience.

Demonstrated success in utilizing data to inform decision-making, plan benchmarking activities and HR metrics when developing solutions to retention and employee training needs.

Excellent Microsoft Office skills, and working knowledge of HR technology.

Extensive interpersonal communication, collaboration and leadership skills for working effectively and building relationships with individuals at all levels in a complex organizational environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Five or more years of supervisory experience
• PHR , SHRM -CP, SPHR or SHRM - SCP Certification
• Advanced degree in Human Resources or related field
• Experience in higher education Human Resources
• Experience in a large, complex organization

Open Until Filled: Yes
Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applications received by the screening date of June 6, 2019 will be given full consideration. The position will be open until filled.

No Smoking Notice:
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. • 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:
NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran's Preference Notice: This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.
Location (City, State): Fargo, ND

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).


  1. * How did you hear about this position?
    • Academic Department
    • Bismarck Tribune
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Fargo Forum
    • JobsHQ
    • Friend/Co-worker/Family member
    • Job Service of North Dakota
    • NDSU Employee
    • NDSU Website
    • Other newspaper (Please specify below)
    • Professional Publication/Organization Website
    • University Placement Office
    • Inside Higher Education
    • Other (Please specify below)
  2. If Other, please specify:
    (Open Ended Question)
  3. Are you a North Dakota resident?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. Do you qualify for North Dakota veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. If yes, list exact dates of service:
    (Open Ended Question)
  6. Do you qualify for North Dakota disabled veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents
Required Documents


  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume

Optional Documents

  1. Other Document 1
  2. Veterans Preference Claim Form (DD214)
  3. Veterans Administration Letter