Director of Human Resources

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Work type: Administrative Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Human Resources/Title IX/Compliance/Legal, Director/Executive/Management

The Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is a unique public university where 1200 faculty and staff make a difference in STEM education. Mines invites applications for the Director of Human Resources (HR).  Reporting to the Associate Vice President (AVP) of Human Resources & Title IX Programs, the Director will assist the AVP in leading and executing key HR strategic initiatives. The Director will also provide day-to-day leadership, administration, and management of the human resource function.

Essential Duties:

  • Provides day-to-day administration and management of human resources functions including talent acquisition and retention (including a large compliment of classified employees under the Colorado State Personnel System), compensation and benefits management, professional development, performance management, succession planning, employee relations and retention, AA/EEO compliance.
  • Assists supervisors, managers, and directors in resolving complex, sensitive human resources problems.
  • Complies with and enforces adherence to federal, state, and local legal requirements and manages compliance with the State personnel system (applicable to State classified employees).
  • Provides day-to-day administration and management of employees handling benefits, compensation, unemployment compensation claims, workers compensation claims, FMLA leave requests and ADA accommodation requests.
  • Guides management and employee actions by researching, developing, writing, and updating policies, procedures, methods, and guidelines; demonstrating highly effective communication skills and championing organization values.
  • Manages the administration and further development of the employee performance evaluation system.
  • Identifies human resources financial strategies for approval by the AVP.
  • Manages daily human resources operations by providing oversight of the human resources department that currently includes 7 human resources professionals.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Human Resources Management, Industrial Relations, Public or Business Administration, Organizational Development or a related field
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in human resources management, including demonstrated knowledge and application of:  1) current talent acquisition and retention strategies; 2) human resources management standards and procedures; 3) compensation and benefits assessment and administration; 4) diversity, inclusion and access initiatives; 4)  Affirmative Action Plan development and assessment and compliance.
  • Three (3) years of supervisory experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Direct and relevant experience with the Colorado State personnel system including relevant certifications.
  • Experience developing and delivering organization design and/or leadership development initiatives.
  • Relevant Human Resources experience in an institution of higher education
  • PHR or SHRM-CP Certification.

How to apply:

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, and veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). 

Total Rewards:

Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Anticipated salary range is $90,000 – 105,000. Mines provides an attractive benefits package that currently includes fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:

About Colorado School of Mines:

Mines has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the U.S. The 2018 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best National Universities ranks Mines as the top-ranked university in Colorado and 75th in the nation, both public and private, and 29th in the category of top public schools.

Mines is known globally for the quality of its distinctive graduates, the success of its alumni and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment.  We value individuals who create a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience. Our faculty and staff are committed to student success, best practice instruction, high-quality research and innovation.

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