Associate Vice President of Human Resources

Southwest Tennessee Community College
March 17, 2023
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We have an opening for an Associate Vice President of Human Resources at our Southwest Tennessee Community College!

Reporting to the President, and serving as a member of the senior staff, the Associate Vice President of Human Resources serves as the leader for talent and culture and promotes the College's human capital priorities as identified in the strategic plan. Success in this overarching goal involves work across multiple constituencies (senior staff, faculty, administrators, vendors, and public and private officials) and the use of several measures, such as effective human resources management (employee data management, benefits administration, compliance, safety, employee relations and grievance tracking), HR service delivery (communication), talent management (attraction, retention, development of people), and workforce management (forecasting, resources, productivity, performance management) to attract and retain the best workforce. The AVP will take a strengths-based approach to talent & performance leadership and management, utilizing key assessments to empower employees to great commitment and excellence in their roles of responsibility.

About the Ideal Candidate Characteristics

The ideal candidate for this position will serve the College as an experienced, equity-minded human resources leader with a focused commitment to attracting and retaining the best people for the College, while creating a true sense of belonging for all team members at every level of the organization. The candidate cultivates a culture of employee excellence and engagement by being a people centered, collaborative, approachable, leader who will support people at various levels across the college community. The candidate is an innovative thinker and skilled negotiator who seeks collaborative solutions to common and difficult challenges in managing people, policies, and practices. A critical thinker with outstanding interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, the candidate is also ethical, trustworthy, credible, and respectful of diverse views and opinions.

The candidate is an accommodating, inter-culturally competent, approachable, and accessible leader who can delegate responsibility and authority while maintaining accountability. The candidate is also a tactical hands-on practitioner who can fluidly execute strategy while cultivating an environment for every team member to thrive. This professional creates the culture of working together for the good of the College and is committed to the effective use of technology in HR and beyond to streamline the hiring processes and improve the experiences over the lifecycle of the employment experience.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a comprehensive, multicultural, public, open—access college. Southwest has 7 campuses/centers from which it offers over 100 programs and over 20 technical certificate programs. We foster student success, transform lives, and increase the educational level of a diverse community in Shelby County. Southwest is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

We invite you to become a part of the Southwest Team!

This role will be responsible for the following:

Essential Job Functions:

The Associate Vice President, Human Resources

  • serves as confidential advisor to the President regarding the wellbeing of all employees.
  • in collaboration with other area leaders, plans, organizes, controls, and directs district-wide Human Resources operations and activities including recruitment, benefits administration, employee recordkeeping, contract administration, policy development, employee relations, performance management, succession planning, staff development, exit interviews; interprets and complies with established standards, requirements, laws, codes, regulations, ordinances, policies, and procedures.
  • develops, directs, and coordinates the HR team, resources, communications, and information to meet the College's needs; leads and directs the development and implementation of Human Resources programs that foster and advances a culture of proactive support and a measurement of the quality of service. This includes projects, services, systems, strategies, goals, and objectives to support employee success. Assures proper and timely resolution of employee issues working closely with legal as appropriate.
  • creates, in collaboration with external marketing and department leaders, an effective short and long-term employee recruitment and hiring strategy to include retention techniques, new hire orientation, and department onboarding plans. Collects, analyzes, and reports on data regarding the effectiveness of the hiring and onboarding processes.
  • manages or conducts the exit interview process, analyzes, and reports data every six months. Aligns and recommends future policy and process modification, when appropriate to support retention based on exit reasons. Strategic use of quantitative and qualitative data to inform decisions to improve the employee is key.
  • in collaboration with various area leaders, develops and implements an effective professional development, leadership, and training program for all classifications of employees. Collects, analyzes, and reports on data regarding the effectiveness of the training in job performance or employee development.
  • develops and implements an effective performance management program aligned with the College's strategic priorities.
  • establish procedures to ensure 100% adoption by the college community.
  • oversees the development, modification, and adherence of employee handbooks and training manuals.
  • oversees and authorizes the review and revision of all college job descriptions.
  • monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of the human resource information systems in maintaining and securing the data of employees from applicant to separation.
  • consults and partners with legal counsel as appropriate for matters requiring support to ensure the fair and effective administration of policies and procedures and for advice on complex matters, or as directed by the College President.
  • conducts an annual assessment of employee relations cases and makes recommendations to executive.
  • management for policy and procedure improvement to support better employee experiences.
  • creates and disseminates regular communication on organizational changes, policy and procedure updates, and any other information regarding the employee experience.
  • maintains knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation and ensures organization compliance.
  • protects confidential and sensitive employee data and maintains the integrity of and the confidence in the HR office.
  • ensures high accuracy and accountability from the HR staff in the handling of employee data.
  • provides appropriate professional development for the HR staff to maintain a modern and high value service to the college community.
  • serves as an advocate for all employees while assuring support for management and compliance with policies, procedures, local and federal laws.
  • understands and promotes the role and use of technology to reduce manual processes, minimize errors, enhance security, and provide self-service access to employee information.
  • prepares, submits, and monitors the annual budget for areas of responsibilities in alignment with the College's strategic plan, sound fiscal management, and effective resource and talent allocation.
  • hires, develops, trains, directs, supervises, and evaluates the work of assigned personnel.
  • completes other duties as assigned by the President.
  • The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

    Candidates who are called for an interview must notify Human Resources in writing at least five (5) days in advance of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

    First consideration will be given to current Southwest Tennessee Community College employees who meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

    Position Requirements:


    The Associate Vice President, Human Resources will possess:

  • an earned bachelor's degree in business, management, public administration HR or a related field from an accredited institution.
  • 7 years of progressive leadership experience.
  • three years as a senior level HR director responsible for three or more functional areas (compensation, benefits, employee relations, recruitment, performance management, etc.) within a multi-location or multi-facility institution.
  • three years of experience using data strategically to improve talent acquisition and management.
  • demonstrated cultural sensitivity and awareness with the ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of members of the College community, including those who are differently able.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in business, management, HR, public administration or equivalent
  • Ten years related field experience as a human resources director or higher within the higher education sector.
  • SHRM or HRCI Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP, SHRM-CP) or (SPHR, PHR) credential.
  • Experience in Ellucian BANNER or similar information system
  • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Work Characteristics:

    The Associate Vice President, Human Resources will possess:

  • the ability to consistently follow policy and procedures in all HR transactions.
  • knowledge of current issues in modern HR practices to support current trends in higher education
  • the ability to make quality decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment.
  • the skills to develop direct reports, provide challenging tasks and assignments and hold frequent development discussions.
  • the highest degree of integrity and ethics and the ability to act as a respectful, direct, and truthful individual; can present the truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes.
  • an adept knowledge of hiring and staffing; supports managers in hiring and promoting the best people available from inside or outside; is not afraid of selecting strong people.
  • excellent listening practices by engaging in attentive and active listening; has the patience to hear people out; can accurately restate the opinions of others even when he/she disagrees.
  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills by using rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; looks beyond the obvious and does not stop at the first answers.
  • the ability to deal with ambiguity and can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture.
  • The Salary Range for the position is: Competitive and commensurate with experience

    In order to be considered for the position, the following items must be uploaded:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Unofficial Transcripts
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    Incomplete applications will not be considered

    If you are interested, click on the link to the left to apply.

    Southwest Tennessee Community College is a TBR and AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected class with respect to all employment, programs and activities.

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