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
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
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
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
monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of the human resource information
systems in maintaining and securing the data of employees from applicant
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
creates and disseminates regular communication on organizational changes,
policy and procedure updates, and any other information regarding the
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
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
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.
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
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
Master's degree in business, management, HR, public administration or
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)
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
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
The Salary Range for the position is: Competitive and commensurate with
In order to be considered for the position, the following items must be
A summary of our benefits can be found below:
https:// www. southwest.tn.edu/hr/benefits/overview.htm
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.