Assistant Vice President of Finance & Administration for Human Resources

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About Us

The University of South Alabama ("USA" or "South") is a public research University located in Mobile, Alabama, with an enrollment of over 16,000 students and more than 100 academic programs.  In addition to its academic programs, South maintains a health system, including the University of South Alabama Medical Center, USA Children's and Women's Hospital, USA Ambulatory Care Division, USA Health Care Authority and USA Mitchell Cancer Institute.  South has approximately 6,000 employees and holds a Carnegie Classification of Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity.  The strategic plan of the University is organized around five institutional priorities: Student success and access; enhancement of research and graduate education; global engagement; excellence in health care; and University-community engagement.   Please visit our website at for additional information.

Essential Functions

The Assistant Vice President of Finance and Administration for Human Resources (AVP-HR) reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and provides system-wide human resources (HR) leadership for the University.  The AVP-HR serves as the principal advisor on human resources policy; is the primary guide and support for human resources matters for University administration; and provides strategic leadership for a human resources team of over 30 administrative, professional and staff employees, at three locations, to ensure operations and activities are administered successfully and are aligned with South's Strategic Plan and institutional priorities.  Essential functions include:

·Provides overall leadership and direction for Human Resources functions for the main campus of the University as well as the USA Health System (including the hospitals,  ambulatory care, USA Health Care Authority and Mitchell Cancer Institute).

·Reviews, modifies, implements and administers system-wide HR policies and procedures, in compliance with all applicable laws.

·Provides oversight for administering a competitive fringe benefits program for all faculty and staff.

·Has responsibility for employment, recruitment, compensation/classification, employee relations, performance management, and centralized training for all main campus and health system staff (non-faculty/physician) employees.

·Serves as a lead advisor to senior administrators and managers on workplace problem resolutions and as a liaison by balancing management interests and employee concerns.

·Maintains collaborative and cohesive relationships with partnering departments including the University Attorney, Payroll, Budget, Academic Affairs, USA Health System Administration, Information Systems, College of Medicine, Internal Audit, Risk Management, Student Affairs/Title IX, and others.

·Continuously explores and identifies new HR strategies and best practices, and implements employee-focused process improvements.

·Chairs and/or serves on various committees such as the Fringe Benefits Committee, the Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Deferred Compensation Committee.

·Represents the University at outside community meetings/events/conferences.

·Manages departmental budget and recommends adjustments accordingly.

·Provides specific oversight for staff employment/recruitment function; staff employee relations services (including the staff grievance procedure); fringe benefits programs (including the University's $50-million self-insured health plans); staff position classification, salary plans, and compensation surveys; compliance with federal and state regulations (including EEOC, OFCCP, DOL, IRS and the Alabama State Ethics Commission); the University's Employee Assistance Program; new employee and supervisory orientation programs; demographic reporting, research and analysis; monitoring and evaluating programmatic and operational effectiveness; and new program/initiative implementation.

·Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

·Bachelor's degree in human resources management, or related field, from an accredited institution as approved and accepted by the University of South Alabama; graduate degree preferred.

·Ten years of progressively responsible management experience within a human resources department, five years of which must have been in a higher education institution, academic medical center or hospital setting.

·Recent and extensive HR experience in benefits administration, compensation, recruitment and employee relations.

·A proven track record of successful leadership in human resources management and comprehensive knowledge of human resources operations, programs and service delivery in a complex, diverse, organization with multiple locations.

·Effective interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work with a wide range of constituencies.

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